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Amazing Tour

Turkiye

magnificent land full of delights, Turkey boasts fabulous golden beaches, ancient history, and mouthwatering cuisine. Pick a modern beach resort brimming with top-class entertainment, or perhaps a tranquil bay as the base for your Turkey holiday. Alternatively, take to the seas and see Turkey on a relaxing gulet cruise.

With a foot in both Asia and Europe, the country brings you the best of both continents, from Istanbul’s 21st-century nightlife and fashions to the mystic Sufi culture in Konya.

Things to do

If you’re visiting Istanbul, don’t forget to see the city’s impressive mosques such as the Baroque Revival style Ortaköy Mosque or the 17th century Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The city is also famous for its Hagia Sophia Byzantine basilica and busy and noisy markets and is the world’s only transcontinental city.

Other popular Turkey destinations include the ancient city of Ephesus, the breathtaking fairy chimney rock formations of Cappadocia in the interior and the Sandland sand sculptures in the Antalya area

If you’re a photographer, spend a couple of nights in Cappadocia, which is known for its striking rock formations and hot air balloons. Watch an amazing sunset, and stay in one of the enchanting stone cave hotels for an experience you’ll never forget.

Alternatively, see the enormous Roman Theatre of Aspendos near Antalya, or visit the equally astounding Greco-Roman ruins of Pergamum in Bergama. In fact, there’s so much to snap, you may need to bring a couple of extra memory cards!

At Turkey’s modern beach resorts, you’ll enjoy sun-soaked days on the picturesque coast before tucking into a meal at one of the local family-run restaurants. When night falls, sip on a freshly-made cocktail while watching live music, or dance the night away at one of the popular clubs.

For a more laid back holiday, stay in a tranquil bay or discover an ancient town where you can relax and leave your worries far behind.

The Turquoise Coast

Many of the country’s most popular holiday destinations are on the Turquoise Coast, the western part of which can easily be seen on a map of Turkey’s Aegean Coast. Here, you’ll find lively, cosmopolitan beach resorts like Antalya, Marmaris, Kuşadası and Bodrum. These have hundreds of hotels and self-catering apartments, from 5-star venues with infinity pools to budget-friendly villas or bed & breakfast style hotels.

With its pristine sandy beaches, clear emerald water and lush forests, the Turquoise Coast is just as idyllic for honeymooners as it is for families. For sun-seekers and beach lovers, the best time to visit is from around late May to the end of September.

Places to stay

Wherever you stay you will be tempted by sandy beaches, perhaps the most famous of which is Olu Deniz. The white sand beach and beautiful blue lagoon have been designated a national park.

Turkey’s picturesque Turquoise Coast dotted with Roman remains is a huge draw; city resorts including Antalya, Bodrum and Marmaris offer a mix of family fun, historic culture and funky nightlife.

Further east on the Aegean coastline lies the ancient Greco-Roman town of Ephesus, one of the Roman Empire’s greatest cities and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Unsure of the best time of the year to visit? Check the weather in Turkey to see which month is right for you.

Turkey weatherThe climate in Turkey varies between the regions, but if you’re visiting during the summer, you can be sure of glorious, beach-friendly temperatures wherever you are. Highs of 34°C are common in Bodrum and Antalya during July, while more comfortable temperatures in the mid-teens °C make spring a popular time to visit. To benefit from more pleasant weather, book your holidays during spring or autumn when you can also get great deals on cheap holidays to Turkey.Istanbul is cooler than the resorts on the southern coast, with frequent cold spells in the winter and much more pleasant temperatures in the summer, with average highs of about 28°C in July or August.

Fast facts for Turkey

Language: The language spoken in Turkey is Turkish. English is spoken to a basic level in many hotels and attractions in popular Turkey destinations, although it’s a good idea to download our handy language app or carry a phrasebook with you and try out a few useful Turkish words and phrases.Currency: The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL).Local time: Turkey is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.Fly to: Antalya Airport for Alanya, Goynuk and Side; Bodrum Airport for Altinkum, Gumbet and Turkbuku; Dalaman Airport for Dalyan, Fethiye and Kalkan; Izmir Airport for Marmaris and Kuşadası. Transfer times are 30 minutes and 2 hours 40 minutes.Time difference between Turkey & UK: All of Turkey is on Eastern European Time (EET), which means that it’s 2 hours ahead of the UK (GMT).Health: Before you travel, check the TravelHealthPro website for recommendations and advice on health requirements for your Turkey holidays.Tourist information: If you’d like more tourist information on Turkey destinations, please visit the Turkey tourism information website.

Often Questions

Is a test required on arrival (disease outbreak)?Yes
  • Regardless of their vaccination status, travellers are subject to PCR test on arrival, at random.
Test certificate required?Yes with exceptions – 72 hours before arrival
  • Unvaccinated travellers must present negative results from a PCR test performed within 72 hours before departure or an antigen test performed within 48 hours before departure.
  • The following travellers are exempt:
    • Children under the age of 12 years,
    • Fully vaccinated travellers,
    • Those recovered from a COVID-19 infection within the last 6 months, and
    • Seamen and truck drivers.
Is quarantine required on arrival (disease outbreak)?No with exceptions – 7 days of quarantine required
  • Travellers testing positive for COVID-19 on arrival must quarantine for 7 days.
    • A PCR test must be taken at the end of day 5 and if tested negative, the quarantine can be ended.
    • Travellers identified to have Delta variant can end the quarantine upon submitting a negative PCR test result on day 7.
    • Foreigners will be referred to a private hospital by the authorities.
    • Turkish nationals will be referred to a state hospital.
  • The following travellers are exempt:
    • Children under the age of 12 years,
    • Fully vaccinated travellers,
    • Travellers recovered from a COVID-19 infection within the last 6 months,
    • Travellers who present negative results from a PCR test performed within 72 hours before departure or an antigen test performed within 48 hours before departure.
  • Travellers who do not fall in any of the above-mentioned categories must quarantine at their place of residence.
  • The list of hotels for quarantine can be found here.
Insurance required?No
  • Proof of insurance coverage for COVID-19 expenses is not required to enter the country.
Entry form required? (health or other)Yes with exceptions
  • Travellers are required to submit an entry form 72 hours before departure.A printout or mobile screenshot of the same must be submitted to the airline crew before boarding.
  • Children under the age of 6 years and transit passengers are exempt.
Vaccine detailsYes
  • Travellers must have administered vaccines approved by the WHO or by the Ministry of Health of the Turkish Republic.
  • A minimum of 14 days must have passed since the last dose.
  • Turkey accepts vaccine certificates issued by  Serbia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Libya, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines and Egypt. For travellers from other countries, a vaccine certificate should show proof that the vaccine administered has been approved by the WHO or by the Ministry of Health of the Turkish Republic.
  • Vaccines accepted
    • Novavax (Nuvaxovid)
    • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
    • Moderna
    • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)
    • Sinopharm (Covilo)
    • Gamaleya National Center (Sputnik V)
    • SinoVac (CoronaVac)
    • Janssen (Johnson and Johnson)
    • Serum Institute of India (Covishield)
    • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
    • Serum Institute of India (Covovax)
    • Turkovac

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