Luxury Turkey Holidays

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From Istanbul's splendid architecture, warren of busy streets and bountiful culture to the mesmerising landscape of Cappadocia and the unspoilt Turquoise Coast, this vast and beautiful country offers a lifetime of experiences. Modern-day Turkey has so many facets that it can be difficult to know where to start. The country's history is long: as the bridge between Europe and Asia, it has been heavily contested over time, and its tumultuous past is evident in ruins country-wide, its eclectic mix of people and a unique culture resulting from many outside influences. The Mediterranean coastline is dotted with well-preserved Greco-Roman cities such as Pergamom and Ephesus, while the austere and rugged Anatolian plateau houses the ancient cave churches hidden away in the fairy-tale landscape of Cappadocia. The ancient city of Istanbul is the heart of the nation;Roman aqueducts, Byzantine churches, glittering Ottoman mosques and palaces are wonderfully contrasted by a sophisticated cultural scene. Whether you are drawn by Turkey's history, stunning coastline, unspoilt countryside, or perhaps the beautiful designs created by the country's many artisans, you will surely be satisfied. The Turkish people have a reputation for genuine hospitality and warmth and are incredibly diverse: travelling around the country you might see head-scarfed women toiling in the fields, fishermen bringing in their catch in traditional villages, and glamorous Istanbulites strutting the streets of the city's fashionable Nişantaşi district. The bountiful country is also known for its delicious food, which can be sampled at every turn.

Turkey with A&K
Turkey has so much to offer: so much history, so much culture, so much contemporary life. It takes highly trained yet experienced guides to pitch it just right; to inform and entertain but not overwhelm. Step forward Melek. After two days with the knowledgeable

Istanbul guide our guests were effusive with their praise. 'She quickly tuned to our wavelength,' they told us. 'She judged what we wanted to see (specific parts of the great Bazaar) and didn't want to see (carpets, definitely). By the end of the day she was a friend.'

Melek, with 10 years experience, is one of our experienced senior guides who bring Turkey's prolific attractions to life. She's part of A&K's multi-centre European team that has provided seamless travel across the continent for 25 years, including a concierge rail service - feedback from our clients suggest it's hugely popular - where staff escort you to first class seats and meet you at destination stations.

Along with excellent vehicles and 24-hour emergency contact, our long-established local contacts help us offer exclusive insider angles on the rich cultural heritage and vibrant contemporary life, from tours of classical remains with archaeologists to private Anatolian cooking lessons with leading chefs.

On an Abercrombie & Kent luxury holiday to Turkey you'll discover one of the planet's oldest continually inhabited regions. Mesmerising Istanbul, perched on the spectacular junction of Europe and Asia, offers major league attractions from Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sofia to the Blue Mosque. They sit alongside medieval hammam - you must try a soap massage - and traditional wood houses, juxtaposed with a thriving modern art scene and hip rooftop bars with glorious 360-degree views.

Further south the Mediterranean coast is dotted with superb Greco-Roman remains, including Pergamon and Ephesus, white-walled villages and spectacular beaches like Ölüdenitz. Head inland and you'll reach the Anatolian Plateau where hobbit-like houses nestle into Cappadocia's surreal landscape. A dawn balloon flight over its fantasy-like rock formations will stay with you forever.

You can cruise up the Bosphorus, or sail around the Emerald Coast in a wooden gulet, haggle in a bazaar or smoke a nargile with sun-crinkled locals. Turkey, as we said, has an awful lot of to offer - and with A&K it's all possible.

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Best time to be there

The coastal areas of Turkey bordering the Med have hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Conditions are harsher in the more arid interior, with average temperatures in Istanbul ranging from just above freezing in January to around 30˚C in August.

Fly to

Istanbul (British Airways)

flying time

4 hours

time difference

GMT + 2 hours

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Turkey

Nights: 7 | from £3,420

Explore the world’s greatest collection of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture in Istanbul before carrying on the fairyland of Cappadocia, Alacati’s beaches... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made Set departure

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Highlights of Turkey

Nights: 5 | from £3,995

Explore Ottoman and Byzantine Istanbul before you venture to the magical landscapes of Cappodacia, classical Ephesus and the beaches of Bodrum. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys Turkey: A Journey Through History

Nights: 10 | from £5,885

A tempting 10 night Turkish adventure discovering Istanbul, the Bosphorus and Cappadocian culture made all the better by private visits and expert guides. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Istanbul Culture Capital

Nights: 3 | from £1,950

An immersive 3 night cultural tour to Istanbul, exploring the Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, Topkapi Palace and the beautiful the Blue Mosque. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Wonders Of the World by Private Jet

Nights: 22 | from £70,600

A once-in-a-lifetime adventure by private jet to the world's most iconic destinations - from Machu Picchu and Easter Island to Sydney and Istanbul over... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Honeymoons | Special Interest

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:


Inspired by the region's traditional architecture and building methods, the resort has the intimate ambience of a village while still providing a sense...Find out more

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Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is the only Ottoman Imperial palace by the Bosphorus and is situated on the European shores, in the city centre between...Find out more

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Museum Hotel


Experience the Cappadocian culture in this living museum. The special area where Museum Hotel is located consists of many cave and stone houses that are...Find out more

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Park Hyatt Macka Palas Istanbul

Ideally located in the fashionable Nisantasi residential and shopping district, this hotel uniquely combines the historic architecture of an Art Deco...Find out more

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

To find out more about our Europe team, click on the consultant links below or call them on 01242 547 703 or enquire online

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.


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