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.
Istanbul (British Airways)
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INFORMATION ABOUT TURKEYTurkey 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.
Suggested Turkey Accommodation Offers
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Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is the only Ottoman Imperial palace by the Bosphorus and is situated on the European shores...
Kempinski Hotel The Dome is a true golf and wellness retreat is an unrivalled beachfront location...
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 thousands of years old...
Ideally located in the fashionable Nisantasi residential and shopping district, this hotel uniquely combines the historic architecture of an Art Deco building with innovative interior design...
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- GB, London
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