Turkey

Come explore the Cradle of Civilisation!

Turkey

Come explore the Cradle of Civilisation!

Intro

Where East meets West, Turkey has been at the frontier of disparate and competing civilisations for centuries - and today it boasts some of the most fascinating history and culture in the world. Combine this with supremely hospitable people, breathtaking scenery and world-class cuisine, and it's easy to understand Turkey's appeal.

Istanbul, previously known as Byzantium and Constantinople, offers a huge variety of sites showcasing its diverse history. Its character is complex and its streets bustle with a variety of influences, old and new. Discover the world's oldest temple, Göbekli Tepe, the world's oldest city, Çatalhöyük and the fairy-tale landscapes and underground cities of Cappadocia. Walk the fertile land where agriculture was first practised. Climb the holy Armenian mountain of Ararat and some volcanic peaks in the East or seek out the fabled city of Troy in the West.

Why travel with us ?

Turkey is a country we travel to time and again, and its appeal never wanes. Befitting its variety of attractions we offer a wide range of small group tours - in the little-visited East and its ever popular West, covering Turkey's incredible culture, ancient history and unparalleled archaeology. Our Silk Road through Turkey tour follows on from our Silk Road tours in China, the Stans and Iran. 

For those looking for a custom-made trip  - or a private extension at the end of one of our group tours - we will more than happy to help. From gulets to trekking, cycling to beaches, birding to cuisine, get in touch and tell us what your interests are and one of our travel specialists will help you to design your perfect Turkey tour.
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Quick Facts

Capital: Ankara
Population: Around 80 million
Languages: Turkish

Turkey presentation

Diana Darke, Bradt Guide author to Eastern Turkey and Middle East expert, speaks about her experiences of travelling through Eastern Turkey - a region of the country which is ofter overlooked by many travellers. Learn about the world's first temple at Göbekli Tepe, the oldest city in the world at Çatalhöyük, and the sublime Armenian churces at Ani and Lake Van. She also sheds light on the ancient head statues of Mount Nemrut and the imposing Mount Ararat, which is believed to be home to remnants of Noah's Lost Ark. She explains the warmth and hospitality of the Kurdish people which make this part of Turkey all the more special.

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