Why Turkey?

History:

  • Istanbul – the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia,  has a unique blend of Eastern and Western cultures and traditions
  • Cradle of some of the world’s oldest civilisations and empires - the Hittites, Lycians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottoman
  • The only country with two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Bodrum
  • Birthplace of many historical figures – Homer(poet), Herodotus (historian), St. Paul the Apostle, St. Nicolas (known as Santa Claus)
  • Place of famous Greek and Biblical legends - The Trojan wars: Helen, Achilles and The Trojan Horse; Noah’s Ark is believed by some to have settled on Mount Ararat; Alexander Great travelled through the land and cut the ‘Gordion knot’ near Ankara; and local legend places the death of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus
  • St. Peter’s, Christianity’s first church, was built in Antioch and the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse are situated in Turkey
  • The home of 13 UNESCO World Heritage sites

Cuisine:

  • With a mix of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ingredients, Turkey has one of the most distinctive tastes in the world
  • Enjoy the mouthwatering kebabs, lamb cutlets and fish sanwiches 
  • For those with a sweet tooth - Turkish delights, baklava (sweet pastries with syrup and nuts) washed down with raki (anise-flavoured spirit), ayran (salty liquid yogurt), cay (te) or Turkish coffee

People and experience:

  • Meet the friendly and hospitable Turkish people known for treating visitors as guests
  • The chance to treat yourself to a traditional Turkish Bath (hamam)
  • Test your bargaining skills as you wander around the labyrinth of nearly 4,000 shops in the Grand Bazaar
  • Hunt for unique souvenirs like Turkish carpets, a boncuk (a blue glass eye said to ward off evil) or a nargile (a bubble pipe) and gifts like jewelry, glassware, textiles, leather goods, ceramic or an oyali (embroidered scarves).
  • Over 300 days of sunshine, great water sports along its vast coastline, unique natural wonders and much more

Useful Info

Currency:

 Turkish Lira  but Euro and Dollar notes are also widely accepted.

Visa:

Is required to enter Turkey. The visa can be purchased on line via web site www.evisa.gov.tr/en

Vaccinations:

Not required. Check with your GP.

Weather:

The coastal areas of Turkey bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, have a hot-summer Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The coastal areas of Turkey bordering the Black Sea, have an Oceanic climate with warm, wet summers and cool wet winters.

Things to pack:

On entering mosques, women are requested to cover their head with a scarf so bring one from home or buy one in the bazaar.

Why tour with us?

  • Choice of 11 different Turkey escorted tours
  • Small groups of maximum 28 people
  • Almost half the size of many group tours
  • Personal Attention
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Comfortable 4* and 5* hotels
  • Professional English speaking guides
  • Excursions and entrance fees included
  • International and domestic flights included
  • Airport transfers included
  • Daily direct flights from Dublin with Turkish Airlines
  • Great value for your money

 

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