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Holidays in Turkey

A magnificent land full of Turkish delights. Holidays to Turkey boast golden beaches, ancient history, and mouth-watering cuisine. Pick a modern beach resort brimming with top-class entertainment, or perhaps a tranquil bay. Alternatively take to the seas and see Turkey on a relaxing gulet cruise. Lying 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.

10-34 °C

Expect glorious sunshine in the summer months, and mild temperatures during the winter.

4-5 hours

There are many international and domestic airports in Turkey.

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Turkey for lagoons, sandy beaches, and cities where Ottoman history meets 21st-century nightlife.

Latest Deals in Turkey

Moonlight Apartments

Icmeler, Dalaman

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Quiet location
  • Great for families
  • Two outdoor pools, one with waterslide

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Based on 211 reviews

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Based on 19 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 210

Green House Apartments

Gumbet, Bodrum

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Open-plan accommodation
  • Within 500m of resort centre and beach
  • On-site mini-market

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Based on 509 reviews

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Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 213

Club Cettia Apartments

Marmaris, Dalaman

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Spacious apartments
  • Lollo & Bernie Kids' Club (3-7yrs) and Junior Club (8-11yrs)
  • Shared facilities with Grand Cettia Hotel

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Based on 1041 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 214

Sahin Apartments

Dalyan, Dalaman

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Peaceful location
  • Two swimming pools
  • Hotel courtesy bus to resort centre

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Based on 160 reviews

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Based on 12 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 216

Orka Club Hotel & Villas

Hisaronu, Dalaman

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Two poolside bars
  • 1.5km to Hisaronu resort centre
  • Three outdoor swimming pools including one with waterslide

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Based on 854 reviews

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Based on 25 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 220

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.

Ancient sites of epic proportions await you on the Aegean Coast. Visit beautiful Pamukkale, a petrified limestone waterfall, or some of the world’s best-preserved ruins at Ephesus. From Side make the trip to the Temple of Apollo where you will be awe-struck by the sheer size of the still-upright columns, not to mention the ingenuity of the ancient civilisations. Enjoy some tranquillity at the famous moonscape-like landscape of Cappadocia, filled with stone chimney shaped rock formations – some of which have been carved into chapels with ornate frescoes. For some of Turkey’s most impressive architecture, visit mosaic-filled Ottoman mosques in Istanbul.

A sandy lagoon surrounded by pine forests, or a buzzing resort with wall-to-wall bars? Take your pick from beaches in Turkey, from Konyaalti Beach in Antalya, to tiny, tucked-away Kapitas surrounded by steep cliffs, and 18km of golden sands at family-friendly Patara beach, near Kalkan. In the Bodrum region you can recover from a night out on friendly Gumbet beach or scuba dive to see multi-coloured coral reefs. The coastal gem of Olu Deniz bay is one of Turkey’s most photogenic – head to the main beach lined with cafés and restaurants, or to the protected Blue Lagoon, a national park, where the kids will love swimming in its clear, shallow waters.

Stretching over both Europe and Asia, Turkey’s attractions tell the story of centuries of history, from ancient amphitheatres and Crusader castles to Byzantine churches. Istanbul is a cultural gem, home to the immense jewels of Topkapi Palace where the Ottoman sultans lived for 400 years with their many concubines. In the central region you’ll be dazzled by natural wonders such as the cascading limestone rocks of Pamukkale, and the ‘fairy-chimneys’ moonscape of Cappadocia. Roman remains dot the Mediterranean coast. Near Antalya, you can visit the well-preserved Roman amphitheatre in the ancient city of Aspendos, or explore the massive ancient site of Ephesus, near Selçuk.

Fresh local produce and a fusion of Arabic and Mediterranean cuisines mean that eating and drinking in Turkey is diverse and delicious. You’ll typically start a traditional meal sharing a tableful of mezze – perhaps smoky aubergine dip, garlicky spinach in yoghurt or hot cheese pastries. On the coast, make the most of freshly caught seafood, such as grilled sea bass, but throughout Turkey you’re likely to find char-grilled meats – lamb or chicken – on skewers. Look out for gözleme in seaside resorts – freshly made pancakes filled with potato or white cheese. Raki is the local aniseed liquor; powerful and pungent, it should only be tried with food.

Turkey is best for...

Celebrity spotters: Party with the international jet set at the waterfront Halikarnas in Bodrum – it’s the world’s largest outdoor club.

History lovers: Step back to Roman times at the ruined city of Ephesus.

Adventure seekers: Take the ride of your life in a tandem paraglide at Olu Deniz, drifting slowly onto the lush lagoon.

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Turkey is Turkish.

Currency: The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL).

Local time: Turkey is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: There are many international and domestic airports in Turkey. Antalya International Airport is where you’ll fly if you are staying in Antalya or Belek. Further west, use Dalaman International Airport for Marmaris and Fethiye, and Milas-Bordum Airport for resorts around Bodrum. Istanbul has two airports.

Flight time from UK: 4-5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Turkey tourist information can be found at

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Turkey. Apply for your Turkish visa online at

Weather and climate

The 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 make spring a popular time to visit. Book your holiday for the autumn to take advantage of the mild weather and quieter resorts, or enjoy fresh, blue sky days on a winter holiday to Turkey.

Getting around

By taxi: All resorts have metered taxis; there are also some fixed-route charges, for example to and from Dalaman airport.

By coach: Sleek, speedy coaches are the best way of getting around Turkey, with fast, frequent, services covering every town and city. There are many private operators, but buy your ticket in advance if you’re travelling in high season.

By minibus: For shorter journeys, and within towns and cities, minibuses (dolmuş) are a common way of getting around, operating on a fixed route and will let you on and off along the route wherever you wish.


Anzac Day: Aussies and Kiwis gather for Anzac Day, marking the anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli landings (25 April).

For culture lovers: The glorious Roman amphitheatre near Antalya is the venue of the prestigious Aspendos International Opera And Ballet Festival where world-famous music troupes dazzle music-loving audiences.

Turkish tradition: It’s a very different form of entertainment in Selçuk where the camel wrestling festival sees these heavyweight beasts battle it out in this traditional sporting event.

For yachters: Nautical culture is celebrated at autumn’s Marmaris International Race Week – you’ll see sleek yachts racing from the busy harbour.

Take to the skies: See colourful parachutes and paragliders in daredevil flights from Babadağ mountain for October’s Ölüdeniz Air Games.

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To find out more information about a specific region please use the links below.

Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Izmir.


To find out more information about a specific city please use the links below.

Belek, Lara Beach, Side, Gumbet, Marmaris, Icmeler, Olu Deniz, Kusadasi


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