Turkey Tours

Turkey tours are a pilgrimage of culture, history, adventure fun and relaxation. Join us and visit a country known as “the cradle of civilisation” being that the soils have seen many of the great empires and civilisations in history. Anatolian cities are said to be among the earliest human settlements in the world, from the miraculously preserved monuments of the Hellenistic-Roman civilizations to the path to Noah’s ark. Whatever it is you are looking for in an adventure or tour, Turkey has it all. Want history? Feel centuries of history beneath your feet as you walk through the ancient ruins of Ephesus, where the Temple of Artemis stands, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; or visit the beautiful Ihlara valley, where early Christians escaping Roman Soldiers took up settlement, carving hundreds of churches and underground cities into the unique rock formations. Then the diverse landscapes of Turkey from the cities to the coastline, mountains and lakes lend plenty of opportunity for variety and activities for the adventurous traveller. No travel experience is complete without sampling some of the local cuisine. We have done all of the hard work for you, and have sourced some of the best hotels which provide an exquisite array of traditional Turkish cuisine, and then the inside knowledge of our experienced guides will point you in the right direction for meals that aren’t included. From the history, sights and sounds, to the company and atmosphere; our Turkey tours combine it all to create that authentic travelling experience.

Duration: 9 Day
Essential Turkey tour combines history and culture, man-made wonders and natural phen...
12 People Max.
Duration: 9 Day
Travelling with a group of no more than 12 people, our new Small Group trips provide ...
Duration: 12 Day
Discover the ancient wonders of Turkey in our 12 day Best of Turkey by Land tour. Emb...
12 People Max.
Duration: 12 Day
Travelling with a group of no more than 12 people, our new Small Group trips provide ...
Duration: 12 Day
Discover Western Turkey and cruise through the Mediterranean in our 12 day tour. Simi...
12 People Max.
Duration: 12 Day
Travelling with a group of no more than 12 people, our new Small Group trips provide ...
Duration: 10 Day
A compact tour of Turkey’s amazing wonders and natural beauties. This 10 day tour s...
12 People Max.
Duration: 10 Day
Travelling with a group of no more than 12 people, our new Small Group trips provide ...
Duration: 10 Day
Explore the best of Turkey’s west coast, experience a 3 day Gulet cruise around the...
12 People Max.
Duration: 10 Day
Travelling with a group of no more than 12 people, our new Small Group trips provide ...
Duration: 7 Day
Visit the must-sees of Turkey with the 7-day Fantastic Turkey tour. Uncover Istanbul ...
12 People Max.
Duration: 7 Day
Travelling with a group of no more than 12 people, our new Small Group trips provide ...
Duration: 8 Day
Highlights of Turkey tour takes you to the most essential sites to see over 8 days. S...
Duration: 6 Day
Uncover the beauty of Turkey with two of the most important bucket-list places, Istan...
Duration: 19 Day
19-day All About Turkey is cultural discovery, unique history, incredible wonders and...

Turkey Sailing Tours

A Turkey sailing tour is an appropriate holiday suited for travellers who are looking for sun, relaxation, exploration and fun. Sail on a traditional Turkish gulet through turquoise waters, stopping to visit Turkey’s unblemished islands, stunning coves, charming towns and picturesque beaches. Enjoy the Turkish hot spots such as the likes of Marmaris and Fethiye and journey back in time with the plethora of castles, ancient sites and archaeological locations.

Sail Turkey
From $879
Duration: 8 Day
Set sail with us for an eight day adventure along Turkey’s gorgeous coastline with ...
NEW! 2020
Duration: 4 Day
Sail Turkey Mini Cruise gives a chance to enjoy the beautiful Turquoise waters of the...

Turkey & Greece Tours

From the Acropolis of Athens to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, a Travel Talk Greece and Turkey tour provides experiences sure to satisfy. Visit Turkey and discover the wonders of Istanbul, the world’s only city situated on two continents; Asia and Europe, along with learning the history of Gallipoli, Troy and Ephesus. Trip to the natural marvels of Pamukkale and Cappadocia and relax on the picturesque coast. Then journey onto Greece, which is identified as a nation that is known for quaint villages, iconic blue and white domed buildings, archaeological spots, renowned sunsets and sapphire waters. No Greek Island is the same which means that visiting this destination will be very much a unique experience. From charming fishing communities to ancient momentous ruins, Travel Talk’s Turkey and Greece tours will not disappoint.

NEW! 2020
Duration: 15 Day
15-day Greece & Turkey Discovered by Gulet is the perfect summer trip. Lose yours...
NEW! 2020
Duration: 17 Day
Discover Greece and Turkey in this 17-day tour! Begin by exploring the beauty of fam...
NEW! 2020
Duration: 19 Day
19-day Ultimate Greece and Turkey uncovers all the beautiful gems of the Aegean. Expl...
NEW! 2020
Duration: 19 Day
19-day Ultimate Greece and Turkey uncovers all the beautiful gems of the Aegean. Expl...
NEW! 2020
Duration: 17 Day
Discover Fantastic Greece and Turkey over 17 days! Stroll through the famous ancient ...
NEW! 2020
Duration: 19 Day
19-day Best of Greece and Turkey is a fantastic combination of sun, sea, history and ...
Duration: 15 Day
Greece & Turkey Discovered takes on the popular Aegean coast from Greece to Turke...
Duration: 17 Day
Discover Greece and Turkey in this 17-day tour! Begin your tour by exploring the nat...
Duration: 19 Day
A fantastic combination of sun, sea, history and culture of two magnificent countries...

Turkey and Balkans Tours

NEW! 2020
Duration: 16 Day
Journey through two stunning regions at once with the 17-day Essential Balkans & ...
NEW! 2020
Duration: 17 Day
Uncover the unspoken natural beauty of the Balkans together with its diverse history ...
NEW!2020
Duration: 17 Day
Start off the Amazing Balkans & Turkey adventure at Sofia and hop on for an unfor...

Turkey Sights Map

Must See Sights from Turkey

Blue Mosque
View on map

The exterior features a beautiful cascade of domes and six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior giving the building its unofficial but commonly used name.

Hagia Sophia
View on map

The Hagia Sophia, among the Seven Wonders of the World, awaits you with all its magnificence. The hundreds of years old structure will fascinate you on sight.

Topkapi Palace
View on map

Home of the Sultans, heart of the Ottoman Empire… Roam through the royal palace of the Ottomans and follow their footsteps to see their most valued treasures.

Gallipoli
View on map

Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Anzac Cove, Johnston's Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Raod, Quinn's Road and more…

Troy
View on map

The legendary city where you can outline layers of ruins of cities built on top of each other and visit the famous Trojan horse, awaits you.

Asklepion
View on map

The Asklepion is a famed ancient medical center built in honor of Asclepius, the god of healing. It was also the world's first psychiatric hospital.

Ephesus
View on map

The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus embarks you on a journey to ancient times while roaming the streets.

Marmaris
View on map

There are plenty of beaches, restaurants and bars to enjoy in this highly popular touristic town.

Saklikent
View on map

This huge canyon is a natural beauty where you can do trekking to reach to breathtaking sceneries and secret waterfalls.

Pamukkale
View on map

Home of the world-famous travertines, the cotton castle. You will witness the unusual and beautiful scenery just near the ancient city of Hierapolis, the ancient cure center.

Cappadocia
View on map

A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders. Take the chance to discover underground cities carved into rock, fairy chimneys and many more...

TOP REVIEWS

  • Essential Turkey

    The overall experience surpasses my expectation. I have read several reviews before choosing this tour and most of the reviews are great. I’m glad that my experience came out the same. The Guide Mustafa goes out of his way to accommodate everyone and equipped us with much needed guidance & knowledge about places. I will certainly recommend Travel Talk Tours to all my friends & looking forward to more tours with Travel Talk. Thank you.

    Suraya Ismail
  • Amazing Turkey by Gulet

    Travel Talk – Always have had a great experience. Kev is an awesome guide mainly as he relates everything to the general crowd on the tour. Very funny. Great trip.

    Sarah Stephens
  • Best of Turkey by Land

    I really loved this tour, Kevin was full of interesting facts and knowledge about Turkey and all of our destinations. Best guide ever! Mustafa Abi was a fantastic driver and I always felt safe whilst on the bus. We did a lot on this tour and everything seemed to run smoothly which made for a very pleasant time. I would highly recommend Travel Talk Tours and will consider Travel Talk for any of my future travel plans. Thank you!

    Fiona Gegg
  • Best of Turkey by Gulet

    Yavuz was a great guide and really made this a great + fun tour. I really enjoyed it and there were lots of laughs along the way. It was also very helpful in regards to learning about the culture as Yavuz was very knowledgeable throughout the tour. I would definitely recommend this tour!

    Deanna Shore
  • Essential Turkey

    Mustafa was a very relaxed & helpful guide. He was very open to group suggestions & went out of his way to make sure that all passengers were having a positive experience. Hotels were all very lovely & the staff very accommodating. Overall a really good tour!

    Luke Stevens

Turkey Travel Guide

As Turkey is such a large country with so many diverse attractions, at times it can be difficult to decide on the best time to visit. Turkey has characteristic Mediterranean temperatures with the hottest months from June to September and the coldest months from December to February. Travellers generally choose to travel Turkey between the months of May and October because the temperatures are pleasant, the sky is clear and travellers can comfortably visit all areas of Turkey from the coast, to the cities, to the mountains, with ease.
We closely monitor the latest travel updates to Turkey and follow the advice of the UK Foreign Office. For the latest travel advice from UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey
British, Australian, American and Canadian travellers all need an e-visa to enter Turkey. At present, the cost for British and American passport holders is USD $20 and for Australian and Canadian passport holders is USD $60. Travellers who have a New Zealand passport do not require a visa however, cannot surpass the 3-month limit. To organise an e-visa:
The Turkish culture has cultivated over millenia, interacting with many cultures of the Mediterranean, Europe, Middle East and Asia; bringing together various customs, especially during Ottoman Empire times. Around 99% of Turkey's population is Muslim with most belonging to the Sunni branch of Islam, and religious events such as Ramadan are widely and festively celebrated. Turks are renowned for their friendliness and hospitability and is perhaps one of the only nations that embody diverse aspects of Eastern and Western culture somewhat seemlessly. The villages of Turkey tend to be very traditional and modest, whereas large cities such as Istanbul are a unique blend of European and oriental influences. Travellers will not only discover plenty of mosques, hamams and Turkish coffee shops; but also bars, nightclubs and modern stores of all kinds. You will find incredible mosques, ancient Ionic cities named after Alexander the Great, thousand-year-old Roman ruins, cities carved underground by the early Christians, and a most-colourful cultural adventure awaiting you.
Turkish food is among the greatest on earth with many of the dishes originating from the Ottoman cuisine. A lot of Turkish food is regional, contrasting from one place to another with dishes that have plenty of variations using spices, meat, seafood and vegetables. Street food is very popular with cheap eats of döner, köfte, gözleme, pide and mussels’ being readily available. Restaurants offer an array of Turkish cuisine and prices vary per the type of establishment. Turkish coffee and tea is widely drunk along with two national drinks, the first being a salted yoghurt based drink and the other being an alcoholic beverage called raki.
Whilst on a Turkey tour, experiencing the shopping scene is a must. With plenty of markets, stores, shops and bazaars to choose from you’re able to discover a wide range of beautiful unique crafts, textiles, jewellery, clothing and furniture. Turkey is also home to the Grand Bazaar; the biggest old covered bazaar in the world, with over 3,000 shops of all kinds. Haggling is also part of the experience, so brush up on your skills.
Ramadan: The 30-day Islamic holy month of Ramadan is a time of prayer, celebration and fasting. Many Turks fast from sunrise to sunset and then after sunset the feasting commences. The Ramadan Feast in Turkey is an occasion for visiting relatives, paying respects to elder people and many Turks give sweets during the festival. It is an official holiday that continues for three days and celebrates the end of the fast of Ramadan month. Anzac Day: Each year in April, masses of people travel to Gallipoli in Turkey to pay their respects to remember and honour the fallen New Zealand, Australian and Turkish soldiers who lost their lives on the same shores during World War I. Travellers can attend the moving dawn service, memorial sites and experience a unique atmosphere that is an extremely iconic moment in history.

Turkey Tours - FAQ

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Turkey, which can be applied for online via https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. Travellers from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and the USA can apply for a 90-day e-visa online. Although this process usually takes only several minutes, we recommend to obtain it at least 2 weeks before you arrive in Turkey.
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa if staying for less than three months: New Zealand, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland.
Passport validity entry requirements: Travellers entering Turkey must carry a passport or travel document valid for at least 60 days from the expiry date of their visa.
This information is provided as a guidance, we strongly advise that you check with the consulate or embassy as this information can change at any time and with little notice. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the required travel documents are ready when travelling.
Yes, all passengers travelling with Travel Talk must have travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip.
It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance in place. You may read more about this here.
Turkey has quite a variable geography and climate, make sure to check the Pre-departure file of your tour (found on each tour page online) for the average temperatures at the sites visited.
The Aegean (western) and Mediterranean (southern) coasts have a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers, so beach resorts are highly popular from May to August.
March, April, September and October tend to remain moderate along the coast with many local tourists enjoying the sea and pleasant weather. During these months, inland Anatolia (i.e. Cappadocia, Ankara) is typically cooler and drier. Winter season in Turkey (December - February) can be cold, rainy and snowy, with occasional sunny days.
Most Turkish cities and resorts carry on as normal during Ramadan. After sunset, slow-paced Istanbul gets back into full swing with a carnival-like atmosphere. Festive coloured lights are switched on and mosques are illuminated. Restaurants will be packed with locals to break their fast. Most restaurants offer special Ramazan menus or banquets. Tourists and non-Muslims are welcome to join the festivities. Please check the Pre-departure file or the FAQ for Ramadan dates.
Free Wi-Fi is commonly available in airports, hotels, cafes and restaurants in Turkish cities, however the quality of connection differs. You can also find plentiful of internet cafes in the cities visited. Make sure to enable data roaming on your mobile if you wish to use 3G/4G, although the connection may be unreliable in some rural areas.
Coverage is generally quite good in Turkey, you’ll rarely be far from a mobile phone signal. Make sure to enable global roaming before leaving home to be able to use your mobile in Turkey. 3G/4G is commonly available throughout the country, however may be unreliable in rural areas.
The Turkish Lira is the currency of Turkey. Please find below approximate prices in USD to give you an idea.
  • Coffee: USD 0.50
  • Sandwiches: USD 0,50 - 2
  • A bottle of beer: USD 3
  • Mid-range restaurant meal: USD 10
  • Turkish bath entry: 15-20 USD
It is not recommended to drink tap water in Turkey. Bottled water is commonly available, alternatively you may fill a reusable water bottle or carry water purification tablets with you.
Major credit/debit cards are widely accepted in Turkey. Some shops at small towns and rural areas may not accept cards, we would recommend to carry some cash with you for small purchases just in case.
ATMs can be easily found in many places in the cities however are not as common in rural areas. Also not every small shop accepts cards, so you may need cash for smaller expenses.
All tours starting in Istanbul include arrival airport transfer if your flight lands in Istanbul on the first day of your tour between 5am and 11:30pm or if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, Airport Transfers.
You must inform our call centre or info@traveltalktours.com of your flight details (date of flight, flight number, arrival time and name of travelers) at least 10 days prior to your departure date. If you do not receive confirmation that your pick-up is arranged, please contact us.
You will be picked up by a Travel Talk representative holding a Travel Talk sign at the airport. Departure transfer is not available in Turkey.
If your tour starts in Istanbul, the welcome meeting will be held in the hotel lobby around 7pm with your group and guide. You can find the arrival information for land and sailing tours in Turkey here.  If there is any change in your arrival hotel, we will send you an e-mail to inform you before the trip.
Don't worry if you will miss the welcome meeting on Day 1 as some travellers arrive late in the day - just make sure to let us know in advance.
Depending on the dates and hotel availability, we may be able to arrange pre/post-tour accommodation in Istanbul. Pre-accommodation includes breakfast & airport transfer, and post-tour accommodation includes only breakfast. For sailing tours extra accommodation is not available.
You can book pre/post-accommodation during the booking process online, or by contacting us.
Solo travellers often join our tours to meet and travel with like-minded adventurers, forming longstanding friendships. We also strive to provide a relaxed and sociable tour experience to allow the group to weld throughout the journey.
Solo travellers will be roomed with another solo traveller of the same gender, or can upgrade to a solo room by paying the single supplement.
There are always solo travelers on our tours. If you don’t mind being roomed with another single traveler of the same gender, you do not need to pay the supplement. Single supplement is for travelers who would like to stay in a single room for the duration of their tour.
Please note that the single supplement may be required for sailing tours as gullets have double cabins.
Please contact us with your request & we will do our best to arrange your room accordingly. info@traveltalktours.com 0208 099 9596
Our tours do not include airfare to/from the destination, and we do not advise on, ticket or sell flights. It is your responsibility to make it to the starting point of your tour on time.
If you provide your dietary requirements at the time of booking, we will do our best to make the necessary arrangements where available. You can leave a comment under the "Notes" section when making an online booking or simply contact us. Please note that gluten-free & vegan options may be limited in the country.
The Turkish Lira (TRY) is the local currency. Although you can pay with USD and EUR in some places, you’ll always get a better deal paying in the local currency. You can get lira from ATM's using your debit card or travel card — withdrawing cash on credit card is less favourable.
Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted except in some small vendors. Avoid changing the bulk of your money at the airport as the exchange rates are usually more favorable in the city. Your tour leader will be pleased to help if you need any assistance.
Good news, there isn’t any luggage restriction on our tours as long as you’re able to carry your own luggage - usually just for a very short distance.
Tipping service staff is common in Turkey - typically around 10-15% for a restaurant meal. There is no need to tip taxi drivers, however it is customary to round up the fare for convenience.
Your tour guide and crew would be especially appreciative and honored with this kind of traditional gratitude at the end of your tour.
You can join a tour late or miss the Welcome Meeting on Day 1 if you inform us prior to the departure date. Please note that it will be your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements to catch up with the group. For sailing tours, please contact us at info@traveltalktours.com as meeting with the group may not be possible once the ship sets sail.
Please contact us at info@traveltalktours.com or +44 208 099 9596.
For all emergencies, you can contact +44 208 099 7536 .
Ramadan (Ramazan) is the Islamic holy month, during which Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. Fasting means 'nil by mouth' including food, water and cigarettes. Ramadan dates move every year, please see below the dates for 2020 and 2021. Some local cafes and restaurants close during the day; however tourists are not expected to fast, and there are many cafes and restaurants that stay open to cater for you.

During Ramadan, you are encouraged to show your respect by not walking around in public eating, chewing gum, smoking or drinking (especially alcohol). It is fine to do so in your hotel or in a cafe/restaurant recommended by your tour leader. Your tour leader will organise lunches and dinners to make Ramadan easier for you. During the month you will find that tourist sites often close early to allow staff to return home in time to break their fast, and shops often open late and close early.
    Ramadan Dates:
  • 24 April – 23 May 2020
  • 13 April – 12 May 2021
If your tour visits Cappadocia, Hot Air Balloon is one of the optional activities of your tour. Please note that optional activities are not operated by Travel Talk and that hot-air ballooning depends on the weather conditions.
Both tours are the same except for 3 days of the itinerary around Fethiye. The Gulet option includes a blue cruise of the crystal clear bays of the Mediterranean for 3 nights. The Land group stays in a Fethiye resort with swimming pools, visiting Oludeniz, Salkikent Canyon and Dalyan over 3 nights.

Open until midnight

+44 20 8099 9596
info@traveltalktours.com

Monday - Friday: 09:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
W. Europe