Turkey is a land of vast history, the birthplace of many civilisations and the home of some of history's greatest empires and kingdoms. Turkey delights visitors with its dizzying natural scenery, intriguing ruins from throughout human history, exquisite food and unique handicrafts.

Alaturka Turkey offers a wide range of day tours, cruises, and airport-to-airport package tours to help you make the most of your holiday package time in Turkey and discover the vast array of wonderful experiences that Turkey holds. Alaturka’s Turkey travel packages offer an easy was to explore and experience this land filled with culture, religion and history.

  • Alaturka package tours operate from airport-to-airport. From the moment you arrive in Turkey until the moment you leave, your every need will be catered for by Alaturka, however our tours do not include flights to and from Turkey.

  • Please note that Alaturka does not provide visa services. You will need to obtain a visa before entering Turkey.

  • All of Alaturka's tours are conducted in English.

  • To see our full range of single day and package tours, please scroll to the bottom of the page, or click here.

What to see in Turkey

Istanbul is the starting point for most visitors to Turkey, and has been a major cultural hub for nearly 2000 years, and a crucial site of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The most famous sights in Istanbul include the Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), the Hagia Sophia Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Cistern and the Byzantine Wall.

Istanbul offers world-class shopping in its Grand Bazaar, along Istiklal Avenue and the famous Taksim Square, as well as many modern malls.

Alaturka offers a wide selection of tours beginning and ending in Istanbul.

Fethiye is a simply stunning town on the Mediterranean coast. Famous for its natural beauty, hiking, sailing, seafood, mud baths and its proximity to the Oludeniz Blue Lagoon. Also near Fethiye is the Saklikent Gorge, which is the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey (20km long). You can visit Fethiye with Alaturka, or you may also start your tour there.

Trabzon and the Black Sea Trabzon is the most popular city for exploring Turkey's stunning Black Sea coastline, an area which enjoys mild, pleasant summers and cool winters. In Trabzon you can enjoy delicious Turkish food at Ataturk Alani Square and visit the Aya Sofya museum. You can also visit beautiful natural sites like the Hidirnebi Plateau and charming Uzungol Lake, situated 1000 metres above sea level and surrounded by mountains on all sides. Trabzon is also famous for the Sumela Monastery, carved into the side of a cliff during the times of the Roman Empire. Travelling west along the spectacular coastal highway, you can also discover Amasya with its rock tombs and riverside Ottoman houses, as well as the fort city of Sinop at Turkey's northernmost point where you can enjoy grilled fish.

Ephesus is one of the world's best archaeological sites, at one time being the second-largest city in the Roman Empire and home to the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Here you can also visit the 24,000 seat Great Theatre and the luxurious Terrace Houses with their beautifully preserved wall frescoes and floor mosaics. Many of Alaturka's tours include Ephesus in the itinerary, and there are also tours beginning from there

Eastern Turkey
offers a wonderful selection of destinations, where ancient ruins and modern cities blend perfectly together. Visiting cities that survived history to become a historical and culinary legend in a turkey like Gaziantep, or head to the mountains of Mt Nemrut where the sun rising and setting create a breathtaking unforgettable view from the ancient ruins looking into the valley below.

Pamukkale is famous for its unusual white cliffs (travertines) and hot springs, which have been used as a spa for over 2000 years. It also features the ancient Roman ruins of Hierapolis. Alaturka has toured to Pamukkale beginning in Istanbul, Ephesus and Fethiye.

Cappadocia is a stunning region of canyons, amazing rock formations, vast underground cities, with houses, churches, monasteries and even a castle carved into the mountainsides. It is also the world's premier location for hot air ballooning. This surrealistic landscape is the must-see destination of Turkey. Almost all of Alaturka's tours visit spectacular Cappadocia.

Food in Turkey

Turkish cuisine is world famous with a rich blend of European and Asian influences. Indeed Istanbul is one of the best culinary destinations in the world. The most popular dishes are kebap and pide (Turkish pizza), which consists of flat, crusty bread with beef, lamb, chicken, eggs, cheese or vegetables. Don't forget to try the Turkish delight as well!

Almost all food in Turkey is halal, and there are plenty of options available for vegetarians.

When to visit Turkey

Turkey is a large country with many different climatic regions. The north and east of Turkey have cold winters, while the coastal areas of the Aegean Sea boasts a temperate climate with pleasant weather all year round. The Mediterranean region can get very hot in summer.

The most popular time to visit Turkey is in the summer, from April to October. Tulip season in Istanbul is from late March to early May. The Mediterranean coastline is especially nice in spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) with temperatures between 20ºC and 30ºC.

Travel from the UK to Turkey

Most major airport offer summertime direct flights to popular airports in Turkey, including but not limited to; Istanbul, Dalaman, Antalya, Ankara, and Gaziantep. The following are hubs within the United Kingdom flying to Turkey.

Daily flights from various London airports fly to many destinations, with the following being daily direct flights to Istanbul allowing for free choice to travel within Turkey. Atlas Global, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, and Pegasus offer daily direct flights.

Manchester Airport offers daily direct flights with Turkish Airlines, One stop flights are available with Aegean, Air France, British Airways, and KLM, Each stopping at major European cities.

Edinburgh, in Scotland, offers direct daily flights in the summer season, with Turkish airlines, and one stop flights with British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, and KLM. Each airline stopping at major European cities.

Northern Ireland city of Dublin offers daily direct flights with Turkish Airlines, and one stop flights with British Airways, Air France and KLM. Southern Ireland’s Cork offers one stop flights, working with other airlines, with KLM, Turkish Airlines and Aer Lingus.

Cardiff Airport in Wales offers Direct flights to Antalya airport once a week, and direct flights 3 times a week during the summer holiday season.  

Turkish visa for Visitors from the United Kingdom

British Passport holders require a 90-day visa valid within a 180-day time frame as set during application, which can be completed here. Visa conditions can change without notice, so it is best to consult your nearest Turkish embassy or consulate before you travel.

Turkish Embassies and Consulates in the United Kingdom

Turkish Embassy in London

T: +44 2073 932 0202

Turkish General Consulate in London

Turkish Delight

Istanbul Ephesus Pamukkale Cappadocia Istanbul

Turkey Adventure

Istanbul Gallipoli Ephesus Pamukkale Cappadocia Istanbul

Istanbul & Western Highlights

Istanbul Ephesus Pamukkale Istanbul

Istanbul And Cappadocia Highlights

Istanbul Cappadocia Istanbul

Istanbul To Cappadocia And Antalya

Istanbul Cappadocia Antalya Istanbul (Optional)

Alaturka Explorer

Istanbul Gallipoli Ephesus Pamukkale Fethiye Olympos Cappadocia Istanbul

Explore Turkey

Istanbul Ephesus Pamukkale Fethiye Kas Olympos Cappadocia Istanbul

Turkey Unlimited

Istanbul Gallipoli Troy Pergamon Ephesus Pamukkale Fethiye Kas Olympos Antalya Konya Cappadocia Istanbul

Istanbul To Fethiye

Istanbul Gallipoli Pergamon Ephesus Pamukkale Fethiye

Historical Highlights

Istanbul Cappadocia Pamukkale Ephesus Istanbul

City, Coast And Cappadocia

Istanbul Fethiye Olympos Cappadocia Istanbul

Istanbul, Blue Cruise & Olympos

Istanbul Fethiye Kas Olympos Istanbul

Eastern Turkey Explorer

Istanbul Trabzon Erzurum Ishak Pasha Palace Mount Ararat Ani Cathedral Van Akhtamar Island Hasankeyf Mardin Mount Nemrut Sanliurfa Gobekli Tepe Gaziantep Istanbul (Optional)

Treasures Of Eastern Turkey

Istanbul Kayseri Mount Nemrut Sanliurfa Gobekli Tepe Hasankeyf Akhtamar Island Van Mount Ararat Ishak Pasha Palace Ani Cathedral Erzurum Trabzon Istanbul (Optional)

Istanbul To Blacksea & Trabzon

Istanbul Trabzon Istanbul (Optional)

Biblical Ephesus And Seven Churches

Istanbul Ephesus Istanbul