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TURKEY TOURS

Are you ready to take on Turkey? We have put together six exhilarating Turkey Tours that are guaranteed to please. Straddling both Asia and Europe, the wonders of the Orient and the history of the classical period collide in Turkey to create a truly unique and inspirational travel destination. Home to ancient cultures, brilliant blue seas, vibrant cities and a remarkable history dating back over thousands of years, Turkey has long been an attraction for travellers the world over.

Excellent Tours of Turkey

Discover the beauty of Turkey on one of our group tours as we journey back through time. Starting in cosmopolitan Istanbul, we travel to the WWII memorials of Gallipoli, visit Troy and the classical temples of Pergamum before heading along the Silk Route to gaze upon the incredible dreamlike landscape and rock formations of Cappadocia. You can also finish off your trip to Turkey in style by enjoying three relaxing nights on board a traditional Mediterranean gulet boat.

Special Offers on Turkey Tours

Experiencing all that Turkey has to offer needn't cost a fortune. Here at Encounters Travel we take pride in offering superb value for money on Turkey adventure holidays . Find the perfect package tour for you and take advantage of our unrivalled online special offers. Want to know more about our magnificent Turkey trips? Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the best time of the year to visit Turkey?

The best times to visit are from March to May and between September and November as the temperatures are pleasantly warm and the attractions are less crowded.

Is it safe to visit Turkey?

The Foreign Office states that most of the country remains safe to visit.

What is the official currency of Turkey?

The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish lira and if you want to exchange money you will get a better rate when you have arrived.

What should you wear in Turkey?

What you wear depends on where you are. If you are visiting a mosque or religious site then women will need to dress conservatively, but in bigger cities and tourist areas, the clothing standards are more relaxed and European.

Can you drink the tap water in Turkey?

Tap water is safe for general purposes, but most people drink bottled water.

TOUR REVIEWS

Anthony has been a pleasure to work with and when he is not available, other members of the team respond in a timely manner. I have booked a total of 6 trips since December 2013 and plan to book more to fill my bucket list.

My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.
I was cautious about arriving in Egypt given the current circumstances about the country, but felt safer that I did living in London as soon as I arrived. All of the Encounters staff are very professional.

I had an amazing time on the trip. Everything was incredibly well organized and planned out to a tee. Our tour guide, Big Mo, was amazing and super knowledgeable. I couldn't have imagined a better trip to Egypt!
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My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.

Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.

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Turkey Country Guide

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Time: GMT+3
Dial Code: +90
Area: 783,562 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Turkey is the Mediterranean Sea at 0m | The highest point in Turkey is Mount Ararat at 5,166m (16,949 ft.)
Population: 81,916,871 (2018)
Capital: Ankara
Governemnt: Parliamentary representative democratic republic
Language: Turkish

Turkey, officially known as the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country positioned in mainly Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries; Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan. It is also encircled by seas on three sides, with the Aegean Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

Ankara is the capital and Istanbul is the largest city in the country as well as the culture and commercial centre. It is also classified as a leading global city. Around 70-80% of Turkey's citizens identify themselves as ethnic Turks and Kurds are the largest minority at about 20% of the population. The official language is Turkish, which is the most widely spoken Turkic language in the world. Minority languages that are spoken include Arabic and Bosnian. Turkey is a secular state with no official state religion.

This country has a unique ecosystem and habitat diversity that has produced substantial species diversity. The coastal areas of Turkey bordering the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas have a temperature Mediterranean climate while the coastal area bordering the Black Sea have an oceanic climate. Turkey has 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is home to two of the Seven Worlds of the Ancient World and the world's oldest religious site. The country also has the world's 13th largest GDP by PP and the 17th largest nominal GDP.

Highlights

  • Istanbul Old City – this walled section is the oldest part of Istanbul, with most of its historical sights.
  • Troy – an ancient city and famous archaeological site that was rediscovered in the 19th century.
  • Pergamum – the site of an ancient Greek city and acropolis that is now called Bergama.
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus – this Greek shrine, known as the Temple of Diana, is dedicated to the goddess Artemis.
  • Hierapolis – positioned on hot springs, the ruins of this ancient city include baths and Greek monuments.
  • A hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia – the best way to view this moonscape region of cone-shaped formations is from above.
  • Silk Road – a historic system of caravan trails through Turkey, Iran, India and China that allowed trade.
  • Pamukkale calcium travertines – a natural site in Denizli, famous for a carbonate mineral left by flowing water.

Tips

  • Dress modestly when visiting mosques and religious sites and in some cases cover your head.
  • Drinking in public and inebriation is not acceptable away from tourist destinations.
  • Do not be overly tactile with your partner in public spaces.
  • The Turks will appreciate it if you learn some basic Turkish phrases and greetings.
  • Beware of scams in the bigger cities and look after your valuables when walking around.
  • Carry cash and make sure that you have small denominations for tipping.
  • Bargaining is acceptable and encouraged in marketplaces and seen as a form of dialogue.
  • During the month of Ramadan avoid eating, drinking and smoking in public.

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TAILOR-MADE Turkey TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

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