A trip to Turkey is comparable to a visit to the largest open-air museum in the world. Turkey seduces you with its splendid architecture, a beautiful mix of the East and the West, a delightful culture that has been vastly influenced by the Romans and the Ottomans and some of the most delicious cuisines you’...
Explore the continent-straddling metropolis of Istanbul, and step back in time to when it was Constantinople with the backstreets of the Grand Bazaar, the majestic Blue Mosque, and in the taste of real Turkish Delight..
Reflect on battles fought and lives lost with a moving visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula, a serene stretch of coastline where it's now hard to picture the horrors of war..
Hike into the Valley of Love in Cappadocia and be wowed by the fantastical natural sculptures of spires, domes, and pinnacles..
Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the ruins of the ancient city at Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the Cotton Castle Springs in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the Roman cities at Perge and Aspendos, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, a caravansary on the Ancient Silk Road, the underground city of Saratli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara.
Be treated to a fest at a local family's home as well as other oh so Turkish pursuits: drinking tea, playing backgammon, and the water pip.
Reflect on battles fought and lives lost with a moving visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula, a place of enormous significance to Australians and New Zealanders for the role it played in during the First World War.
Discover the history behind the famous archaeological site of Troy.
Be guided through the thousands of years of history hidden within the staggering structures of Ephesus – some of the world’s best Greco-Roman ruins are found in the Celsius Library façade and the Great Theatre.
Discover the colourful history of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient Wonders at the ruins of the Temple of Artemis.
Experience a different pace of Turkish life in Selcuk; soak up the relaxed, easy-going atmosphere and uncover the still thriving traditional culture.
“Just completed a 66 trip from Moscow to Istanbul. Great trip with all the major cities and sites covered. A good mix of countries and cities/towns/relaxing sites and activities to ensure you were always engaged.”
“The tour was good and pretty much all the cities visited were superb and a great way to experience the local cultures with a group. There was a lot of travelling involved some very long travel days not detailed in booking info or pre departure notes. ”
“Excellent tour from Dubrovnik to Sofia. Both our guides were extremely competent and there were no hitches. The standard of accommodation and the mostly minibus transport was far better than expected. A really comprehensive route. Well done Tucan!”
“This was undoubtedly one of the best trips I have ever been on. We saw so much in the two weeks which would have been much more difficult to do without an organised tour. Our tour leader Dane was exceptional -very knowledgeable and friendly. ”
“The 'Transylvanian Tales' tour was very enjoyable and interesting having a small group of 14 'travellers' made for good travelling companions. Dane Penstone our very knowledgeable and affable guide made the early starts and constant travelling bearable.”
“I thought this tour was a real surprise as the places we visited were so interesting and so much more than I ever expected....the only down side was the backpack and the fact that most of the accommodation is up many stairs and most without lifts..”
“Had a fantastic time. A great group of travel buddies. We were lucky to have mini vans for the Romanian leg of the tour...didn't mind catching trains and coaches but the local buses and metro's were a bit of an issue at peak hour.”
A trip to Turkey is comparable to a visit to the largest open-air museum in the world. Turkey seduces you with its splendid architecture, a beautiful mix of the East and the West, a delightful culture that has been vastly influenced by the Romans and the Ottomans and some of the most delicious cuisines you’ll ever taste in your life.
The Turks are immensely proud of their rich history and culture. Turkey’s vantage point between Europe and Asia leaves it in a position to take in the best from both continents and present an immersive culture that always presents exceptional experiences. Soaking in an ancient hammam, exploring the legendary Silk Road, visiting historic ruins, tasting century-old cuisines and roaming around the streets of Istanbul can offer great insights into the culture of Turkey. Every day in Turkey makes you fall in love with something new. After all, what else would you expect from a land that is brimming with ancient bazaars, some of the greatest architectural wonders in the world, majestic mountains and silky beaches!
Take the Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul and appreciate the city skyline dotted with spires of countless mosques.
Tour the Historic Peninsula of Istanbul, which abounds with Byzantine and Turkish structures.
Visit the Topkapi Sarayi in Istanbul, a longtime residence of the Ottoman sultans.
Lay eyes on rich Christian and Islamic artwork in the splendid Hagia Sophia, Istanbul.
Discover Goreme in Cappadocia on foot and from the balloon. The region is an open-air museum renowned for interesting rock formations and Christian churches in cavities of large rocks.
Enjoy calcium-filled waters that flow over white travertine terraces in Pamukkale, the mineral-bath spa. Pamukkale is the UNESCO site, located next to ancient Hierapolis, the Greco-Roman spa town.
In the Turkish capital of Ankara, take a look at items and artifacts exhibited in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum.
Visit spectacular and peaceful Oludeniz Beach and enjoy scuba diving, jet skiing and paragliding that reveals marvelous vistas.
Turks are great hosts and you will be welcomed regardless of your background.
Just pay attention not to show disrespect to national symbols and local customs and you shouldn’t have problems.
Same sex relationships are still not fully accepted in Turkey. Try to avoid same sex PDA.
ATMs are available in most cities. You won’t have trouble to use your credit and debit cards in the tourist resorts and cities.
Traffic in Istanbul tends to be chaotic, so pay close attention when you cross the street.
Turkey has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Turkey before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Turkey, do check out our Turkey Travel Guide for more information.