With a 10,000-year-old history and more than 40,000 ancient sites, it is one of the oldest continually inhabited regions in the world. A holiday in Turkey with A&K uncovers its rich history and beautiful landscapes. With your own personal A&K guide showing you the way there’s much to see from ancient remains to modern attractions and a colourful culture wherever you go. All A&K’s journeys are designed to give maximum flexibility, travelling at your own pace. Your guides are charming, thoughtful and well informed, full of interesting anecdotes and historical facts, your own magical Turkish delight! With A&K Philanthropy, during a visit to the legendary site of Troy in north-western Turkey, A&K guests are given the opportunity to help regenerate the Troad plain by planting an oak tree.
Try your hand at bargaining in some of the 3,000 shops in the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar. Take in the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace in a walking tour of Istanbul. Unwind on the fabulous sandy beaches on the Mediterranean coast. Cruise the ‘blue voyage’ waters of southwest Turkey in a private gulet. Take a ferry trip from Karaköy, sit outside on the deck and drink tea with the locals before arriving in Kadiköy market. Indulge in a traditional hammam, explore the ruins at Ephesus, Pergamum and Troy. Discover the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia by hot-air balloon. Reflect on Australia’s role in Gallipoli at the emotion-packed war cemeteries.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
April: At the Istanbul Tulip Festival, 18 million bulbs blossom across the city with a variety of events held in public parks. April 25: The devastating WWI battle for the Dardanelles is commemorated with moving dawn services at Gallipoli. June: The International Istanbul Music Festival features some 30 performances in historic buildings and palaces including Hagia Irene church, not normally open to the public. September: The International Istanbul Biennial is a themed arts festival held every other year. Weatherwise: The coastal areas of Turkey bordering the Mediterranean have hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Conditions are harsher in the more arid interior. Average temperatures in Istanbul range from just above freezing in January to around 30°C in August.
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