Experiences

Turkey is so much more than a beach destination. There are a wide variety of activities and experiences across the country.  The team at Fleewinter love to help our customers create a holiday perfectly tailored to their passions.

Just let us know what jumps out at you!

To chat about your holiday requirements, feel free to call us on 0207 112 0019 or email turkey@fleewinter.com.

 

Istanbul is the only city in the world to sit across 2 continents, and the result is magical.

The whole country is littered with religious and historic sights but Istanbul is the heart of it, with the most famous spots being the Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace.

But there is so much MORE to Istanbul. Get lost in the famous Grand Bazaar, head over to Beyoglu to look back at Sultanahmet from a rooftop bar - and take a ferry trip up the Bosphorous too.

Istanbul

In the past, Ephesus was a vibrant city of over 250,000 inhabitants, and the capital of Roman Asia Minor. The Temple of Artemis was the biggest on Earth at the time, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Today, Ephesus is considered the best-preserved Roman city in the Mediterranean region. It was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.

We recommend day trips from the southern coastal regions, or even better, overnight stops in one of the nearby towns or villages, packed with yet more history and charm.
Efes Ephesus

Ephesus

Translating as "cotton castle’, Pamukkale is a stunning natural site of thermal springs in the south-west. 

The ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis was built here so its been a tourist site for thousands of years! Since becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1980’s, this area is more carefully protected and hotels built on the ruins have been demolished, helping to return the site to its naturally beautiful state.

Pamukkale

The Lycian Way is a 540 km footpath from Fethiye to Antalya - the full stretch takes around a month to hike, but there are some shorter sections of particular note. Along the way you’ll find Roman roads, old footpaths and mule trails, and you’ll pass over 20 historical sites too remote to reach easily by car or public transport. The views are exquisite and there are opportunities to stop to swim, canoe or even paraglide.

The summer months are too hot for hiking in this part of the country, but February-May or September-November are perfect.

Lycian Way

Meandering down the river in a traditional Turkish boat makes for a delightful day trip.

You’ll pass the Lycian Rock Tombs and the ruins of ancient Kaunos, once an important sea port. As you go, look out for the nesting turtles that are a protected species on Iztuzu beach. Stop and enjoy a rejuvenating mud bath. Shop in the Dalyan village.

Though not the most well known of Turkey’s historic ruins, a stop to explore Kaunos is well worth your time. Today, the ruins at Kaunos include a well preserved ampitheatre, a temple dedicated to Apollo, Roman baths as well as the beautiful rock tombs.

Dalyan River Cruise

Over the years, Marmaris has become a busy and developed beachside resort town - but head a short distance further west onto the Datca peninsula or the Bozburun peninsula slightly to the south and it’s another world.

Calm fishing villages, undeveloped beach coves, little mountain towns with stone houses, ruins, and of course the ocean on all sides.
secluded cove turkey

Datca & Bozburun Peninsulas

You can’t visit Turkey without experiencing a Hammam. This cleansing, exfoliating and intense massage experience leaves skin fresh and glowing and is oddly relaxing.

Hammams

The unique natural caves and ‘fairy chimneys’ in Cappadocia would be beautiful on their own, but they’ve been rendered even more interesting by their history as a refuge for Christians looking to escape Islamic armies. The result is fascinating carvings, frescoes and churches deep in caves. It’s easy to see why drifting over this region on a hot air balloon has become popular, and even just watching the balloons is a spectacular site in itself.

It’s probably the best region for serious hikers as well, offering challenging mountains and valleys for those who seek them, with rich scenic rewards.

Cappadocia

Haggling is part and parcel of a visit to the Bazaars (markets) and can be exhilarating. Even if you don’t have room in your bag for a traditional carpet, the experience alone is great fun and the markets are stunning - ottomon tiles, lights and lanterns everywhere, the smell of the spices.

Bazaars

Turkey has an abundance of wine-bearing vines and an ancient history of wine production, but the modern Turkish wine industry is quite young and not as well known as other European producers - yet.

There is a real mix of traditional and modern methods, original and imported varieties of grape, and hugely differing climates across the country, making Turkish wine tasting varied and interesting. We particularly enjoy exploring the vines in the Thrace region north of Istanbul, and the coastal areas in the south-west.

Vineyard Tours and Wine Tasting