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Exploring Turkey

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
Istanbul is the only city in the world to sit across 2 continents, and the result is magical. Here you'll find 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 for rooftop bars - and take a ferry trip up the Bosphorous too.
Ephesus
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.
Pamukkale
Translating as "cotton castle’, Pamukkale is a stunning natural site of thermal springs in the south-west. 

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.
Lycian Way
The Lycian Way is a 540 km footpath from Fethiye to Antalya - the full stretch takes around a month to hike. 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.

February-May or September-November are perfect weather to hike this region.
Dalyan River Cruise
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.

Datca & Bozburun Peninsulas
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.
Hammams
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.
Cappadocia
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.
Bazaars
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.
Vineyard Tours and Wine Tasting
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.
Istanbul
An intoxicating city and the only one in the world to sit across 2 continents. Enjoy breakfast in Europe and lunch in Asia, then back again for the evening.

Most of the popular sights, history and activity are centred on the European side in an area called Sultanahmet. But we recommend you explore further - taking in the Bazaars, cruising along the Bosphorous, and visiting the rooftop bars of Sultanahmet.
Cappadocia
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.

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.
Kalkan
Kalkan is, without a doubt, one of the prettiest holiday beach towns along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. It calls visitors back again and again.

The charming cobbled-stone town is packed with excellent restaurants, and sits staggered down the hillside to the ocean, with dramatic mountains in the backdrop.
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Thrace Wine Region
A beautiful region producing wine since ancient times. Guided tours of vineyards are open from April to the October harvest.
Fethiye
The Fethiye region is beautiful, with its verdant valleys and dramatic mountains covered in sweet-scented pine forests, ancient tombs carved into the rock faces and simply magnificent beaches. The most famous are the blue lagoon at Ölüdeniz, and the neighbouring Butterfly Valley, aptly named due to the diverse species of butterflies that have made it their home.

For history and nature lovers this region ticks all the boxes, with its many ancient sites to visit including the ruined temples of Tlos Letoon, and the derelict old Greek houses in the ‘ghost village’ of Kaya Valley. Spring is a wonderful time to visit; with its unique flora and fauna, it is simply bursting with rare wild flowers.
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Göcek
Göcek, in the Fethiye region, is a chic, harbour-side town surrounded by 12 islands – stunning just to look at, and even more spectacular to explore onboard a gulet. More
Datça & Bozburun Peninsulas
For a real taste of unspoilt Turkey, visit the gorgeous peninsulas of Datça and Bozburun with their mountain hamlets, forests of pine and a myriad of fishing villages, beaches and secluded coves, just waiting to be discovered.

The southernmost of the two peninsulas is Bozburun, where the main village is renowned for building traditional gulets, splendid wooden Turkish yachts that are seen along the whole coastline.

The Datça Peninsula is home to ancient Knidos which lies at its tip, where the remains of this Dorian port city overlook 2 stunning bays.
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Bodrum Peninsula
Despite Bodrum being a bustling, cosmopolitan town, the old part is incredibly pretty and has remained unchanged for many years, with old white and blue stone houses in the backstreets covered in colourful Mediterranean flowers.

The area is also packed with ancient history. You can see Bodrum Castle from pretty much everywhere, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnussus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) is tucked away here too.
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