In less than 4 hours from London, it is possible to explore Eastern Europe with a package holiday in Turkey. On the border of Europe and the Middle East, Turkey is a land rich in contrast. From the Bosphorus Mountains in Anatolia, to the Lycia of the Black Sea, through Cappadocia, this country offers an incredible diversity of landscapes, traditions and cultures. Home to a dozen different civilizations, Turkey offers visitors a wide variety of historical past. The ruins of the Hellenistic Aegean coast, the Seljuk architecture of Central Anatolia and the Ottoman palace in Istanbul, a package holiday in Turkey would allow you to travel through more than 10,000 years of history. Surrounded by the waters of the Black, Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean seas, the Turkish coast is home to a large number of beaches, coves and creeks. The Turkish are also a very hospitable people; from Istanbul's students immersed in Western culture to the nomadic shepherds Karaman, it is still very easy to share a tea or Turkish coffee.
A must-see whilst on holiday in Turkey is Istanbul. The cultural capital of Turkey, surprises by its cosmopolitan buzz, here Europe ends and Asia begins. One can stroll through the covered walkways of the many bazaars, stopping to shisha in the shade of the famous Ayasofya Mosque (Hagia Sophia) before visiting the Dolmabahce Palace, the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans. The long coastal strip between Izmir and Antalya has become one of the most popular Riviera’s in Europe. The larger resorts in the area offer many activities. As for the coasts of the Black Sea, they provide a haven of freshness to tourists on holiday in Turkey seeking to escape the heat of the Aegean and Mediterranean beaches. To the east, a stay in Turkey will lead you to the incredible lunar landscape of Cappadocia, carved by ancient volcanic activity and erosion, to discover a strange civilization with its cave dwellers and underground cities. The inlands of Anatolia, usually a fairly tourist destination, yet it has many unsuspected hidden cultural treasures, most importantly including the famous Whirling Dervishes of Konya. The beauty and simplicity of the architecture of the pre-Ottoman period and its welcoming people will allow you to enjoy your holiday off the beaten track.