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Turkey Vacation Packages & Private Tours

Turkey can often feel like the center of the world, and it's been that way for centuries. Empires have bloomed and faded throughout Anatolia, leaving behind physical traces of their existence that layer and layer over each other. UNESCO sites are abundant in the country, and Turkey is home to incredibly diverse environments, from the Mediterranean coast to the mountains, from thick forests to sparse plains. Architectural wonders of the world, as well as their ruins, are spread throughout Turkey, pointing to the area’s rich history.

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Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Turkish vacation packages, based on 2 reviews

Review by Shaun & Stephanie
Shaun & Stephanie
California

JayWay Travel excels at providing the perfect balance between providing a sense of independence on your travels while simultaneously providing the support and information you need, when you need it. Whether in need of a restaurant selection or of medical care, our guides were always there to help us and point us in the right direction.

JayWay Travel excels at providing the perfect balance between providing a sense of independence on your travels while simultaneously providing the support and information you need, when you need it. Whether in need of a restaurant selection or of medical care, our guides were always there to help us and point us in the right direction.

Year : 2022
Visited : Greece, Turkey
Itinerary : Athens, Nafplio, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Istanbul
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2022
Visited : Greece, Turkey
Itinerary : Athens, Nafplio, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Istanbul
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Clarissia Jackson and Group
Clarissia Jackson and Group
Wisconsin

I have enjoyed traveling with JayWay Travel in the past, and refer others to this incredible travel agency often. In closing, the staff was phenomenal, and every guide we had on this unforgettable journey was FABULOUS! Can’t wait for our next JayWay Travel adventure….

I have enjoyed traveling with JayWay Travel in the past, and refer others to this incredible travel agency often. In closing, the staff was phenomenal, and every guide we had on this unforgettable journey was FABULOUS! Can’t wait for our next JayWay Travel adventure….

Year : 2021
Visited : Greece, Turkey
Itinerary : Santorini, Athens, Fethiye, Gulet, Istanbul
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Greece, Turkey
Itinerary : Santorini, Athens, Fethiye, Gulet, Istanbul
Rating :
5 / 5

Modern Turkey is always in a dance with its past. This is most apparent in Istanbul, the seat of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and currently Turkey’s largest and most dynamic city. The palaces, imperial mosques, cisterns, and churches scattered throughout Istanbul are a constant reminder of its many past identities, and the mighty Bosphorus Strait that bisects the city hints at its former and current position of importance in the world. Make sure to stop at the Hagia Sophia, a building that sums up much of Istanbul's complex and complicated history through its ever-shifting identities which still cause controversy and debate today.

Branch out from The City to explore the other urban spaces that make Turkey so complex. Bursa, just outside of Istanbul, was a major stop of the Spice Road and still bears traces of Ottoman imperial importance throughout its streets. Explore Izmir, Turkey’s laid-back city located on the Aegean coast, and enjoy its late-night meyhane feasting culture. Canakkale is the other Turkish city that straddles two continents, but its best known as a gateway point to the battlefields at Gallipoli, where the violence of World War I led to three countries to establish national identities in its aftermath-- New Zealand, Australia, and Turkey all pay respects at the cemeteries and memorials at the Anzac Cove.

Head into central Anatolia to experience the spiritual and natural wonder of Turkey. Learn about the whirling dervishes, Sufism, and the lasting influence of Rumi in Konya. Explore the wildest landscapes of Turkey in Cappadocia, where “fairy chimney” rock formations dot the Anatolian plain, and cave churches and underground cities point to the area’s fascinating history. Wonder at the natural snow-white travertine formations at Pamukkale, a UNESCO site that leads up to the ancient city of Hierapolis, built upon Pamukkale’s thermal springs.

Turkey is famous for its ribbon of turquoise coastline, and it’s easy to spend many days luxuriating in the gorgeous scenery and rich history of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Head to Bodrum to see how the jetset spends their summer vacation, with a vibrant party and dining scene and some of Turkey’s most beautiful bougainvillea-lined beach coves. Fethiye is often the gateway to the western Mediterranean, the famous dark blue Oludeniz, and the ancient Lycian cities whose ruins sprawl out along the coast. It’s a perfect place to start if you’re looking to explore more of the area. If the world underwater is calling to you, head to Kas, the trendy town built into hills that offers some of the best scuba diving in the country, along with vibrant restaurants, bars, and shops. To the east, Antalya is the other anchor of the Mediterranean coast, a sprawling modern city that contains within it the old city of Kaleici. Beyond the city limits are beaches, forests, and ruins; within are layers of history and an iconic harbor that’s the perfect place to spend a long summer evening.


Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Turkey

Turkey, or Türkiye?
While the official name of the country is the Republic of Türkiye, most people have been used to calling it Turkey for so long that we'd rather not confuse matters by switching to using Türkiye, at least until the name becomes more globally recognized. The Turkish government's request to change its name was made to the UN and other international organizations on 31 May 2022, and became effective immediately.
What's the best way to get to Turkey?
There are direct flights from many US cities to Istanbul, both on various US airlines and with Turkish Airlines. Therefore, it makes sense to start your trip across Turkey in Istanbul. If you're already in Europe, there are direct flights to Istanbul from pretty much every European capital and from several other cities, too, and seasonal flights to many of Turkey's coastal destinations.
When is the best time to visit Turkey?
The best time to visit Turkey is either April through May or September through October. During these months, the weather is mild and you can enjoy the cities, the beaches, and the open-air archaeological sites without the scorching sun and heat that the summer months bring. Avoiding the peak season that runs roughly from June to August, means that you also get to enjoy Turkey without the crowds that flock to the country in the summer. Istanbul is a dream all year round, but if you plan to visit the coastal towns, keep in mind that some restaurants and other tourist businesses there remain closed from November to March.
How many days do I need to see Turkey?
Turkey is a vast country, with plenty of amazing things to see and do. From visiting sun-drenched ancient ruins to spending time on the beach to exploring one of the world's most mouthwatering cuisines, Turkey has a lot to offer. That said, you can get a good taste of the country even if you don't spend too much time there. In a week, you can explore the charms of Istanbul and add one or even two more destinations to your itinerary. However, the ideal amount of time to spend in Turkey is two weeks. This will allow you enough time to enjoy the cities, the countryside, and the Mediterranean coast at a leisurely pace.
What's a good itinerary for a first-time visitor to Turkey?
You could spend your whole trip in Istanbul, taking in the city's beauty and savoring her mesmerizing scents and flavors. That said, if you have a week or more, you should continue with a trip not only to Turkey's second most famous destination, Cappadocia, but also to the country's capital city, Ankara, or its coastal towns, like Antalya, Bodrum, and the lesser-known Kas.
Do I need a visa to visit Turkey?
US, Canadian, and Australian passport holders need a visa to enter Turkey. A 30 day eVisa, or visa-upon-arrival can be easily obtained. To avoid queues when you enter Turkey we suggest getting an eVisa. The cost is $50 for US passport holders and $60 (US) for Australians and Canadians.
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