Destination Guide

Turkey

Turkey is entirely fascinating, with cosmopolitan cities and quaint villages, and a rich history from Biblical times to the modern day. Situated on both Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Turkey has cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. There are many great destinations to explore, from the melting pot of Istanbul, to the blue waters of the Azure Coast, caves of Cappadocia, and pools of Pamukkale just to name a few.

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Why Book Turkey with Sun Island Tours?

Tours guided in English only.

Selected tours stay in cave hotels.

Local operator available 24/7.

Guaranteed departures on all tours.

Turkey Highlights & Experiences

Istanbul

The largest city in Turkey is a metropolis where diverse cultures, nations and religions have created an intoxicating mosaic. Here you can visit many iconic buildings that were constructed in the Ottoman and Byzantian eras, such as Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. You will also be able to visit bazaars and enjoy the heights of Turkish cuisine.

Cappadocia

A semi-arid region in central Turkey that is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys” – tall, conical rock formations. The best way to survey the topography of this fascinating area is by hot air balloon!

Pamukkale

Pamukkale is located in western Turkey, and features gleaming white calcite terraces cascaded by warm, mineral-rich thermal waters.

Ephesus

Turkey’s most important ancient city, and one of the best preserved and restored ruins in the country. It is now on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. You can stroll for hours along its streets, passing temples, theatres, libraries and statues. Take a hat!

Gallipoli

Gallipoli is the site of the World War I landing by Australian and New Zealand soldiers and has forever become part of both nations’ history. Thousands of travellers of all ages visit this important and sombre historical  and military site every year.

Antalya

Antalya is a resort city that is the gateway to Turkey’s southern Mediterranean region. The Old City Marina is a waterfront area with old stone walls overlooking docked yachts, with restaurants, bars and shops. Sites to visit include Hadrian’s Gate, Duden Waterfalls, Hidirlik Tower, Antalya Museum, Kursunlu Waterfalls and Konyaalti Beach.

Fethiye

Fethiye is a picturesque port city on Turkey’s Azure Coast that is known for its natural harbour, blue waters and numerous rock tombs – including the 4th century BC Tomb of Amyntas – carved into a bluff overlooking the city. Nearby islands are popular for day trips by boat. Other places to visit include the beach at Oludeniz, the nature reserve of Butterfly Valley and Tlos ruins.

Tours, Packages and Cruises in Turkey

Tours, Packages and Cruises in Turkey

Choose from our extensive range of travel options to ensure you get the best out of your time in Turkey.

  • Day Tours: Enjoy day tours from major cities such as Istanbul, Kusadasi, Cappadocia and more.
  • Escorted Coach Tour: Explore Turkey’s sites and cities hassle free on our fully escorted coach tours. Tours are guided in English only and guaranteed to run with a minimum of 2 people. Some coach tours run as small group with a maximum of 28 people.
  • Partially Escorted Package Tours: Packages are a combination of escorted coach touring and independent travel. All packages are guaranteed to run with a minimum of 2 people and guided in English only.
  • Gulet Cruises: Cruise the Turkish Coast on a traditionally built wooden Gult cruise. Cruises anchor in secluded bays and coves which are not seen from land. Itineraries depart from either Marmaris, Bodrum or Fethiye and include all meals.
  • Tailor Made Holidays: Let us tailor make your next holiday to Turkey with a package that includes transfers, accommodation and day tours of your choice.

 

Turkey Tours, Packages & Cruises Selection Tips

Find some of our top tips for choosing the perfect trip for you!

A temporary visitor’s visa is required for all Australian passport holders which must be obtained online at www.evisa.gov.tr.
April to June and September to November are the best months to visit as the days are sunny and the nights are cool, while July and August are hot and dry.
Turkish cuisine is vegetarian friendly.
Credit cards are accepted in major cities such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. However, always carry cash or small change for taxi fares, tips for waiters and public bathrooms.
Bottled water is recommended. The quality of tap water varies from region to region but it is not used for drinking purposes.
The locals are avid tea drinkers. As you head towards the historic neighbourhoods of Istanbul or to smaller towns in Turkey, be prepared to drink several cups of tea every day. It’s not unusual for shopkeepers to offer tea while you shop.
It is recommended that females travel with a shawl or scarf (to cover their hair) in case of travel to a conservative area or a mosque.

How to Get to Turkey

There are no direct flights from Australia to Turkey, at least one stop over is required. Airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific and Emirates fly into Istanbul.

Ferries operate from Kos to Bodrum, Rhodes to Marmaris and Samos to Kusadasi. All routes are approximately an 1 hour long and are subject to season and weather.

Contact our Turkey Experts

Our team bring years of experience, and a true passion for travel.
Meet the team that bring your dream journey to life.

Olivia
Olivia
Senior Reservations Consultant
Simone
Simone
Reservations Consultant
Sonia
Sonia
Senior Reservations Consultant