The Anatolian peninsula comprising most of modern Turkey is one of the oldest continually inhabited regions in the world due to its location at the intersection of Asia and Europe, bordering the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean coastline is dotted with well-preserved Greco-Roman cities such as Pergamom and Ephesus, while the austere and rugged Anatolian plateau has cave churches hidden away in the improbable fairytale landscape of Cappadocia. Istanbul, quintessentially Eastern is at the heart of the nation, with historic Roman aqueducts, Byzantine churches, glittering Ottoman mosques and palaces on offer, contrasting with the modern glamorous bars, restaurants and the new Istanbul Modern Gallery.
Luxury holidays in Turkey with Abercrombie & Kent will uncover the rich history set in a varied and beautiful landscape with historic sites and archaeological wonders.
All Turkey holidays should include a trip up the Bosphorus which takes you past yalis the wooden summer residences on the waterfront that are the stately homes of Turkey. Experience the folk culture with a visit to see whirling dervishes or a Turkish shadow play. A visit to a hammam, an Ottoman bath ceremony is not to be missed on your Turkey holiday. Taste delicious cuisine - start with shared meze dishes including sarma, rice in vine leaves, humous and for mains pirzola, grilled mutton. The meal is completed with a sweet desert such as the puff pastry speciality baklava. Allow us to share our knowledge and take you on your own personal luxury holiday in Turkey.
The coastal areas of Turkey bordering the Med have hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Conditions are harsher in the more arid interior, with average temperatures in Istanbul ranging from just above freezing in January to around 30°C in August.
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