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Turkey Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Turkey, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Capital Ankara
Language Turkish
Time Difference 2 hours
Currency The New Turkish Lira
Voltage 230v

Where Europe and Asia meet, beautiful Turkey is an endlessly fascinating country to visit. Home to countless archaeological and historical treasures, trace the steps of Romans, Greeks, Persians, Venetians, Ottomans and Byzantines – Turkey’s epic history unfolds at every corner, with a trail of eye-catching architecture left behind.

The beautiful Bodrum Peninsula stretches from the country's southwest coast into the Aegean Sea, home to the elegant eponymous city and its 15th-century castle. The surrounding area is characterised by charming villages, exclusive resorts, luxury properties, rugged coastlines, stunning beaches and truly crystal-clear waters. The capital Istanbul is today a booming mega city, where stunning architecture merges with frenzied bazaars, and fashionable café-bars sit next door to Ottoman mosques, providing a host of beautiful and inspiring delights.

Highlights+
The Ancient City of Ephesus

An ancient Greek city built in the 10th century BC, the truly fascinating ruins of Ephesus can be visited on a day trip from Bodrum. Though around 80% of the city is yet to be unearthed, Ephesus is Europe's most complete classical city, its excavation having been in process for more than a century and a half! Tour the recovered structures that made up the fourth largest city in the Roman Empire, once home to over 250,000 inhabitants. From the breathtaking Terraced Houses to the fascinating Temple of Artemis, prepare to be awed as you step back in time to the ancient Greco-Roman world. Our Luxury Travel Specialists will be happy to assist in arranging this unforgettable excursion from whichever luxury property you choose.

Bodrum Town

An elegant seaside town on Turkey's south west coast, Bodrum is home to upmarket restaurants, exclusive nightlife venues and beautiful boutique hotels, making it a popular summer destination for Turkey's elite. Despite its glamour, Bodrum still oozes an undeniable charm, home to twisting, white-washed side streets lined with shops, as well as its crowning castle, built back in the early 15th century.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

Built between 353 and 350 BC, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built by Artemisia after her husband and the ruler of Caria, Mausolus, died, she was said to have been so heartbroken that she hired the very best artists to create the most magnificent tomb in the world. Indeed, the sculptures that adorned it were built by the four leading artists of the time - Scopas, Bryaxis, Leochares and Timotheus. Located in modern day Bodrum, the ancient ruins are easily accessed from the charming town.

Beaches

Fringed by the azure Aegean Sea, the Bodrum Peninsula is home to an array of truly stunning beaches. Think powdered white sands, clear waters, secluded coves and beautifully rugged coastlines. From fun-filled stretches of sand that are for families, to exclusive beach clubs and silent inlets, our luxury properties in Bodrum wonderfully embrace their beachfront locations.

Climate+

Summer in Turkey is dry and sunny, with the exception of the north east coast, with the driest months being July, August and September.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Turkey.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January8121
February981
March1178
April1651
May2138
June2530
July2728
August2741
September2449
October1990
November15105
December11138

Getting There+

Flight Information
Jet2, EasyJet and Turkish Air direct from London Gatwick to Bodrum. UK regional departures and charter flights are also available.

Flight Time
4 hours 5 mins from London Gatwick
 

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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