From glorious weather and superb beaches to excellent resorts offering mouth-watering cuisine, a luxury Turkey holiday has it all. For history lovers, a visit to Izmir is a must, where the ancient city of Ephesus lies, home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Head further north and you'll find the culture-rich capital of Istanbul, while heading south reveals sleepy villages, rugged landscapes and spectacular coastlines.
A unique and intriguing mix of Eastern and Western tradition, Turkey offers dazzling diversity everywhere you look. There are atmospheric cities packed full of historical attractions, seaside resorts with idyllic golden sandy beaches, sleepy villages where life moves at a slower pace, and vast mountain ranges that will take your breath away. Wherever you end up on your luxury holidays in Turkey, you'll be greeted by the wide smiles of the friendly Turkish locals, who take great pride in their country's past and present.
This is especially evident when it comes to the cuisine, which takes you to the heart of Turkish culture more than anything else. From Aegean vegetables to Anatolian kebabs, eating well is a time-honoured custom - and something to make the most of during your luxury holidays in this beautiful country.
No matter whether you're discovering the origins of the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul, touring the ancient Roman ruins in Fethiye, sun-bathing from dusk till dawn in Marmaris, exploring the buzzing bazaars of the Aegean Coast, or bathing in the warm therapeutic waters at Pamukkale, Turkey's abundant attractions will continually amaze and inspire. It truly is a country of visual, cultural, and heart-warming appeal.
With such a vast country comes a variable climate, which changes from region to region, and from season to season. The best months to enjoy a luxury holiday in Turkey, particularly on the Aegean or Mediterranean coast, are from June to late-September. Highs in the 30s degrees are typical, but brisk sea breezes provide much-needed natural cooling.
To see the sights of Istanbul, consider visiting between April and May or October and November for the ultimate luxury city break. You'll still benefit from warm and sunny days, but the weather is more comfortable for sightseeing tours during these months.
From 'meyhanes taverns', where meze is eaten to sound of live music, to traditional 'ocakbaşıs' restaurants serving the finest meat kebabs, Turks love to eat out. On the weekends, this is especially so - and making a reservation is a must if you plan to eat at high-end restaurants.
Turkish cuisine is inspired and influenced by Central Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean culinary traditions. Although a secular state, it is considered polite for visitors to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages in public during the period of Ramadan, so keep this in mind if your holidays in Turkey coincide with this religious event.
British passport holders need a visa to enter Turkey, which can be bought through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website. Cruise ship passengers can stay for up to 72 hours without a visa. Visit GOV.UK for more information.