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Turkey Christmas Holidays

Turkey Christmas Holidays

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Although not a traditional Christmas destination, Turkey is spellbinding when caught up in the crisp, fresh chill of December. Quiet, ethereal, and full of rich culture and history, as you explore this treasure trove of wonders you’re bound to get glimpses of festive spirit, be it from the potentially dusting of snow on the fairytale landscapes of Cappadocia or in the sensory, maze-like warrens of Istanbul’s markets. Towns and cities do string up decorations and lights, and some locals have a tree in their homes, but actually, these things are often to celebrate the new year, or “Y?lba?? gecesi”, which is one of Turkey’s biggest celebrations. This is when it’s more likely that ‘Noel Baba’, the Turkish Santa (St Nicholas was believed to have been born in Myra, southwest Turkey), will bring gifts to children. Exploring the heart of Turkey makes for a Christmas celebration like no other!   

Our Christmas Holidays

Christmas in Turkey

Special Festive Experiences on Christmas in Turkey

Special Festive Experiences on Christmas in Turkey

You’ll explore the landmarks of enchanting Istanbul before visiting the Gallipoli Peninsula then step back in time to discover the fabled histories of three ancient cities – Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus
Christmas is spent among the extraordinary landscapes of Cappadocia, in all its wintry glory. Spend Christmas Eve night marvelling at the Whirling Dervishes in the beautiful setting of Saruhan Caravanserai before waking up early on Christmas Day for a magical hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia’s incredible rock formations (optional, payable locally). Later in the morning, you’ll head out on a walking tour of Goreme’s UNESCO-listed, rock-hewn churches, some of the earliest Christian churches in the world. The day is rounded off with a Turkish-style Christmas dinner. On Boxing Day, enjoy lunch with a local family in their traditional village home.