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With just six weeks remaining until the bulk of schools break up for the summer, savvy couples looking for a bargain week of rest and relaxation are heading to Turkey. According to travel retail giant, Thomas Cook, Turkey will be the most popular single destination for UK holidaymakers this summer, and it’s easy to see why. Beautiful beaches, spectacular, lush scenery, historic ruins and vibrant nightlife scattered over a huge variety of resorts mean there’s a Turkish holiday for every couple. Take a look at Thomas Cook's resort round-up below to help choose the perfect spot.

For cost-conscious couples, Turkey is one of summer 2011’s best value destinations with great deals from as little as £150 per person, fantastic all inclusive packages and, in Thomas Cook's Style Collection, 4 and 5 star holidays at sensible prices. Furthermore, this summer Thomas Cook will operate flights from LBA to Dalaman, Bodrum and Antalya making this holiday hotspot more accessible than ever before from your local airport. 

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s Commercial Director, said: ''With the widest ever choice of holidays to Turkey from Leeds Bradford, Thomas Cook has an excellent range of late deals offering an excellent choice for families and couples looking for guaranteed Summer sun at a competitive price.''

Best all-rounder

The old town of Side boasts several beaches and a range of water sports activities, but is also a must for history lovers with its nearby ancient amphitheatre and two second-century temples.  If you’ve been to Side before why not try Hisaronu or Olu Deniz


Airtours - 7 nights in Side from £660 per person

Staying at the 4 star Alba Resort near Side on all inclusive, Leeds Bradford - 20th July 2011

www. airtours.co.uk, 0844  871 6636 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook

Direct Holidays -7 nights in Turkey from £380 per person   

Staying at the 4 star Asena Village in Hisaronu on bed and breakfast, Leeds Bradford -  25th July 2011

www.directholidays.co.uk or call the dedicated call centre 0844 879 8191  

Best for Night Owls

With its vibrant nightlife, Marmaris is one of Turkey’s liveliest resorts. The main action takes place down at the harbour, which is Turkey’s largest marina. On the Aegean Coast, Gumbet combines lazy days on the beach with a party atmosphere at night.  

Sunset - 7 nights in Turkey from £300 per person (based on 3 adults sharing)

Staying at the 2 star Ozturk Apartments in Marmaris on self-catering, Leeds Bradford - 1st August 2011

www.thomascook.com, 0844 412 5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

Direct Holidays - 7 nights in Turkey from £450 per person  

Staying at the 4 star Club Julian in Marmaris on half board, Leeds Bradford -1st August 2011

www.directholidays.co.uk or call the dedicated call centre 0844 879 8191 


Airtours - 7 nights in Turkey from £410 per person

Staying at the 3 star Hotel La Rosa in Gumbet on bed and breakfast, departing  Leeds Bradford on 23rd July 2011

www.airtours.co.uk, 0844 871 6636 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places


Best for awe inspiring scenery

Dalyan is just a 30 minute transfer from Dalaman airport but surrounded by pine-clad hills, bull rushes and ancient rock tombs it’s easy to understand why it’s been dubbed ‘one of the last corners of paradise’. Dalyan’s fine sand Iztuzu Beach is even home to endangered loggerhead turtles. If you’ve been to Dalyan why not try Fethiye


Thomas Cook - 7 nights in Dalyan from £414 per person

Staying at the 3 star Keskin Hotel in Dalyan on bed & breakfast, Leeds Bradford - 1st August 2011

www.thomascook.com, 0844  412 5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places



Best for a haven hideaway

The Datca Peninsula is a peaceful bay set among forests and spectacular mountain scenery. Couples will love this haven of tranquillity where they can take a meandering stroll through olive groves, visit the harbour or zone out on the beach to the sound of the waves lapping the shore.

If you’ve been to the Datca Peninsula consider Turunc or Dalyan.


Thomas Cook - 7 nights in Turkey from £660 per person

7 nights staying at the 4 star  Turunc Hotel in Turunc on all-inclusive, Leeds Bradford - 1st August 2011

0844 412 5970, www.thomascook.com, or visit the nearest Thomas Cook  


Best for beach bums

Lara Beach - With luxury hotels scattered along beautiful, golden sandy beaches, Lara Beach is a peaceful resort and ideal for a rest and relaxation holiday. Located just 20 minutes transfer away from the airport, beach lovers will be in resort and soaking up the sunny shoreline before you can say ‘swimming trunks’. If you’ve been to Lara Beach give Kalkan a go.

Direct Holidays -7 nights in Turkey from £770 per person   

Staying at the  4 star Sherwood Breezes Hotel in Lara Beach on all-inclusive, Leeds Bradford -  27th July 2011

www.directholidays.co.uk or call the dedicated call centre 0844 879 8191  


Best for golf

Belek – Set against a backdrop of pine forests and the Taurus mountains, Belek is the golf fanatic’s ‘hole in one’ resort with several different courses suitable for all handicaps and the National Golf Course.


Thomas Cook - 7 nights in Belek from £940 per person

7 nights staying at the 5 star Atlantis Hotel & Resort in Belek on all-inclusive, departs Leeds Bradford on 14th August 2011

www.thomascook.com, 0844 412 5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places


Best for authentic Turkey

Capture it all with Thomas Cook’s 8-day Istanbul Tour which is available from £596 per person on half board, departing Leeds Bradford on 3rd October 2011. For those who can stay longer, why not combine it with a week on the beach to wind down afterwards.

Turkey has plenty of must see sights and excursions just a stones throw from some of the main resorts. The natural hot springs at Pamukkale, located inland in Turkey’s Inner Aegean area, were carved out of the mountainside by the flowing water. Dalyan’s famous mud baths and sulphur springs are a must for couples fancying a Turkish tour with a therapeutic twist. The Sultaniye Thermal Bath is a balmy 40 degrees C and just 4 km from Dalyan. Your local Thomas Cook Rep will be able to arrange these for you.


Top Turkish purchases

  • Gold – Sold by weight and usually 14 carat upwards. Made-to-measure rings can be designed and made normally within a week. If you’ve a design in mind, why not take a photo with you on holiday.
  • Leather – If you can’t see a design or style you like, treat yourself to your very own bespoke design – made-to-measure in just a couple of days.
  • Diamonds – popular among the younger generations in Turkey so there is a fantastic range on offer.
  • Rugs and carpets – Turkish carpets can be excellent investments and wonderful souvenirs if you ensure you’re buying from a reputable dealer. Hand-made carpets will have natural imperfections and are more valuable than machine made, uniform rugs.

Prices based on 2 sharing unless otherwise stated.  Prices correct at time of issue and subject to availability.