Albee was great in booking our tour to
Albee was great in booking our tour to Indonesia Malaysia and Singapore.She was very friendly and responded to my request to change itinerary few times to fit our needs.More
, Dec 2023
China is Amazing Wonders that do not stop coming at you.Great country
Great job,Loved every minute of it,Ethan did an amazing job,True Ambassador of China,Just like the Chinese people,Friendly, dignified and hardworking,Very happy.China Highlights exceeded expectations and then some,I will never even think of travelling with another company.More
Philip Sardar /Maps10321171537, Dec 2023
Wonderful times with the pandas
The tour was amazing and we loved the pandas we got so many wonderful pictures and our guide Helen was great. She is super knowledgeable and always ready to helpMore
Kavita, Dec 2023
During our trip around China, we spent three days in Xi'an. Thanks to our wonderful guide, Susan, who took us to visit the most beautiful places, explaining additional details about the dynasties. We especially enjoyed the Terracotta Warriors, where we had the chance to create one at a local workshop. Susan was very attentive; she tried to find a restaurant where everyone was happy with the food and found a pizza for our little son. She even made a gift for our daughter—a beautiful hairpin. Very positive experience!More
Kamilya1818, Dec 2023
Wonderful trip to Beijing and Xian
Had a great trip to bejing n xian. Our guide lily liu is so well versed in english and we have no worry here at all. We managed to dine in great halal restaurants though out our trip. Highly reccomended to all muslims travellers.More
Efen Reyes, Dec 2023
Great experience, highly recommended!
Additionally, she helped me with all my personal needs like getting a SIM card, finding an ATM, shopping, dining, checking in at the train station, hotel, suggested a couple additional very entertaining art events. Was also punctual and spoke good English.More
Wayne S., Nov 2023
Chengdu and surrounding area tours
Our guide Helen was the complete package. She guided us every step with deep knowledge and energy. But, that's not all. She bought us snacks for the optional kungfu show. She helped us check into every hotel and inspected our room to ensure it was perfect. She translated at every need. She even bought a bamboo stick to help us ward off some aggressive monkeys. We had 4 lovely days with Helen and our excellent driver, Mr. Wu. Highly recommended!More
Chris, Nov 2023
Like a dream come true, but better
The experience itself was above and beyond what was described. The driver and vehicle was spotless and on time, the lantern festival and seats were like something from a wonderful dream. The lesson to make kratong and the dinner after were perfect. This whole experience has been a dream come true and I cannot recommend it enough.More
Diana B, Nov 2023
Bangkok guide Mr. Samart was great, and saw to all our needs. Mr. Chong in Chaing Mai was fun and very sweet. (5 Stars, Mr. Chong!) Finally, Nittaya is experienced, flexible to our needs, and took good care of us right to the flight out.More
Abigail Kamelhair, Nov 2023
We really enjoyed touring Chiang Mai
She met us at the airport and accompanied us on hiking tours, market visits, temple and pagoda tours, and our Thai cooking class, and then returned us safely to the airport where she helped us navigate the check-in process.More
Steve, Nov 2023
Excellent Siem Reap tour guide
He shared his vast knowledge about the Angkor temples, the Cambodian culture, the Khmer people, and the Khmer spirituality, in both historical and modern times. I appreciated how he connected Cambodia with other countries in Southeast Asia, as I had visited these countries prior to Sam's excellent tour.More
Baha, Nov 2023
Everything worked very well
Everything worked very well, for the second time I used Asia Highlights' service, and I'm already planning the third time, I have to praise the attention given by Sharon and Amir, who went beyond the professional service, during the trip, my wife Teresa had to carrying out a surgical procedure in India, and Sharon and Amir were tireless so that we could have peace of mind during that urgent moment. We would like to express our gratitude to these two professionals, and see you soon.More
William Roberto Guedes, Nov 2023
Accommodations by Asia highlights have
Accommodations by Asia highlights have been terrific so far. The Khmer Residence in Siem Reap as well as Eastin Grand hotel in Bangkok. Both had excellent pools and breakfasts.Tours in Siem Reap were particularly well given with an amazing mix of culture, history and humor throughout (Mr Poly). Tours in Bangkok by Mr Banks were informative and well organized with samples of Thai fruit and treats throughout.More
Chris Williams, Nov 2023
Our guide Chhong was amazing
Our guide Chhong was more than knowledgeable about the many temples of Siemens Reap, he was passionate about them. My wife and him talked on and on about the myths, stories and Gods that adored the many temples. He knew so much about Cambodian history that it a pleasure to have him accompany us. His driver Jack knew how to pick us up at secret locations to shorten the walking (it was still a lot these temples are huge). We had a marvelous time and I’m definitely going to return as there are still so many things for Chhong to show us.More
Brent Zadorozny, Nov 2023
Great experience from planning with Sharon
Great experience from planning with Sharon to all the guides, drivers, and adventurers we had in Thailand and Cambodia.More
Deborah Hinerfeld, Nov 2023
Claire set up our whole trip in just a few days. She listened to all our needs, and made sure it all fit our budget. She was also there 24/7 to answer any questions we had. Her service made us feel really looked after.More
Kamila, Nov 2023
Vietnam November 2023
It was our second trip organised by Asia Highlights. After wonderful stay we had in South China in 2017 now we decided to go to Vietnam. Everything was perfectly organised and planned for our group by excellent advisor - MonicaMore
Aneta Ignatowicz, Nov 2023
Vietnam and Cambodia
The variety of experiences provided by Asia Highlights was great. In every city we had many different types of tours and really learned about the culture.More
Jodi Ralston, Nov 2023
Piseth was our guide and he was
Piseth was our guide and he was exceptional from beginning to end. So kind, courteous and very very knowledgeable. He made our stay in Cambodia a wonderful experience. His driver Bo was a great driver and courteous man. Would highly recommend Piseth for any travellerMore
Peggy, Nov 2023
ASTONISHING SE Asia with Asia Highlights Tours
Every detail was taken care of from flights, airport greeting, transportation, meals, hotels and tours. They were available for any concerns we had throughout the trip which was very reassuring in countries where we did not speak the languages.More
Shelbee & Jerry, Nov 2023
Located at the junction of Asia and Europe, Turkey's four weather seasons can be classified as three travel seasons by their popularity, as detailed below.
1. High Season: the Best Time for Beaches
- From June to August (the hot summer season)
June to August is the hottest time of the year and is considered to be the best time for beaches in Turkey, with average temperatures ranging from 25 to 35°C (77 to 95°F) in the coastal areas, and temperatures that could exceed 40°C (104°F) in inland areas.
Many families with children take this long vacation opportunity to admire the magnificent architecture and the captivating landscape as well as enjoy quality family time at the beach.
If you are planning to travel with school-age children for a summer vacation, June is recommended over July and August because temperatures and crowds don't reach their peak until July.
2. Shoulder Seasons: the Best Times for Weather and Temperatures
- From April to May and September to October (the pleasant spring and autumn seasons)
For most activities apart from beach-related ones, the months from April to May and September to October would be your best times to visit Turkey.
With the best weather of the year including warm temperatures, it would be comfortable to visit anywhere you want in Turkey, including but not limited to Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul, underground cities in Cappadocia, and the vast sea of forests at Ayder Plateau in the Black Sea highlands.
With fewer crowds and lower prices than in the high season, you could enjoy a better travel experience for the same amount of money. For your planning inspirations, check out: How to Plan a Trip to Turkey>>>
3. Low Season: the Best Time for Avoiding Crowds
- From November to March (winter season with rain/snow)
Slightly worse than Turkey's cool November and March, December to February is considered the worst time for you to travel to Turkey because of the chilly weather.
However, winter is the best time to experience a traditional Turkish bath, also called a hammam. Dating back centuries and deeply rooted in Turkish culture, a Turkish spa can provide insight into Turkish history from the architecture to the rituals.
What's more, the cold weather results in fewer crowds and shorter queues at popular attractions compared to other seasons. November and March would be your best choices in winter since they have comparably more comfortable weather than other winter times, but are still within the promoted period of low-season fares.
Travel with a private guided tour to benefit from professional advice and a well-thought-through itinerary. That way, you could enjoy a wonderful trip to Turkey even in the winter season.
4. Weather in Major Cities/Areas in Turkey
5. Travel Guide by Month in Turkey
Click the link for each month to check out detailed travel guide information.
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Turkey in January and February: Enjoy a Traditional Turkish Spa with Scented Candles
January and February are cold months to visit Turkey with temperatures averaging 10°C (50°F) in the coastal areas, such as Bodrum and Antalya. Inland areas, such as Cappadocia and Konya, could experience freezing temperatures as they average about 2°C (36°F).
While the world is transformed into a silvery wonderland, you could indulge in a foam bath and oil massage in the comfort of a cozy interior, soothing your body and soul amid the warm foam and soft candlelight.
For skiing and outdoor enthusiasts, Kayseri can be a great ski resort for you and your family. After you and your loved ones engage in snowboarding or learn from scratch, you could conveniently purchase a steaming cup of Turkish coffee from a nearby café and admire the scenery.
Turkey in March: the Last Month of the Low Season
The weather in March is generally mild and damp with occasional rain, averaging up to 14°C (57°F) during the day. It gets down to around 4°C (39°F) after sunset.
March offers the perfect opportunity to marvel at ancient wonders, such as the Hierapolis ruins and the underground cities of Cappadocia, as these places are often less crowded compared to other times of the year.
Instead of walking the streets of Istanbul, since it might be a little cold, consider taking a sunset cruise on the Bosphorus. This experience not only allows you to enjoy the cool breeze but also provides a chance to witness the best of Istanbul's beauty.
Tips: Ramadan falls between February and April from 2024 to 2027, and lasts 29–30 days depending on the Muslim calendar (between March 11th and April 10th in 2024). During this time, Muslims observe fasting and many local shops and attractions may close earlier, typically about 2 hours before their regular closing time.
It's an excellent opportunity to learn about local traditions. Although you won't be expected to fast as a visitor, planning in advance by locating non-Muslim shops and restaurants could greatly assist in organizing your trip. Why not simply reach out to us and we will tailor-make a personalized itinerary for you?
Turkey in April: the Start of Spring with Blooming Tulips
April is the start of spring in Turkey and the temperature becomes warmer, averaging 18°C (64°F). This is an ideal time to witness the beauty of blooming flowers and the return of lush greenery to the land.
The tulip is the national flower of Turkey, and Istanbul hosts its Tulip Festival annually. The festival is a magnificent showcase with thousands of tulips artfully planted along the paths of gardens and parks, creating a breathtaking sight.
Lasting throughout the entire month of April, it's an opportune moment to capture memorable photos with your loved ones, cherishing a unique spring experience.
Turkey in May: Perfect for Outdoor Activities and Sightseeing
May is one of the best times to visit Turkey with moderate highs of about 23°C (73°F). With fewer rainy days compared to earlier in the season, this month is perfect for outdoor activities, such as hiking in Cappadocia to witness the remarkable "fairy chimneys" or strolling through the vibrant streets of Istanbul.
It is also a great time to indulge in a culinary adventure. As nighttime temperatures cool to about 13°C (55°F), it presents an excellent opportunity to sample authentic Turkish cuisine that warms both your body and mind.
Turkey in June: the Coolest Month of the Summer Season
As the first and coolest month of the summer season with comfortable highs at about 27°C (81°F), June is also the beginning of the peak season to visit Turkey. The temperature of the seawater hovers at about 24°C (75°F), providing warmth that allows for enjoyable beach activities, such as swimming and scuba diving.
If water sports are not for you, consider taking a day trip to Pamukkale and Salda Lake in Antalya, or exploring Firtina Valley on the Black Sea coast for cooler fun amongst nature.
Tips: Ideal for a family trip, Belek Beach is renowned for its family-oriented and kid-friendly facilities, and the calm shallow waters make it safe for children to swim. What's more, you can visit The Land of Legends Theme Park for water sports and to use up your child's excess energy.
Turkey in July and August: the Best Times to Have a Beach Vacation
July and August are the best times to go to beaches in Turkey due to the warm seawater that's about 27°C (81°F) and the sunny weather daily high temperatures of about 32°C (90°F).
The hot and dry weather conditions during this period provide an excellent opportunity for beach activities but may make exploring the ancient sites and hiking uncomfortable. You could take an umbrella to create some shade and always be sure to replenish your water supply to prevent heatstroke.
Tips: All the seaside resorts are crowded and prices are at their peak during July and August. To avoid any inconvenience and save money, we recommend that you plan and reserve your accommodation well in advance, ideally at least 3–6 months prior to your trip. By doing so, you could secure your preferred stays and potentially save hundreds of dollars.
Turkey in September: Outdoor Ventures to Embrace the Vibrant Autumn Colors
September in Turkey marks the beginning of autumn and the summer heat gradually subsides, making way for cooler temperatures that average about 27°C (81°F).
If you venture out into the countryside, you will be greeted by a picturesque landscape adorned with vibrant hues of orange, red, and yellow. It's the perfect time to explore the natural paradise of Antalya — Kursunlu Waterfall, go hiking in the unique mountains of Cappadocia, or simply take leisurely walks along the serene coastal promenades.
Turkey in October: the Last Month of Best Weather for the Year
The temperatures in October remain pleasant, averaging about 22°C (72°F) on the south coast and 18°C (64°F) inland. This makes it an ideal time to soak up the rich cultural heritage of the country.
Explore ancient ruins and archaeological sites, such as Ephesus and Troy, marvel at the stunning Ottoman architecture in Istanbul, or immerse yourself in the vibrant local markets and bazaars.
As the cool autumn breeze gently blows across your face, you could find yourself captivated by the enchanting view of Cappadocia by taking a hot-air balloon ride over the valleys and Fairy Chimneys.
Turkey in November: the Beginning of the Low Season with Cool Weather
November in Turkey marks the transition toward winter, as temperatures continue to cool down to an average of 15°C (59°F).
This is the beginning of the low season and a quieter time to explore Turkey as the crowds have thinned, allowing you to embrace the serene atmosphere, indulge in warm and comforting Turkish cuisine, and witness the breathtaking landscapes painted with autumnal colors at a more relaxed pace.
Turkey in December: Experience the Enchantment of Festive Celebrations
December in Turkey brings a joyful atmosphere as the country welcomes the holiday season with open arms. Despite colder temperatures, averaging about 12°C (54°F), the festive spirit warms the hearts of locals and visitors alike.
Turkish people don't generally celebrate Christmas since Turkey is a Muslim country, but you could still experience the enchantment of joyful decorations adorning the streets, shop at bustling Christmas markets, and treat yourself to warm and spicy mulled beverages.
It's also a wonderful choice to stay for the New Year celebrations with a traditional countdown and fireworks, and revel in the vibrant atmosphere of cities, such as Istanbul and Ankara.
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