Custom Ankara private tours to Turkeys captivating capital will take you on a sightseeing tour of the country’s central Anatolia region. Turkey's Capital City is home to the State Opera and Ballet, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra and several other national theater companies.
Overlooking the beautiful city is the massive hilltop mausoleum of Kemal Atatürk, who declared Ankara the capital in 1923. An Ankara guided private tour is a must for the historical and cultural tours available. The city may not have any Ottoman palaces or regal facades, but Ankara is a lively, youthful city vibrant with modern culture but steeped in political history.
Don't Draw comparisons between Ankara and Istanbul the flat scenery of the capital may not be pretty but the political success of this city is incredible. With many cultural and historical Ankara escorted tours available, this city is full of little treasures. Read More...
Try Sightseeing Private Tours of Kemal Atatürk Hilltop Mausoleum
The mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881–1938) sits high watching over the city. The tomb itself is a small part of this massive complex, which consists of a ceremonial courtyard and museums.
For many Turkish people, a visit to the mausoleum is like a pilgrimage, and it's not unusual to see Turkish people visibly moved when they are there. Ankara guided private tours will take you through to the main entrance of the mausoleum via the Lion Road. The walkway is lined with 24 lion statues, symbols of power to represent the authority and strength of the Turkish People as a Nation.
The pathway leads to a large courtyard, framed by beautiful walkways leading up to the massive tomb.
Top Things to See and Do in Ankara
Ankara Castle guided tours will take to the castle's highest point (Akkale) on the southern corner, which has the most stunning panoramic views of the red-roofed historic houses and the stunning city. Your tour guide will escort you through the many eras and cultures that are associated with the Castle. If possible book and evening guided castle tour and watch the sun set, it is truly a sight to see.
Ankara Roman Bath Ruins
On an Ankara Roman Bath Ruins private guided tour you will still see the original layout of the Baths. The cold room, dressings room and warm rooms are still visible and will give you an opportunity to see how these baths stayed open and were renovated time after time for over 500 years. All the rooms were supported by warming underground installations and built with open brick to let the hot or cold air circulate.
The mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881–1938) sits high watching over the city. The tomb itself is a small part of this massive complex, which consists of a ceremonial courtyard and museums. For many Turkish people, a visit to the mausoleum is like a pilgrimage, Turkish people are visibly moved when there. Ankara guided private tours will take you through to the main entrance of the via the Lion Road, lined with 24 lion statues.
War of Independence Museum
Located in Ulus Square Ankara a custom private tour of The Independence War Museum is a must. Built with the unique Ankara Stone the two-story building was extensively renovated and opened to the public in 1982 and is a favourite stop for many of the city tours. There are many exhibitions on display including photographs, documents, pieces of furniture and artefacts from the period of the independence war.
Ataturk Forest Farm and Zoo
The Atatürk Forest Farm and Zoo is a great family day out on a guided private tour. With the largest recreational areas in Ankara, it features a brewery, farms, restaurants and of course the Zoo. Members of the public are encouraged to have a picnic and take some time to stroll around this vast area. There are many little eateries; it's ideal to try some kebabs or traditional Turkish chewy icecream.
Museum of Anatolian Civilization
The unique Museum of Anatolian Civilisations is the perfect introduction to the complexity of Turkey's past. Guided private tours of the curated exhibition halls will take you through the history of the Anatolian people. This museum is rich with history, in the central hall, the statues and reliefs are well preserved and the Roman artefact collection excavated from surrounding Ankara is fantastic.
The Kocatepe Camii is the symbol of Ankara, one of the world's largest mosques built between the years 1967 and 1987. Your private tour guide will take you around this massive and beautiful mosque which can hold upwards of 24 thousand people. It never closes as it is a beacon for worshipers and visitors alike. Don’t hesitate to take as many photographs as you like near the Mosque but have respect for the worshippers inside and their surroundings.
Parmak Kapisi Shopping Area
The alleyways south-east of the Park Kapısı entrance is the main shopping area with fabulous stalls. The centre for angora wool the merchants sell everything from copper beaters, carpets, paintings, crafts and antiques. The food and spice stalls are great with a unique variety of foods from the area. Enjoy haggling with the traders and you will definitely get a bargain.
Ulucanlar Prison Tour
Go on a Ulucanlar Prison guided private tour and visit this 1920's general prison. Ulucanlar Prison has made history with its famous prisoners as well as its executions. A lot of politicians, poets, filmmakers and journalists passed through Ulucanlar. The tour is an emotional journey as you see the conditions and the wards where the prisoners were housed. The narrow corridors and dim lighting of the Solitary Area known as the Hilton were brutal.
Experience Ankara from the skies on a custom private tour and visit the city's tallest and most spectacular tower. It serves as a beacon on the Ankara skyline and is a sight to see. Enjoy a meal a the summit and watch as the restaurant rotates a full 360 degrees giving you panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas. If you dare head up to the observation deck and see Ankara at its best, on a clear day, you can see for miles.
Travel Tips for Ankara
Best Time To Visit
You can travel to Turkey at any time of the year due to the great annual climate and of course high season is best due to the hot temperatures, however, travelling out of season is still a good time to visit the many historical sites around the country. It can be chilly and a little wet from January to the start of April, but it is tolerable. Flights are cheaper out of the summer season as is the accommodation and private tours so pre-book if you can.
Turkey is the ideal holiday to suit any budget! The flights can be reasonable, and you can visit turkey any time of the year! The currency is Turkish Lira, but they accept all currencies so don't worry. You are best changing money in Turkey as you get a better rate than you would do back home. The bars and restaurants great, they cater for all pallets and are extremely reasonable. If you love shopping, you can get fantastic bargains.
Know Before Visiting
Turkey is a very diverse country, and the locals are most welcoming and very helpful, you will fall in love with the magic in this country, and will keep coming back for more. If you like to shop and get a bargain, then this is the place for you; haggling is part of the culture so have fun but do not go crazy take around 30% off their asking price! The buses are frequent and cheap, and meters are fitted in all taxi's.
The weather is super for most of the year, and the winters are not very cold. From May to November the weather is fantastic, but from July until September it is scorching with temperatures rising to 45 degrees. There is air conditioning everywhere so if you do not want to lie on a beach; there is so much to do and see here you will have a fabulous time