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TURKEY

 Known for its rich and varied history, cultural elements and long traditions

Turkey Attractions

Taksim Square Tram Ride

Taksim Square Tram Ride

Hop on the tram at Taksim Square and witness the local architecture of Istanbul, the various street markets, the people and the natural beauty of the place. Taking a tram is not only a fun activity but also a means to become one with the ancient history of Istanbul.

Galata Tower

Galata Tower

The Galata Tower is a great place to visit. It has lovely views and oozes history - it was built in the 14th century and has amazing views of the Bosporus and the old city.

Visit The Hagia Sophia

Visit The Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia, whose name means “holy wisdom,” is a domed monument originally built as a cathedral in Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) in the sixth century A.D. It contains two floors centered on a giant nave that has a great dome ceiling, along with smaller domes, towering above.

Visit The Grand Bazaar

Visit The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar at Istanbul is often regarded as one of the first shopping malls of the world. Mid-day is a very high-traffic time at the Grand Bazaar. Do not forget to haggle for best buys.

Visit Topkapi Palace

Visit Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace has four separate courtyards, an Imperial Harem and many artifacts, ornaments, books and other valuable items from Ottoman history. It also has many examples of mesmerising Ottoman and Byzantine architecture in its structure. Take a tour inside the beautiful Topkapi Palace.

Traditional Turkish Bathhouse

Traditional Turkish Bathhouse

A traditional Turkish bath package includes 45 minutes of washing; traditional body scrubbing with handwoven wash cloth known as a kese; a foam wash; and a massage. The attendants usually provide visitors with a peshtemal, a thin cotton towel to wrap yourself and a regular towel to use after bathing.

Witness the Dervish Show

Witness the Dervish Show

The Whirling Dervishes, also known as 'Sufi Whirling' or 'Semazen', perform the most mystical dance in the world. The dance; in other words, a mediation or cultural show, was created and developed with the inspiration of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi.

Goreme National Park

Goreme National Park

A World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO in 1985. The park is surrounded by the Erciyes mountains as well as the Hasan mountains, giving its naturally rocky landscape an even more ethereal feel. The best time to visit Goreme National Park is between May-June and then again from September to October.

Visit The Blue Mosque

Visit The Blue Mosque

Although technically called the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, most people just refer to it as the Blue Mosque because of the colour of its interior tiles. The enormous structure was completed in 1616 long after Hagia Sophia fell into Islamic hands.

Ephesus

Ephesus

Ephesus is an ancient city located in modern-day Turkey, near the town of Selçuk. It was one of the most important cities of the ancient world and is renowned for its historical significance, well-preserved archaeological sites, and cultural heritage.

Visit Miniaturk Park

Visit Miniaturk Park

Miniaturk Park is one of the most thrilling places you can visit in Istanbul, especially if you are travelling with children. There are more than 105 models that have been installed in the park, all of which come together to create a miniature Turkey, all for your entertainment.

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon

One of the reasons Cappadocia is so popular for hot air ballooning is because balloons here are allowed to descend so low to the ground during flight due to the lack of wildlife. This means you get to experience the full scope of the weird and wacky landscape of this region, both up close and far above.

Pamukkale Thermal Pools

Pamukkale Thermal Pools

Pamukkale's terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by mineral water from the hot springs. In this area, there are 17 hot springs with temperatures ranging from 35 °C to 100 °C. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Turkey, so if you are wondering what to do in Turkey that is a little more conventional and touristy, then you should definitely come to the thermal pools at Pamukkale.

Trip to Ankara Castle

Trip to Ankara Castle

Ankara Castle is a specimen of the wonderful past of the city of Ankara. The castle was built in the 7th century AD for the purpose of fortification for Ankara. Check out the gorgeous view of Ankara spread out before you from the ramparts of the Ankara Castle is definitely one of the most memorable things to do in Turkey.

Visit Izmir

Visit Izmir

Izmir is the third most populous city in Turkey, a modern city full of history and memories. If you find yourself in Turkey, Izmir should definitely be on your list. You can easily spend two days enjoying this vivid city and of course, you can combine your visit there with other destinations, like Cappadocia or Greece.

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

Enjoy enchanting views of Istanbul from the Bosphorus on this dinner cruise. Enjoy dinner and drinks while watching the traditional Turkish folk dancing.

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Best Time To travel

Spring Season - April to June

Spring is a popular time to visit Turkey. The weather is generally mild and pleasant, making it ideal for exploring cities, historical sites, and outdoor activities. The landscapes are lush and blooming, creating a picturesque backdrop. This is a great time to visit destinations like Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Ephesus.

Summer Season - July to August

Summer is the peak tourist season in Turkey, especially in coastal areas. The weather is hot and dry, and the beaches and resorts are popular destinations. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts offer ideal conditions for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. However, keep in mind that popular tourist spots can get crowded during this time.

Early Autumn Season - September to October

Early autumn is considered one of the best times to visit Turkey. The weather is still warm and pleasant, and the summer crowds begin to disperse. This is a good time to explore historical sites, enjoy outdoor activities, and experience local culture. The Mediterranean and Aegean coasts remain inviting for beachgoers.

Late Autumn to Winter season - November to February

The late autumn and winter months are generally less crowded, and prices for accommodations and flights may be lower. The weather varies across the country, with milder temperatures in the coastal regions and cooler temperatures in central Anatolia. This is a good time for cultural exploration, historical sites, and indoor activities.

 

Currency

Turkish Lira (TRY)

 

Time Zone

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+2)

 

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