Turkey

Rich in history, diverse mouthwatering cuisine, gorgeous beaches, mountain getaways, and unusual man or nature-made sights make Turkey one of the most diverse countries to explore. Geographically being part of eastern Europe and western Asia, Turkey has deep and strong cultural ties to ancient Persian, Roman, Greek, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. 

 

Cosmopolitan Istanbul is home to a mixture of different empires with the iconic Hagia Sophia, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque, Topkapı and Dolmabahçe palaces dominating the main attractions of the city. However, Istanbul is much more than these sights. It’s winding streets, colorful neighborhoods, and vibrant atmosphere will charm you from the very first visit. 

 

Capital, Ankara, is completely different from Istanbul, with a more conservative vibe featuring historical Ottoman-era architecture, the massive mausoleum of Ataturk, and some of the quirky museums to visit. Antalya is a local and foreign gateway to the southern Mediterranean area, along with Bodrum and Çesme peninsulas in the Aegean sea. 

 

Archaeological wonders include the remains of Troy, the ancient city of Ephesus, and Roman ruins at Hierapolis to name a few. The magical Cappadocia known for the wind-cut rock formations and hot air balloons will leave you speechless. 

Essentials

Best Time

Mar – mid-Jun with an ideal temperature across the country

mid-Sept – Oct with mild weather

It also depends where you go

How Many Days

Istanbul: doable in 3-4 full days;

Main destinations: two full weeks. Good overview: 3-6 weeks

Getting There

Airports: Istanbul (two airports), Ankara, Nevsehir, Trabzon, etc

Bus from Georgia

Visa Info

Citizens of 78 countries can enter visa-free. Some are eligible for e-visa. 

Check iVisa to see if you require one

Getting around

Main public transport: buses, trains, and minibus (Dolmus).

Ferries available in Istanbul 

Daily Budget

Accommodation $15-50 hostels, apts, & midrange hotels

Food: $7-30 eating in and out

Transportation: $10-35 intercity

 

Istanbul Guide

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