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Turkey Trip Day 1 : Singapore to Istanbul and Ferry to Canakkale

Turkish Airline Departure Dinner

Turkey was our next country to “conquer” as we have not had the opportunity to visit this country (ahem @ GoTurkey.com :p) that spans between both Europe and Asia continent. As there is a language barrier and a vast distance to travel if we were to do a free-and-easy by ourselves, we decided to join the Chan Brother’s 10D7N Turkey travel for only $2100 per person . It is very affordable because $1000 would be the price of the air ticket while the remaining $1100 is used for meals, transportation, accommodation, attraction tickets, tour guide as well as taking out the hassle of planning all the routes around Turkey. It is especially worth it when you get to skip the MASSIVE queues outside the major attractions in Istanbul!

We chose to travel via the Turkish Airlines flight (instead of Singapore Airlines) because of the timing of both departure and arrival flights. We departed at 12:30am and arrived at 6:30am in Istanbul (both local times), having full days in Turkey on the departure and arrival days!

Upon arrival at the airport, we were greeted by our local guide Enis who brought us immediately to Istanbul to visit the Hippodrome of Constantinople, Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia.

Attractions in Istanbul Turkey

If you take a look at the monuments at the Hippodrome, you’ll realise that they are formed up in a single line. During the Roman era, it was actually the central columns of a chariot race . Imagine the chariots going round the columns resembling an elongated oval shaped race track.

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As we moved from the Hippodrome to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), Hagia Sophia Museum and Topkapi Palace, we were told of stories at these various areas…

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) : Have you ever wondered why there are 6 minarets (slender tower typically with a balcony) at the Blue Mosque? Legend has it that the order was to build altin (gold) towers around the mosque. However, the builder heard alti (six) instead. Hence, six minarets were built around the Blue Mosque. In fact, Blue Mosque is not blue in colour but it earned its name because of the 20,000 blue mosaic tiles used within the mosque . Hence, a touristic name of Blue Mosque was derived!

Hagia Sophia Museum : At the Hagia Sophia, there’s a hole in the wall with a long queue behind it. Everyone is actually queuing to place their thumb in the hole, make a circle with the palm of their hands and make a wish. Legend has it that an angel promised a boy to look after his equipment so that he could go back to take of his parents. The boy never returned and the angel is thought to be trapped within, granting wishes to people who came to visit.

Topkapi Palace : The first courtyard of the Topkapi palace extends from Imperial Gate to Salutation Gate while the second courtyard is from Salutation Gate to Felicity Gate. At the second courtyard, there is a Justice Tower where the Sultan would stand and witness executions taking place. However, the best part of the Topkapi Palace is actually the view of the Bosphorus River . Remember to take beautiful shots from the balconies overlooking Bosphorus. Other notable places to visit includes the treasury , religious relics (both Christian and Muslim) as well as the Royal Kitchen .

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Itinerary of Day 1: Istanbul to Canakkale Turkey

0630 : Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport 0830 : Visit to Hippodrome, Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), Hagia Sophia Museum and Topkapi Palace 1230 : Lunch at Citadel Hotel Istanbul 1400 : Depart for Canakkale 1600 : Stopover for break 1830 : Ferry to Canakkale 2000 : Arrival at Tusan Hotel Canakkale

After our visit to all the attractions in Istanbul, we adjourned to Citadel Hotel Istanbul for lunch before commencing the approximate 6 hours drive to Canakkale. This includes a ferry ride in between where the whole car drives unto the ferry to be transferred across the straits to Canakkale.

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Related posts

This post is part of our 10 Days 7 Nights Turkey travel with Chan Brothers. Below, you can find other relevant posts covered during this trip.

Turkey Travel Day 2 : Visiting the Trojan Horse of Troy and Ancient City of Pergamon

Turkey Travel Day 3 : Visit to Ephesus / Turkish Bath and Hot Springs of Lycus River Hotel Pamukkale

Turkey Trip Day 4 : Pamukkale Cotton Castle and Journey to Cappadocia!

Turkey Trip Day 5 : Cappadocia, Kaymakli Underground City, Goreme Open Air Museum and Turkish Night Celebrations!

Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia with Royal Balloon : Turkey Travel Day 6!

Turkey Travels Day 7 : Istanbul’s Camlica Hill, Grand Bazaar, Taksim Square and Istiklal Shopping Street!

Mall of Istanbul (MOI) : Shopping Eating and Relaxing on Day 8 of Turkey Trip!

Basic Turkish Language You Should Know

Here are some simple Turkish phrases that you should know to make your Turkish trip that much more enjoyable. But for ease of pronunciation, we’ll not spell out the actual Turkish spelling but the way you should pronounce it!

Thank you – teh she kew air de room (6 syllabus to say thank you?!?!) Hello – mehr ha ba Goodbye – gule gule Good morning – gew nei den (yes, we know. It does sounds like “good night”) Good night – yeee yeee gu jay lash I am fine – yeee yeee No worries (not at all) – beer she dean Yes – eh vet No – ha year

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Hi, can I know how big was your tour group when you were there? The package that you took was it inclusive of the hot air balloon price?

Our group had about 20 of us and hot air balloon is an additional itinerary (ie not included in the price). For those who did not fly that morning, they could sleep in a little later and have a longer breakfast. The hot air balloon programme starts at about 6am. So when we got back, the other group had just finished their breakfast. That’s basically how its managed.

Hope that helps!

Tom, 2bearbear.com

Hi Tom, which month you travelled in? Thanks for all your info! Appreciate it!

We travelled over the new year (ie Dec, Jan) period. The “Turkish Night” programme coincided with New Year’s Day, which was quite cool.

Happy Travels Nurul!

Thanks Tom for your help and info!

This is really a beautiful country. Thank you for your interesting article and colourful photos!

Turkey is indeed a very beautiful country! Our hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia was probably one of our most memorable experience there!

Safe Travels!

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The Best Two Week Turkey Itinerary- How to Spend 2 Weeks in Turkey

If you’re looking for unusual landscapes, fascinating ancient history, fantastic beaches and gorgeous seaside towns, Turkey needs to be on your travel bucket list. I recently spent two weeks exploring Turkey and the trip ended up being the best adventure possible. So since so many people have asked how I planned the trip, I thought I’d share my 2 week Turkey itinerary!

I’d been to Turkey as a child and had fond memories of climbing over huge ancient ruins and sailing on deep blue seas. And although Turkey is known for its gorgeous beaches and excellent resorts, there’s so much more to see throughout the country. I most recently went to Turkey alone for a 2 week adventure, and I was surprised to find that travelling around Turkey as a solo female traveller was completely safe and fine.

My Turkey itinerary ended up including (in order): the lively beach town of Bodrum (two days), the ancient ruins in Ephesus (one day), the natural wonder of Pamukkale (one day), before a magical adventure sailing on a traditional Turkish Gulet boat (three days). The second week was spent with one day in Istanbul , before heading to the out of this world landscapes of Cappadocia (four days).

I travelled across Turkey solo and entirely on public transport, using buses, trains and planes. You can read all about this in my detailed guide to public transport in Turkey .

So this guide to a 2 week Turkey itinerary guide will cover where to go, how to get between destinations, where to stay and all of the best things to see and do. I’ll attempt to cover everything you might need to know for your own Turkey adventure, so read on and start planning your own 2 week Turkey itinerary!

2 Week Turkey itinerary: Essential things to know

How long to spend in turkey.

I’d recommend an action-packed 2 week itinerary for Turkey. Or at least of a minimum of 10 days in Turkey. This is ample time to visit the main sites and get a really good feel for the country.

However, if you have less time, for example just one week in Turkey – I’d recommend perhaps visiting just two or three destinations from this guide.

A three week Turkey itinerary could include an additional location perhaps. or more time in Istanbul to really learn about its fascinating history and mix of cultures. Alternatively, a 3 week itinerary in Turkey could be spent entirely along its beautiful coastline. You could hike the country’s famous Lycian Way which traverses beautiful craggy mountains, pine forests and weaves through typical Turkish coastal villages. The options in Turkey are endless – it is a country that really encompasses so much!

When is the best time to visit Turkey?

Quite an important question when planning your trip is deciding when to visit Turkey. The summer months (May to September) are the peak times to visit with long sunny hot days and little rain. But if you’re not keen on this, then the shoulder months (April and October) would also be a good time to visit.

If you were to visit Turkey in the winter, you might even experience Cappadocia as a winter wonderland!

However, if you’re planning on sailing the Turquoise Coast in Turkey or visiting any other coastal places, it would definitely be advisable to go in the summer months. As with many beach areas in Europe, many restaurants and hotels often do not open until early May.

2 week turkey itinerary

Getting around Turkey

Although Turkey is a vast country, I find Turkey very easy to get around by public transport. Using the buses, trains, dolmuş (minibus services) and domestic airlines, public transport made for an efficient and convenient way to explore the country.

I found most public transport ran mostly on time, was very affordable, could be booked at the last minute and was clean/comfortable. I really enjoyed the independence that using public transport in Turkey afforded me. You can read my guide to using public transport in Turkey here.

What to take to Turkey?

What you should bring to Turkey really depends on the time of year that you visit. If you’re visiting in the summer months, you’ll need some good walking shoes for all of the sightseeing and exploring. I would also recommend a sunhat, plenty of suntan lotion and sunglasses!

As Turkey is mostly Muslim, there are some places where you need to cover up – particularly in religious buildings in Istanbul. However, the country on the whole is fairly relaxed and not too strict.

Streets of Bodrum, Turkey

Is it safe to travel to Turkey?

Turkey has experienced periods of political unrest over the past decade, as well as several attacks. But of recent, Turkey has been declared safe to travel.

In fact, most governments around the world still advise travellers to not go near the border area with Syria. Which is understandable.

Fortunately, most of the major tourist attractions in Turkey, and all those included in this Turkey itinerary are nowhere near.

I found the Turkish people to be nothing but kind and hospitable throughout the country. The only city to use some extra caution would be Istanbul, just as with any other city in Europe.

Itinerary Planning for 2 Weeks in Turkey

Turkey is a popular summer tourist destination for countries across Europe. Therefore, its coastal towns have large airports so you might not have to start your trip in Istanbul.

You could for example fly into Bodrum, Izmir, Antalya or Dalaman Airports, all of which are on the coast and mean you wouldn’t necessarily need start your Turkey itinerary in Istanbul.

As mentioned, Turkey is one of the best countries to travel around independently. It has a very comprehensive, well-priced and convenient public transport system in place. So no matter where you start your Turkey trip, it’s likely you’ll be able to travel to your next destination with ease.

top things to do in Istanbul

Useful tips for travelling in Turkey

  • Check visa/entry requirements to enter Turkey . Visa costs depend vary depending on nationality. You can apply for your visa ahead of time on the official Turkish government e-visa website  here .
  • Currency . The main form of currency is the Turkish Lira (often referred to as TL). ATMs are widely available.
  • Language . Turkish is the most spoken language in Istanbul. Most people, especially those in hospitality or food & beverage, speak English very well so you shouldn’t have a problem with communication.

The Museum Pass  

This excellent pass is a great buy if you are visiting several places in the city, especially for many of the destinations in this two week Turkey itinerary. It covers your entry to many attractions and archaeological sites across Turkey, including Ephesus , Pamukkale and Istanbul . You can buy it online here , or at any of the attractions that offer it.

Example route for 2 weeks in Turkey

I travelled in late August and chose to fly from London to Bodrum as this was the most affordable flight. It actually worked out to be a brilliant first stop.

I knew I was interested in visiting Ephesus and as soon as I realised the public transport would be straight forward to get there, I decided Bodrum would be a great place to start my Turkey itinerary.

Bodrum was charming, lively, interesting and beautiful. It was such a pleasant surprise and Bodrum town centre has none of the large all-inclusive resort hotels I expected. The big resort hotels are located just out of town, leaving the centre of Bodrum to be a delightful car-free place. You could easily spend just one or two days in Bodrum, or a whole week soaking up the sun and enjoying the beaches. I’ve written a longer guide on what to do and in see in Bodrum , which will give you everything you need to know before deciding whether or not to include Bodrum in your Turkey itinerary.

Bodrum Turkey

Where to stay in Bodrum

There are plenty of brilliant budget hotels in Bodrum, as well as more luxury options. I stayed at the excellent Eskici hotel (you can check rates here at  Booking.com ).

A few suggestions for some other great budget hotels in Bodrum: 

  • Istankoy Hotel
  • Asmin Hotel Bodrum
  • 7. Art Feslegen Hotel

In terms of luxury hotels in Bodrum, there are many to pick from. I’ve listed some of the best below:

  • Mandarin Oriental
  • The Bodrum EDITION
  • LUX* Bodrum Resort & Residences
  • Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay

The best things to do in Bodrum

From wandering its charming streets and visiting the historic Bodrum Castle, to sampling the best of Turkish cuisine in the atmospheric restaurants, there’s plenty of attractions to see and things to do in Bodrum .

If you’re only visiting for a short time, one idea could be to book a local tour. I’ve suggested a few with GetYourGuide below covering all of the must-see attractions in Bodrum:

  • Full Day Orak Island Boat Trip
  • Pirate Boat Trip from Bodrum
  • Traditional local hammam
  • Bodrum City Sightseeing Tour

Exploring Bodrum

Ephesus and Selçuk

Next stop, Ephesus and the nearby town of Selçuk. Travel time: 2h30 on public bus direct from Bodrum.

The ancient ruins of Ephesus are definitely one of the top things to do in Turkey. Located relatively nearly Izmir and also the cruise port of Kusadasi, the ruins are popular with cruise day-trippers. Huge crowds arrive at Ephesus everyday. I’ve written a long guide you can read here covering how to visit Ephesus without the crowds.

I chose to visit Ephesus and the adjacent town of Selçuk after Bodrum, as I realised it was a straight forward bus from between the two. I spent a full day exploring Ephesus, before spending the night in Selçuk.

visiting ephesus in turkey

Where to stay near Ephesus

As I mentioned, Selçuk is the nearest town to Ephesus. There are several mid-range hotels here to choose from, all catering for tourists visiting Ephesus. I stayed at the Saint John Hotel, which was about a five minute walk to the train station and offered a really pleasant stay. 

The lovely hotel is family-owned and run, and they made me feel right at home. You can check rates for  Saint John Hotel here .

visiting ephesus in turkey

What to see at Ephesus?

The main archeological sites include the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis and the amphitheatres. At the entrance you can pick up a map, and there is signage throughout, so you could give yourself a self-guided tour through Ephesus. However, you can arrange a tour through a local tour company in town, or book on a tour with GetYourGuide advance:

  • Ephesus 2 hour small group walking tour
  • Full day Ephesus tour with lunch
  • Full day tour to Ephesus from Bodrum

Next stop: Pamukkale. Travel time from Selçuk to Denizli: 3hr30 by direct train.

This spectacular natural wonder is unusual and distinctly different to anything else in Turkey. I’d highly recommend including a visit to Pamukkale on any Turkey itinerary. Not only can you submerge yourself in these pools, but you also explore Hierapolis at the top. Here are some more fantastic ancient ruins, which are perhaps even more spectacular than Ephesus – and definitely more overlooked.

We took the train from Selçuk to Denizli, which was just over 3 hours. From Denizli, we took the local bus to Pamukkale which was really straightforward.

However, a day trip to natural wonder of Pamukkale does require a bit of pre-planning. It’s almost essential to try and arrive before the day tripper crowds arrive. It’ll make for a much better experience and you can enjoy an hour or more of the pools to yourself.

Visiting Pamukkale can be done as a day trip from nearby Denizli (and other towns in Turkey). You see many tours offering this and I’ve popped a few suggestions below:

  • Pamukkale Small Group Tour from Kusadasi & Selcuk
  • Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour & Lunch
  • Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Guided Tour
  • Private Pamukkale (Hierapolis) Tour: Full-Day from Izmir
  • Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour from Marmaris
  • Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

However, I strongly recommend spending the night before in the town of Pamukkale for a less hurried experience. My guide to visiting Pamukkale is well worth a read if you’re planning on going.

However, one full day and one night is sufficient time to explore Pamukkale.

visiting pamukkale

Where to stay in Pamukkale

If you choose for the convenience of an overnight stay in Pamukkale, there are several mid-range hotels to pick from. I stayed at the Melrose House Hotel which was the perfect base from which to explore Pamukkale. You can check rates for this great hotel  here .

If you’re looking for something a little more fancy, you could choose Doğa Thermal Health & Spa or Richmond Pamukkale Thermal .

visiting Pamukkale in a day

Sailing the Turquoise Coast

Next stop: Fethiye for a gulet cruise. Travel time from Denizli to Fethiye: 2hr40 by direct bus

Sailing along the Turquoise coast is a magical way to spend time in this beautiful country. If you can include a gulet cruise in your Turkey itinerary, you will definitely not regret it. The stunning coastline is lined with deep emerald green pine forests, craggy rock faces, charming Turkish villages and fascinating history. It is also where you can go paragliding above Ölüdeniz.

turkey itinerary

Spending a few nights on board a traditional Turkish wooden gulet cruise boat is a fantastic and authentic way to sail the coastline. The gulet boats tend to sail between Fethiye and a town near Antalya called Olympos. I departed from Fethiye for my gulet sailing trip.

I’d say I definitely wouldn’t choose to return to Fethiye for a longer trip on another occasion as I found it to be over commercialised and the total opposite of quaint.

There are plenty of local companies to pick from for your sailing trip in Turkey. I would definitely recommend local company Alaturka Cruises who I found online in advance of my visit. The gulet boat was great, the team fantastic and their email support before the gulet departed was brilliant.

I’ve written a much longer and extensive guide to sailing the Turquoise Coast in Turkey here. I’ve covered everything you’d need to know including when to go, how to get to the departure points, what to take on the sailing trip and what to do in each of the ports.

sailing in turkey

The sailing trips along the Turkish coastline tend to finish in a small town called Olympos. A unique town in itself as it offers treehouse stays in a densely forested gorge. However, instead of staying here, I took a quick domestic flight from Antalya to Istanbul.

Travel time from Olympos to Antalya airport on a bus: 1h30. Flight from Antalya to Istanbul: 1hr.

Istanbul is a city like no other. Straddling two continents, Asia and Europe, it is a true melting pot of religions, cultures, backgrounds and traditions. I only had one day in Istanbul but I felt I visited a good number of the best attractions in the city. I’ve written a detailed guide on all of the top things to see and do in Istanbul if you only have one day or maybe a weekend to spend in the city. However, if you’re looking for a slightly longer guide to the city, then do check this two day guide to Istanbul here.

An absolute must visit destination in any 2 week Turkey itinerary, Istanbul offers a mesmerising experience. From its Grand Bazaar, one of the biggest indoor markets in the world, to the fascinating Hagia Sofia, a religious structure that has been used by Christians and Muslims through time.

best things to do in Istanbulbest things to do in Istanbul

Where to stay in Istanbul

Istanbul has thousands of hotels to choose from, covering budget bases to ultra-luxurious palatial stays.

I enjoyed an excellent stay at the  Intercontinental Istanbul , which was well located and adjacent to Taksim Square. It offered the most impressive breakfast and had a lovely pool to enjoy after a long day of sightseeing in the city. You can check rates for this hotel  here . 

Some of the other best luxury hotels in Istanbul include: 

  • Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At Sultanahmet
  • Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
  • Raffles Istanbul

If you’re looking for somewhere as more of a comfortable base, these are some of the best value for money hotels in Istanbul: 

  • Pera Palace Hotel 
  • Georges Hotel Galata
  • Yasmak Sultan
  • Neorion Hotel

top things to do in Istanbul

Travel time from Istanbul to Kayseri: 1hr flight

From Istanbul, it’s a quick and easy flight to Kayseri, which is the nearest airport to Cappadocia.

I think a visit to this surreal town withits magical fairy chimneys and mesmerising sunrises, is essential on any Turkey trip. Most of the best attractions and sites in Cappadocia can be visited in a two or three day visit. Plus, with regular flights from several Turkey airports, it’s pretty easy to include Cappadocia on any Turkey itinerary.

turkey itinerary

I spent four days in Cappadocia and thought it was one of the best places I have ever visited in the world. Staying at a cave hotel is an absolute must-do whilst in Cappadocia – we stayed at the beautiful Sultan Cave Suites . This cave hotel has become super famous thanks to Instagram and its incredible terrace, which is the perfect place to capture a Cappadocia sunrise photo .

The best cave hotels in Cappadocia

There are so many cave hotels in beautiful Cappadocia to choose from, so it isn’t an easy decision to decide where to stay.

Sultan Cave Suites is one of the most popular cave hotels to stay in Cappadocia. You can read my full guide to staying at this amazing cave hotel – it was incredible! Check rates for the Sultan Cave Suites here!

However, if it is fully booked, there are still so many other amazing cave hotels from which to pick.

Some of other best cave hotels in Cappadocia include:

  • Kelebek Special Hotel
  • Aydinli Cave Hotel

the best photo locations in Cappadocia

The best attractions in Cappadocia

One of the very best things to do in Cappadocia is to witness one of the incredible sunrises. If you can, do it twice. Once from a beautiful viewpoint, such as the terrace at the Sultan Cave Suites hotel (you must be a guest) and once from a hot air balloon ride.

sunrise in Cappadocia

But that’s not all there is to do in Cappadocia. Some of the other main attractions include the visiting the Göreme Open Air Museum, exploring the nearby village of Uçhisar and some of the incredible rock formations at Pasabag and Devrent. This detailed guide here covers all of the best things to do and see in Cappadocia .

2 week Turkey itinerary

If you’re short on time, it’s best to see all the top attractions in Cappadocia on an organised day tour. You can arrange this through your hotel, or you can plan your time in advance by booking a tour through GetYourGuide:

  • South Cappadocia tour with trekking
  • Quadbike safari through the valleys
  • Cappadocia highlights tour with lunch
  • Cappadocia full day private tour

Turkey Itinerary

So that’s my 2 week Turkey itinerary. The perfect mix of historical sites, a sailing adventure, a cosmopolitan and cultural city, and the otherworldly magic of Cappadocia. As mentioned, I got around purely by public transport in Turkey which I found to be safe, especially as a solo female traveller, as well as cost efficient.

I do hope this guide for a 2 week Turkey itinerary is useful. Naturally, the more time you have, the places you can visit. Although some places, such as Pamukkale, you really you don’t need to spend more than one day in.

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Disclaimer: This visit to Turkey was entirely paid for by myself and there was no involvement from the tourism board or a hotel. This is an independent guide.

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looks amazing! especially pamakullae pics. so white. I have seen pictures which usually seem so crowded but this one shows the actual beauty

Wow! Your pictures confirm how Turkey is one of the best places to visit in the world. And your itinerary help a lot for us who has never been there and plan to make a visit.

Thanks for this great overview of the best escapes in Turkey; really liked the layout of this post. We didn’t visit it on our last trip in that part of the world, but hopefully we’ll visit this gem on our next vacation. We love your photos too much!!

your pictures are amazing, they took me right there. What time of the year did you go? Great Itinerary for people who are getting ready to visit.

Thank you! I went in late August, early September! Hot but perfect! x

This is perfect timing! Im hoping to go here soon and this blog is a fabulous and full of great info! I should have went with you! If you only had a week, what 2 places were your favorite? Thank you for sharing!

Ah awesome!! Definitely visiting Cappadocia which was a bit surreal to be honest, and then also sailing along the turquoise coast! 🙂 x

Wowowow!! Turkey is on my bucket list from such a long time!! Reading your post I was asking myself why I didn’t visit it yet. Answer was because I didn’t know where to start from. Now I have a very good starting point! Thanks for sharing ??

Hope you get to go soon! Glad my post was of use! x

Thank you for sharing your amazing experience. This country is absolutely beautiful. I’ve wanted to visit for awhile, definitely considering a trip to the coast.

Thanks for your kind words! It is an amazing country, I hope you get a chance to visit! x

I love all of the Blue on the buildings in Bodrum. We love exploring ruins like the ones you saw in Ephesus. Kitty!!!! There is so much o do in Turkey it seems. You captured so much and it looks so beautiful!

I know, the buildings were so cute! Definitely wasn’t expecting that 🙂

Great timing for us. We have been looking at planning a trip to Turkey and seems like a perfect itinerary has come our way. Istanbul and Cappadocia is definitely going to be there. I love all the images but the last one against the balloons with hands up in the air- lovely!

Ah so glad to hear it! Do let me know if I can help with any of your planning, it really is the most amazing country!! x

perfect itinerary. trying to do the same. thanks so much for beautiful pics and guides.

Hi There, Do you have an itinerary on how many days you stayed In each place? I am also planning on traveling to Turkey late august early September. We are looking at Istanbul, Cappadocia, Bodrum, Izmir – Ephesus – Selcuk, Pamukkale, and I am not sure if Antalya fits in here. We are going for 14 days.

This has been immensely helpful and has great suggestions! Thank you!

Could you please tell how much was the tour cost except the airfare.

Hey! Just wondering if you tracked how much this trip cost? I am working on a budget for two weeks in Turkey. Any advice would be great!

hi we did your turkey itinerary but back to front, with very few exceptions and we LOVED it! Everything was beyond our expectation except Pammukale. The blue cruise was fantastic, we were on the revenge. Cappadoccia was out of this world and the sultan suite caves was perfect. So thank you for your wonderful advice.

Hi Shannon,

Ah thank you that’s amazing feedback! It’s such a special country – so glad you enjoyed the itinerary!

Hi Looks amazing. Can you please let me know how many days did you spend at each place your visited?

Hi Tahir! I’ve updated my post to make that more clear, sorry about that! These are the timings of my itinerary: Bodrum (two days), the ancient ruins in Ephesus (one day), the natural wonder of Pamukkale (one day), sailing on a traditional Turkish Gulet boat (three days). The second week was spent with one day in Istanbul, before heading to Cappadocia (four days).

Hi, Claire.

I just happened onto your website today. As I’m getting ready to plan a 2-week family vacation in Turkey myself, this is a great read and thank you so much for all the suggestions.

Originally, I was thinking about driving and doing a road trip, from Istanbul, east to Cappadocia, then circle westward thru Konya to Bodrum, Izmir on the west coast. However, in the name of saving time, I’m now leaning towards just flying from one major town to the next (namely, IST -> Kayseri ->Antalya ->Bodrum/Izmir->IST), and rent a car locally if necessary. May I know on what website you booked the domestic flights?

Are Konya and Antalya charming places to visit, in your opinion? Or, perhaps I should just do the east (Cappadocia) and west (Bodrum, Ismir, Ephesus)? I’m very interested in lingering in Istanbul, so am budgeting at least 5 days in the city out of the 2 weeks.

Any suggestion is much appreciated. Thank you.

Hi there. Glad you found the post helpful! I would say that the driving distances are vast, and as domestic flights (or trains/buses) are so easy and so straight forward, it would be easier to use public transport in a 2 week trip.

The route you mention is almost mine in reverse. I booked all my flights directly on the airlines’ websites (Turkish Airlines or Pegasus). Both are great but Turkish is especially good for domestic, I loved it.

I didn’t go to Konya so I cannot comment sorry, and I didn’t spend too long in central Antalya, but I think going Istanbul > Cappadocia > direct to Bodrum/Izmir/Ephesus is perfect and if you only have 9 days after Istanbul, you can easily spend 9 days in those places. I squeezed a bit more in, but I was travelling solo so didn’t have to factor in others’ needs or preferences haha. I hope that’s helpful!

This looks like an incredible trip! Do you mind giving a rough idea of the budget you were on? The total cost for the two weeks and general accomodation cost?

Taxi is too pricy . From bus station to hostel by Dolmus. Is there any space to fit my carry on 9X14X22 with wheels in Dolmus?

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“If the whole world was only one country, Istanbul would be its capital” – French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte once said. Looking at the map of the world map, Turkey is the crossroads of the world, connecting the 2 continents of Eurasia and the North – South, the gateway to Europe and the end point of the legendary Silk Road. So, what to do, where to go and how to plan a perfect budget trip to Turkey for the first-time? Let’s check out our Turkey travel blog (Turkey blog) with the fullest Turkey travel guide (Turkey guide, Turkey tourist guide, Turkey visitor guide) from how to get there, best time to come, where to stay, best places to visit and top things to do to find out the answer!

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Located at the intersection of the civilizations of the world, Turkey hides a huge historical & cultural treasure with long history, rich in culture, especially a powerful Ottoman Empire in the past. Among countless countries in the world, Turkey appears with a very unique beauty, not too luxurious, modern but nostalgic with the color of time. Turkey can be described as a mosaic made of countless different historical and cultural pieces.

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Turkey travel blog: Overview of Turkey

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Turkey is a country located in both the European and Asian continents with the main territory in the Anatolia peninsula in Southwest Asia, a small part in the Balkans in Southeast Europe with an area of nearly 800.000 km² and a population of over 85 millions people. Turkey shares borders with: Bulgaria to the northwest, Greece to the west, Georgia, Armenia and the Nakhichevan part of Azerbaijan to the northeast, Iran to the east, and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. In addition, the country is bordered by the Black Sea to the north, the Aegean and Marmara Seas to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Because of its strategic location between Europe and Asia and middle the three seas, Turkey was once a crossroads of economic centers, the starting point as well as the battleground of empires in the past.

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The national language of Turkey is Turkish and many other minority languages. Turkey has no official religion, but almost the entire population is Muslim, with only a small percentage being Catholic and Orthodox.

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Turkey blog: Why should you travel to Turkey?

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  • The country has a rich history, culture and many unique architectural works, historic and ancient cities. The powerful Ottoman Empire that once dominated Europe reigned here.
  • Turkey has also Cappadocia, which is known as the most beautiful hot air balloon viewing spot in the world.
  • It’s a Muslim country, so it is very safe and orderly: Muslims do not drink alcohol, do not steal as well.
  • Turkey is also the factory of Europe, a lot of goods with good quality, especially: nuts, wool, rugs, leather and clothes are produced here.
  • The exchange rate for the Turkish currency Lyra is very good. Traveling cost in Turkey is very cheap, affordable.
  • Public transport in Turkey is quite developed, traveling between tourist destinations is convenient and economical with diverse vehicles.

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Is safe to travel to Turkey?

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In 2016, there was a coup d’etat and riots at the old airport in Turkey, causing confusion for visitors. After more than 3 years of efforts to rebuild the city and promote tourism industry, Turkey’s tourist cities such as Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, Antalya become very safe and secure. In the period 2019-2020, there were conflicts in the border areas with Syria, but because these areas are very far from tourist cities, visitors absolutely can rest-assured.

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You can use E-visa (visa applied online) to travel to Turkey. Getting an E-visa is very easy, especially if you have a valid visa from developed countries like the US, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan… and flying with Turkish airlines like Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Onur Air and Atlasglobal Airlines… You just need to fill in the information and pay the fee by credit card, after a few minutes the E-visa will be emailed to you, printed and done. Refer to the link to apply for E-visa: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ .

Turkey travel blog: When to come?

As a large country with diverse topography, Turkey’s climate varies from region to region and from season to season. The most pleasant weather is usually in spring, April-May and autumn in October-November. These also are the best times to visit Turkey.

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If you want a Mediterranean or Aegean sea vacation, from June to September is the most suitable time. However, in these two seas, sometimes in the middle of summer, the temperature is quite high, can be above 40 degrees Celsius, so you should take precautions to avoid going out at the high heat time.

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You can also enjoy skiing in Turkey in winter, and the period from December to April next year is suitable time for you to experience it.

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Turkey travel blog: Getting to Turkey

There are many airlines operating flights to Turkey from European countries. Because of applying for an E-visa, we are required to choose 1 of 4 airlines: Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Onur Air and Atlasglobal Airlines.

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After searching for tickets for the London – Istanbul route, we chose Turkish Airlines because the price is very affordable at only £113/round trip and it has been voted the best airline in Europe for many years in a row.

The main airport in Turkey is the new Istanbul International Airport (Turkish: İstanbul Havalimanı), inaugurated and into operation in 2019. In addition, Istanbul also has an old internation airport called Ataturk.

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Ankara’s Esenboga Airport is relatively limited to international flights, but there are direct flights from Mediterranean resort towns like Antalya during the peak season of summer or winter.

Kayseri Airport also handles a number of international flights from several European countries, this is one of the closest airports to the Cappadocia region.

To find cheap tickets and suitable flight routes you can go to Google Flight , SkyScanner , Momondo .

You can go from Europe to Turkey by train quite easily, although today train ride is classic and romantic, not fast and convenient anymore. TransBalkan trains depart daily from Budapest, Hungary running through Bucharest, Romania, a two-night journey with a 3-hour stop in Bucharest. There is also a daily train to Istanbul from Sofia, Bulgaria. Or you also can travel by train from London to Istanbul as map below.

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From Central Europe to Turkey is not difficult, but you will probably need an international insurance card – a green card to cross the border.

  • Road 80 enters Turkey via the Kapikule border from Bulgaria.
  • Road 87 enters Turkey via the Derekoy border from Bulgaria.
  • Road 90 enters Turkey via the Ipsala border from Greece.

From Bucharest there is a daily bus to Istanbul that departs at 4pm. There are also daily buses from Constanta, Romania and from Sofia, Bulgaria. Another way is to take a bus in Athens, Greece that goes through Thessaloniki city. You can also find smaller bus companies that operate many routes from other countries in the Balkans.

Many people arrive at Bodrum by hydrofoil or ferry from most of the islands near Greece to Turkey ports. See details of ferry routes and timetables here .

Turkey travel blog: Getting around Turkey

Currently, the new Istanbul airport has just come into operation from April 2019 and is about 40km from the city center. To getting to city center, you can only take a taxi for around $31 and traveling time around 35 minutes, while take a bus cost about $3.1 with 80 minutes of riding. Or the most convenient way is take a metro.

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Taxi or Uber

Taxi is also a popular means of transport in Istanbul, you can catch it anywhere, but very few drivers can speak English, so you should bring a card with a specific location or hotel address for easy communication with the driver.

Public transport: Metro, Tram, Ferry

Public transportation in Istanbul is convenient and cheap. Metro is similar to the sky train in Thailand, automatically buying tickets and swiping cards to get in and out. Tram is a train type that rides on a separate track on the ground. In Istanbul, there is a special route under the sea, running from the Asian coast to the European coast for only 5 Lyra.

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Turkey has a very good long-distance bus network, there are many types of buses with air-conditioning systems, reservation, and good service with many main routes. There are also several companies that operate buses with first class seats and premium service. Buses are often crowded, smoking is prohibited, and some buses even ban mobile phones.

Traveling by bus in Turkey is very convenient. Go to Otogar (bus station) in any major city, you will find buses going to most different places in half an hour or an hour.

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Another alternative is Fez Bus . This is a bus system that connects Istanbul to all the famous places in western Turkey, some of which are not on the tourist route. Fez Bus main office in Istanbul is located in Sultanahmet next to Orient Youth Hostel.

The cheapest way to getting around Istanbul is to use Istanbulkart – a travel card used for most types of public transport such as bus, tram, metro, public ferry (note, there are many types of ferry). This card can be purchased at most grocery stores around tourist areas (watch out for the Istanbulkart sign) or at ticket vending machines in front of train or bus stations. 1 card can be used for many people at the same time, so you only need to buy 1 card and then top-up more if travel a lot. More information about this pass you can find here: http://www.turkeytraveljournal.com/istanbulkart/

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The card price is 10 TL and deposit 20 TL. (*Note that the purchased card cannot be returned or withdrawn.) Depending on your travel needs, you can top up your card at vending machines at metro stations. You just need to swipe your card at the entrance or exit gates at the metro station to get to the train platform (restricted area)

You should also get a map of metro and tram that is free and available at the stops. I went from the hotel near the old Atartuk airport to tourist attractions: Sultan Ahmet, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower which costs around ~ $4.5 for a distance of more than 10km. Going very fast, no traffic jams, cool air conditioning, sometimes I have to stand because there were no seats. In short, traveling in Istanbul is very simple and economical with metro and tram.

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Most cities have airlines that operate domestic routes, with affordable prices, which convenient than bus, especially for long journeys. Tickets can be purchased at the concourses of the Istanbul domestic terminals or at the ticket offices of Turkish Airlines, Onur Air, Fly Air, Pegasus Airlines, etc. locally or buy online in advance.

To getting from Istanbul to Cappadocia you can take a night bus or take a flight. But travel by bus is too long which take 10-12 hours and ticket prices is not cheap compare airfare 60-120TL. While flight time is around 75 minutes with affordable price of around 160TL.

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Taking train is usually cheap, but slower than the bus. Turkey has less than 11,000km of railway, so many cities and tourist attractions are not on the train route. Bus tickets include train tickets, no additional fees for boarding the bus.

Major cities and tourist attractions accessible by train from Istanbul are Edirne, Eskisehir, Denizli, Konya, Adana, Kayseri, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Erzurum, Kars and Tatvan located on the shores of Lake Van.

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Train tickets can be bought online, at stations, central post offices, travel agencies or from ticket vending machines, but quite rare when it usually located at main stations in big cities. It is recommended to book tickets in advance if you go in the summer or Friday, Sunday, before the religious holidays of this country.

Bicycle lanes are mostly absent, except for a few short routes – built primarily for sports, not traffic – along coastal boulevards or inner parks in big cities like Istanbul or Izmir. Another factor that makes riding a road bike even more difficult is that the terrain in Turkey is mostly hilly.

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Turkey has two long walking routes, one of which is the famous Lycian Way, between Fethiye and Antalya, the other is the St. Paul trail, between Antalya and Yalvac up to the North in the Turkish Lake District. The eastern part of the Black Sea is covered with long hiking trails among the green steppes, several tour agents in the main cities in Turkey offer walking tours with vehicles in this area.

Turkey travel blog: What to eat?

Doner kebab.

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Coming to Turkey, it is impossible not to mention Doner Kebab – a very famous traditional dish in Turkey. In the past, Turkey were nomadic tribes, so they often roasted meat to keep it longer, sandwiched with bread and vegetables, quite similar to today’s doner bread. In Turkey, there are doner sandwiches of lamb, beef and chicken… absolutely no pork because Muslim Turks do not eat pork. Chicken is marinated very delicious, soft, juicy. The beef is quite good, while the lamb is quite difficult to eat, maybe because I am not used to the taste of Turkey.

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Simit is a snack that has been around since the 16th century. Tourist come and from Istanbul brought bagels to the city of Izmit. This place is the origin of the name Simit and turned it into a type of fast food. Today, simit is both eaten in breakfast and is a popular street food in Turkey. The simit circular bread is special thanks to its golden crispy crust and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

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Turkish people love yogurt, they consume more than 2 million tons of this food every year. Originating millennia ago from Central Asia, yogurt has been a popular dish in nomadic cultures. Today, yogurt can be eaten on its own, or added to soups or salads.

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Turkish breakfast (Kahvalti) is very suitable for those who stay up late, get up early. Freshly baked bread with honey and kaymak (Turkish cream), marmalade spread, sheep’s milk butter, tomato, cucumber and olive oil are the best ingredients. However, each region has different variations. If you can continue to eat, try eggs with onions, green peppers and tomatoes.

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This is a dessert that people from Central Asia brought to and gradually popularized in the land of the Ottoman Empire. However, the way of processing today is similar to that of Europeans. The current “baklava capital” is the city of Gaziantep, which is famous for its sweet pastries. Cake using dough with honey, milk, covered with pistachios looks that make it like a work of art.

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Pide, also known as Turkish pizza, is flatbread, baked in a charcoal oven. The top of the cake has various ingredients such as sucuk (Turkish sausage), smoked beef or chopped lamb. In addition, the pide has added avocado and some vegetables. Restaurant chefs perfect this dish by adding an egg on top of the cake as it right comes out of the oven.

Maraş Dondurma

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Turkish ice cream is unlike any other. The first impression is that the taste is especially natural, the cream is flexible and chewy than Gelato (Italian ice cream). The thickness of the ice cream comes from Orchis mascula root powder. Visitors when buying Maraş Dondurma ice cream can also enjoy the skillful performance of the salesman.

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Appearing not only in Turkey but also popular from Poland to Japan, manti are traditional Turkish dumplings. The Italians call this ravioli, in Georgia it’s khinkali and the Turks fold them into manti plates. This dish served with fresh tart yogurt, drizzled with melted butter, sprinkled with chopped herbs and fish.

Dolma and sarma

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Dolma is a dish consisting of rice and meat stuffed with peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, eggs and then stewed. Sarma has similar ingredients but is rolled with grape leaves or cabbage leaves. Both dishes go together in meals.


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This is a simple dish cooked with stewed beans with tomato sauce that add more flavor to the dish. That is also the factor that makes kurufasulye different from thousands of other bean dishes.

Türk Kahvesi (Turkish Coffee)

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Enjoying a cup of traditional Turkish coffee on the street of Taksim district in the early morning is a great experience for me. Unlike Vietnamese coffee, Turkish coffee has a slightly sour taste, very rich and especially when drinking to the bottom of the cup, you will see a layer of coffee powder residue because the Turkish people mix the coffee powder together, the coffee powder will settle below.

In additon traditional dishes above, you can try Turkish tea, especially raki is an alcoholic drink made of twice-distilled grapes and anise, the national drink of Turkey.

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This is a famous chain of stores in Istanbul. The ice cream desserts, juices are delicious. In addition, they also serve savory dishes, pizza with quite large sizes, a meal costs about $9, quite full. The shop has a nice view, cozy, the service staff is very nice, well dressed.

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Turkish Delight

Chain of specialty sweets shops Turkish Delight: The chain gathering famous Turkish brands, traditional Turkish confectionery and sweets. My favorite is Turkish Chocolate, very cheap and delicious.

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Some good restaurant you should try:

  • In Istanbul: Adora Restaurant, Gulhane Sark Sofrasi, Old Ottoman Café & Restaurant, Zukeyir Ocakbasi, Medi Sark Sofrasi, Taksim Bahcivan, Falafel House, Pepo Café & Restaurant, Vezenan, Galata fish sandwich.
  • In Cappadocia: Pumpkin Goreme Restaurant & Art Gallery, Topdeck Cave Restaurant, Omurca Art Cave Café, Anatolian Kitchen, Kale Terrasse Restaurant, Dibek, Comlek Restaurant, Tandir Café Restaurant, No:10 Restaurant, Efe Restaurant.

Turkey blog: Where to go?

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If you compare Turkey with European countries, it is obvious that this country is not distinguished by its richness and modernity. However, you will be amazed with the rich natural landscape along with ancient ruins and architecture here.

Sultan Ahmed

Sultan in Islam means king. This area was formerly the palace of the Turkish kings, now is the center of the old town in Istanbul, located on the west bank, concentrating many famous attractions.

Galata Tower

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque was built by Sultan Almed I in the 16th century. Inside the mosque, the walls are covered with blue stone with colorful glass windows. When it’s time to pray, Muslims sit inside and outside of the mosque is packed. Tourists want to visiting here must follow strict dress codes to enter: Women must wear a scarf, pants or long skirt (there is a free borrow area), men must wear long pants. All must take off their shoes when entering the mosque.

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia Mosque (also known as Aya Sofia) was built from 537 to 537 and was used as a mosque until it was turned into a museum as wee see today. For just $15 an entry ticket, visitors can set foot in what was once the largest mosque in the world for nearly a millennium. Imprinted with Byzantine architecture, Hagia Sophia makes a strong impression on visitors when entering the main hall, with a huge dome creating a feeling of overwhelming. Hagia Sophia Mosque is located about 100 meters from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia is famous for its unique, magnificent, spectacular architecture, formerly a mosque and now becomes a museum.

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Galata Tower

Formerly a fortress of Turkey, located on the Asian coast and is the tallest structure on the Asian coast. From the top of tower, you can have a panoramic view of the city of Istanbul and the Bosphorus strait connecting the two continents of Asia – Europe.

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Bosphorus Bridge

The suspension bridge bears many historical marks of the world and of Turkey. With more than 1,500m long and 39m wide, the bridge with 6 lanes, every day witnesses people back and forth from Asia to Europe and vice versa. When flying to Europe with Turkish Airlines and transiting in Istanbul for 6 hours or more, you will enjoy a free city Tour – visit the most famous attractions or enjoy a river cruise tour through the Bosphoros Strait, seeing the bridge at night when it brightly lights up.

The stunning Bosphorus Bridge at night

  • Grand Bazaar

For shopping lovers, the Grand Bazaar is a must-visit place in Istanbul because it is one of the oldest and most famous markets in the world. Opened in 1461, the Grand Bazaar has witnessed nearly 6 centuries of ups and downs of Istanbul and is a place where shoppers can shop everything that a market can offer, as well as get them at surprisingly cheap prices if you know how to “bargain”.

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Open from 9 am to 7 pm every day except Sunday, the Grand Bazaar attracts more than 250,000 visitors a day and is like a miniature city with eateries, fountains and even mosques. Inside this large market are about 5,000 stalls and divided into many zones with different types of products. Tourists can find everything from spices, coins, clothes to leather goods, carpets or jewelry.

Taksim Square

Taksim area is considered as the heart of modern Istanbul with squares and walking streets filled with bustling shops, restaurants, cafes or even hotels. Tourists can find famous foreign fast food brands, diverse clothing stores, travel agencies, bars or even top 5-star hotels in this area.

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Taksim’s nightlife is especially bustling when the large pedestrian street is always bustling with thousands of people even after midnight because of the attraction from fragrant restaurants or nightclubs with vibrant music. This is also the place where a large number of Istanbul residents gather on special occasions such as Independent Day or New Year’s Eve.

Dolmahbace Palace

Dolmabahce Palace is known by as the “Versailles of Istanbul” thanks to its magnificent architecture. Dolmabahce impresses right from the location when it is located on the shore of Bosphorus Strait – which separates Istanbul into two areas located in Europe and Asia.

Dolmabahce Palace

Built in the 19th century with 14 tons of gold leaf, the palace is considered the most beautiful in Turkey is a blend of traditional Ottoman architecture with European style. Not only was the residence of 6 Sultans (Kings) in the period from 1856 to 1924, Dolmabahce Palace also owns the world’s largest Bohemia crystal chandeliers given by Queen Victoria.

  • Topkapi Palace

Topkapi was once recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site thanks to its historical stature as well as its unique beauty. This palace was built in the 15th century and served as the residence of the Sultans for approximately 400 years during the most prosperous period of the Ottoman Empire (1465-1856). Because of that, this palace complex is extremely large and can be a shelter for 4000 people.

Topkapi Palace

In the early 20th century, the Turkish government used it as an office before turning Topkapi into a museum. Tourists will not only be impressed by the masive scale of the palace, but also have the opportunity to witness firsthand historical artifacts such as the weapons of the Sultans, collections of watches or precious jewelry from the Ottoman period.

Yerebatan Cistern (Subterranean Palace)

Istanbul owns a most magnificent subterranean palace, Yerebatan Cistern. Residents living here often hear the murmuring stream of the underground stream, but no one suspected that it was not until the 60s of the last century when archaeologists discovered a huge underground palace. Coming here, you will find the colors in the palace somewhat fanciful and a moment overwhelmed when you see the statue of the imprisoned Snakehead Goddess (Medusa) in upside-down position.

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Princes’ Islands of Adalar

The Prince’s Islands consists of a cluster of 9 islands in the Marmara Sea, Southeastern ​​Istanbul and is a popular summer destination for tourists. Contrary to the hustle and bustle of the city, the means of transportation on these islands are bicycles or horse-drawn carriages, bringing a peaceful setting.

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After reaching these islands (usually the four big islands of Buyukada, Kinaliada, Burgazada or Heybeliada) by public boat or ferry, tourists can relax by taking a scenic walk or swimming in the sea. The best time to visit this archipelago is in summer because the harsh winter weather makes the area almost empty of tourists.

Located about 800 km (1 hour and 45 minutes of flying) from Istanbul, Cappadocia is known as the most beautiful hot air balloon viewing place in the world. Cappadocia is favored by nature with a unique landscape with many rocks and stone columns in weird shapes like mushrooms protruding from the ground. Everything here is made of stone: stone bridges, churches in stone caves, houses in caves, stone utensils. One of the famous tourist attractions here is the underground city of Kaymakli.

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Izmir is located about 500km (1 hour and 30 minutes of flying) from Istanbul. If Istanbul is a crowded and bustling city, Izmir is a peaceful and clean seaside resort city. The beaches in Izmir is open to tourists during the summer months from April to July, which is also the peak season with the most crowded of visitors. I highly recommend traveling to Izmir in October when the weather is cold but still sunny. The people here are friendly, hospitable do not entice tourists, also do not scam. About 2 hours by car from Izmir, you will reach the village of Alacati – a little Greece in the heart of Turkey. The village is famous for its windmills, laterite houses, decorated with plants and fresh flowers, so lovely.

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Antalya is known as the “Tourist Paradise” of Turkey with its long beaches, white sand, blue water and 5-star luxury resorts and hotels. Entertainment activities in Antalya are very diverse and classy, ​​so the cost of traveling in Antalya is extremely expensive. Every year, here organizes a large-scale golf tournament, gathering famous golfers as well as wealthy business owners and directors.

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Is the capital of Turkey and the second largest city of this country, after Istanbul. Ankara is located in the center of Turkey and the central of Anatolia Peninsula. It has attractions such as Anitkabir Museum, Ethnography Museum of Ankara, Ankara Painting and Sculpture Museum…

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The city is located in the Asian part of the Marmara region. Bursa was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, and the 4th largest city in Turkey after Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. It is famous for its beaches, pistachio nuts and textile industry.

The village of Alacati

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Just about 2km from the city of Izmir. This is one of the tourist attractions in Turkey. A picturesque Greek village in Turkey. The village of Alacati is located in the central Aegean. Many visitors come here just to take a slow walk through the village, to see the beautiful architecture. You can chat with locals, learn about daily life or enjoy traditional food. Not only exploring the city, you can also participate in windsurfing on the Mediterranean coast.

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pamukkale is located in the Manderes River valley in Deniz Province, Turkey. These are strange lakes lying on the cliffs, made up of calcium bocarbonate compounds in spring water that have accumulated over thousands of years, creating pure white limestone patches. There are about 17 hot springs with temperatures ranging from 35 to 100 degrees Celsius in this area. Many people often come here to bathe in hot springs because they believe that it can help treat diseases such as rheumatism, circulation, exhaustion, skin disorders, etc. It’s also a photogenic spot for virtual living photos.

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A city in Eastern Thrace, northwestern Turkey. This city can be your starting or last point in Turkey depending on your travel itinerary, as it is located on the junction of 3 countries Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria. The city has Selimiye Mosque, Arasta Mosque, Eski Cami Ancient Mosque and several other landmarks.

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A city in Central Anatolia Peninsula, is a city famous for Seljuk architecture, once the capital of the Sultanate of Rum, the hometown of the great poet – Islamic thinker Rumi. Konya has still well-preserved many Islamic architecture as well as famous landmarks such as Mevlana Museum, Ince Minare Museum…

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Referring to the attractive places of Turkey, it is impossible not to mention the ancient city of Ephesus. It was an ancient Greek city. Here, you can learn and discover the ancient cultural and historical values ​​of Turkey. If you are interested in archeology or ancient features, then you will be able to explore the ruins left over from the Roman and Greek times such as the temple of Artemis, the terraced houses with unique architecture or visit world famous Celsus library,…

Sumela Monastery

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As you probably know, Turkey is famous for its large monasteries with strange architecture. Therefore, you cannot ignore Sumela Monastery which is located on the high cliffs of Trabzon province. Anytime you will see Sumela Monastery with an ancient, mossy and mysterious beauty hidden and appearing in the dense fog. The monastery is a massive structure with 72 rooms, the brick walls are carved with religious paintings. In addition, conquering the mountain road to reach the monastery is also a great experience.

Turkey blog: What to buy?

Leather clothing: Turkey oten is mentioned as the largest producer of leather goods in the world, so the quality and price of leather clothing is very good and reasonable. When you come to Istanbul, you can visit the shops specializing in leather goods in Beyazit, Laleli or Mahmutpasa to buy.

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  • Cosmetics: Turkish perfumes, beauty products extracted from Olives, … because olive oil in Turkey is outstanding quality.
  • Handmade products: Ceramics, porcelain vases, antique plates with decorative patterns or colorful stone stripes are delicately and skillfully made. The handmade blankets and rugs are hand-woven and decorated simply but very delicate, with eye–catching colors.
  • Turkish Evil Eye Amulets: Are amulets that bring good luck often attached to earrings, bracelets, necklaces. You can easily see dark blue round amulets of various sizes attached to chains, key chains, etc. which are sold in tourist areas, markets or souvenir shops.
  • Apple tea: This is a famous Turkish beverage, with a sweet and sour taste of natural apple flavor, so it is very special and safe.
  • Pine honey: Very special and famous in Marmaris, a specialty of Turkey.
  • Pistachio nuts cake made from syrup: Unique cake with strange delicious taste. But you have to go to Bursa and find the cake where pistachio strees grow at the foot of Uladag mountain.
  • Turkish traditional textiles
  • Sweets: Turkey famous for its candies with the famous Turkish Delight brand.

It’s best to buy souvenirs in Istanbul, diversity in goods, affordable. Some best places to shopping in Istanbul are: Istanbul Forum, Mammara Forum, Florya Forum, Misir Carsisi spices market, Grand Bazaar.

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Turkey travel blog: Where to stay?

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Accordinn to my experience you should not book a hostel in Turkey because the hostels here are cheap, but generally not very clean and safe.

Hotels in Turkey have a lot of rooms for 4 people (which is hard to find in any other tourist destinations in Europe).

To find top rated and best hotels in Turkey you can go to Agoda.com , Booking.com .

Turkey blog: Suggested Turkey travel itinerary for 9 days 8 nights

To fully explore the beauty of this beautiful country, you should spend at least 2 weeks. Because it is adjacent to many countries, in addition to self-sufficient Turkish tours, you can combine to visit neighboring countries such as Greece, Iran, Iraq, Cyprus… Below, I will suggested a Turkey itinerary for 9D8N for you refer to.

Day 1: Getting from Vietnam to Istanbul, Turkey

Day 2: City of Istanbul

  • Old town of Sultanahmet in downtown of Istanbul
  • Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • Old spices market Msir Casisi

Day 3: Canakkale Town – Kusadasi City

  • Town of Canakkale: Ancient Citadel of Troy – Temple of Athena – Ancient Roman Citadel of Pergamon – Ancient Hospital Asklepion
  • Kusadasi City: Aegean Beach – Temple of Artemis – House of the Virgin Mary – Basilica Of Saint John

Day 4: Kusadasi City – Pamukkale City

  • Kusadasi City: Library of Celsus – Hadrian’s Temple – Marble Street – Agora Street
  • Pamukkale City: Cotton Castle – Hot Springs

Day 5: Konya City

  • Mevlana Museum
  • The ancient hotel Caravanserai
  • The Museum of Mevlana Celaleddin-I Rumi
  • Mevlana Monastery

Day 6: Cappadocia City

  • Experience flying hot air balloons
  • Explore underground cities in stone caves.
  • Goreme Open Air Museum

Day 7 + 8: Back to explore Istanbul

  • Subterranean Cistern” or “Subterranean Palace”
  • Strait of Bosphorus

Day 9: Fly back to Vietnam

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Turkey blog: Traveling costs

  • Because Turkey is located on both Eurasian continents, many people often think that traveling to Europe is very expensive. However, excluding the costs of air tickets and hotels, the remaining costs including transportation, dining, and shopping in Turkey are very cheap. Turkish food is more expensive than in Thailand, but shopping for candies or nuts (Turkey is famous for its healthy nuts like walnuts, almonds, pachitos, raisins, etc.) is about the same. The Turkish currency is Turkish Lira, $1 ~ 8.731 TL, fluctuating from time to time. A KFC meal here costs about 20-25 USD for 1 person, very full.
  • The cost for a 9 days 8 nights tour to Turkey that departing from Vietnam costs aroundn ~ 1.300 – 1.500 USD, equivalent a trip to Japan. I think if you plan for a self-sufficient trip, you can save a little more.
  • Here is a summary of some of the mandatory costs:
  • Air tickets: If you can hunt cheap tickets, you will spend about 650 – 700 USD. Visa fee: 45 USD for E-visa or 60 USD for stamped visa. Hotel: 30 USD/night/room. The peak season is April and May, the price will be higher. Traveling cost: 10 USD/day by metro or public transport. Food: 25 USD/day is a relatively adequate and acceptable meal.
  • Turkey travel blog: Some notes before you go
  • You should prepare a wifi transmitter or buy a phone sim first at home (or if it is convenient to buy it at the airport). Because wifi in Turkey is very poor from public places to hotels. And if you buy a sim at shops, you have to pay at very high price. We went to the telecom company to buy it, the staff knew that we were tourists, so they introduced a very expensive sim package that is different from the reviews I’ve read online.
  • Taxis in Turkey usually do not carry passengers in case if you want to ride a short distance, or intentionally press the wrong meter, so you need to check carefully before it runs.
  • Turkish men are often very easy to express their feelings, they like Asian women and often show it right away such as giving flowers, inviting out to eat, sometimes knocking on your hotel room doors. Women should not take a taxi alone or go out alone. However, that are just warnings from some other people, nothing happens during my trip, I feel the security and safety in Turkey is quite good.
  • Not everyone can adapt to Turkish food prepared in Islamic way… has a very specific taste, quite strong. I ate Turkish food for 4 consecutive days, on the last day I really couldn’t stand it, scared of the taste of Turkish food. You should bring your own food.
  • Exchanging Euro/USD at gold shops or exchange counters run by local people is much more better than exchange counters at the airport. Withdrawing money from ATMs will be charged a quite high fee.
  • Make the most of your bargaining power when shopping at bazaar markets! Just pay from 1/3 and then move up. Of course, bargaining in peace and fun, it is also considered an experience.
  • And finally, shopping in Turkey is extremely good. Due to the devaluation of the currency, with big brands such as Zara, H&M, Mango… you can choose many products for just under 50 USD. Or the famous and delicious Turkish chocolates, with varying degrees of bitterness (cacao percentage) from 40 to 80% for only $1 or more. Be prepared to spend a lot of money to bring back a lot.

Credit: Cappadocia travel blog.

Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, from and to Istanbul you can refer to

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  • Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, & Basilica Cistern Combo Tour in Istanbul
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  • Istanbul Museum Pass
  • [Sale] Sea Life Aquarium Ticket in Istanbul
  • Round Trip Ferry Tickets between Prince’s Islands and Istanbul
  • Princes’ Island Full Day Tour from Istanbul
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour

Are you looking for more top things to do in Istanbul: Tours, activities, attractions and other things? Let’s check it out here . And Istanbul guide here .

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The Ultimate 9 Day Turkey Itinerary (2024 Guide)

Planning your Turkey itinerary?! You’ll be delighted by all the amazing sights, rich culture, and delicious cuisine that this beautiful country has to offer!

From unique sites like Pamukkale to vibrant and bustling cities like Istanbul, Turkey is a travel destination that is not to be missed.

Begin your trip in the city of Istanbul, where you’ll find amazing restaurants, historical sites, and beautiful architecture, and from here continue your journey to the most beautiful locations throughout the country which I’ll tell you more about in this guide!

I have put together this Turkey itinerary based on my experience on the 9 Day Essential Turkey Tour with Travel Talk Tours .

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Table of Contents


Here is an overview of the 9 day Turkey itinerary with Travel Talk Tours:

  • Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
  • Day 2: Istanbul City
  • Day 3: Istanbul, Cappadocia
  • Day 4: Cappadocia
  • Day 5: Pamukkale
  • Day 6: Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi
  • Day 7: Kusadasi, Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale
  • Day 8: Canakkale, Gallipoli, Istanbul
  • Day 9: Depart from Istanbul

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Below is a list of what is included in the itinerary of Turkey with Travel Talk Tours:

  • Accommodation in 4 and 5-star hotels
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • Where available, complimentary hotel and coach Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioned, modern coach or mini-bus to get around Turkey
  • Airport transfer from Istanbul Airport on day 1
  • Experienced Travel Talk local guides licensed by the Ministry of Tourism


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Below is a list of what is not included on the tour:

  • Flight tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Tips and donations
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

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Day 1: arrival in istanbul.

You’ll arrive at the Istanbul Airport and will be greeted by the Travel Talk sign at the airport terminal, which will point you to the hotel transfer.

At 7:00 pm, meet in the hotel lobby for a quick meeting with your group of new travel buddies and tour guide.

If you arrive earlier in the day, you can begin to explore Istanbul by going to the top of the Galata Tower for stunning views or trying some delicacies at the Grand Bazaar.

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After breakfast, you’ll start the day by going through the opulent ancient city of Istanbul with your tour guide.

Stroll around the ancient city’s historic center, stopping at the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia on your way.

Later on in the afternoon, take a cruise down the beautiful Bosphorus River and see breathtaking views of Istanbul’s skyline, as well as spot some important landmarks including the Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, and the Bosphorus Bridge.

You should know that the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia entrance is free, but both the Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Topkapi Palace Museum are not.

The cost is 160 Lira ($11) for the museum and 200 Lira ($13) for the boat cruise.

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After an amazing day in Istanbul, you’ll take the coach to Cappadocia which is known as The Land of Beautiful Horses and it’s one of Turkey’s most unique places to visit.

On the 8-hour-long journey, take in the stunning Turkish countryside and observe tiny towns and settlements along the way.

One of the stops in Cappadocia that makes this Turkey itinerary so unique is Derinkuyu Underground City.

This 60m-deep historic city is home to a church, wells, and stables. It’s a little chilly underground so be prepared with some warm clothing.


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Get up at the crack of dawn for an optional sunrise hot air balloon ride over the world-famous landscapes of Cappadocia.

Alternatively, if you opt out of the balloon ride, you can take a taxi to some viewpoints and take photos of the dozens of balloons that float swiftly across the tops of the fairy chimneys.

Note: The hot air balloon ride is an additional cost of 2,700 Lira ($180 USD) and is weather-dependent. If it is too windy to fly, this activity will be canceled for safety reasons. Fingers crossed for blue skies and no wind!

After the balloon flight, head back to the hotel for a buffet breakfast before a jam-packed day visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site Göreme as well as some of the notable locations in Cappadocia such as the Göreme Open Air Museum, Pigeon Valley, Uchisar, and Cavusin.

In the evening, put your dancing shoes on, along with some smart-casual attire for the Turkish Night experience.

This is an optional activity that costs $30 and includes some light snacks and all-you-can-drink for 2 hours!



Another long day on the coach from Cappadocia to reach Pamukkale. It’s a total of 500 kilometers and will take about 8 hours, but there will be a few rest stops on the way for lunch and to stretch your legs.

Upon arriving in Pamukkale, if time permits, you’ll have the opportunity to stop at the famous white terraces to take some photos at sunset.

From here, it’s a short 10-minute drive to the beautiful Hierapark Hotel for an overnight stay.

Inside the hotel, guests have free access to the sauna, swimming pool, and thermal pools to relax after a long day.

You can also book in for a traditional Turkish bath and massage if you’re up for some extra pampering!

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You’re in Pamukkale, so what can you do?

Well, the most popular attraction is the beautiful white terraces that are formed by mineral-laden spring water. It’s a sight to behold and you won’t regret visiting this spot on the Turkey itinerary.

There is also the option to take another hot air balloon flight over the white terraces of Pamukkale for $150.

This is a great opportunity if you missed out on the hot air balloon flight in Cappadocia, and the experience is equally as impressive, in my opinion.

At around 11 am, the next stop on this Turkey travel itinerary is Ephesus, located 156 kilometers from Pamukkale, and is considered one of the most famous landmarks in Turkey .

Ephesus is an ancient city that is both spectacular and well-preserved. It was mentioned in the book of Revelations and is an important site if you’re religious.

After a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus, continue to the seaside town of Kusadasi which is only about 30 minutes away and you’ll sleep here for the night before exploring more on day 7 of your Turkey itinerary.

Of course, a buffet dinner is included and you may also head into the town to a local bar for some drinks with your comrades.

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An early departure from Kusadasi to make tracks north to visit Asklepion, an ancient and well-preserved healing center in Pergamum, and afterward heading to the historical city Troy.

Troy is one of the most famous places in Greek mythology and was featured in movies such as Troy with Brad Pitt.

The ruins of Asklepion and Troy are fascinating, to say the least, so prepare your camera to take lots of photos.


Following a fun-fuelled visit to each of these places in your Turkey itinerary, the journey continues to Canakkale for an overnight stay in a 5-star hotel.

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On day 8, wake up in beautiful Canakkale and travel to Gallipoli, which is just 1-hour away.

Gallipoli is a place of great importance, especially for Australians and Kiwis, because this region was once a battlefield during World War I.

On April 25th, 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers arrived on these very shores and fought an 8-month battle against Turkey, many of which lost their lives in combat. You’ll learn all about it during a guided tour of Gallipoli.

Here, you will visit the cemetery by the beach in ANZAC Cove, the war trenches, and the memorial monuments Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine.

Following a tribute visit to Gallipoli, it’s a 3-hour journey back to Istanbul which concludes this 9 day Turkey itinerary.

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On the last day in Turkey, if you have some extra time before departing, I recommend visiting the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, which has a large collection of pottery, metalwork, and textiles from across the Muslim world.

After you’ve had your fix of museums, spend some time strolling around Istanbul’s many markets.

The Grand Bazaar is the most famous, but there are also smaller ones like the Spice Bazaar and the Egyptian Bazaar.

Here you can find everything from spices to carpets to jewelry. Bargaining is expected, so don’t be afraid to haggle!

Additionally, if you’d prefer to put your feet up, check out Nova Santiye Cafe which is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and something to eat while taking in the stunning views of the city skyline from the rooftop terrace.


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How to get to turkey.

Arriving by plane is the easiest and most convenient way to begin your adventures in Turkey. Istanbul International Airport is the largest in Turkey and is served by dozens of airlines.

I recommend arriving as early as possible on your first day to give yourself time to adjust to the time change and explore a bit before the 9 day Turkey tour begins.


Best time to visit turkey.

The best time to visit Turkey is during the spring and fall seasons (April-May and September-October).

During these times, the weather is milder and more pleasant, making it easier to explore all of the sights without feeling uncomfortable in the heat or cold.

However, this shouldn’t deter you from visiting at other times as well – summer can be very nice in Turkey, especially along the coast, and winter can be a great time to visit Istanbul and Cappadocia with fewer tourists around.

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The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRY) and the exchange rate is approximately $1 USD = 14 TRY.

Purchasing a sim card in Turkey is relatively cheap and simple. You can do this at the airport on arrival or find a phone store close to the hotel in Istanbul.

Alternatively, I recommend purchasing an eSIM online in advance and enjoying unlimited data throughout all of Turkey.

Also, make sure to bring your camera and your best lenses, so you can capture all the unforgettable adventures and experiences on the trip!

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Most nationalities require a visa to enter Turkey, which can be applied for online via www.evisa.gov.tr .

Travelers from Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, and the USA can apply for a 90-day e-visa online.

This process usually takes only a few minutes, however, I recommend obtaining it at least 2 weeks before your arrival in Turkey.

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa if staying for less than three months: the United Kingdom, New Zealand, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Travelers entering Turkey must carry a passport or travel document valid for at least 60 days from the expiry date of their visa.



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Turkey is an incredible country full of so much history and beauty. Whether it’s the food, the culture, or the stunning landscapes, there is something here for everyone.

I hope with this guide I’ve given you some great ideas for exploring this amazing part of the world, and now it is time to go out and experience it all for yourself.

If you have any questions about this Turkey travel itinerary, please leave me a comment below this post and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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4 thoughts on “The Ultimate 9 Day Turkey Itinerary (2024 Guide)”

How was your experience with Travel Talk Tours? What did you like the most and what could be improved? How big are the groups? Any tips to improve our experience?

The experience with Travel Talk Tours is always great! The group size varies between 20 – 30 people. The guides are what I like most, they are very knowledgeable and friendly. No further tips to improve your experience, absolutely everything is taken care of when you arrive! Enjoy Turkey 🙂

i saw yr turkey itinerary, where do u book the tour package. Planning to go in Dec ’22. tks Esther Ow

Hi Esther, I booked with travel talk tours as I mentioned at the beginning of this article. You can click on the link and it will take you directly to their wensite. Enjoy your trip to Tukey 🙂

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ISTANBUL ON A BUDGET: Travel Guide & Itinerary

ISTANBUL ON A BUDGET: Travel Guide & Itinerary

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When I think of Istanbul, I think of my childhood.

This ancient city took up almost a chapter in our grade school textbook, and as someone who grew up fascinated with history, it certainly made an impression early on. I remember how I studied its days as Constantinople and its significance as a center of trade and cultural diffusion in the region. I remember sleepless nights of memorizing the important dates that marked the rise and fall of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. I remember trying to wrap my head around the Silk Road and its role in Medieval Europe.

Back then, I had no idea I would be a traveler. I was raised thinking that travel is a luxury, something enjoyed only by the rich. But I remember making a deal with my young self that I would someday see the city, its landmarks, historic sites and relics depicted in our books.

As I stood by the fountain at the Sultan Ahmet Park in between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, I wallowed in a sense of accomplishment knowing that a bucket list item had been ticked.

Truly, it is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. She is one of those with a lot of soul, somebody who has been through a lot and has a globe of stories to tell.


Istanbul: What You Need to Know

Istanbul is the poster city of a borderless world. It is where Asia sits down with Europe by the Bosphorus for an enjoyable a cup of tea. It is where East meets West for a passionate endless dance. It is where the past mingles with the present to have a conversation about the future. It is a city drenched in a multitude of colors, and things are hardly black or white.

It is perhaps this strategic location that made Istanbul one of the greatest cities in centuries past. It’s no wonder that its biggest pull is its magnificent history, showcased in many of its tourist spots. The Sultanahmet area alone is brimming with awe-inspiring landmarks that boast incredible Byzantine and Ottoman architecture and unique cultural traditions.

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Today, contrary to popular belief, Istanbul is NOT the capital of Turkey. The distinction is now owned by Ankara. But although it is no longer the seat of power, it remains the cultural and economic center, and the most populous in the country, with almost 15 million residents.

Here’s more info about Istanbul:

  • Language : Turkish. It’s not as intimidating because they use the familiar Latin alphabet. English is also widely spoken, too.
  • Currency : Turkish Lira (TRY, TL, ₺). TL1 = USD 0.26, EUR 0.22, PHP13.35 (as of November 2017). Some establishments accept the euro, but it would be best to pay in lira because the euro rate is usually costlier. There are a lot of money changers around the city, often concentrated in the Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet, and Taksim areas. The difference in rates isn’t much, to be honest, but feel free to compare. You can also withdraw from ATMs.
  • Modes of payment : Cash. Although some restaurants and hotels accept credit cards, public transportation and smaller establishments accept only cash.
  • Safety . Outside our textbooks, at least in this part of the world, we only hear about Istanbul in the news. Unfortunately, the city has suffered from a number of terrorist attacks over the past few years. (In fact, our first visit happened just a week after the Sultanahmet bombing in 2016.) Naturally, our followers who also dream of Istanbul are concerned about safety. We always get questions on whether or not it is safe to visit. Our answer has always been the same: Personally, these attacks don’t stop us from traveling to a city because fear is what they want to get out of it. (Our only exception is war zones.) However, that’s just us . We don’t want to encourage or discourage anyone. Listen to your embassy’s advisory at the time, and consider your insurance coverage. But ultimately, make that decision for yourself. But always be vigilant wherever you choose to travel.
  • Electricity Info : 220V, 50Hz. Socket Type F. It’s the socket that is indented into the wall and accepts plugs with two round prongs.

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When is the Best Time to Visit Istanbul?

Istanbul enjoys all the four seasons. Weather-wise, April to August is the perfect time to visit because it is during this period that the skies are usually clear and the city gets the least rainfall, with July being the driest. However, as soon as summer kicks in, the city gets packed with tourists. June-August is the peak season so expect the crowds to be big and the rates high.

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The autumn months of September to November are great too, The temperature is comfortable and the crowd manageable, but prepare for rain showers every now and then.

December to February is winter and off-peak. It is here that airfares and hotel rates go down, which is something you can take advantage of if you’re a budget traveler. Winter here is cold, yes, but not harsh. We were here in the first two weeks of February and we found the weather to be delightful. It drizzled a little but nothing major.

Because it stands in between two bodies of water, Istanbul is also pretty windy, which can sometimes intensify the cold.

How to Get a Turkish Visa

If you have a valid visa or residence permit from the US, UK, Ireland or any Schengen country, you may apply for a visa online (e-visa). It’s fast and easy.

More info here: Turkey Visa Online

Here are the requirements:

  • Valid passport that covers your travel period. (In PH case, your passport must also have at least 6-month validity.)
  • A return or onward ticket.
  • Proof of accommodation (hotel reservation).
  • Funds of at least USD 50 per day of your stay in Turkey.
  • Valid supporting visa

If you’re not holding a valid visa from any of the mentioned countries , you will have to apply for a physical sticker visa at the Turkish Embassy or consulate in your area. The application starts by filling out this form: Turkey Visa Application Form .

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How to Get to Istanbul

Istanbul is served by two airports: Istanbul Atatürk Airport in the European side and Sabiha Gökçen Airport in the Asian-Anatolian side. More flights fly in and out of Ataturk, as it is considered the city’s main gateway. It’s also much closer to the city center than Sabiha Gökçen.

If you’re traveling from outside Europe, there’s a big chance that the cheapest direct flights to Istanbul from your area are offered by Turkish Airlines , the country’s flag carrier. Turkish Airlines is connected to 120 countries, more than any other airline in the world.

  • From Manila , the cheapest nonstop flights are offered by Philippine Airlines (but this particular flight is also operated by Turkish Airlines). Regular year-round fares are at USD940 (PHP 48,000). It can still drop when there is a sale or promo. Qatar Airways also offers competitive rates at USD920 (PHP 47,000) but it has one stop in Doha, Qatar.
  • From Singapore , the cheapest option is to fly to Athens with Scoot and then transfer to Turkish Airlines to Istanbul. Combined fares are just at USD 580 (SGD 790). However, because you will be switching airlines in Greece, which is part of the Schengen area, there might be a need to get a Schengen visa, unless you’re holding a Singapore passport. Turkish Airlines offer the cheapest nonstop flights at USD 700 (SGD 950). Emirates and Qatar are also great choices at around USD 630 (SGD 860) with a stop in Dubai and Doha respectively.
  • From Jakarta , the best non-stop flight is offered by Garuda (operated by Turkish Airlines) at USD 1266. But the cheapest option is from Saudia at USD 850, but it involves a stop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • From Hong Kong , the cheapest flights are offered by Aeroflot (with a stop in Moscow) at USD 515 (HKD 4020). But the best direct flights are with Turkish Airlines at USD 970 (HKD 7600).

If you want to be notified when there are cheaper flights to Istanbul, download the Traveloka app and set up the PRICE ALERT for Istanbul. The app will let you know when there is a sale or flights that fall within your preferred price range.

Download the app here

How to get from ataturk airport to istanbul city center.

Ataturk Airport is located 30-40 minutes from Istanbul’s city center, but like many big cities, traffic jams are common, so the journey can be longer. To get to the city center, you may take a cab, the bus, or the metro/subway.

  • By taxi . You’ll find the taxi queue right outside the Arrivals area. It’s the costliest option. The fare to Taksim is between 50-55 TL. To Sultanahmet, 65-70 TL. But if you’re a group of 4, this isn’t bad at all. Just be wary of taxi scams, which I will be discussing more of below.
  • By HAVABÜS (formerly called Havatas Bus). This is the Airport Shuttle Service, and one bus leaves the airport for Taksim Square every 30 minutes from 4am until 1am. Fare: 11TL. The bus terminates at Taksim Square. If your hotel is in Sultanahmet, you may take a cab to Sultanahmet, which should cost an additional 12 TL. Or you can walk and take the F1 Taksim-Kabataş funicular, then the T1 Kabataş-Bağcılar tram to Sultanahmet Station.
  • By Metro/Subway + Tram . From the Arrivals area, follow the signs to the metro station and take the M1A Yenikapı – Atatürk Airport Line . It’s operational from 6am to 12midnight. However, if your hotel is in Sultanahmet or Taksim area, you will have to switch to the tram/funicular line at Zeytinburnu or Aksaray station. (Check out the map below.) This option is great if you’re not carrying big bags. Otherwise, it can quite the hassle since it can get crowded at certain times and confusing at first.

During our visit, we used Uber a lot because we were a group so we would just split the cost. It ended up cheap and convenient. But that was before the service was banned by Turkish authorities late last year. I’m not sure if it’s operational now or if any of the alternatives are as reliable.

How to Get from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Istanbul City Center

The Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located much farther into the Asian side. The journey can take up around 90 minutes.

  • By Taxi . Just because of the sheer distance, taxi rides are expensive. Fare can be as high as 115 TL to Taksim or 125-130 TL to Sultanahmet.
  • By HAVABÜS (Havataş Bus) . Operates from 4am to 1am. Fare to Taksim Square: 14 TL.

If your hotel is in Sultanahmet, you can take the HAVABÜS to Taksim and take a cab to Sultanahmet, which should cost an additional 12 TL. There is a cheaper way (metro/tram/ferry), but because you’re probably carrying heavy bags and you’re unfamiliar with the city yet, I suggest taking the cab.

Where to Stay in Istanbul

Before you pick a hotel or hostel, it is imperative that you know the city’s geography so you know you’re in the right area. Istanbul’s layout is interesting and unique, to say the least. The city straddles two continents. The Bosphorus Strait, connecting the Black Sea to the north and the Sea of Marmara to the south, cuts the city in half: one half in Europe, another in Asia. The European side is also almost divided by a major inlet called the Golden Horn. Confused? Here’s how it looks.

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Istanbul has a total of 39 districts. But for tourism purposes, let’s just focus on four key areas.

  • Asian side . Mostly residential. Because of the high cost of rent on the European side of the Bosphorus, many locals choose to stay here. While it is always a great idea to pay a visit, I do not recommend staying here to tourists because most places of interest are on the European half.
  • Sultanahmet . Often referred to as Old City, this is in a district called Fatih, south of the Golden Horn. Many of the city’s iconic structures and landmarks are here: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar, among others. There are a number of hotels and hostels here.
  • Beyoğlu (Galata) . Opposite Fatih, on the other side of the Golden Horn, is the district of Beyoğlu. Like Sultanahmet, it harbors many of the city’s tourist attractions including Taksim Square, İstiklal Caddesi, and the Galata Tower, dominating the area’s skyline. This area has the greatest concentration of accommodations.
  • New Istanbul and the Bosphorus . Further north are four more districts: Beşiktaş, Kağıthane, Şişli, and Sarıyer. This is where Istanbul gets modern and a little bit artsy. At the center of it is the city’s central business district, surrounded by some pretty bohemian neighborhoods. Although a bit far from the key attractions, there are several hotels and hostels scattered across the area.

Where to stay depends on your itinerary. If you’re planning to spend more time in the city’s historic core, then book a place in Fatih (Sultanahmet). If you dig the busyness of Galata, go for Beyoğlu. Or if you want a more modern vibe, stay in the New City.

But personally, if I return to Istanbul, I will definitely stay in the Sultanahmet area.

Best Budget Hotels in Istanbul

Sultanahmet Suites – Apartments is the top property according to reviews and ratings by online users. The apartments are located in Sultanahmet area, where most key tourist spots stand. There are single rooms, double rooms, and suites. Rooms are equipped with free wifi, private bathroom, air-conditioning, TV, kitchen amenities, and daily housekeeping.

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Check Rates & Availability

Other Top Budget Hotels in Istanbul :

Hotel La Villa Special Class . Check Rates & Availability . Istanbul Hotel Nomade . Check Rates & Availability . Star Holiday Hotel . Check Rates & Availability .

Best Istanbul Hostels

Antique Hostel & Guesthouse is the best-reviewed hostel in Traveloka, as scored by users. Backpackers can stay at their 4-bed or 6-bed dorms. Also available: single rooms, double rooms, twin rooms, and triple rooms, all with private bathrooms. Each booking comes with free wifi and free local calls.

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Other Top Hostels in Istanbul :

Sultan Hostel & Guesthouse . Check Rates & Availability . Taksim Green House Hostel . Check Rates & Availability . Cheers Hostel . Check Rates & Availability .

Photos above were provided by the resorts via Agoda.

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How to Get Around Istanbul

Traveling in a foreign city as big as Istanbul can be quite overwhelming at first. Traffic jams are increasingly becoming a problem. The city’s roads accommodate over 3 million private cars, on top of 17,000 taxis and 5000 buses. But it is easy to commute in Istanbul when you get the hang of it. You just need to be mindful.

Taking a cab is a good choice in many situations, especially in trying to reach places that are far from any metro or tram station. However, it comes with many disadvantages. First, it is much more expensive. Second, taxi-related scams are rampant in the city. You need to be aware with every modus operandi that they try to pull so you won’t fall victim to one (like we did, LOL). Here are some of them:

  • Not using the meter . Always insist on using the meter.
  • Using tampered meter . The cab we hired from Eminonu used a meter that moved a lot more quickly than usual. A cab ride from Sultanahmet to Beşiktaş should be just around 20 TL (at the time). Ours made it past 100 TL.
  • Charging night rates . There used to be higher rates for night travel, but that has been abolished.
  • Not giving exact change .
  • Taking a long detour . We were surprised that the taxi driver took the long way to get to our hotel in Beşiktaş. It was already our third day in the city and we were already familiar with the area. He used terrible traffic as an excuse. He then took us around, taking unnecessary turns.
  • Switching money . Some drivers would switch your bills when it’s time to pay. When you give him a 50TL note, he would claim that you had given him a 5TL note. They do it so fast you won’t even notice. Don’t fall for this.

To avoid any of this, do the following:

  • Always insist on using the meter.
  • Pretend you’ve been in Istanbul for quite a while. Scammers usually ask how long you have been in town.
  • If you’re coming from your hotel, ask the staff to get a cab for you.
  • Make sure you pay in smaller bills or coins.
  • When paying, double check your bills and say the amount per bill out loud when handing them to the driver.
  • Be familiar with the usual fares. How much is the taxi fare from Sultanahmet to other parts of Istanbul? Here: From Sultanahmet to Beşiktaş: 25TL From Sultanahmet to Galata Tower: not exceeding 20TL From Sultanahmet to Taksim Square: not exceeding 20TL From Sultanahmet to Atatürk Airport: 50-55 TL From Sultanahmet to Sahiba Gökçen Airport: 125-130TL

By Metro, Tram, Funicular, Ferry

I found taking the metro and tram in Istanbul to be a delightful experience. Except in rush hour, they are comfortable and not crowded. Istanbul’s rail network isn’t as intricate or complicated as, say, Tokyo or Seoul or Paris. It’s also easy to get used to. Here’s the city’s network map. Click on the image to enlarge:

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You also don’t need to memorize fare matrices. For example, Metro Istanbul charges a flat 5TL fare for every token or single-use ticket, regardless of your destination within their line.

But if you feel like you’ll be taking public transportation a lot, get an Istanbul Kart , an all around RFID card that you can use on the metro, buses, trams, funiculars, and more. This will give you significant discounts, almost 50%.

For example, as mentioned, the flat metro fare is 5TL but if you use Istanbul Kart, it is only 2.6TL . The transfer fares are even lower, only 1.85TL on the first transfer, 1.4TL on the second, and 0.9TL on succeeding transfers.

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  • How much is the Istanbul Kart? The card costs 10TL which already has a 4TL load (so the card itself is only 6TL).
  • Where can I buy Istanbul Kart? You’ll find card automated card machines at almost every metro, tram, ferry or metrobus station in the city. At the Ataturk airport, just go to the metro station and you’ll find ’em there.
  • Where can I use it? You can use it for your ride on any of the following: bus, metro, tram, funicular, teleferic, metrobus, HAVABUS, tunnel, double decker express, IDO ferry (IDO-IST, IDO-ADA1, IDO-ADA2), TURYOL Bosphorus Cruise, Dentur Bosphorus Cruise, Şehir Hatları ferry (ŞH-İST, ŞH-ADA), and TCDD trains.
  • How do I use it? Just hover the card on top of the reader upon entering the station.
  • How much should you load? Depends on your itinerary. But an initial 20TL should be okay. Just top up when necessary.

Places to Visit in Istanbul

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Sultanahmet Area

This neighborhood in Istanbul’s Fatih district is home to many of the city’s key historic structures including the following:

  • Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) . Istanbul’s most iconic structure, which is also a microcosm of the city. It was initially an Orthodox Christian cathedral from 537-1204, 1261-1453, under the Byzantine Empire; then converted into a Roman Catholic cathedral from 1204-1261, under the Latin Empire,; then made over into an imperial mosque during and after the Ottoman Empire (1453-1931). Today, it houses a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi). Entrance fee is 30TL. But you can also book a guided tour which includes the entrance pass, skip-the-line privilege, and an English speaking guide for only USD15. Opening hours: 15 April-25 October 09:00-19:00; 25 October-15 April 09:00- 17:00
  • Blue Mosque, (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) . This is a functioning mosque, which means that it closes during prayer time 5x a day. It is open at these times: 08:30am, 01:00pm, and 03:30pm. Admission Fee : FREE
  • Hippodrome of Constantinople (Sultanahmet Square) , where you can find the Obelisk of Thutmose III, the German Fountain, the Walled Obelisk, and the Serpent Column. Opening hours: All day Entrance fee: FREE
  • Basilica Cistern (Sunken Palace) . Opening hours: mid-April to September 9am-6:30pm; November to mid-April 9am-5:30pm Entrance fee: 10 TL
  • Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı) . One of the world’s oldest covered markets, which houses 61 streets and 3000 shops selling a wide array of products. Its construction began in 1455 right after the Ottomans had taken over the city. Nearest tram station: Beyazıt-Kapalıçarşı Entrance fee: FREE Opening hours: Mondays-Saturdays 08:30am-7pm
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-7pm (summer); 9am-5pm (winter) Entrance Fee: 25TL

To get to any of these sites, you can take the tram to Sultanahmet Station. You can visit all these on foot in one day.

We actually created a walking trail that will make a stop at all these, with more details and tips per site, including what to wear, what time to visit, and specific directions. Read: Sultanahmet DIY Walking Trail

However, you will appreciate these sites better if you join a guided tour , for a better understanding of their historical and cultural significance. Most 1-day walking tours in Istanbul focus on the Sultanahmet area and include a visit to most of the sites above. (Basilica Cistern and the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum are usually skipped.)

So yeah, if you can spend more on a guide, do so. Klook has a lot of options that include an English-speaking guide and hotel pick-up and drop-off.

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Topkapi Palace

Opening hours: October 26-April 15 9am-4:45pm; April 15 – October 26 9am – 6:45pm Entrance fee: 30 TL

From Hagia Sophia, there will be signs that will lead you to Topkapi Palace, one of the residences of the sultans during the Ottoman rule. Sultan Mehmed II, who took control of the city from the Byzantine, ordered its construction in 1459. Today, it is a vast museum complex, which may take quite some time if you want to explore most of it. Some of the most treasured artifacts inside are the cloak and sword of Muhammed, among other relics considered holy in Islam.

The most intriguing part of the palace for me was the Harem, a 400-room building which sheltered the sultan’s mother (the Valide Sultan or Queen Mother), the sultan’s wives and concubines, and the rest of his family.

This is also part of the Sultanahmet Area, but you might want to spend more time here. It’s one of those attractions that are better appreciated with a guide.

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Watch a Whirling Dervishes Ceremony

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See the mesmerizing Mevlevei Sema ceremony which features the whirling dervishes and learn more about their spiritual journey. This 800-year old dance is presented at HodjaPasha Culture Center, which is a restored 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath. The show lasts 30 mins to an hour.

Tickets here are always likely to sell out so book in advance online. Each booking comes with the ticket, a complimentary drink, and a program booklet.

Address : Hocapaşa Culture Center, Ankara Caddesi, Hocapaşa Hamam Sok No: 3.B Nearest Tram Station : Sirkeci Tram Stop


Bosphorus Cruise

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One of the most refreshing ways of enjoying Istanbul is by taking a boat cruise and seeing it from the Bosphorus. It’s a must for first-time visitors. To do it from Sultanahmet, you can walk or take the tram to Eminonu. From here, you need to hop onto a boat. You’ll be presented with a lot of options. Many will approach you and offer a seat on their boat even as you walk along the water. But ignore most of them. They’re waaaay overpriced.

The most reputable affordable cruises are by Sehir Hatları, which offers three types: Full Bosphorus Cruise, Short Circle Cruise, and Sunset/Moonlight Cruise.

  • Full Bosphorus Cruise . The whole shebang. This will take you from Eminonu all the way to Anadolu Kavağı, just on the edge of the Black Sea, revealing incredible sights along the way. The full roundtrip journey lasts around 6 hours. Roundtrip Fare: 25TL, adult; 12.5TL, kids under 12 One-way Fare: 15TL, adult; 6TL for kids Sailing Schedule: Check here
  • Short Circle Cruise . This will ferry you from Eminonu up to Istinye area, in the mid-part of the Bosphorus. Travel time is around 2 hours. Fare: 12TL, adult; 6TL children Sailing Schedule: Check here
  • Sunset/Moonlight Cruise . Not available year-round. Usually operational only during summer months (July/August). If you can, choose this one. This is basically the same as the Full Bosphorus Cruise, but the difference is in the timing. The boat leaves Eminonu before sunset, allowing you to see Istanbul bask in the golden light on the way north, but the cruise returns in the evening. You get to experience the Bosphorus in the day, during sunset, and at night! Fare: 20TL

Klook also offers a guided afternoon tour which also includes a cable car ride up to the Pierre Loti Coffee House for wonderful panoramic views.

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Traditional Turkish Bath (Hamam)

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Istanbul is famous for its traditional turkish bath called hamam. It involves scrubbing or peeling, washing, or soap massage. You’ll find several hamam places throughout the city, and they can either be self-service or traditional style, which involves an attendant. Self-service is cheaper, of course, but it’s not recommended for first-timers since they are unfamiliar with the process.

A 60-90 minute hamam usually costs around 100TL, but in the older, more well-known establishments, it can go as much as 180 TL (40 euro). You don’t need to bring anything because they will provide all toiletries, slippers, and wraps. Other more upscale places offer bath + massage packages that can cost 80 euro or higher.

GetYourGuide offers two hamam options. One of them is at the Çemberlitas Bath, an institution built in 1584. It’s located on Divanyolu Street, at the heart of Sultanahmet. Their traditional bath option involves a 15-minute soap massage. The shampoo, soap, and towel will be provided.


Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı)

Also called Egyptian Bazaar or Egyptian Market because it was built in the 1600s using Ottoman’s earnings in Egypt. It houses 80 shops selling spices, cheeses, and other products, but it’s most popular among tourists for Turkish delight (locally called lokum ), a delicacy made of starch and sugar.

Turkish Delights

Nearest tram station : Eminönü Entrance fee : FREE Opening hours : Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-7pm

Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi)

A medieval Romanesque-style stone tower built in 1348. It allows a wonderful, not-to-be-missed 360-degree view of Istanbul. From here, you can see the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia, and witness the city transform into a blanket of lights at nightfall.

View of Galata Tower from Topkapi Palace

Nearest station : Karaköy Admission Fee : 25 TL Opening hours : 9am-8pm

Other Istanbul Tourist Spots:

  • Taksim Square , the city’s central park which is surrounded by notable restaurants, hotels, and shops. Nearest Station: Taksim
  • Dolmabahçe Palace , center of government of Ottoman Empire Istanbul from 1856 to 1887 and 1909 to 1922. Today it can be explored only via guided tour. Nearest Tram Station: Kabatas (+ 10-minute walk) Operating hours: Fri-Sun, Tue, Wed, 9am-4pm Entrance Fee: 30TL Guided Tour: Reserve a Slot Here
  • Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue) , a 1.4km pedestrian street flanked by shops, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, and food spots. Popular among tourists.
  • Chora Church (Kariye Museum) to see their mosaics. Nearest Station: Edirnekapi Operating Hours: Thursday-Tuesday, 9am-4:30pm Entrance Fee: 15TL
  • Museum of Turkish Calligraphy Art (Calligraphy Museum) Nearest tram station: Beyazıt-Kapalıçarşı Operating Hours: Tues-Saturday 9-4pm
  • Panorama 1453 History Museum , a historical gallery that depicts the fall of Constantinople after the conquest by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II. Nearest Station: Topkapi Operating hours: Daily 8am-5pm Entrance Fee: 5TL
  • Kizkulesi (Maiden’s Tower) is a tower at the entrance of the Bosphorus Strait, built in the 5th century BC by AAthenian general Alcibiades. It’s also called Maiden’s Tower because of a legend about a Byzantine emperor’s daughter who was destined, according to the prophecy, to die by snake bite. The emperor had the tower built to protect the princess, but a snake was able to get to her regardless.

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Sample Istanbul Itinerary & Breakdown of Expenses

Istanbul is one of the cheaper cities in Europe. You won’t need to pawn your house if you know your way around. The sample 3D/3N itinerary below focuses mostly on the historic core, but if you have more days, you can also explore the more modern side of this glorious city.

This itinerary assumes the following:

  • You are a group of two and that you are splitting the expenses .
  • You are staying in a double/twin room at a budget hotel in the Sultanahmet area so key attractions will be within walking distance, therefore saving on transportation. In this itinerary, I’m using Sultanahmet Suites, which has double rooms for less than USD22 per night. So that’s USD11 per person per night.
  • Your food allowance is 25TL per meal . Trust me, that’s a big overestimate. You can find a good doner kebab or a meal for less than 15TL, but it is better to go over than under when it comes to budget. You can be flexible with this. You may splurge and spend more than 25TL but make sure you make up for it by limiting your budget for the next meal. We also usually skip breakfast and just eat brunch/early lunch, but if you can find a hotel/hostel that serves free breakfast, that would be ideal.
  • You will be using an Istanbul Kart (as explained above).

As always, feel free to make changes to this itinerary to match your flight schedule and your personal preferences.

Pre-trip expenses Hotel booking – $33 ($22 x 3 nights divided by 2pax)

Day 1: ARRIVAL + SULTANAHMET 06:25am – Arrival at Ataturk Airport 07:30am – Take Havabus to Taksim Square, 11TL 08:20am – Taxi to Hotel, 6TL (12TL/2pax) 09:00am – Hotel check-in or baggage drop 09:30am – Get Istanbul Kart, 10TL + 20TL topup 09:50am – Topkapi Palace, 30TL 11:45am – Grab quick lunch, 25TL 12:45nn – Hagia Sophia, 30TL 02:15pm – Basilica Cistern, 10TL 03:00pm – Blue Mosque, FREE 04:00pm – Hippodrome, FREE 05:00pm – Grand Bazaar 07:00pm – Whirling Dervishes Show, 85TL 08:30pm – Dinner, 25TL 10:00pm – Back at hotel

Day 2: TAKSIM SQUARE & BEYOGLU 07:30am – Wake up 10:00am – Taksim Square 11:30am – Lunch, 25TL 01:00pm – İstiklal Caddesi 03:00pm – Dolmabahçe Palace, 30TL 05:00pm – Galata Tower sunset view, 25TL 08:00pm – Dinner, 25TL 09:30pm – Back to Hotel

Day 3: BOSPHORUS CRUISE 07:00am – Wake up 08:00am – Early hotel check out, leave bags 09:30am – Tram to Eminonu 10:35am – Start Şehir Hatları Full Bosphorus Cruise, 25TL 12:30pm – Lunch, 25TL 03:00pm – Continue cruise back to Eminonu 03:30pm – Spice Bazaar, Budget: 30TL 05:00pm – FREE TIME 07:00pm – Dinner, 25TL 09:00pm – Pick up bags at hotel 09:30pm – Taxi to Taksim, 6TL (12TL/2pax) 10:00pm – Havabus to Ataturk Airport, 11TL 11:00pm – Check in at Airport 02:35am – Flight out

This itinerary will set you back 670TL (USD 173, EUR 150, PHP 8900) excluding the airfare and visa fees.

You can still reduce cost by limiting your food expenses to 15-20 TL per meal or skipping the whirling dervishes show. If you do that, the total cost is down to 550 TL (USD 142, EUR 123, PHP 7300) .

Other Tips for the Poor Traveler

  • Get a 5-Day Museum Pass if you’re visiting numerous museums . The pass costs 85TL. It’s a good deal if, in addition to Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, you plan on going to any of the following: Chora Museum, Fethiye Museum, Galata Mevlevi House Museum, İstanbul Archaeological Museums, İstanbul Mosaic Museum, Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam, Museum of Turkish and İslamic Arts, Rumeli Hisar Museum, and Yıldız Palace. Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace alone cost 30TL each, so museum rats will be able to save a lot with this pass.
  • Tipping is expected at restaurants and bars . Common practice is to 10% of the bill at upscale restaurants or 5% at cheaper ones. When riding taxis, no need to tip unless the driver helped you with your luggage. Locals usually just round off the fares.
  • Beware of scams . Aside from the taxi scams we mentioned above, there are a few more that you must be aware of. Some of these happen at restaurants and at key tourist sites. To explain it further, we have a separate post just for it. Read: Istanbul Scams

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Yep! Just beware of scams :)


Planning to go in April!post really helpful saving the link for future use

No prob! Enjoy Istanbul!


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Hi. How can i stay connected to the internet when travelling to istanbul? Do i have to get a special simcard when i get there …etc? Thanks!


Im so grateful to see your site! It is so helpful in my travel plans. i will be going in December!


Sobrang comprehensive ng post na ito. Can’t wait for my first solo travel in Istanbul! (Claiming it. Yahu.)

Thanks, Cez! Yasss, claim it! :D


i have an approved e visa and us visa as my supporting docs. Do I need travel insurance? And what other supporting document do i need to provide upon arrival? Im travelling alone this November and its my first time in Europe. Need your assistance please

In our case, we weren’t required to submit insurance. Not sure if that’s still the case now.

Supporting documents are listed here: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2017/11/turkish-visa-requirements-philippines/

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No Doubt you write very well very informative everyone have keen interest in it. Istanbul is the most dashing destination where we can do almost everything. Thanks for the info

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Turkey is a beautiful country located in Southwest Asia (Istanbul is partly in Europe). Turkey is one of the most popular destinations in Asia since it’s so close to Europe. It has something for everyone – backpackers, couples, solo travelers, luxury travelers, etc.

Turkey offers several experiences – from traditional bathhouses to trekking in national parks, from mountain tops to vineyards, from busy bazaars to relaxing holidays, from mosques to food tours – you should find something that suits your needs and interests.

If you’re planning your first trip to Turkey, this guide should answer any questions you may have. We’ll talk about travel facts, the best time to visit Turkey, the best destinations, travel costs, travel essentials and how to prepare for your trip.

Best Time to Visit Turkey

Turkey is a versatile country and depending on when you travel, you may be facing different types of seasons. Weather in these seasons can vary depending on where you are. Temperatures tend to get a bit lower when you move towards the northeastern parts of Turkey and higher towards the southern and western parts. We decided to split this section into four sections to help you understand the seasons:

Top Destinations in Turkey

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Turkey Travel Tips & Costs

In this section, you’ll find general information on costs and how to prepare for your trip. Finally, you will find a table that will provide an overview of cost and options depending on your travel budget.


In Turkey, you’ll find several options when it comes to accommodation. Whether you’re a budget traveler or not, you won’t have difficulty finding options. You can find dorms starting at $5 per night.

When it comes to food, you can find different types of restaurants. If you eat local food, you can eat for less than TRY 25. Obviously, you may find elegant restaurants around the country and you can pay more if you wish to. The cheapest options are usually in small local restaurants and at the markets.

Some activities such as hiking or beach bumming are free. Although, if you’re planning on visiting mosques, cruising the Mediterranean, going on a hot-air balloon ride or attending a street food tour, you will have to pay for it. You can browse activities in Turkey here t o have an idea of the costs.


In general, it’s pretty easy to get around Turkey since the public transport network is efficient. You can either fly or take a bus to reach your destinations.

To book your transport between destinations, you can book via 12GO .

Safety in Turkey

Overall, traveling around Turkey is okay, but you should know that it’s not the safest country out there. Of course, you should always lock your valuables especially if you’re staying in a hostel .

It’s a big country so naturally, some places are safer than others. Big cities, like Istanbul and Ankara, and the popular beach holiday destinations like Antalya are considered to be quite safe. In these places, scams are however more common and it’s good to be cautious when dealing with people you don’t know. They can try to attract you in shops or to their homes – but be careful with this.

It’s also good to be aware of the cultural differences. Afterall, Turkey is quite conservative, so women should try to dress up in conservative ways to avoid unwanted attention especially in the more conservative parts of the country. 

I heard many horror stories while I was in Turkey in hostels, so female travelers should avoid walking alone at night (even in pairs – I heard girls being followed). I also had my own horror story in Istanbul in 2013. I had to leave the country by emergency since I had stalkers on Facebook who knew exactly in which hostel I was – they even contacted the hostel owner.

Although, I revisited Turkey a few years later and my second experience in Turkey was much better.

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Is Cappadocia Safe? Here’s What You Need To Know

Is Cappadocia Safe? Here’s What You Need To Know

You've most likely seen the popular Instagram photo of hot air balloons floating over a historic city in Turkey. This famous tourist destination is Cappadocia, a rugged plateau with distinctive rock formations and a fascinating historical heritage. If you've added...

Is Antalya Worth Visiting?

Is Antalya Worth Visiting?

Antalya is a stunning seaside city in Turkey. It is well known for its glorious beaches, charming old town, and ancient ruins. Millions of tourists travel here every year to experience the beauty of the area with the Taurus Mountains on one side of the city and the...

Turkish Coast: The Best Beach Towns In Turkey

Turkish Coast: The Best Beach Towns In Turkey

Turkey is home to some of the most beautiful beach towns in the world. With over 7,200 kilometers of coastline, the country offers a plethora of seaside destinations for beach lovers. From popular tourist hotspots to hidden gems, Turkey has something for everyone. In...

Is Bodrum Safe? Here’s What You Need To Know

Is Bodrum Safe? Here’s What You Need To Know

Nestled between two picturesque bays on Turkey's southwest coast is a beautiful and tourist-friendly ancient town. Bodrum's breathtaking ocean views, medieval buildings, fine dining establishments, and luxury hotels have been drawing in tourists worldwide for years....

How Many Days In Cappadocia Is Enough?

How Many Days In Cappadocia Is Enough?

Planning a trip to Turkey soon? You might be wondering how many days in Cappadocia is enough. The answer, of course, depends on what you want to do and see while you're in the city. If you're interested in exploring the city, we suggest spending at least two or three...

Is Antalya Safe? Here’s What You Need To Know

Is Antalya Safe? Here’s What You Need To Know

As with any destination, there are always safety concerns to consider before planning a trip. But let's clear one thing up right off the bat: Antalya is safe for travelers. That being said, it's always important to practice common sense and awareness while traveling...

Perfect 2 Days In Cappadocia Itinerary

Perfect 2 Days In Cappadocia Itinerary

There are few places in this world quite as magical as Cappadocia. Located in eastern Anatolia, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has a dreamlike quality, the breathtaking landscape formed by the ash from the region’s three volcanic peaks. There are many interesting...

Perfect 2 Days In Antalya Itinerary

Perfect 2 Days In Antalya Itinerary

Fast becoming one of the most popular cities in Turkey with summer visitors, Antalya has something for everyone. Its old town is steeped in history, with many interesting landmarks to visit and lots of beautiful architecture to admire. There is much natural scenery to...

How Many Days In Antalya Is Enough?

How Many Days In Antalya Is Enough?

If you are planning to visit this beautiful city, you might be wondering how many days in Antalya you will need to see the best of its attractions. Scenically located on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, Antalya is the fastest-growing city in the country. A great mix of...

Turkey SIM Cards: Everything You Need To Know

Turkey SIM Cards: Everything You Need To Know

Visiting Turkey soon? Make sure to know what to expect when it comes to purchasing a Turkish SIM card. Fortunately, Europe is one of the best places where you can buy a SIM card easily. You should be able to find a cheap SIM card pretty much anywhere in Europe. In...

The 5 Best Places To Live In Turkey

The 5 Best Places To Live In Turkey

Turkey is a beautiful country with so much to offer expats and digital nomads. If you're looking for the best places to live in Turkey, in this guide, you'll find the best cities that come highly recommended. Turkey is often chosen by expats and digital nomads because...

Best Things To Do In Istanbul At Night

Best Things To Do In Istanbul At Night

If you haven’t explored Istanbul at night, you are certainly missing out on something. After all, the city has a rocking nightlife that allows the visitors to enjoy the warmth of the Eastern pleasures. It is a completely different experience to see the vibrant and...


Turkey Travel Guide

From the postcard-perfect beaches and mountain ranges, to its charming cobblestone streets that are perfect for sipping tea and having baklava.

Best time to visit Turkey

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Turkey boasts diverse weather! Coastal areas enjoy a Mediterranean climate with hot summers, perfect for beach lovers. The inland areas experience continental weather, with cold winters and hot summers. Spring and fall are generally ideal nationwide, offering pleasant temperatures for sightseeing. So there's a perfect season for every Turkish adventure!

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Why is Turkey worth visiting?

From the lively city of Istanbul to the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia , there are countless reasons to visit Turkey. With breathtaking scenery, rich history, intricate architecture, pristine beaches, and exceptional shopping, Turkey offers diverse experiences catering to every type of traveler.

Is Turkey cheap to visit?

Turkey boasts affordability that’s hard to match. Because it’s straddling both Asia and Europe, it’s much cheaper than many other nearby destinations. With free sightseeing opportunities, budget-friendly stays, and delectable street food, Turkey is a great European destination for those wanting to save some pennies!

Can I drink tap water in Turkey?

In major cities in Turkey, tap water is safe and refreshing to drink. However, sticking to drinking filtered water in more remote areas is advisable. Bring a reusable water bottle to keep hydrated on the go while being environmentally friendly.

Do I need a visa for traveling in Turkey?

Entry regulations vary by nationality; some countries, like the UK, France, and the Netherlands, enjoy visa-free stays for 90 days. However, citizens from countries such as Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the USA require an e-visa for a 90-day visit. Make sure to check your entry requirements in advance.

What language do they speak in Turkey?

Turkish is the primary language spoken throughout Turkey. While English is commonly used in tourist areas, having a grasp of basic Turkish phrases can enhance your cultural experience and foster connections with locals during your travels.

Do I need travel insurance for Turkey?

A vital necessity for every journey, travel insurance safeguards against medical emergencies and unforeseen travel disruptions, granting you the freedom to explore Vietnam with peace of mind. Discover the optimal travel insurance for a worry-free adventure.

Is Turkey safe?

Turkey is generally safe for travelers, but as always, take standard precautions. While some areas are best avoided, these are typically off the tourist path. Exercise common sense, and you’ll find warmth and hospitality in this captivating nation.

What power plug type does Turkey have?

Turkey predominantly uses the Type F plug with two round pins. Pack or buy an adapter at the airport to keep your devices charged as you explore the enchanting landscapes and historical wonders.

Why do people love Turkey?

It’s the allure of contrasts, from bustling markets to serene beaches, ancient ruins, and vibrant bazaars. Turkey is a country that has it all: mouth-watering food, mesmerizing landscapes, rich history, and crazy adventures.

Travel to Turkey 

A vast country straddling two continents, Europe and Asia, Turkey is a captivating blend of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes. From the sun-kissed turquoise coastline home to beautiful boutique hotels to Istanbul’s lively bazaars selling everything you could ever think of and more, traveling Turkey promises to be full of adventure!

How to plan your trip to Turkey

To plan the ultimate adventure, check out our Turkey travel guides ! Whether you’re looking for a beach break along the Turkish Riviera or backpacking around the country, our guides have you covered with everything you need to know for an unforgettable holiday in Turkey . 

To discover the best places in Turkey , we’d recommend staying for at least 2 weeks to experience a mix of fantastic beaches and to see the breathtaking balloons over Capadoccia . But if you have longer, make sure to visit Istanbul to explore the beautiful, colorful houses of Balat and enjoy lots of delicious street food. 

Planning an extraordinary vacation in Turkey ? Discover more about Turkey’s weather to choose the ideal time to explore this unique country! 

Spring & Autumn: For those seeking pleasant weather and fewer crowds, April to May and September to October would be the perfect time to visit for your Turkey holiday . During these months, temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C, providing a comfortable environment to explore Turkey’s rich array of ancient sites. Additionally, this period brings festivals, with the International Istanbul Film Festival in April and the International Wine Festival in Cappadocia at the end of October, among others. 

Summer: If you’re a beach lover looking for sun and sand, the summer is the best time to visit Turkey , with the Turquoise Coast offering a haven for relaxation and swimming. However, avoid these peak summer months if you plan to explore historical sites, as the temperatures can soar, making it less enjoyable for outdoor activities. 

Winter: If you prefer a more serene experience, consider visiting during the winter months from November to March. While coastal areas may be closed due to the cold weather, it’s an excellent time to explore areas like Cappadocia , adorned with a snowy landscape creating breathtaking panoramas. January to March is particularly quiet, providing a unique opportunity to have destinations to yourself, although make sure to wrap up warm! 

In essence, the best time to visit Turkey depends on your interests. Whether you prefer spring’s lively colors, summer’s warmth, or winter’s tranquility, Turkey has something to offer year-round.

Coastlines and beaches in Turkey

Turkey’s 7,200 km coast unfolds with a diverse array of pristine shores and picturesque landscapes, the most prominent being the Turquoise Coast in southwest Turkey. 

Starting at Bodrum, a hotspot for holidaymakers, catering to a diverse range of beachgoers. Whether it’s the lively atmosphere of Gumbet Beach, the upscale vibes of Yalikavak, or the historic charm mixed with the modern allure of Bitez Beach, Bodrum has something for everyone.

Further along the coast is the enchanting town of Fethiye , arguably the hidden gem of the Turquoise Coast and one of the best places to visit in Turkey . Make sure to stop by Ölüdeniz nearby, renowned for its iconic destinations, Butterfly Valley, a natural marvel with a crazy drop to a white-sand beach, mainly visited by boat, and the Blue Lagoon, a hotspot for paragliders and water sports. 

If you’re a wildlife lover, Patara Beach near Gelemiş is the perfect stretch of coastline for bird watching and the chance to see the protected loggerhead turtles. As one of the longest sandy beaches in the Mediterranean, Patara Beach is backed by giant sand dunes and ancient ruins, offering a serene and historically rich environment.

For those seeking a beach with dramatic scenery, Kaputaş Beach near Kas is a must-visit. Hemmed in by steep cliffs, the beach features dazzling emerald waters and fine golden sand, creating a postcard-worthy setting for sunbathing and relaxation.

Near the end of the Turquoise Coast is Antalya , with many beaches to choose from. Nestled in the heart of the old town, Mermerli Beach offers a blend of history and relaxation. Konyaaltı Beach provides a lively atmosphere with cafes, shops, and stunning views of the Taurus Mountains. For a unique coastal spectacle, visit Lower Duden Waterfall (yes, there are two parts to this waterfall!) and watch it cascade into the ocean, creating a captivating natural display.

Food, culture and religion in Turkey 

Turkey, a country bridging continents, promises breathtaking landscapes and a delightful blend of flavors, religious influence, and cultural spectacles ready to be explored!

Cuisine: Prepare your taste buds for a Turkish feast that’s nothing short of a flavor fiesta! Turkish cuisine is a delightful mishmash of Ottoman, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, and Mediterranean influences, with each region having its own specialties. Dive into juicy kebabs, tempting mezes, and flaky baklava. Wander through vibrant bazaars, a sensory overload of spices, fruits, and sweets. And, of course, don’t miss out on the iconic Turkish breakfast – a feast of olives, cheeses, tomatoes, and more, ensuring you start your day on a delicious note.

Religion: With the majority of the population being Muslim, Turkey’s landscape is dotted with mosques that are not just places of worship but architectural wonders. The Blue Mosque in Istanbul is a showstopper, standing tall against the skyline. Despite being a secular state, the Islamic religion weaves seamlessly into daily life, with the soothing calls to prayer echoing through the streets. 

Culture: Turkey’s culture is shaped by its vast history. Areas like Istanbul , Ankara, and Cappadocia are living museums, showcasing architectural marvels such as Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Beyond architecture, traditional Turkish arts like calligraphy and miniature painting tell stories, and vibrant ceramics add creativity to the cultural landscape. 

Why You Should Travel to Turkey

Turkey has an irresistible blend of diverse things to do in Turkey, making it a must-visit destination for any type of traveler! 

Picture yourself soaring high on a scenic hot air balloon flight over the mesmerizing landscapes of Cappadocia, where fairy-tale-like rock formations and ancient cave dwellings create a surreal panorama—or relaxing in mineral-rich thermal waters at the cotton candy castle of Pamukkale. Turkey’s one-of-a-kind scenery is unmatched! 

For those seeking sun-soaked relaxation, Turkey boasts beautiful beaches along its stunning coastline, the perfect place to unwind with crystal-clear waters and golden sands. Or, if you’re more of a foodie, the country’s culinary scene is out of this world! With delicious cuisine that reflects its rich cultural heritage, from kebabs to baklava and huge breakfast spreads, eating local is a must! 

Venture into the heart of bustling markets and bazaars, and you’ll discover why Turkey is hailed for having the best shopping in Europe – make sure to leave enough space in your suitcase for the flight home! And once you’re all shopped out, head to a traditional Hamam, an unusual yet rejuvenating spa experience involving several cleansing rituals. 

Safety and travel advice in Turkey 

A vacation in Turkey promises to be full of amazing sights and experiences, but it’s essential to be prepared and aware to ensure a safe trip. The information below will help travelers get the most out of their adventure. 

Crime and Safety in Turkey : Turkey is generally safe for travelers, but petty theft can occur, especially in major cities and tourist hotspots, so exercise caution by securing your valuables and leaving non-essential items at home. Avoid isolated areas at night and prioritize well-lit, populated spots. There is a risk of terrorism, but mainly in areas that travelers don’t tend to visit. Make sure to follow the advice of local authorities and always stay vigilant. 

Find out more about travel safety.

Natural Disasters: While natural disasters are infrequent, Turkey can experience flooding, forest fires, and earthquakes. Stay informed by registering with your embassy and following directions of local authorities should a natural disaster occur. 

Driving in Turkey: Turkey’s roads can be busy and chaotic in populated areas and poorly maintained in remote, rural areas. Whether navigating through city traffic or taking in landscapes on quiet rural roads, always drive carefully, focus on the road, and stop if you get tired. 

Tip: Make sure to carry cash for toll roads, as many still don’t accept cards and will make you turn back. 

Travel Insurance: Prioritize your safety for all your travels by purchasing travel insurance. While Turkey is generally safe, unexpected events like accidents, flight disruptions, or baggage loss can occur. Having suitable travel insurance provides peace of mind and financial protection, ensuring you have a worry-free trip. Check out the best travel insurance for you.

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Ottoman Intrigue at Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul

If there were ever a home with juicy untold secrets, it is the 15th Century BC Topkapi palace museum in the Fatih district of Istanbul city. Here, the Ottoman sultans courted concubine slaves, harem fights for power took place, castrated eunuchs served their master, and sibling rivalry over the throne cut some family members’ lives short. Topkapi’s importance existed for nearly four hundred years until…

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The Hagia Sophia Mosque of Istanbul and Why You Should Visit

Ah, the Hagia Sophia grand mosque of Istanbul – Turkey. The former great church, Ottoman Mosque, official museum and now mosque again has saintly ambiences combined with Islamic and Byzantine architecture. Sitting in Istanbul’s old city part known as Sultanahmet, Hagia Sophia joins nearby significant historical buildings belonging to Turkey’s UNESCO World Heritage list. The large building portrays the history of 3 cities; Istanbul, Constantinople,…

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Grand Bazaar of Istanbul : Shopping and Souvenir Guide

The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, Turkey, is a lot more than an average shopping mall. The market dates from the 15th century after the Ottomans conquered Constantinople (former Istanbul.) Markets like this were traditional throughout the world where they reigned. Sultan Mehmet the 2nd ordered the construction. The Grand Bazaar shop rents were then sent to the Hagia Sophia of Istanbul, which had been converted…

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Galata Tower in Istanbul and a Beautiful 360-Degree View

Galata tower in Istanbul is the best place for a marvellous panoramic view over the Golden Horn, Bosphorus and city. Six years before, I went to Galata tower to attend a Turkish show at night-time. I could see lights from buildings, dotted across the horizon, and the lights of traffic moving, but that was it, and I wanted to return during the day. So, a…

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Good reasons to go to Cappadocia

5 Good Reasons to Visit Cappadocia

I like to think of Cappadocia as my second home. Even though I get a buzz from going to new places, I adore the familiarity of the region and I’m not the only one because there are many good reasons to visit. Sitting in the central Anatolian region of Turkey, Cappadocia is the country’s third most visited destination. Attracting an international audience of fans, travel…

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Secrets of Yüksek Monastery & Church

Wherever I go, when locals tell me about an attraction or landmark that isn’t in my guidebooks, I fill up with frenzied excitement, and an intense urge to get there. That was my initial feeling when I found out about Yüksek Monastery and Church. On this occasion, my private guide and driver was taking me to the small district of Güzelyurt in the Cappadocia region.…

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The Best Photography Spots in Cappadocia

When I started travel blogging, I was quite naive because I thought it was purely about writing. However, it involves a lot more than that, and good photography is part of it. Indeed even the whole world of travel writing has progressed in that if you pitch any publication, famous or not, they generally ask for high-resolution photographs as well. Therefore, over the years, as…

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The Stunning Saruhan Caravanserai of Cappadocia

The travel industry of Turkey in years gone by was very different to what we see now. People didn’t travel for leisure unless they were of the upper-class members of society such as the literary great Mark Twain, the female pioneer Gertrude Bell or the Ottoman version of Marco Polo, who was Evliya Çelebi. Aside from the affluent members of society, people mainly traveled for…

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The Majestic Ephesus Ancient City and Ruins

To see Ephesus’ ancient city ruins in Turkey is to see one of the world’s largest Roman archaeological sites. The colourful timeline of Turkey’s history means the country is awash with historical sites dating from many civilizations. But Ephesus is…

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Pamukkale Attractions

Beautiful Pamukkale in Turkey: Thermal Pools and Ancient Hierapolis City

Pamukkale in Turkey is a top visited attraction and a sight to wow at. Pamukkale in the Denizli region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is nicknamed “Cotton Castle” because of solidified white calcium thermal pools that cascade down the side…

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Saklikent Gorge : The Hidden City of Turkey

My visit to Saklikent Gorge preys on my mind as a big travel mistake. I had read about it before in guidebooks, that called the 300 meter-high and 18 kilometer-long canyon, one of the deepest in the world; hence its name translates into hidden city. The formation of the canyon walls, means that even in…

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Seeking out Secluded Beaches of South-West Turkey

Jessie is an avid traveller who visits Turkey every year. She has visited many destinations within the country, but prefers the Mediterranean coast, mainly because she is a fan of beaches. However the problem with a beautiful beach is that it does not stay secluded for long, especially in the height of summer, when the…

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Traditional Food in Southeast Turkey

I do not normally focus on food while traveling. I have a love / hate relationship with it and mostly eat more out of necessity rather than desire.  My visit to Gaziantep, Mardin and Urfa changed that though. When comparing the region to the west, I recognized a huge difference in culture, traditions, and even…

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Turkish Wines

A lot of people are surprised when they first come to Turkey and they discover that it is a wine producing country. There is nothing better after a long day of sightseeing to sit on your balcony and enjoy a glass of Turkish wine, while doing so you can be amazed to learn that Turkey…

Turkish Culture and Traditions

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Turkish Culture – A Guide to Social Traditions

One thing you will soon realize when visiting Turkey is part of the Turkish culture involves being very sociable. Turkish people love to meet new friends and think nothing of spending half the day talking to a complete stranger while putting the world to rights. People who come  from countries that are reserved may be…

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Learn How To Speak Turkish : The Beginner Guide

Despite my love for Turkey, one aspect of living in the country that I absolutely hate is learning how to speak Turkish. Do I need to know it? Well, not really. Many expats live in Turkey without speaking the language but I believe that life is a lot easier when you know the lingo. So…

If there were ever a home with juicy untold secrets, it is the 15th Century BC Topkapi palace museum in the Fatih district of Istanbul city. Here, the Ottoman sultans courted concubine slaves, harem fights for power took place, castrated…

Ah, the Hagia Sophia grand mosque of Istanbul – Turkey. The former great church, Ottoman Mosque, official museum and now mosque again has saintly ambiences combined with Islamic and Byzantine architecture. Sitting in Istanbul’s old city part known as Sultanahmet,…


Living in Turkey Permanently and What to Know Before Moving

With Turkey’s rising fame as an ideal expat destination, many people want to know about living in Turkey permanently. I understand the lure, and while it is not all roses and sunlight, my lifestyle in Turkey is better than if…

Pamukkale Attractions

23 of the Best Places To Visit in Turkey

When choosing the best places to visit in Turkey, get ready for an avalanche of choices. Repeatedly called the bridge between East and West, I often say the country of Turkey is the world’s most beautiful place. However, I admit…

The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, Turkey, is a lot more than an average shopping mall. The market dates from the 15th century after the Ottomans conquered Constantinople (former Istanbul.) Markets like this were traditional throughout the world where they reigned.…

Galata tower in Istanbul is the best place for a marvellous panoramic view over the Golden Horn, Bosphorus and city. Six years before, I went to Galata tower to attend a Turkish show at night-time. I could see lights from…

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The $1300 its for the expenses alone for the 7 days 6 nights.. hotel money is excluded...

Any body can give me an advise whether is it enough for 7days 6night for 2 person with 3376TL?? And if i dont change my sgd money to usd, i just have it all change to TL, is it a problem?

Please, please i need some advice.. virgin trip to Istanbul and i dont know whether is it enough...

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Haha, thanks for the shout out, enigma! 😊

Re currency, it is better to bring USD or Euros and then exchange it to TL once you arrive in Istanbul. The exchange rate for TL in Singapore is really bad and the exchange rate for SGD in Turkey is equally bad.

Feel free to send me a direct message if you have specific questions. I will try to answer as best as I can.

Hey enigma & yositako!!! Thanks so much for the info!! im really puzzle about this trip... but last year in the news there was a bombing and shooting in one of their airport right, now im scared... you know, being in singapore its kinda like so far so safe and wen for me myself hear this news we are all so scared like rats now.... do you guys think its ok now to travel there? And im travelling in Dec, is it cold there by then? Should I buy winter clothes?

Im sorry if i ask too much im just so lost...

I have been to Turkey twice, the first time in Dec 2015 and the second trip was last spring in Apr 2016. Both trips were amazing and hopefefully I will be returning to Istanbul soon for my third trip, insha Allah.

Nobody can guarantee their own safety, let alone somebody else's. And this applies to all places, not just Istanbul. So do your research (there are plenty of threads on this forum discussing safety issues), read the trip reports from real travellers who have visited the country/city (plenty of that too on this forum, my own trip reports included) and make your decision based on measured info and common sense. Just curious, when did you book your trip anyway? The incidents took place last year and since you're only going in Dec, I would assume your plans were made not that long ago?

Re your question on clothing, yes it will be cold in Dec. Bring winter clothes as you might experience snow and rain like we did. Istanbul is very pretty in winter. Yes, it's cold but I'm sure you'll be glad to get away from the hot sticky humid SG weather for a while!

We took Singapore Airlines on our first trip and I flew with Qatar Airways for my second trip. Both flights were equally good but I have read some amazing stuff about Turkish Airlines and will try them out for my next visit, insha Allah.

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14Days 11Nights Turkey Summer Sensation

Turkey is one of the most extraordinary countries to visit. The country is full up with stunning natural beauty, well preserved architecture and friendly local culture. In Summer, beside the popular Pamukkale and Cappadocia, we will also visit the charming old town of Alacati and the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey -Bodrum.

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Exceptional Experiences:

  • The Unspoilt charming port town of Alacati Largely undiscovered outside Turkey, Alacati is where many Turks, including several national celebrities, spend their holidays to escape the more touristy scene in Bodrum. 
  • One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World  Bodrum is the site of the ancient city of Halikarnassus, the location of the famous Mausoleum of Halikarnassus - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 
  • Turkey's cotton castle Pamukkale is the Aegean Region's gem, an unreal landscape, gift from the nature. The ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, the thermal pools, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at this heritage site. 
  • Visit the land of fairy tales.  Cappadocia is the land of fairy tales, mysterious and enchanting. Just some of the incredible sights waiting to be discovered here are the fairy chimneys, underground cities, hot air balloon tours on this incredible landscape.
  • Unique stay at the Cappadocia Cave Resort  The only spa hotel with cave-therapy rooms overlooking the magnificent and beautiful Red Valley. The unique location offers and uninterrupted panorama highlighted by mesmerising sunrise and sunset vistas of this region.


Day 1 : SINGAPORE - ISTANBUL (-/-/-)

Departure from Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Istanbul, the largest city and seaport of Turkey.


Upon arrival at Istanbul, meet by guide and transfer to domestic Airport to take flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, we will drive to city center. Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey with a population of around 4 million, the second biggest port after Istanbul, and a very good transport hub. The fact that almost half of its population of 4 million are under the age of 30, makes İzmir a city full of life. The city hosts tens of thousands of university students, educates scientists, artists, business leaders and academics. It is a rapidly growing city on the Central Aegean coast of Turkey.

We will have free time at Konak Square  — Main square of the city center, famous for the clock tower, one of the unique symbols of Izmir. The clock tower was built in 1901. There are also Konak Yali Mosque and Kemeraltı Bazaar located around the square.

Then see the  Historical Elevator . It was constructed by a Jewish businessman in 1907. The purpose was to help residents to go to their districts on the top of the hill. The elevator used to work by a water-driven mechanism. Later, it was restored by Izmir Municipality and now it works by electricity. There is a restaurant located on the top of the elevator with a bird-eye view of Izmir.

Next, visit Kemeraltı  — A must see big bazaar, where you can buy clothes, presents etc. There are also a lot of lounges where you can sit and enjoy the view.

Thereafter. drive to Alacatı for overnight. After check in hotel, free time at your own leisure. You may have dinner at famous home cook restaurants.

Day 3 : ALACATI (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Then we will do sightseeing at Alacati.

We will visit Kostem Olive Oil Museum . Kostem Olive Oil Museum is the world's largest olive oil museum, also Turkey's second industrial museum. All sections of the museum are waiting for those who are interested in olive and olive oil.

Next, visit Haralambos Church , a 19th century church built in 1832. It is one of the most famous church buildings in Çeşme which was used for Greek Orthodox worship. Out of the 75 churches from ancient times, it is the single one which managed to survive. Exhibitions, seminars and different events are held in the church throughout the summer season.

Thereafter we will visit Pazaryeri Mosque ,  Built in 1874 as Greek Orthodox church.After population exchange town was renamed Alacati and church converted to a mosque.

We will also visit Windmill Park . The ancient windmills are indispensable to the Aegean landscape in Turkey, especially around Alaçatı. The whole district was the subject of a comprehensive urban renewal project dating back to 2007. “The Alaçatı Windmills Park and Entrance Square and Promenade Project” by Turkish architects UrbAr was part of this process and foresaw the restoration of the ancient windmills.

Today tour also includes Cesme Castle and Museum.  The Cesme Castle was ordered built in 1508 by the Ottoman ruler Beyazit II. The castle was built on the waterfront but because the sea has subsequently been filled there is currently a road passing in front of it. The edifice has recently undergone a successful renovation and you will witness a typical Ottoman castle. By climbing up the stairs on either side you will reach the top where you can view a 360 degree panoramic view of Cesme. As you climb up, you will see two different courtyards where some historical artifacts and tombstones are exhibited. There are also two museums inside the castle; one of them has historical artifacts brought over from the nearby Ionian city of Erythrai (current day Ildir) and the other museum has relics from the three day naval war fought between the Ottomans and Russians.

Drive back to Hotel for overnight.


Breakfast at hotel.

Thereafter, we will drive to Selcuk. Selcuk Town history dates back to the 6th century AD when the settlers moved to the vicinity of the Basilica of St. John. However, the history of settlement in Selcuk area is much older. It is inextricably linked to the ancient city of Ephesus and the cult of the goddess Artemis.

Archeological work carried out on Ayasoluk Hill showed that it was settled in the early Bronze Age (3000-2000 BC) and in the middle Bronze Age (2000-1500 BC). Pottery fragments also indicate settlements from the Mycenaean, Geometric, and Archaic (1400-560 BC) periods. In the times of the Greek colonization, the hill was known as Apasas.

The oldest name of the city, from the Byzantine period, was Ayios Theologos, because of St. John, who lived in this area and was buried on Ayasoluk Hill. In Ottoman times, the town was known as Ayasoluk (tr. Ayasluğ), and the name Selçuk has been used since 1914. The modern name commemorates the Seljuk Turks that began to invade this area from the 12th century AD

We will visit Ephesus Ancient City .  Ephesus is one of Turkey's major sightseeing attractions. This vast and beautiful Greco-Roman city was once home to 250,000 people, and the glorious monuments that remain point to it being a vibrant and rich metropolis. Supposedly founded by the Ionian prince Androclus in the 10th century BC, Ephesus was not only a center of trade but a great pilgrimage center, with the Temple of Artemis built in worship of the mother goddess. During the Roman era, the city continued to dazzle, and it was only after the Goths destroyed the city in AD 263 that its importance began to wane. Don't miss the mammoth library (3rd largest in the ancient world), the well-preserved theater, and the Temple of Hadrian.

Next, visit Ephesus Museum . After you've finished visiting Ephesus, head straight to this brilliant museum right in the heart of town. Some of the best finds from the ancient city are on display, including an exquisitely carved Artemis statue famous for its multi-breasted depiction of the goddess. The highlight of the museum for most tourists though is the Gladiator Room, with exhibits of the finds from the gladiator cemetery excavation and information panels that explain gladiator life in the golden days of the city.

Also include in the visit is the  Basilica of St. John , his citadel-like basilica once occupied the whole breadth of the hill it sits on and was ranked with the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (now the Aya Sofya) as one of the Byzantine Empire's largest churches. According to tradition, the grave of St. John is under the church. Originally, a mausoleum with a domed roof borne on four columns was built over the grave, but the Emperor Justinian replaced this simple monument with a three-aisled basilica on a Latin-cross plan boasting six domed roofs. Including the narthex at the western end and the arcaded courtyard, the basilica was 130 meters long and 40 meters wide. After the Seljuks captured Ephesus in 1130, the church was converted into a mosque and later served as a bazaar until it was finally destroyed by an earthquake.

Our last visit is Sirince Village . Upon arrival Sirince Village, we will check in the hotel and enjoy some free time at leisure on your own.

Overnight at Sirince Village

Day 5 : SIRINCE - BODRUM (B/-/-)

Then we will drive to Bodrum . Bodrum is the site of the ancient city of Halikarnassus, the location of the famous Mausoleum of Halikarnassus (built after 353 BCE) - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Unfortunately, the ancient monument was destroyed by earthquakes in the Middle Ages - some of the remnants can be seen in London's British Museum.

According to Herodotus, born B.C. 484 in Halikarnassus (ancient name for Bodrum), the city was founded by the Dorians. Megarans enlarged the city B.C. 650 and changed its name to Halikarnassus, and then Persians started to rule the city from B.C. 386. Halikarnassus had its glorious days, when it was the capital of the Karia B.C. 353. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum, was built there by Artemisia for the memory of King Mausolos. After the Roman and Byzantium rule for ages, Ottomans have conqured the city in 1522, during the time of Suleyman, The Magnificent. The city was named "Bodrum" after the Turkish Republic was declared.

We will visit Bodrum Castle/Castle of St Peter (Bodrum Kalesi) , Tu-Su. Built from 1402 by the Knights Hospitaller, the Castle is easily the most prominent landmark in the city. The castle now operates as a museum, with the focus on the Museum of Underwater Archaeology (see below). It is one of the world's best preserved monuments dating back to medieval times. The supervision of the construction of the castle was assigned to the German architect Heinrich Schlegelholt, so that the latest developments in castle design were included. The views from the castle are spectacular.

Windmills in Bodrum , were used from the mid 18th century until the 70s as a means to grind flour. Seven windmills can be found on a hill between Bodrum and Gumbet, at the road to Turgutreis and a lot of windmills can be found around the former fishing port Yalikavak. The Karakaya Village , a 300 year old town is one of the oldest settlements in the Bodrum peninsula, situated close to Gumusluk. While half of the village is abandoned, owners of the other half restored their houses to its original look. This village has windmills from the 18th century as well.

After touring, transfer to hotel for overnight.


Then we will drive to Pamukkale.

We will visit Aphrodisias , was a small ancient Greek Hellenistic city in the historic Caria cultural region of western Anatolia, Turkey. the site consists of two components: the archaeological site of Aphrodisias and the marble quarries northeast of the city. The temple of Aphrodite dates from the 3rd century BC and the city was built one century later. The wealth of Aphrodisias came from the marble quarries and the art produced by its sculptors. The city streets are arranged around several large civic structures, which include temples, a theatre, an agora and two bath complexes.

Then we will drive to Pamukkale. Pamukkale is deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (Cotton Palace) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.


Day 7 : PAMUKKALE - ANTALYA   (B/-/-)

Then depart to Antalya .

We will visit Aspendos Theater . The ancient city of Aspendos is located in Southern Turkey, in the ancient Pamphylia region by the Eurymedon (Köprüçay) river. The acropolis lies about 60 m. above sea level and sits on a flat-topped hill with many surviving monuments including the Nymphaeum, Basilica, Market Building and Odeion.

The Eurymedon used to be a navigable river and gave access to the city. This was the main reason for the city‟s prosperity. Both the archaeological remains and the historical sources confirm that Aspendos had entered upon the stage of ancient world events by the 5th  century BC with the arrival of the Persians to Pamphylia and that it continued to retain its importance until, and after, Alexander‟s control of Asia Minor. The site is visited by approximately 400.000 people every year, mainly because of its magnificent Roman theatre. “This is not like anything that I ever saw before.” This is how the British archaeologist David George Hogarth had described the Aspendos Theatre in 1909 in a paragraph which continues as follows: “You may have seen the amphitheatres in Italy, France, Dalmatia and Africa; temples in Egypt and Greece; the palaces in Crete; you may be sated with antiquity or scornful of it. But you have not seen the theatre of Aspendos.”

Aspendos houses the best preserved ancient theatre of the world. In addition, this richly decorated monument bears the traces of different historic periods including the Roman and the Seljuk periods. It was initially built during the reign of the Roman emperor  Marcus Aurelius,  between 160-180 A.D.  The inscription on the western entrance wall records that the architect was Zenon

Then we will have free time at old town and harbor.


Free time till check out time. Then transfer to Airport to take flight to Kayseri via Istanbul.

Upon arrival Kayseri, drive to Cappadocia and check in hotel.

Overnight at Cappadocia.

Day 9 : CAPPADOCIA   (B/-/-)

Then we will drive to Ihlara Valley . Ihlara Valley (often misspelled as Ilhara Valley), near Mount Hasan and Mount Melendiz (two of the three volcanoes of Cappadocia) is a canyon with a depth of approximately 100m and was formed by the Melendiz River thousands of years ago. It begins at Ihlara village and ends with Selime Monastery at Selime village after making 26 bends along 14 kilometers. If you are interested, we can do trekking as well.

It is believed that the valley housed more than four thousand dwellings and a hundred cave churches decorated with frescoes. Around eighty thousand people once lived in Ihlara Valley.

Thereafter, we will visit Derinkuyu Underground City . Derinkuyu is the deepest excavated underground city in Cappadocia in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. A beautiful natural wonder with impressive fairy chimneys and eroded caverns, Cappadocia is an amazing geological spectacle. It is also riddled with extensive subterranean dwellings and secret tunnel passages that various people utilized for shelter across the centuries. There are hundreds of these homes in the region, and Derinkuyu is the most famous. At a depth of more than 250 feet with a capacity of up to 20,000 people, this multi-leveled city contained everything an entire population would need to survive a history riddled with invasions.

Day 10 : CAPPADOCIA  (B/-/-)

We will have Full Day city tour. We will visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabag Valley, Love Valley, Pigeon Valley, Local Cave House, 3 Beauties and Love Valley .

After the city tour, you will have some free time for optional activities.


Then drive to airport to take domestic flight to Istanbul.

Arrive Istanbul and transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 12 : ISTANBUL (B/-/-)

We will have Full Day city tour of Istanbul. Our tour is start from Taksim Square. We will walk all Istiklal Street. Istiklal Street is the liveliest and the most colorful street of Istanbul. The street has been pedestrianized since 1988 and for over 150 years has been the center of the nightlife of the city. Hundreds of bars and clubs shake this downtown area in the evenings. During daylight, İstiklal is home to many historical embassy buildings, fancy hotels, apartment buildings, streets, theaters, restaurants, shops. From Taksim Square, you will stroll on the exiting little side streets of Istiklal Street, sit in one of the intriguing coffee shops and talk with your guide, see the amazing Embassy buildings, visit Armenian and Romaic churches, ancient districts, impressive walkways and much more.

  Stop at Galata Tower. Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus. One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul's historic peninsula and its environs.

Then, take public ferry to Asian Side and continue to FD tour with Kadikoy Town. Explore Kadikoy and taste many kind food in there.

Then, drive back to hotel for overnight.


Breakfast at hotel. Free till check out time. then transfer to airport for your flight back home.

Day 14 : ARRIVE SINGAPORE (-/-/-)

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As a number of Singaporeans have been victims of fraud, do exercise caution when making online friends, be wary of accepting free services, invitations by strangers to food and beverage outlets, and sending money to unknown recipients. Hitchhiking or accepting lifts from strangers is not recommended, especially for lone travellers.

If unsure, Singaporeans should consult with the local authorities or their travel operators for the latest advisories and information.

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  • November 25, 2022 January 8, 2023

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Hi everyone! If you are looking for a Trip from Singapore to Turkey , this would be a must-read blog before you Travel to Turkey ! Here are the topics you will find on this article;

W ho We are? And What We Provide for Travelers who Travel from Singapore to Turkey?

Our online brand name is Best Turkey Tour and the legal name is Iglesias Tour Turkey . We are a licensed travel agency based in Turkey, in Ephesus. And, we create our own Turkey Tour Package – Singapore and offer on our official website directly to our valued clients. We are not a wholesaler or sub-contracted travel agency. We are a direct local Tour Operator who creates their own Turkey Tour Packages and offer online!

Our Turkey Tour Packages include the most popular and most famous attractions of Turkey; Istanbul , Ephesus Ancient City , Pergamum Ruins, Cappadocia, Hot Air Balloon Flights , Pamukkale Natural Hot Springs , etc… And, the travel packages come to you as all included; Domestic Flights, Guided Tours, Accommodations, Transportation, and Air Transfers.

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Turkey is a big country with its 85 to 90 million population and famous touristic places have a huge distance to each other. So, planning a Turkey Tour Package Singapore takes a serious time! However, we make it easy for you with our packages! You do not need to make tones of searches since our packages include; the best routes, most popular destinations, best-ranked hotels, and best local tours with fully guided licensed tour guides !!!

Our Packages include Small-Group Tours of up to 15 persons. If you look for something more economic than private tours, and fewer passengers than big bus tours organized by big Tour Operators with 45 persons, our Small-Group Turkey Tours is right for you! However, it is possible to upgrade it to Private Turkey Tours . So, if you are looking for something more special operated only for you, here we are with our Private Turkey Tours!

We have several different kinds of Turkey Travel Packages created according to every budget and every time-wise. The only you need to do is booking your international flights, then booking your Turkey Tour Package and here you are!

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The most important thing that we provide to all our guests is personal assistants. During your entire T rip to Turkey from Singapore , you have a personal assistant from our office. So, we make it different than Big Tour Operators.

You are miles and miles away from your home and comes to Turkey to exploring and relaxing. With our personal assistant service who is at your service day and night during your entire Turkey Tour , you are not alone at all! Whenever you need assistance, question, or help, he/she will be at the other side of the line to provide you the fastest solution and assistance!

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Most Popular Destinations in Turkey (preferred by travelers who travel from Singapore to Turkey)!

Turkey is one of the most popular destinations for all travelers! There are cultural, historical, natural, and authentic destinations all around the country. And, we receive around 50 to 60 million travelers each year! The most visited/popular destinations within Singaporean Travelers are as below; 

  • Cappadocia and Hot Air Balloons in Cappadocia
  • Ephesus Ancient City and Surroundings

V isa Process for Travelers who Plan to Travel from Singapore to Turkey!

Offical or other types of passport holders are exempt from Turkey Visa for 90 Days. So, this means that you do not need to take a Turkey visa . It is enough to have a passport to Travel to Turkey and to take a Turkey Tour Packages from Singapore .

Also, you may obtain more information from the below official website, if you could not see your questions on our text; Visa for Singaporean!

  • Note: We recommend you to read an updated version of the visa process from the above link(this text prepared at 2020).

Best Time to Visit Turkey!

Turkey has 4 seasons around it! It is a different taste and experience to visit Turkey in Summer or in Winter! The busiest travel season is between May to September ! Especially Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Istanbul can be a little too hot and crowded for some travelers who are not used to it! As a result, we always recommend March – April, and October for the best time seekers!

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Singaporeans Can Now Travel To Turkey! Here's What You Need To Know


Siti Ayeeshah Zaki  •  Dec 16, 2021

Singapore's Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) list is getting longer by the minute! With more countries opening up, us travellers can once again explore the world we love. And from 15 December, Singaporeans can now travel to Turkey !  ?

Plan your next trip to Turkey with HHWT : we're here to tell you all you need to know about travelling to Turkey during Covid-19.

Singapore-Turkey VTL

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If you're a Singaporean or a Singapore Permanent Resident travelling via the vaccinated travel lane, you won't need to apply for a vaccinated travel pass. However, if you're entering Turkey, you'll need a few documents.(w.e.f October 2021)  ?

P.S. This Is How You Can Get Discounted Flight Tickets With Singapore Airlines On Your Next Vacation!

1. Proof of Vaccination

You'll need to have had 2 doses of any WHO-approved covid-19 vaccination, where the last dose was administered at least 14 days before arriving in Turkey, and prove it with a  valid vaccination certificate!

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P.S. Here's a #HHWTTip: use Notarise to help you with this! Notarise helps everyone get their pre-departure tests and vaccination certificates digitally authenticated and endorsed ?

If you've recovered from Covid-19 in the past, however, you'll need proof of recovery. The certificate should show that you've recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months, starting from the 28 th day of the first positive PCR test result.

2. Fill Out Turkey's Ministry of Health Form

You may also need to fill out Turkey's Ministry of Health form 72 hours before arriving in Turkey. This form will be checked at the borders if you are not a Turkish Citizen, so make sure to have it ready.  Access it here!

Singaporeans will also not be required to have a Visa to enter Turkey, so no worries about needing too many documents. ? Alternatively, you could also check out this handy guide to traveling to Turkey!

3. A Negative PCR Test

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Before flying off, make sure you have proof of a negative PCR test. The PCR test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure. You may also choose to provide proof of a negative antigen rapid test (ART) taken within 48 hours of departure.

If you have recently recovered from COVID-19 and are exempt from testing, then do provide proof of a positive antigen or PCR test, taken at least 14 days and not more than 180 days of departure.

You may also refer to HHWT's guide to navigating pre-departure and on-arrival departure tests for your next trip. ? 

Share this with your Turkey travel buddies to plan your next trip to the beautiful land of Hagia Sophia and Cappadocia! ?

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  • May 28, 2023
  • 15 min read

Turkey Tour Packages from Singapore - Top 10 Picks

Ready for an adventure? Turkey tour packages from Singapore are the perfect way to explore this beautiful country hassle-free. With pre-arranged accommodations and activities , you can sit back and enjoy the ride. Western Turkey travel is a popular itinerary included in many packages, giving you a taste of ancient history and modern culture . Whether you're on a budget or looking for luxury, there's a turkey tour package that suits your preferences. As a Singapore passport holder, you have plenty of options to choose from, including tours that offer a Bosphorus cruise or exploring the Turkish Riviera. And if you have a day in Istanbul, there are also day tours available to make the most of your time. So why wait? Book your turkey package tour from Singapore now and get ready for an unforgettable experience!

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Key attractions and experiences included in each tour package

There are countless options for tours and travel packages that offer popular destinations , exciting places, and iconic sites. Whether you're looking for a Mediterranean adventure or other experiences, you can expect to find a variety of packages to suit your preferences.

Popular destinations and iconic sites included in each tour package

No matter which tour package you choose, you'll likely visit some of Turkey's most popular destinations and iconic sites. These might include tours to Istanbul's Blue Mosque, the ancient ruins of Ephesus , or the stunning white travertine terraces at Pamukkale . Other noteworthy destinations might include Cappadocia's fairy chimneys or the historic city of Troy. For those seeking more excitement, tours to Antalya on the Turkish Riviera offer a chance to explore exciting places along the Mediterranean coast.

Full day tours with exciting places to visit

Many tour packages offer full day tours that take you to a variety of exciting places in popular destinations. For example, you might spend a day exploring western Turkey travel by gulet cruise, taking in iconic sites like the Rumeli Fortress and Maiden's Tower. Alternatively, you could go on a full day Jeep safari through Cappadocia's valleys and villages.

Day tours with historical highlights itinerary

If you're interested in history, there are plenty of day tours that focus on Turkey's rich cultural heritage . For instance, one popular option is a day trip to Gallipoli where visitors can learn about the infamous World War I battlefields. Another option is a day trip to Troy where visitors can explore the legendary city made famous by Homer's epic poem. In Istanbul, you can visit iconic sites such as the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Meanwhile, Antalya offers a chance to relax on a gulet cruise while taking in the stunning coastal scenery.

Seven wonders experience in the day farout explorer tour

For an amazing experience unlike any other, consider booking the "Day Farout Explorer Tour". This tour takes you on an unforgettable journey to see seven wonders in just one day! You'll start your adventure at 4:30am with a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia before visiting six other incredible sites throughout the rest of the day. Looking for longer tours? Consider our Western Turkey travel package or our Gulet cruise option. For those on a budget, we also offer an overnight bus tour.

Tips for travelers planning a trip to Turkey from Singapore, including visa requirements and cultural customs

Traveling to Turkey from Singapore can be an exciting experience, especially when you plan for an Istanbul tour. It is important to be aware of certain requirements and customs before embarking on your journey. If you have a day Istanbul, make sure to join the tours available to explore the city's beauty. Apart from Istanbul, Trabzon is also a must-visit destination that offers unique tours for travelers. In this guide, we will discuss some essential tips for travelers planning a trip to Turkey from Singapore, including how to make the most of your Istanbul tour and Trabzon tours.

Visa Requirements

One of the most important things that travelers need to keep in mind when planning a trip to Turkey is that they must obtain a visa prior to their arrival. This can be done online through the Turkish government's e-Visa website. It is recommended that travelers apply for their visa at least 48 hours before their departure date. Whether you're going on an Istanbul tour, spending a day in Istanbul, exploring Trabzon or visiting Antalya, make sure to get your visa ahead of time.

Cultural Customs

Turkey has a rich cultural heritage, and it is important for travelers to respect local customs and traditions. For example, when visiting mosques or other religious sites during day Istanbul tours, visitors should dress modestly and remove their shoes before entering. Women are also expected to cover their heads with a scarf. If you're exploring Trabzon or visiting the breathtaking Pamukkale on tours, remember to be respectful of the local customs as well.

It is also worth noting that Turks place great importance on hospitality and generosity, especially when it comes to western Turkey travel. If you're planning a day Istanbul trip or a day Turkey adventure tour, it's important to keep in mind that locals are known for their warm welcome. In cities like Antalya, where tourism is a major industry, you can expect to be offered food and drink wherever you go. However, if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, it is important to give prior notice so that your hosts can make appropriate arrangements.

Language Barrier

While English is widely spoken in tourist areas of Turkey such as Antalya and during day tours in Istanbul, many locals may not speak the language fluently. It can be helpful to learn some basic Turkish phrases before your travel in order to communicate more effectively with locals.

Currency Exchange

The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish lira (TRY). Travelers visiting Istanbul for a day or taking Istanbul day tours should exchange their Singaporean dollars for lira upon arrival as most businesses do not accept foreign currencies. Those traveling to Fethiye should also keep in mind the need for local currency.


Turkey has an extensive public transportation network including buses, trains, trams and metros that can be used for travel around Istanbul during the day. Taxis are also widely available but it’s recommended to use apps like BiTaksi or iTaksi to avoid being overcharged. For those interested in exploring the city further, Istanbul day tours are a great option.


Ephesus and Alacati Sightseeing Tour

If you're looking for an adventure that combines ancient ruins, charming towns, and scenic views, the Ephesus and Alacati Sightseeing Tour is the perfect choice. This tour package from ASA Holidays takes you on a journey through some of Turkey's most breathtaking destinations including Istanbul and Cappadocia. With a variety of tours available, you can also explore the stunning coastal town of Fethiye.

Explore the Ancient Ruins of Ephesus

No trip to Turkey would be complete without visiting the ancient city of Ephesus. This well-preserved Roman city is one of the best in the world and boasts an impressive collection of temples, theaters, and public buildings. If you're planning for a day in Istanbul, make sure to include Ephesus in your itinerary. Alternatively, if you're on an Istanbul day trip, you can't miss out on this historic site. For those who want to explore beyond Istanbul, head over to Cappadocia or Fethiye for more breathtaking sights. You'll have the chance to walk along Ephesus' marble streets and marvel at its grandeur.

Discover the Charming Town of Alacati

Alacati is a charming town famous for its traditional architecture and windsurfing. If you're looking to explore more of Turkey, consider taking a day Turkey adventure tour to nearby destinations like Istanbul, Cappadocia, or Fethiye. The town's narrow streets are lined with stone houses adorned with colorful shutters, while its cafes serve up delicious Turkish coffee. For those feeling adventurous, head down to the beach for some windsurfing or kitesurfing.

Enjoy a Scenic Gulet Cruise Along the Turquoise Coast

One of the highlights of this tour package is a scenic gulet cruise along Turkey's turquoise coast, including the beautiful town of Fethiye. You'll sail past stunning cliffs, hidden coves, and crystal-clear waters while enjoying delicious Turkish cuisine on board. The package also includes visits to Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Pamukkale.

Visit Selcuk

Selcuk is a historic town with a rich cultural heritage and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. If you're planning a day Turkey adventure tour, be sure to add Selcuk to your itinerary. You can also visit Halikarnassus Mausoleum which was one of Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World once upon a time. In addition, if you have time, consider exploring Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Pamukkale for even more incredible sights and experiences. While in Selcuk, don't miss Selcuk Castle which offers panoramic views over Selcuk as well as St John Basilica where St John has been buried.

Experience Sirince Village

Sirince village, located in the hills, is a must-visit destination on your day turkey adventure tour. While in Cappadocia or Pamukkale, take a stroll around this picturesque village known for its local wines and traditional handicrafts such as pottery, textiles, and embroidery. Don't miss the chance to sample some of its famous fruit wines and shop for souvenirs before heading back to Istanbul.

Final Thoughts

The Ephesus and Alacati Sightseeing Tour from ASA Holidays is a must-do journey for anyone visiting Turkey. With its ancient ruins, charming towns, and scenic views, this tour package offers something for everyone. Plus, add more excitement to your trip with our additional packages to Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Pamukkale. Book your trip today and get ready to explore the best that Turkey has to offer!

Visit the Brilliant Museum after Ephesus

If you're on a day tour to ancient Ephesus, don't miss the chance to visit the Brilliant Museum. This museum is home to a wide range of artifacts from ancient Ephesus, as well as exhibits on Hagia Sophia and Olympos. While exploring Turkey, also consider visiting Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Pamukkale for more historical and natural wonders.

Ancient Ephesus Artifacts

The highlights of the Brilliant Museum in Istanbul are undoubtedly its collection of ancient Ephesus artifacts. Here, you can see everything from pottery and jewelry to statues and mosaics, providing a fascinating glimpse into daily life in ancient times. If you're planning a trip to Turkey, make sure to add Cappadocia and Pamukkale to your itinerary for even more unforgettable experiences.

Exhibits on Hagia Sophia and Olympos

In addition to its collection of ancient Ephesus artifacts, the Brilliant Museum also features exhibits on Hagia Sophia and Olympos. These highlights provide insight into two other important historical sites in Turkey, while visitors can also explore exhibits on Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Pamukkale.

Hagia Sophia, located in Istanbul city, was originally built as a church in 537 AD before being converted into a mosque in 1453 AD. Today, it serves as a museum that attracts millions of visitors each year who come for a tour of this historical site. If you're planning to visit Turkey, don't miss out on exploring other popular destinations such as Cappadocia.

Olympos is an ancient city located along Turkey's Mediterranean coast. It was once an important port city but fell into decline during the Byzantine era. Today, it is home to ruins that are popular with tourists. For more details about other popular destinations in Turkey, visit Istanbul , Cappadocia, and Pamukkale.

Air Museum Section

If you're planning a day tour in Istanbul, don't miss the Air Museum section of the Brilliant Museum. Located in the heart of the city, this museum showcases a variety of aircraft from different eras, including World War I planes and modern fighter jets. Check out our website for more day details on visiting this must-see attraction.

The Air Museum section provides a unique perspective on history and technology in the city of Cappadocia. You'll be able to see how aviation has evolved over time and appreciate the ingenuity behind these incredible machines during your day tour. Don't forget to ask for day details to make the most out of your visit.

Medieval Monuments in Ottoman Times

The Ottoman Empire was a powerful force that left its mark on Turkey's architecture. The medieval monuments of the Ottoman era in Istanbul include mosques, mausoleums, and basilicas that showcase the intricate designs and techniques used during this time. For those interested in exploring beyond Istanbul, a day tour to Cappadocia or Pamukkale would reveal equally stunning architectural wonders.

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque, also known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is a stunning example of Ottoman architecture from the 17th century located in Istanbul's Old Town. Featuring six minarets and a large central dome, it is famous for its intricate calligraphy and geometric patterns adorning the interior walls with blue tiles. If you're planning a day tour to Turkey, make sure to add Cappadocia and Pamukkale to your day details itinerary for an unforgettable experience.

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern, located in Istanbul, is an ancient underground water reservoir that has been transformed into a must-see tourist attraction. Built by Emperor Justinian I in 532 AD, it was originally used to supply water to Istanbul's residents. Today, visitors can explore its dimly lit pathways and marvel at the columns that support its ceiling. Don't forget to check out the two Medusa heads at the base of two columns! If you're interested in more details about Istanbul's historical sites, consider booking a trip to Cappadocia or Pamukkale.

Istanbul's Old Town

Istanbul's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with many ancient ruins, churches, and temples to explore. Hagia Sophia is one such monument worth visiting; it was originally built as a church in 537 AD before being converted into a mosque during Ottoman times. Another must-visit site is Topkapi Palace - home to generations of sultans who ruled over Turkey for centuries. If you have time for a day tour, consider visiting Cappadocia and Pamukkale for their unique landscapes and historical significance. Contact us for day details.

Village Life

Away from Istanbul, you can book a day tour to explore Safranbolu - an ancient city with plenty of well-preserved Ottoman-era buildings including windmills! This charming village provides insight into what life was like during those times when agriculture played an important role in Turkey’s economy. If you have more time, don't miss the chance to visit Pamukkale and Cappadocia for a truly unforgettable


Turkey tour packages from Singapore offer travelers an opportunity to immerse themselves in Turkey’s rich history and culture. With so many ancient monuments to explore, it's easy to get lost in the wonder of this ancient world heritage site . From mosques and mausoleums to basilicas and temples, Turkey has something for everyone looking to delve deeper into its past. Istanbul, the bustling city that straddles Europe and Asia, is a must-visit destination with its stunning architecture and vibrant culture. The surreal landscapes of Cappadocia are also not to be missed, with its unique rock formations and hot air balloon rides. Pamukkale, known for its stunning white terraces and mineral-rich thermal waters, is another highlight of any Turkey tour package. For those interested in day details,

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Cappadocia, Konya, and Pamukkale Tour: A Mediterranean Adventure

If you're looking to book a unique travel experience that combines natural wonders and rich history in Turkey, an Istanbul tour package from Singapore is the perfect choice. One of the most popular tours is the Cappadocia, Konya, and Pamukkale Tour. Here are some day details to look forward to depending on the season: - In the summer season, you can enjoy exploring Istanbul's historical landmarks before heading to Cappadocia to witness its stunning rock formations and underground cities. - During the winter season, you can marvel at the snow-covered landscapes in Cappadocia before visiting Konya, home to the Mevlana Museum and the Whirling Dervishes. - No matter

Cappadocia Tour

Cappadocia and Pamukkale are regions in central Turkey known for their stunning landscapes and unique rock formations. The Cappadocia Highlights Tour takes you through Goreme Open Air Museum where you'll see ancient churches carved into rocks with beautiful frescoes. You'll also visit Pigeon Valley which has an interesting history of pigeon breeding dating back centuries ago. Finally, the Fairy Chimneys will leave you in awe with their cone-shaped rock formations. If you have more time, consider extending your trip to Istanbul for a few depart days to explore the city's rich history and culture. For more day details, consult with your tour guide.

The South Cappadocia Day Tour, available in any season, includes Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians used to hide from persecution. Pasabag or "Monks Valley" offers a chance to see more fairy chimneys up close. For more details about the tour, please inquire in Istanbul. Don't miss the opportunity to also visit the stunning natural wonder of Pamukkale during your trip.

Pamukkale Pools

Pamukkale, known as the "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a popular tourist destination for those on a tour of Turkey. Its white terraces, formed by mineral-rich hot springs flowing down over time, have been enjoyed for their therapeutic properties since ancient times. Visitors can still experience the healing waters today and can also explore other stunning destinations such as Cappadocia and Istanbul. For more details, inquire with your tour operator.

Topkapi Palace

While Istanbul may not be part of this specific tour package, it's worth mentioning that Topkapi Palace is a must-visit for history buffs. If you're planning to visit Turkey during the summer season, make sure to include Cappadocia and Pamukkale in your day details itinerary for a memorable experience. This former residence of Ottoman sultans now serves as a museum showcasing Islamic artifacts including weapons, clothing, and manuscripts.

Cable Car Ride Over The Valley

For those seeking an adrenaline rush during their trip, take a cable car ride over the valley in Konya. This thrilling experience gives you breathtaking views of the city and surrounding mountains. If you're planning a day tour from Istanbul, consider adding this activity to your itinerary. For more adventure, head to Cappadocia for hot air balloon rides or explore the natural wonders of Pamukkale.

Turkey tour packages from Singapore offer a unique blend of natural beauty and rich history. The Cappadocia, Konya, and Pamukkale Tour is just one example of the many adventures available in this amazing country. Don't miss out on seeing Goreme Open Air Museum, Pigeon Valley, Fairy Chimneys, Kaymakli Underground City, Pasabag, Pamukkale Pools, Topkapi Palace, and taking a cable car ride over the valley. Istanbul is also a must-visit destination with its stunning architecture and vibrant culture. Depending on the season you choose to travel, you can experience different day details such as festivals and events. With year depart days available, you can plan your trip according to your schedule and preferences.

Istanbul, Bursa, and Grilled Fish Lunch

If you're looking for an unforgettable vacation experience, consider booking a Turkey tour package from Singapore that includes visits to Istanbul, Bursa, and Cappadocia. This package is available throughout the year, and day details can be customized according to your preferences. Additionally, the package offers grilled fish lunch and flexible year depart days.

Istanbul Day Tour

Istanbul is one of the most vibrant cities in Turkey and is home to a rich history and culture. The city has been influenced by many different civilizations over the centuries, including the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans. If you're looking for details on depart days to Cappadocia, Istanbul is the perfect starting point. On your day tour of Istanbul during the right season, you'll visit Taksim Square and the Grand Bazaar for a taste of local culture.

Taksim Square is one of the busiest areas in Istanbul and is known for its lively atmosphere. You'll find plenty of shops selling souvenirs and Turkish delights here. The Grand Bazaar is another must-visit attraction in Istanbul with over 4,000 shops selling everything from spices to jewelry. For those who want to explore beyond Istanbul, a day tour to Cappadocia is highly recommended. The day details may vary depending on the season, but the unique rock formations and hot air balloon rides make it a worthwhile trip.

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Bosphorus Cruise

No trip to Istanbul would be complete without taking a scenic boat ride along the famous Bosphorus Strait that divides Europe and Asia. The day tour cruise offers stunning views of both sides of the city as well as iconic landmarks like the Maiden's Tower and Dolmabahçe Palace. For those seeking adventure outside of the city, a day trip to Cappadocia during the right season can offer breathtaking views of hot air balloons floating above the unique rock formations. For more day details, be sure to plan ahead and book in advance.

Grilled Fish Lunch in Bursa

After exploring Istanbul's top attractions, you can embark on a day tour to Cappadocia during the right season to witness its unique rock formations. Don't forget to check out the day details before heading there. Later, head to Bursa for some fresh seafood. This historic city is known for its Ottoman architecture as well as its delicious grilled fish dishes.

During your visit to Bursa, you'll have the opportunity to savor some of the freshest seafood around while enjoying stunning views of surrounding mountains. If you're looking to explore beyond Bursa, consider taking a day tour to Istanbul or Cappadocia for a change of scenery. Check out the day details before embarking on your adventure. And be sure to try out some local specialties like Lahmacun (Turkish pizza) or Iskender Kebap (grilled meat served with yogurt).

Other destinations included in Turkey tour packages from Singapore are Istanbul, Cappadocia, Trabzon, Bodrum, Izmir, the Turkish Riviera, Kayseri, Western Turkey, Antalya, Fethiye, Gallipoli, Safranbolu. Each location offers its unique blend of culture and history that you won't find anywhere else. For more details on the season to visit these locations, please inquire with your travel agent.

So if you're looking for a vacation experience that's both fun and educational while satisfying your taste buds with delicious food along the way, book a Turkey tour package from Singapore today! Explore the bustling city of Istanbul, marvel at the unique rock formations in Cappadocia, and discover the beauty of Turkey in any season. Contact us for more details.

Experience the Best of Turkey with Our Tour Packages from Singapore

Ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through Turkey ? Look no further than our tour packages from Singapore! Our packages include details such as key attractions like Ephesus, Alacati, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Istanbul, and Bursa, as well as season and year depart days. With everything taken care of, you can simply sit back and enjoy the best that this beautiful country has to offer.

But before you pack your bags and head out on your adventure, be sure to keep a few tips in mind. Remember that visa requirements and cultural customs may differ from what you're used to in Singapore. If you have some depart days, don't forget to book a day tour to explore Istanbul or the breathtaking Cappadocia region. And after exploring Ephesus, make sure to visit the Brilliant Museum or check out the medieval monuments from Ottoman times for an unforgettable experience.

If you're looking for a truly unique experience with flexible depart days, consider our Cappadocia, Konya, and Pamukkale Tour. For more details on this tour, please contact us. Or if you prefer something closer to home base while still enjoying delicious local cuisine like grilled fish lunch, our Istanbul, Bursa tour is perfect for you. This tour is available in any season.

So what are you waiting for? Book your Turkey tour package today and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime! Explore the vibrant city of Istanbul, marvel at the unique landscapes of Cappadocia, choose your depart days according to your schedule, and experience the beauty of Turkey in any season.


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It’s another Singapore Travel blog – Escapes from the Little Red Dot

About the author

My name is Yeo Zi Yi . I come from a tiny city named Singapore, known to some as the Little Red Dot. I have been living here since birth thus I often get the urge to escape from this dot from time to time. Getting away from the stress and the sea of people to see the world brings me great pleasure.

When I graduated in 2005, I took a 20ish days trip with a Contiki tour to Central Europe and bringing out wander-lust in me. Since then, I have been travelling at a minimum of 2 times a year if I can afford it. I travel usually with my wife, whom shares the same interest and we aspire to travel the world. We have been to many places but as we reminisce now, memories of some visits have started to become foggy. And so I started this blog to jot down interesting events that have happened. Hopefully this would be able to bring us back to the time when we were there, when we revisit these pages.

Why write another Singapore Travel Blog?

I wrote this blog as detailed as possible in order to remember the little interesting info and experiences that I picked up during my travel. Each page represented a day of the trip (if it was worth a page) and it might be a little confusing. If lost, always start back at Home and then to the Past Escapes pages.

I have included the itineraries that we have done for the trip and were trips from Singapore. Hopefully this would become not only a blog for me to ramble on but also a blog with itineraries for like minded travellers to refer to when planning for their travel.

Just like life itself, the itineraries started to change from being a couple only travel (BC – Before Child) to being more family friendly/oriented (AD – As Dad) post 2014. The trip also evolved and became more inclusive of our son’s interest as he grows up. Therefore, those without kids might find post 2014 lacking, shallow and even boring.

Last but not least…

Read if you enjoy, and comments are always welcomed! Have fun exploring! Follow me on Instagram @madyeomad for pictures. Reach out to me, while planning for that trip, by dropping a comment or email and I will try to help as much as I can remember!

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Christmas 2022: The 10 best turkeys in Singapore for your festive dinner centrepiece

Aaron Tan

Christmas is the holiday where turkeys take centrestage. It’s a standout icon that captures the attention of everyone at your dinner table. The sheer size of it is meant to be enjoyed and shared by everyone at the party, strengthening bonds in the process.

To keep  your celebrations hassle-free, I’ve covered the groundwork  to bring to you my guide of the 10 best turkeys in Singapore for your festive dinner centrepiece , which will surely put a smile on everyone’s faces.

1. Jeffrey’s Christmas Kitchen

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Voted No.1 Thanksgiving and Christmas food specialty store with delivery right to your doorstep, Jeffrey’s Christmas Kitchen sets the benchmark for Turkey roasting and baking. Sourcing only free-range turkeys raised on 100% organic feed, their award-winning freshly roasted turkeys are prepared with their unique blend of seasonings, and are of premium quality and grade.

During the Christmas season, most of us love to have a traditional roast turkey as the centrepiece of our festive dinner celebrations— it gives the whole atmosphere that extra oomph !

Heating your turkey at home can be a little challenging especially with the sheer size of this big bird which would hardly fit into your microwave oven. With their pre-heating service, your turkeys will be delivered to you hot— simply open the packaging and… dig in!

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That being said, my Perfect Roast Turkey (HOT) (S$149.90 with the early bird promotion), which serves 5-8 individuals, came with a generous serving of chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce. I also added on their homemade 200ml Gourmet Mushroom Sauce (S$4.90) .

As we know, turkey and cranberry sauce are a match made in heaven! The subtle sweetness from the sauce enhances the overall experience while lowering the richness of the meat at the same time, allowing you to have more. The earthy flavours that came from the mushroom sauce were absolutely delicious.

What really blew me away was the unassuming chestnut stuffing— it spread like liquid gold across the turkey flesh and was bursting with buttery and herby goodness. This reminded me of a rich pâté with chestnut bits. Super indulgent!

The 1.2kg Premium Iberico Ham (S$49.90 with the early bird promotion) which serves 5-10 individuals is made from a special crossbred pig and cured for 24 months. The result? Tender meat with a slight natural sweetness to it, perhaps one of the best hams I’ve had so far!

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They also have the 1.3kg Roasted Pork Knuckle (S$45.90 with the early bird promotion) which has tender smokey meat encased in a perfectly roasted crispy skin, perfect to pair with Dijon mustard.

When you purchase in a value bundle , the roasted turkeys are 20% cheaper . Check out their amazing bundle deals with prices as low as S$10 per pax .

Jeffrey’s Christmas Kitchen is your one-stop destination for all of your Christmas roast needs, whether it’s Turkey, Lamb, Pork, or Chicken, they’ve got you covered! To check out their offerings, click here .

140 Paya Lebar Road, AZ Building, #03-12, Singapore 409015 +65 8183 0915 Daily: 1pm – 7.30pm Facebook | Instagram | Website

2. Peach Garden Chinese Restaurant

best christmas turkey - peach garden festive set

Christmas is a time of celebration and festive cheer. As we’re preparing to welcome this joyous occasion, why not let Peach Garden Chinese Restaurant take care of your special feast? With the specially curated Christmas menu, their fuss-free meals will be a great addition to your humble family parties or grand social gatherings!

best christmas turkey - peach garden festive set turkey

The Baked Turkey with Black Truffle and Garlic 黑松露蒜香烤火鸡 (S$188+) is quintessential to any Christmas feast. Enjoy the juicy tenderness of turkey meat enveloped in aromatic black truffle and garlic marinade, coupled with winter vegetables such as brussels sprouts, potatoes, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower. This crowd-pleasing dish will surely be the highlight of your party!

Peach Garden - Baby Lobster with angel hair pasta

Peach Garden’s Season’s Best Festive Party Pack 派對套餐 (S$338+) will surely take your breath away! Besides their Baked Turkey with Black Truffle and Garlic , the festive set also comes with their Christmas exclusive Baby Lobster with Angel Hair Pasta topped with Melted Cheese 芝士小龙虾仔天使面 and their irresistible Butterfly Pea Coconut Osmanthus Longan Logcake 蝶豆桂花龙眼椰子树筒蛋糕 which gives a sweet ending to your gorgeous feast.

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Christmas 2022 Promotion:

  • Super Early Bird Discount (21 Nov – 30 Nov): 10%
  • Early Bird Discount (1 Dec – 16 Dec): 5%

All CITIBANK , OCBC , DBS/POSB , UOB , CIMB and Passion Card Cardholders get to enjoy an additional 5% when you order from Peach Garden E-shop . 

CITIBANK cardholders will also receive an additional $8 dine in voucher with every order.

For a list of locations and contact numbers, refer here . Facebook | Instagram | Website

3. Gourmet Carousel (Royal Plaza On Scotts)

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This holiday season at Royal Plaza On Scotts , go all out and indulge in Gourmet Carousel ‘s White Christmas menu— brought to you from the very same team behind the award-winning Carousel buffet restaurant.

This year’s special is the tantalising 4.5 to 5kg US Barbeque Turkey (S$185) . It consists of a herbed and spiced turkey glazed with homemade smoky hickory barbeque sauce, served with spiced chicken stuffing, buttered corn-on-cob, braised sauerkraut , and barbecue Sauce.

best christmas turkey - royal plaza on scotts

If you’re a traditionalist, fret not! The 4.5 to 5 kg Traditional Roast Turkey (S$185) throws in garlic butter potatoes, seasonal vegetables, chestnut stuffing, cranberry Sauce and giblet sauce for a wonderful and complete feast.

Festive goodies are available from 1 to 25 December 2022 , and a minimum of 4 days is required for advance orders.

Enjoy 15% off when you opt for self pick-up from the hotel’s entrance from 11am to 12.30pm and 4.30pm to 6pm daily.

To start ordering, click here .

25 Scotts Road, Singapore 228220 +65 6589 7788 Daily: 11am – 8.30pm Facebook | Instagram | Website

4. One Farrer Confectionery (One Farrer Hotel)

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One Farrer Hotel takes you on a culinary journey to their Farrer Wonderland. Be prepared to indulge in a medley of new Asian-inspired scrumptious delights, and traditional signatures at their premises or in the comfort of your own home.

For celebrations in your own home, choose from an array of takeaways beginning with their highly-anticipated Smokey Hoisin -Barbecue Turkey 4kg (S$148) . Marinated in a rich hoisin sauce, and aromatically smoked with finesse— you’ll get an explosive medley of smokey, salty and sweet flavours with each bite.

The turkey is served with momo skin (15 pcs), cucumber, scallions and hoisin barbeque sauce— I’m getting Peking duck vibes from this!

best christmas turkey - one farrer hotel turkey solo

If you’re having a smaller sized celebration in the heart of your residence,  One Farrer has you covered with the Smokey Hoisin -Barbeque Chicken Pullet 1.6kg (S$68) . It comes with momo skin (10 pcs), cucumber, scallions and hoisin barbeque sauce.

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What’s Christmas without the iconic log cake which makes its appearance once a year? The Gula Melaka Chestnut Yule Gateau 1kg (S$64) features gula melaka moist sponge, chestnut buttercream filling, milk chocolate chantilly and a crunchy white chocolate base. 

Celebrate this festive season with their in-dining from 1 Nov 2022 till 1 Jan 2023 , when you dine on location at Escape where a scrumptious Sharing Platter , perfect for three persons, awaits. With highlights such as Beef Wellington, Baked Oysters, Roasted Spring Chicken and grilled sausages, what’s not to love? 

Alternatively, elevate your dine-in experience at Nest at One Farrer , with a 5-course festive treat that includes Duck Liver Terrine with Port Wine Jelly, Lemon Sole, Tajima Wagyu or the well-loved Roasted Roulade of Turkey with Sage.

One Farrer Hotel’s Christmas takeaway menu will be available for early bird orders from 1 Nov to 2 Dec 2022 , where you’ll get 25% off your orders!  

Enjoy special perks with selected credit cards, terms and conditions apply.

Click here to view their festive selections for online orders.

1 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217562 +65 6705 7825 Daily: 11am – 6pm Facebook | Instagram | Website

5. Délifrance Singapore

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Bring in the Christmas cheer and revel in good tidings with Halal-certified Délifrance Singapore ’s festive range feasts for 2022. They have curated 4 special bundles for your exclusive Christmas celebrations. 

For the ultimate indulgence, treat yourself and your guests to the luxurious spread that is the Lavish Christmas Feast (S$298) .

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The pièce de résistance is a roasted rosemary cranberry turkey stuffed with chicken pizza meatloaf served with classic cranberry sauce and savoury brown sauce. It also comes with chicken lasagne , mini pizza baguette (12 pieces), and a joy of Délifrance log cake (rolled in 70% Valrhona chocolate)—a real treat for chocolate lovers!

The Extravagant Christmas Feast (S$228) lets you indulge in roasted turkey breast which comes with classic cranberry sauce and savoury brown sauce, chicken lasagne , mini pizza baguette (12 pieces), and a sweet and tangy coconut citrus log cake with a refreshing zest.

best christmas turkey - delifrance feast set

The Exquisite Christmas Feast (S$218) comprises a stuffed chicken meatloaf which comes with savoury brown sauce, chicken lasagne , 12 pieces assorted premium mini croissants (turkey ham & cheese, Italian poloni , tomato & cheese), and a berries and hibiscus log cake.

Last but absolutely not the least, the Joyous Christmas Feast (S$228) includes a jumbo roasted whole chicken with savoury brown sauce, chicken lasagne , 12 pieces assorted premium mini croissants and a joy of Délifrance log cake.

Délifrance Singapore also has an assortment of Festive Platters to suit a wide range of tastes.

They include: 

  • Premium Assorted Mini Croissant Sandwiches (12pcs) (S$45) – turkey ham & cheese, Italian poloni , tomato & cheese.
  • Premium Mini Viennoiseries (30pcs) (S$48) – raspberry danish, caramel swirl danish and choco pain suisse .
  • Assorted Festive Mini Cakes (30pcs) (S$78) – berries & hibiscus, coconut citrus, and chocolate mini bite-sized cakes.
  • Assorted Premium Mini Éclairs (18pcs) (S$45) – Strawberry Cheese Cake, Chocolate and Coconut & Coffee.

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There are also loads of Sweets for you to take your pick from. 

Choose from their Log Cakes: Joy of Délifrance (S$72.80) , Coconut Citrus Log Cake (S$69.80) , Berries & Hibiscus Log Cake (S$69.80 ); Tin Cookies ( cinnamon gingersnap and piemontaise ) (S$13.80) ; Almond and Pumpkin Florentine Crisp (S$15.30) ; Traditional Christmas Fruit Cake (S$15.30) ; and Gingerbread Cookies (Boy/Girl) (S$3.90). There is also a Luscious Sweet Treat Box (S$45)  that features a Traditional Christmas Fruit Cake , Gingerbread Cookies , a tin of gingersnap cookies and Piemontaise cookies— perfect option as a gift!

There is an early bird promotion from now till 4 Dec 2022 , where you can get 15% off with a minimum of S$100 spent. 

Citibank card holders can receive a S$10 e-voucher for early birds 

In addition, they can also enjoy 10% off online purchases from 5 Dec to 23 Dec 2022 . Key in promo code CITI + first 6 numbers of your Citi Card (eg: CITI123456) before checkout.

Do note that both promotions are not valid for dine-in festive menus, bundles and signature festive platters. 

Click here , for full online brochure to view more details and availability of range at other outlets and online.

For a list of locations, contact numbers and opening hours, refer here . Facebook | Instagram | Website

6. ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove

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ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove is a prestigious private marina and yacht club located within Sentosa Cove , a premium residential district in Singapore.

During this holiday season, they are offering a series of superb spreads. Whether it’s their lavish Christmas bundles, traditional roast delights, antipasti or log cakes, you’ll definitely find something to suit your needs.

The 6 kg Whole Roasted Turkey (S$148) is meticulously marinated in their special homemade paprika butter, and Herbes de Provence for a smoky and aromatic experience. It comes served with brown and cranberry sauce.

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Their complete range of Christmas goodies are available for takeaway and delivery from 15 Nov to 31 Dec 2022 , and need to be ordered 3 days in advance.

Delivery time slots are: 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 6pm . Kindly note that a minimum order of S$300 is required for delivery, and is not available on 24 and 25 Dec 2022 .

Picking it up yourself? Simply head down to LATITUDE Bistro during the above-mentioned time period from 11am to 9pm . If you’re a member of ONE°15 Marina, log in to your account to enjoy your Member’s discount.

Click here to start ordering.

11 Cove Drive, Sentosa Cove, #01-01, Singapore 098497 +65 6305 6982 Sun to Thu: 7am – 10pm Fri & Sat: 7am – 11pm Facebook | Instagram | Website

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The people at Atout located at Dempsey agree that the most wonderful time of the year deserves a celebration with a big bang. With joyous occasions like Christmas, it’s important to have a selection of quality food that will complement the festive atmosphere.

Helmed by Chef Patrick Heuberger and his kitchen brigade, they’ve curated a whole bunch of wholesome Christmas roasts, scrumptious starters, and yummy cakes/desserts to give your get-togethers the perfect head start.

best christmas turkey - atout turkey

The French bistro serves the 4 kg Whole Roasted French Turkey (S$238) together with gravy and a stuffing made of pork, mushrooms and chestnut. For those who enjoy loads of sauce with your turkey, you may choose to get their add-ons like Cranberry Sauce (S$12 for 250ml) , and Gravy (S$12 for 250ml) .

To pre-order their Christmas goodies for delivery (excluding 22 Dec to 26 Dec 2022 ) or for self collection, visit their online shop .

40C Harding Road, Singapore 249548 +65 8799 4567 Mon to Thu: 12pm – 9pm Fri & Sat: 12pm – 9.30pm Closed on Sun Facebook | Instagram | Website

8. Golden Palm (F & G Food)

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Golden Palm is under F & G Food , one of Singapore’s few leading manufacturers and distributors of quality Chinese sausages and waxed meats. So what are they doing in this list? Well, you’ll be delighted to know that they offer a range of ready-to-eat roasts, perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year!

The ready-to-eat 4.6 kg – 4.8 kg Roasted Turkey (S$118) originates from France. It’s fully marinated in-house with German spices, guaranteeing that every bite is full of flavour. To maintain its freshness, it’s roasted only 2 hours before delivery time. Do note that the pricing will differ on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Rather than the usual cranberry sauce, barbeque sauce is served alongside the Roasted Turkey . The Stuffing (+S$15) contains a medley of carrot, celery and potato, and is available at the customer’s request.

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Customers who self-collect between 10am to 2 pm get a free gift: 2 packets of 500g Pork Ham Sliced or 1 packet of 1kg Cheese Frankfurter Sausage .

Home delivery is available from Mondays to Saturdays (including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4 pm .

All orders are required to be made at least 2 days in advance.

15 Woodlands Loop, #02-59/60/61, Singapore 738322 +65 6754 1857 / +65 90896192 Daily: 8am – 6pm Website

9. The Salon (Hotel Fort Canning)

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Christmas is the season to celebrate kinship and everlasting memories with Hotel Fort Canning ‘s yearly holiday specials.

You can now experience The Salon ‘s bold new flavours and familiar classics from the comfort of your own home, with their Take-Home Wonders — a plethora of chef-recommended gourmet roasts and unique seasonal confectionaries.

Hotel Fort Canning is well-known for offering Christmas turkeys with an Asian twist, and this year’s no exception. Featuring the Shacha Roast Turkey (S$168+) which uses house-made Shacha Sauce (a savoury and mild spiced Chinese-style condiment), this dish will excite your taste buds and leave you craving for more!

best christmas turkey - fort canning hotel turkey

Each turkey is marinated overnight with an aromatic sauce consisting of soybean oil, garlic, shallots, dried shrimp, chillies and dried flat fish. It is then slow-roasted to crispy perfection. The result? A mouth-watering infusion of flavours that’s bursting with umami .

Every turkey comes with an assortment of vegetables which includes brussels sprouts, carrots, corn, squash and potato. Top it off with a complimentary sauce of your choice: red wine, cranberry or brown sauce.

Their festive offerings will run from 15 Nov 2022 to 1 Jan 2023.

For orders and enquiries, please call +65 6799 8809 / +65 8849 1248 or email  [email protected]

11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881 +65 6799 8809 Daily: 7am – 10.30pm Facebook | Instagram | Website

10. Ryan’s Grocery

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Ryan’s Grocery is a specialty foods store which delivers the highest quality produce. You can find gourmet and organic options, including healthier alternatives that will cater to  those who have special dietary requirements.

For Christmas, they’ve just launched their delectable festive season offerings. These include roasted meats, special sets, stunning sweet offerings, and beautiful gourmet gift hampers suitable for any party size.

The Classic Roasted Turkey with Stuffing (S$169) which comes with cranberry sauce is good for small affairs.

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If you’re having a larger Christmas gathering for 8 to 12 pax, you can order the Smoked Pork Collar Set (S$288) . This large bundle gives you a classic roasted turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce, Ryan’s smoked pork collar and honey baked ham.

Orders must be placed and paid 7 days in advance of the collection date. Short-notice collections will be subjected to availability.

Do note that the items are chilled and require reheating.

Click here to view the festive menu.

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