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Turkey Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency Turkish Lira (₺)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = ₺32.22
💬Language Turkish
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Ankara
👥Population 82 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs C, F
🕑Time Turkey Standard Time (UTC+03:00)
🍽️Must-Try Kebab, Baklava, Turkish tea, Turkish coffee, Lahmacun

Backpacker Budget: US$28 ( 902)

Hostel Dorm US$11 ( 354)
Takeaway Meal US$4.5 ( 145)
Public transport US$1 ( 32)
Long-distance bus US$15 ( 483)
Entrance Fee US$5 ( 161)
Beer US$2 ( 64)

When to go?

April - May Spring
June - August Summer
September - October Autumn
November - March Winter

What's unique?

Welcome to Turkey, a country that bridges Europe and Asia, offering a unique blend of ancient history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Turkey is known for its diverse heritage, encompassing influences from the Ottoman Empire, Roman civilization, and Byzantine era. From the bustling bazaars of Istanbul to the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and the stunning beaches along the Turquoise Coast, this country caters to every traveler's desire.

One of Turkey's standout attractions is its rich historical sites. Explore the magnificence of Ephesus, an ancient city boasting well-preserved Greco-Roman ruins. Marvel at the iconic dome of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul or wander through Pamukkale's terraces filled with mineral-rich hot springs. For those seeking outdoor adventures, Cappadocia offers surreal landscapes dotted with cave dwellings and rock formations perfect for hot air balloon rides.

Beyond its historical wonders and natural beauty, Turkey entices visitors with its warm hospitality and culinary delights. Indulge in delectable kebabs, aromatic spices, fresh seafood mezes (small dishes), and traditional Turkish tea or coffee served in ornate cups.

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Essential Turkey
(2 weeks)

  1. 1
    Istanbul

    Visit the iconic Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, explore the vibrant Grand Bazaar, and take a Bosphorus cruise.

  2. 2
    Cappadocia

    See the unique rock formations in Göreme National Park, explore the underground cities, and take a hot air balloon ride.

  3. 3
    Pamukkale

    Visit the stunning white terraces and thermal pools of Pamukkale, and explore the ancient city of Hierapolis.

  4. 4
    Ephesus

    Explore the well-preserved ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus, including the Library of Celsus and the Temple of Artemis.

  5. 5
    Antalya

    Relax on the beautiful beaches of Antalya, explore the ancient ruins of Aspendos, and visit the Düden Waterfalls.

Istanbul
Istanbul

Fun Fact

Turkey is the birthplace of the ancient city of Troy, famous for the Trojan War.

FAQ

What are some popular tourist destinations in Turkey?

Some popular tourist destinations in Turkey include Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Antalya.

What is the official language of Turkey?

The official language of Turkey is Turkish.

Is it safe to travel to Turkey?

Turkey is generally a safe country to travel to. However, it is always recommended to take normal safety precautions and stay updated on the latest travel advisories.

What is the best way to get around in Turkey?

In Turkey, you can get around by using public transportation such as buses, trams, and metros. Taxis and car rentals are also available.

Travel Tips

  • Money Cards are accepted at most places
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge no fees
  • Free ATMs HSBC
  • ATMs to avoid (high fees) AK Bank, Euronet
  • Do remove your shoes before entering someone's home.
  • Do try the local cuisine.
  • Don't show the soles of your feet to others.
  • Don't make negative comments about Turkish culture or religion.
  • Don't forget to haggle when shopping in markets.
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