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Trip List by Qaiser J

Turkey: A beginner's Guide

15 Mar 2013  To start travelling with a popular and inspiring tourist destination
4.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

The goal was to see as much as possible within the limits of a certain budget and time.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Selcuk
  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Singles, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Istanbul
    Istanbul, Turkey

    Multiple visits to Blue mosque and Aya Sophia are the highlights of any Turkey visit.Include Topkapi palace,basilica cistern and Roman Hippodrome in your day's trip.
    On your second day take a cruise across bosphorus after visiting spice bazar and rustam pasha mosque.
    I recommend a trip to belly dancing and Derwaish dance on the third evening with a trip to grand bazar and /or taksim square . Do use metro, its fun.
    There is alot to see in Istanbul, I just mentioned must dos. Hiring a tour guide is a necessity not a luxury, I used backpackers, they were polite professional and sufficiently knowledgeable.

  • 2. Cappadocia
    Cappadocia, Turkey

    Day 1.As I mentioned in my other review, Kezban from HTR was an amazing and friendly tour guide I had here. Dervent Valley and Pashbagi on the first day , I do recommend some trekking on nearby hills.Then a visit to Gerome Open Air Museum takes few hours at least. There are plenty of vantage points on these locations. End your day with panoramic view point for some more gorgeous pictures.
    Day 2 Start your day with hot air baloon ride, little expensive but worth watching the sunrise from up there. Trekking through red valley with your tour guide is next, which last couple of hours so come prepared. It will end at Cavusin Village on a big steepy hill, do some climbing here , you wont be disappointed.
    After lunch a visit to kaymakli underground cities, not for claustrophobic people.

  • 3. Pamukkale
    Pamukkale, Turkey

    Ruins of roman Heirapolis ending in theatre is the highlight.At the end of the city you ll come across cotton castle which is so picturesque that words cant describe the serenity and beauty, so take a moment and then continue walking offcourse downhill.

  • 4. Ephesus
    Selcuk, Izmir Province

    House of Virgin Mary ,continuing to ephesus city which has second biggest theatre of roman time. You need the whole day to enjoy every bit of this amazing ancient human monument.