Turkey 

Turkey is an otherworldly place – a sky full of hot air balloons, a cityscape hatted with minarets, cupolas and bell towers, alpine pastures, thermal hot springs, golden beaches, sunken ruins and mountain gorges. Travelers will discover the most multi-sensorial cuisine - spicy kebabs, lightly flavoured fish dishes, wood fire coffee, sticky baklava. Amidst multi-faceted culture and layered history, individuals discover life, love, spirituality and adventure. Turkey tourism is an experience worth undertaking!

Turkey Tourism – A Quick Overview

Continents

Western Asia and Southeast Europe

Official Language

Turkish

Dial Code

+90

Population

82,003,882 (as of 2018)

Currency

Turkish Lira

Time Zone

UTC +3 (FET)

Area

 square km

 

Highlights of Turkey

Istanbul

Where east meets west, in a sea of minarets, mosques and museums, the majestic city of Istanbul takes shape and form. A sepia-toned land that draws influence from several empires that once ruled its plains, the rich culture is reflected in its architecture, cuisine and way of life. Visit the exquisite Hagia Sophia Museum, often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world, that tops the list of Turkey famous places! Marvel at the gleaming mosaics of Christ as Pantocrator and the Virgin and Christ Child. Other sites that are worth the time and dime include Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar.

Pamukkale

Pamukkale, commonly referred to as ‘cotton castle’, is a breath-taking calcite city in southwestern Turkey renowned for its mineral-infused thermal waters. It gets its name from the glimmering white limestone that has been shaped, over time, by the rich calcium springs. This magical place has been entrancing weary travellers for centuries! Just above the travertines lie the crumbling ruins of Hierapolis - a once Roman and Byzantine spa city. We’d recommend a visit to the following attractions within this frosty universe – Roman Theatre, Temple of Apollo, Martyrium of St Philip the Apostle.

Antalya

The gateway to Turkey's southern Mediterranean region is a postcard-perfect resort city known as Antalya. Shimmering turquoise coasts framed by poised cliffs, palm-laden boulevards and entwining cobbled pathways dotted with Greek and Turkish homes, contribute to the grandeur of the scenery. Here, you will discover yachts galore and the most pristine blue flag-lined beaches. What is truly special is the its signature cuisine! You must try the fresh and flavourful local fish - white grouper. When cooked with olive oil, cumin, tahini, spicy herbs and served with Piyaz (salad or meze that is prepared with dry beans, onion, parsley and sumac), it’s simply lip-smacking!

 
Izmir

The pearl of the Aegean, Izmir, is a heady blend of ancient Roman, Greek and Persian roots with a generous dollop of contemporary culture on top. Home to the Armenians, Jews, and Levantines as well, Travelers will discover unique and authentic customs and cuisine entrenched in every nook and corner of Turkey’s 3rd largest city. A liberal, warm and welcoming place, it’s no wonder that tourism in Turkey is so coveted and desired! Here are some of the must visit attractions – Kemeralti Market, Izmir Museum of History and Art, Church of St Polycarp and Hisar Mosque. 

Interesting facts about Turkey

  • Half of Turkey’s population is under the age of 30.
  • 96% of the population drinks at least one cup of tea a day.
  • The kebab originated from this nation. Till today, this delicacy draws in millions who partake in Turkey tourism.
  • Istanbul is the only city to sit on 2 continents – Asia and Europe.
  • St. Nicholas also known as Santa Claus was actually born in Patara - the Southwestern part of Turkey. 

Location Of Turkey

The bold and exotic Republic of Turkey is situated at the crossroads of the Balkans, Caucasus, Middle East and eastern Mediterranean respectively. It is a transcontinental nation, with majority of its land on the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia and a small portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. The country shares its border with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest, Georgia to the northeast, Armenia, Azerbaijani exclave and Iran to the east and Iraq and Syria to the south.

Best Time To Visit Turkey

Turkey is a glorious and striking nation with kaleidoscopic offerings. From its historic cities, to its windswept ports and beaches, snowy mountains, glittering markets, street cuisine, thermal lagoons, eclectic night life, there is much to experience. The climate is also a meeting point for a variety of distinct weather conditions, including Mediterranean, Continental and arid. Although enjoyable throughout the year, there are some periods that trump others, in terms of comfort and offerings. When it comes to the best time to visit and explore Turkey, individuals must decipher what kind of holiday they’re seeking. Spring and autumn are considered to be the most pleasant periods for sight-seeing. Summer, however, is the perfect time for enchanting cruises and beach fun. Winter is particularly magical, especially in the regions of Cappadocia and Konya.So choose the best time to visit Turkey wishly

How To Reach Turkey

By Air - Atatürk Airport is well connected to cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad, leveraging a capacity of almost 200 million passengers. Individuals may select from non-stop and transit flights from the following carriers - Turkish Airlines, Air India, Air Arabia, Ukraine International Airlines, Oman Air, Kuwait Airlines and EgyptAir.

By Rail - Turkey is routed to European countries via the Bosphorus Express which is operated by the Turkish State Railways. Direct sleeper trains ply from nations such as Greece, Bulgaria and Romania. There are also rail services that run from Denmark, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, France, England and the Middle East. Furthermore, the Lake Van Express runs between Asia and Istanbul thrice a week.

By Road – The route from New Delhi to Istanbul exists, although it’s not recommended as the journey is almost 8,000 km. If you’re traveling from Europe, Metro operates buses ply from cities such as Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany and Greece.

By Sea - Turkey is home to several ports that serve as a docking point for Mediterranean cruise ships. Individuals may board a luxurious ship from Europe and dock in the following ports - Istanbul, Bodrum, Izmir or Antalya.You can also check out more ways on How to Reach Turkey

 

Due to its geographic location, Turkey has always been an important land in world history. In fact, thousands of years ago, the legendary city of Troy was situated on the Turkish coastline.

The first significant empire to establish base in the region was that of the Hittites, followed by the Assyrians and then the Greeks in 1100 BC. Under the Greek rule, cities were founded, including Byzantium, which eventually became Constantinople and today is modern Istanbul. Other powerful empires who set up colonies included the Persians and Romans. The Turks began to migrate to the land, whilst the Arabs and the Seljuk Sultanate conquered much of the region. It was in the 13th century that the Ottoman Empire emerged, going on to rule for 700 years and finally falling post World War I. 

Mustafa Kemal, Turkish war hero, founded the Republic of Turkey in the year 1923. He lovingly named Ataturk - father of the Turks. Post World War II, the United States declared the Truman Doctrine which guaranteed the security and independence of both - Turkey and Greece.

Language Spoken

Turkish

Currency used:

Turkish lira

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Best Turkey Tourism guide

This country has a whole lot to offer to all the tourists travelling there. Turkey holidays are opportunities of a lifetime, to experience its varied culture and history that has the ability of blending perfectly with a modern lifestyle.

These travel packages are famous for exploring the diversified landscape of the country, its cultural uniqueness and various other culinary surprises. The Topkapi Palace in Istanbul and the museum of AnatolianCivilizations also attract people who travel there. It may also include a visit to Amasra, a small town on the Black Sea coast. The Dolmabahce Palace is yet another talking point of any trip to Turkey.

It is an architectural marvel in the capital city of Istanbul that includes a varied blend of classical styles.  Having a huge role to play in the evolution of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, Turkey Holiday Packages could make your quest for religious realization successful. Sports like volleyball and football are as popular as beach sports like kayaking and snorkeling. Your tour could well be blissful as you enjoy sunbath on one of those extensive Turkish beaches. Turkey is one of the most advanced tourism departments across the world. So, plan your Turkey vacation packages now.

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