The unique geographical location of Turkey – it partly lies in Asia and partly in Europe – is the first indication that this country is unlike any other in the world. With a conflicted past and a thriving present, Turkey’s resilient spirit can be seen and felt in its cities and people. Its place as the sixth most visited country in the world is well-deserved as travellers can’t seem to get enough of its charming Mediterranean coastline, Greco-Roman villages and fairytales landscapes. The diversity of the country also extends to its people and culture. The Turks are one of the most welcoming people in the world and go out of their way to ensure visitors feel at home.
The best way to discover this grand country is through Turkey tour packages. Not only are packages customised to your interests and budget, but you can be sure of covering the best places to visit in Turkey. If a rainbow-coloured, balloon sky is how you imagine Turkey to be, then Cappadocia should definitely be a part of your Turkey tour. Followed by the stunning beaches of Ölüdeniz and Alanya. For history buffs and architecture enthusiasts, the whole country is your muse. We recommend visiting the Roman ruins at Ephesus and also exploring the tenets of Sufism at Konya.
Turkey tour packages offer adventure lovers a plethora of unforgettable experiences. From kayaking, diving, surfing to exploring the wetlands of Dalyan, river rafting in Çoruh River and trekking through the limestone peaks of ancient Lycia – adventure enthusiasts can expect a whirlwind of experiences. Istanbul, the unofficial capital, is one of the most popular tourist places in Turkey and any trip to the country is incomplete without a visit here. Turkey tour packages also take travellers through the popular cities of Antalya, Ankara and Bodrum. Extensive Turkey tour packages include all the popular places and things to do, however, it helps to remember that you can’t cover Turkey in one trip; it’s best to come back and explore the places you have missed.
Turkey tour packages begin with a tour of the country’s most popular city, Istanbul. A melting pot of cultures, the largest city of Turkey is also its most populated. Historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul has been the centre of attention throughout history. The country’s rich culture and heritage can be seen in its archaic structures, cathedrals and palaces such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Travellers must also include the unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus Strait for charming views of the city’s landscape in Turkey tour packages. Istanbul is also where you can shop to your heart’s content. The world’s first shopping mall was set up in Istanbul and the city’s Grand Bazaar is made up of small shops selling Turkish delights including teas, scented soaps, antiques and jewellery.
Antalya is one of Turkey’s oldest cities, which might come as a surprise to travellers since the city’s infrastructure is one of the best in the world. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey tour packages, Antalya is most well known for its pristine beaches and the old city of Kaleici. The old city is a delight and the best way to explore it is by taking an insightful walking tour. Most of the buildings, cafes and boutiques in the city are restored and one feels as though one is walking through time. Uplifting and enlightening, the city of Antalya is definitely a great experience.
Holiday resorts are another popular way to spend time in Turkey and among the most loved resorts, Kas stands out. Well-known for the plethora of water activities it offers travellers, here is where you will have an opportunity to witness the famous Mediterranean coastline. Lined with small boutiques, Kas is also quite popular with shopaholics. Offering a variety of antique and unusual knick-knacks, this is the best place to shop if you are looking for something different. Don’t forget to include diving, paragliding, canyoning and hiking in your Turkey tour packages, especially if you’re looking for an adventure-packed holiday.
One of the most visited attractions in Turkey and an integral part of all Turkey tour packages is the ‘Cotton Castle’ or Pamukkale. Brilliant white travertine terraces and abundant hot springs dot the area and it almost looks like a fairyland. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pamukkale is also where travellers can admire the preserved ruins of Hierapolis. Bringing together man-made wonders and natural blessings, Pamukkale is every traveller’s dream. We recommend spending one night at the gorgeous village so you can explore the ancient sites as well as avoid day crowds at the baths.
Of course, no trip to Turkey is complete without visiting the iconic Cappadocia. Part of the Gerome National Park, Cappadocia is a natural wonder. Considered to be the most magical place in the country, Turkey tour packages keep aside at least two to three days for travellers to experience the beauty of this city. Its moonscape setting due to volcanic eruptions has often been compared to fairy chimneys by locals. Made up of five provinces – Aksaray, Nevşehir, Niğde, Kayseri and Kırşehir, Cappadocia packs in a variety of experiences. In fact, if you have time, you can easily spend a couple of weeks in this beautiful place. Among the most notable places to visit in Cappadocia, we recommend the underground cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu as well as the small, ancient city of Avanos. While a hot air balloon ride is the most popular thing to do in Cappadocia, you must also try a few other local experiences including pottery classes, a night at a cave hotel, and of course, enjoy a Turkish night in one of the many cave restaurants here.
Since Turkey is one of the most popular destinations in the world, there is abundant information about the best places to see and things to do. It’s always recommended that before booking Turkey tour packages, travellers research and learn more about the country. This not only helps save time but also ensures that one knows what to expect. To help you plan better, Tripoto has a number of Turkey travel blogs giving you first-hand insights into different kinds of trips.
“I longed to set foot on the cobbled streets of Istanbul. To sip on Raki and drink Ayran and try out some Dolma and drink ‘cay’ with the beautiful people of Turkey.”
“In fact, Turkey is the meeting point to many of the world's ancient civilizations and cultures. Turkey is a fusion of both Middle Eastern and European characteristics. Famous for its historical heritage and scenic beauties, it is the one and only country in the entire world that sprawls across two continents – Asia and Europe.”
“One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly, original trenches and tunnels, The Nek and the Gallipoli Museum.”
India and Turkey share similar seasonal patterns. Summer here is hot while winter is cool and pleasant. Also, the best time to visit Turkey will completely depend on the areas you wish to cover since the temperature differs as regions change. If you’d like to explore the southern part of Turkey, the best time to travel is between June and September.
Turkey tour packages are the most expensive during the summer months and if you’d like to avoid the rush and high prices, you can visit in the month of October. Cappadocia is beautiful during winter and you can enjoy a quiet holiday if you book Turkey packages between November and February.
Mesmerising views, great weather and an exhilarating mix of adventure and history – Turkey has all the right ingredients for a perfect romantic vacation. Striking the right balance between old-world charm and modern living, Turkey offers couples a variety of experiences. Before booking Turkey tour packages, ensure that you have a list of activities that you’d like to try and places which are on your must-visit list. Among the best places to visit in Turkey for couples, Marmaris is popular for its happening nightlife, Cesme is known for its relaxed vibe and Cappadocia is known for its beauty and historical importance. For those who don’t want the hassle of planning, you can choose customised Turkey tour packages which will map out a Turkey itinerary for you.
At the same time, a family trip to Turkey is a great option. Turkey tour packages are designed to give all members of the family something to look forward to. Children can enjoy short hiking tours, explore ancient ruins as well as learn more about a new culture. The resort towns of Marmaris and the busy city of Istanbul are the biggest attractions in Turkey tour packages if you are travelling with your family.
One can’t experience the beauty of Turkey without enjoying its food. A huge part of Turkish culture, sharing food establishes familiarity and friendship in the country. With influences of Greek and Indian cuisines, you will notice that Turkish cuisine comprises of lamb, nuts, fruits and fresh vegetables.
You will also be treated to a huge variety of kebabs in high-end restaurants and local eating joints. Of course, mezze and baklava are a must try but there are quite a few other dishes which will make food lovers very happy. Among our most recommended non-vegetarians dishes, you must try Manti, Şiş Kebap and pide. For vegetarians, Turkish cuisine offers a wide variety of delicious dishes including dolma, gözleme, dürüm and kumpir are loved by travellers.
While Turkey tour packages do include a visit to local restaurants, there are a few favourites that you must try. Among the most popular, Çiya Sofrası and Hayvore in Istanbul, Zaika in Kas and Arma restaurant in Antalya stand out for authentic tastes and heart-warming hospitality.
For Indians planning to visit the enchanting country of Turkey, an e-visa is the best and quickest option. The e-visa option is available for people who wish to travel to Turkey for leisure or business, while for others the visa application has to be routed through the embassy.
The e-visa is valid for 180 days from the day of arrival in Turkey, however, the stay cannot exceed 30 days. Before booking Turkey tour packages and paying the e-visa fee, ensure that your passport has a minimum validity of up to six months.