Tourism in Turkey is the perfect way to travel to a world full of diverse cultures and unique customs. This magnificent country lies at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa, and has been the scene of the rise and fall of many civilizations and empires. Turkey witnessed the best ages of the Ottoman Empire, which changed the face of the region and its policies and made Istanbul an important hub for knowledge, trade and culture. It played a vital role in policymaking in West Asia and led the Muslim world in an era.
Today, Turkey embraces the remains and antiquities of ancient civilizations and is proud of its rich history and events that have no parallel in the world. Thanks to its delicious cuisine, rich culture, ancient architecture, rich economy, strong army, and moderate policies, Turkey has played a pivotal role in both Europe and Western Asia. You are on a date to spend 10 unforgettable days in Turkey, during which you get to know its rich cultural heritage, its deep-rooted customs and traditions, and the vibrant aspects of daily life, active and interacting with its hospitable people.
Start your 10-day trip in Turkey by visiting Istanbul, which is famous for its rich history, amazing monuments, and interesting culture. In every corner of Istanbul, the scent of history is laden with culture. Begin your journey by visiting the historical sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, such as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, which is famous for its magnificent domes and unspeakable minarets. After that, the architectural masterpiece inspected the Hagia Sophia Museum, which was once a Christian cathedral in the Byzantine period, and then it turned into a mosque after the Ottomans opened the city of Istanbul until it became today a famous museum that Turkey is proud of. Don’t miss the visit of the Topkapi Palace (or the Palace of the High Gate), which witnessed the establishment of the Sultans and Mamluks, and still retains the finest aspects of Islamic architecture.
After that, he went to visit the Grand Bazaar, which still maintains its authenticity despite the appearances of modernity, and it includes spices, carpets, leather goods, souvenirs, handicrafts and many other commodities that are offered at amazing prices. He then went to Dolmabahce Palace, which was the official residence of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first president of the Republic of Turkey and one of the most important historical symbols in Turkish society. And don’t forget to go to the historical Galata neighborhood and climb to the famous Italian-style Galata tower and cross the ancient Galata Bridge.
On the third day in Istanbul, he visited Sistern Church, a network of underwater canals built during the days of the Byzantine Empire. He inspects the walls of Constantinople, which are the remains of the impenetrable fence that fell during the Ottoman conquest in 1453. Then, he went on a cruise in the Bosphorus and witnessed the setting of the sun in an unprecedented scene. In the evening, head to Taksim Square, the heart of modern Istanbul.
The next day, he went to visit Izmir, the third largest Turkish city on the Aegean coast. In Izmir, head to Konak Square, one of the city’s most famous squares, and look at the historic Clock Tower, Konak Yali Mosque and Kemeralti Bazaar. Stroll along the picturesque Aegean shores and visit Kadivikale Castle, an ancient castle with a history dating back to Roman times.
After that, he went on a one and a half hour road trip to Ephesus, which is the best ancient Roman city that has preserved its ruins through the ages.
The next day, he headed overland to Pamukkale and Hierapolis – one of the most magnificent regions in Turkey. Pamukkale is famous for its warm springs and limestone cliffs that form natural pools of mineral water and is one of the oldest tourist destinations in the country. Then, head to the ancient Greek and Byzantine city – the city of Hierapolis, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and see its famous attractions such as the Temple of Apollo, the Great Cemetery, the Roman Theater and many other ruins.
Then head to Cappadocia, that enchanting land full of mysterious rock formations, caves, and houses dug underground. Enjoy your eyesight and soak in the hot air balloon in the sky of Cappadocia and enjoy the magnificence of the scenery and the beauty of nature. Don’t miss to go to the UNESCO World Heritage village of Goreme.
The next day, he traveled on a flight to Konya, the city of spirituality in Turkey, as it embraces the habitat of the Mevlevi Sufi order founded by the famous thinker and scholar Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi. In Konya, you cannot miss seeing the Aladdin Mosque and the Mevlana Museum and attending the episodes of dhikr or the Whirling Thread, in which you conjure the unity of the soul with the Creator. In this city, we learn about Turkish heritage music and deep Islamic philosophy.
Then, he went to visit Antalya, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey and is famous for its blue waters, its calm sea, and its picturesque clean beaches that people have not tampered with. In Antalya, go to Hadrian’s Gate, which consists of three arches dating back to the Roman era. The Antalya Museum provides a unique experience to learn about the history and culture of the region. And do not miss to go to Duden Falls and Konyaalti Beach.
On the last day of your trip, head to Ankara and enjoy the sights and sounds of the modern capital of the Turkish Republic at the end of your trip. In Ankara, you can visit the Ankara Castle, the Anatolian Civilization Museum and the Independence War Museum before boarding your plane and returning to your country.