If you are flying into Istanbul, trying out an Istanbul tours package can help to save time and money as you plan your travel itinerary. That being said, traveling in Turkey is never difficult with the great connection of buses and budget air transport. Read more to learn more about these three top rated highlights of Turkey.
A city sandwiched between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea with loads of history, monuments, kebabs and desserts, Istanbul is the main tourist destination in Turkey. Although it is not the capital of the country, it is a melting pot of culture and is also the most prosperous urban center. Istanbul is also famous as the bridge between the European and Asian continents.
Getting around Istanbul is easy with the metro, an Istanbul card is recommended as you could get discount for connection rides and use 1 card for multiple persons. The city is large but the major sites are accessible on foot.
When in Istanbul, you should visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome and take a stroll along the Bosphorus bank during sunset which is amazing.
Being the most visited city in Turkey, connection from Istanbul to other cities in Turkey is very easy even by bus. A bus to Pamukkale takes less then 7 hours and a bus to Cappadocia takes less than 9 hours.
Pamukkale is one of the must-see natural wonders of Turkey with stunning views and great opportunities for photos. Water from the nearby hot springs flow down the cliffs leaving white calcium deposits that cover the face of a small mountain. Over time, these calcium deposits accumulated on the steep slopes forming beautiful white calcite terraces, making it looking like an enormous white dazzling fortress.
When taking a bus or flight to Pamukkale, you will need to stopover in Denizli and then get a public or private transfer to Pamukkale, which costs around 5 Turkish Liras. After the entrance but before stepping on the travertine, you need to take off your shoes, so be sure to bring your own bags to hold them.
After climbing all the way up the travertines, take a dip in the terraces with water or relax on the wooden planks alongside the travertines. A path from the summit of Pamukkale will lead to the ancient spa town of Hierapolis, visit the necropolis on the north, the byzantine church on the south and the famous Amphitheatre on the slope above the rest of the Hierapolis ruins.
Pamukkale is located 530KM from Cappadocia and you could fly or take a bus there, usually a bus will be more convenient and it takes less than 8 hours in the day and less than 10 hours at night.
Cappadocia is a town covered in a beautiful chimne-like landscape, making it a wonderful destination to visit and is also one of the most visited destinations in Turkey. Living spaces are cut out from the rocks and pinnacles, most of them have been converted into hotels or private accommodations offering visitors a chance to experience life during the Byzantine era.
The wave like rock or wacky shaped pinnacles contributed to Cappadocia being the world’s top destination to take a hot air balloon ride and see the sunrise, soaring the skies overseeing magnificent valleys. By foot, you could visit the town of Goreme, as well as the Red and Rose valleys. An easy way is to hop on the Red, Blue or Green Tour to see different beautiful parts of Cappadocia.
Places to visit include the Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabag Valley, Devrent Valley, Kaymakli Underground City, Rose Valley, Cavusin, Selime Monastery, Ihlara Valley, Pigeon Valley and Goreme Esentepe.
Cappadocia can be reached by bus or flight from Istanbul and Pamukkale or vice versa. Alternatively, if you are coming from Pamukkale, a Pamukkale and Cappadocia tour could also be arranged.