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First timer’s guide to Turkey

by Travelive Team

As a first-time visitor to Turkey, you’ll find a wealth of historical sites, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities to explore. We recommend starting your journey from Istanbul. Not only it is very easy to get there, with numerous direct flights from the States, but also it has so much to offer, as it’s a vibrant and diverse city where East meets West. Explore the iconic St. Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Topkapi Palace. Don’t miss the bustling Grand Bazaar and the vibrant neighborhoods of Sultanahmet and Taksim.

Embarking on a private Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul offers an unparalleled experience of the city’s enchanting beauty. With the shimmering waters of the Bosphorus as your exclusive backdrop, you can savor iconic landmarks of the city from a unique perspective, creating timeless memories. The personalized and intimate nature of a private cruise ensures a luxurious and awe-inspiring journey through Istanbul’s rich history and stunning skyline, and it is very much recommended by our country specialists.

If you have more time and wish to explore further, Turkey offers a variety of destinations you can visit, and which can satisfy every type of traveler. Experience the unique landscape of Cappadocia, known for its fairytale-like rock formations which you can enjoy with a sunrise hot air balloon ride, one of the most memorable experiences in Turkey. Visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum, explore the Kaymakli Underground, and hike the scenic valleys. Marvel at the white terraces of Pamukkale, a natural wonder formed by mineral-rich hot springs. You can walk on the travertine terraces, take a dip in the thermal pools, and explore the ancient city of Hierapolis nearby. History buffs will have the time of their lives exploring the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved classical sites in the Mediterranean. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis, and the Great Theatre, which once hosted performances for 25,000 spectators.

Bonus tip from our country specialists: Pair a visit to Ephesus with a private winery tour in the surrounding area, complemented by a delightful lunch.

If you like a more cosmopolitan lifestyle, then Bodrum might be the one for you. This popular resort town is the place to be in Turkey, if you want to experience the vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches.  After relaxing in your luxury hotel make sure you do some touring too and don’t forget to visit the Castle, the ancient theater, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

If you want to check some of our suggested itineraries press here or contact us here and one of our experts will happily help you create your dream vacation in Turkey!

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