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How to plan the perfect Turkey tour

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  • 20th January, 2023 03:19:03 PM
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Turkey is well-known for a variety of both eastern and western aspects, including the magnificent Hagia Sophia and traditional Turkish tea. Additionally, Turkish carpets, hammams, bazaars, travel hotspots like Cappadocia and Istanbul, and sweets like baklava and Turkish delight are renowned all over the world.

Turkey is graced with fascinating elements that can't be found anywhere else because of its vast area and distinctive geography. Although a quite expensive destination, the uniqueness of the country makes it a must visit. For this reason, the many tidbits of traveling through Turkey are discussed today.

How to go?

There are no alternatives to flights while traveling from Bangladesh to Turkey. The journey is known to be a long one as well. Direct flights take around 9 hours while flights with layovers can last up to 24 hours. The first step to planning for a Turkey tour might be preparing oneself for a long haul flight.

The visa processing for Turkey requires a bit of effort as well. E-visa applications from Bangladesh are open now. However, one would need a passport with 6 months validity, authentic hotel or tour booking, bank statement with proof of solvency etc. to apply for the visa. For this reason, it’s smart to start the visa processing a few months before the flight.

The cost of flights to Turkey can be minimized if booked smartly. Firstly, booking a few weeks in advance usually means a drop in price. Travelers also need a versatile solution to browse through multiple flight prices and choose the flight that suits them best. This option is easier to access online rather than offline. Travelers can try GoZayaan to properly compare between different airlines. The app provides a very user friendly interface so travelers can browse without any inconvenience. Moreover, since the flight to Turkey is quite expensive for many, the 0% EMI option is rather helpful. Using this, travelers can carry the cost of the flight with installments over a suitable period of time.

What to do?

The main attraction of Turkey is the bustling city of Istanbul. Once the center of the great Byzantine empire, the city is now a melting pot of different cultures. Istanbul’s main attractions are the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi palace, Blue mosque, the Bosphorus strait etc. The experience of a traditional Turkish bath or “Hammam” or watching an authentic “Dervish dance” can also be found across Istanbul.

Antalya, Cappadocia, Izmir, Ankara etc are great destinations beside Istanbul. Cappadocia is home to the famous skyline packed with hot air balloons. Thousands of tourists gather in Cappadocia every year to enjoy a romantic hot air balloon ride with their loved ones.

The city of Izmir contains the ruins of Ephesus, a memory from the European history Turkey holds within itself. Pamukkale, also known as “cotton castle”, is a rare and splendid site. Natural thermal springs surrounded by limestones result in a magnificent mixture of white and blue. The miraculous thermal pools are said to have healing qualities as well.

What to eat

The Middle East is famous for a mouthwatering range of grilled meat or “kababs”. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg for Turkish cuisine.

Starting with appetizers, “simit” and “meze” are two very popular starters in Turkey. “Simit” is a type of sesame bread while “meze” consists of an assortment of small side dishes. “Baba Ganoush”, made with eggplants and “hummus” made of chickpeas are two of the most popular vegetarian options available in the country. Pide, or Turkish pizza, is  a crowd favorite along with wraps called “Durum”, which are eaten as a snack.

The main attraction of Turkish cuisine is in food like kofte, shish kebab, iskender kebab, doner kebab etc. These dishes are usually made with lamb. However, variations containing beef are also seen nowadays.

Turkish desserts are a source of much joy and wonder worldwide. The famous Turkish delight or “lokum” is a jelly-like sweet covered with powdered sugar. Baklava, kunefe, Turkish ice cream etc are also famous worldwide. Turkish tea and coffee are also some must try items containing their own distinct flavor.

From striking natural landmarks to mouthwatering cuisine- Turkey is a country of many wonders. The best time to visit Turkey is from April to October. Start your planning now to visit the land of the crescent moon.