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Trip Report

A First-timer's Guide To Turkey

I planned an impromptu 12 days trip to Turkey and visited two touristy and two off-beaten cities exploring Turkey's culture, history, and food!

by the sane adventurerAbout Me:Hi there! I'm Rahma Khan, a travel blogger and freelance writer from Pakistan, calling Oman my permanent base. I'm an engineer during the day and a writer by the night and in between I love to explore new places and cultures whenever I get... read more

Turkey11 days / June 2019

Highs & Lows

Weather was clear and sunny throughout the trip

I visited during the high season so some of the popular places in Istanbul and Cappadocia were too crowded.

Itinerary Overview

Turkey is one of those countries that cannot be explored entirely on a single trip unless you plan on spending a month or more there! The country is rich in history, culture, and food. Thanks to its rapidly growing entertainment/showbiz industry, it has helped the country's tourism sector by showing small towns and villages which no one earlier knows about!

I spent some good 12 days in Turkey exploring the cities of Istanbul, Cappadocia, Tokat, and Sivas:

  • 4 nights in Istanbul
  • 2 nights in Cappadocia
  • 3 nights in Tokat
  • 2 nights in Sivas

I explored Istanbul solo and joined a group to visit the rest of the cities.

  • 4 Nights: İstanbul
    Sight-seeing, food
  • 3 Nights: Tokat
    Cultural tour
  • 2 Nights: Sivas
    Cultural tour
  • 2 Nights: Cappadocia
    sight-seeing

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have added extra days to my trip to visit Antalya and other coastal cities.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Shop-keepers in Istanbul were very rude and they misbehaved when I tried to negotiate an otherwise absurdly high price

  • How was the food?

    Restaurants across the Galata bridge serves the best seafood in Istanbul

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Add extra days to your plan as there is so much to see and do in Turkey that you can always be short of days

  • Packing tips?

    Pack according to the weather. Summers are hot in Turkey and winters in some parts of the country are very cold so pack accordingly

  • Transportation Tips?

    Avoid using taxis in Istanbul as they are famous to be scammers. Use public transport instead. Other than Istanbul, taxis can be used all the other cities without any troubles

Lodging