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How to Plan a Trip to Turkey: Frequently Asked Questions

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Istanbul, Turkey

The allure of Turkey derives from endlessly exciting ways to experience the authentic culture and heritage, and the following information provides insight into the most common questions travelers ask when considering a trip to the country.

Whether interested in the opulence of the Hagia Sophia or the sparkling colonnades of ancient Ephesus, the glistening waters of the Turquoise Coast or the whirling dervishes’ unique displays of devotion, Turkey celebrates its treasures with equal wonder.

Embrace a historical adventure or indulge in traditional flavors of daily life, find the glistening mosaics of Byzantine remains or hover above a fairytale landscape in a hot-air balloon as you discover the right experiences for your custom Turkey trip, tailored to your preferred travel style.

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Updated entry requirements and helpful information can be found on Where Americans Can Travel Now. Zicasso travel specialists serve 101 countries and details are included for all of the regions we serve.

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Overview

  1. What should I do when visiting Turkey?
  2. How many days is enough to see Turkey?
  3. How far in advance should I plan a trip to Turkey?
  4. Is Turkey safe for travel?
  5. Can Zicasso help me with travel insurance?
  6. Can Zicasso help me with flights?
  7. Ready to Plan Your Turkey Trip?

What should I do when visiting Turkey?

Hot air balloons over Cappadocia in Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Alongside our Turkey travel specialists, we have compiled suggestions for the must-see places to visit and a list of things to do when on a trip to Turkey. Every custom Zicasso tour designs your trip around your goals, needs, preferences, and desires, but the following list is a brief guideline of the highlights you can consider when planning your trip.

Istanbul  | Cappadocia | Ephesus | Bodrum | Kas | Mount Nemrut | Gaziantep | İzmir | Sanliurfa

  • Discover the remarkable colors and lively ambiance of Istanbul’s famous bazaars
  • Explore the fairy chimney landscape and subterranean cities in Cappadocia
  • Wander beneath the stunning domes and grand architecture of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
  • Traverse the ancient open-air museum of Ephesus to view the marble columns and colonnaded streets that represent the classical era
  • Witness a bygone era of Turkish culture and heritage in the villages around Bursa
  • Visit the shrine of legendary poet Rumi in Konya
  • Delight in the impressive history, art, and local lifestyle of often-overlooked İzmir
  • Embrace the panoramic view of Cappadocia on a hot-air balloon ride
  • Sample the delights of regional cuisine with a food tour in Gaziantep

Learn more: Nine Best Things to Do In Turkey

How many days is enough to see Turkey?

Black Sea coast in Turkey

Black Sea coast, Turkey

How many days is enough to see Turkey?

Between seven to eight days is enough to experience a highlights trip of Turkey. Turkey has incredible layers and many visitors often underestimate how much there is to see and do as they delve deeper into the authentic culture, rich history, and unique landscapes.

Fourteen days would be a fantastic amount of time to experience the true depth of Turkey’s charisma, from the coastline and countryside to the fascinating cities. However, seven to eight days gives you enough time to visit the main points of the entire country so you can experience and discover the highlights from Istanbul to Cappadocia and Ephesus at your own pace for your perfect trip.

When is the best time to visit Turkey?

The best time to visit Turkey is generally from mid-April to late June and again from mid-September to early November. These months represent the best overall weather across the country and provide access to unique and authentic cultural experiences.

Spring and autumn capture the best seasonal flavors across Turkey, the swelling summer crowds have either not yet arrived or already returned home, and you can avoid the intense heat of the peak summer months.

Learn more: Best Time to Visit Turkey

How far in advance should I plan a trip to Turkey?

Rumeli Fortress at Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

The success of your Turkey trip relies on having access to the experiences you wish to have and the travel style to which you are accustomed, and by planning your trip eight to 10 months in advance, you have the best opportunity to book the accommodations and tours that help create your preferred travel experience.

Whether eager to enjoy a sailing charter along the coast or soar above Cappadocia in a hot-air balloon, eight months in advance, especially if traveling to the coast during high season, will give you enough time to make sure you have the trip you dreamed of.

Is Turkey safe for travel?

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey is very safe for travelers. As with the majority of international cities, pickpocketing and petty theft can occur and unsafe conditions may exist, but are rarely, if ever, associated with tourist experiences.

When using typical vigilance and common sense, travelers across Turkey are safe and often protected by the likes of local tourist police, security, and those working in the hotel or tourism industries who covet their work opportunities. As long as you keep an eye on your belongings, you will not jeopardize your safety and will keep your property safe.

Can Zicasso help me with travel insurance?

Hadrians Wall in Antalya, Turkey

Antalya, Turkey

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

What are the best airports to fly in and out of Turkey?

The most convenient route for most travelers is to fly in and out of Istanbul and the Istanbul Airport (IST). Arriving in the country’s largest city offers you the biggest selection of international flights, including non-stop options from various cities across the United States. The busiest airports in Turkey are:

  • Istanbul Airport (IST)
  • Fraport TAV Antalya Airport (AYT)
  • Ataturk Airport (ISL)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Pools of Pamukkale in Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey

Zicasso Flights is an international air-ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Ready to Plan Your Turkey Trip?

Ancient Town in Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Turkey can immerse you deep in the wonders of history and the opulence of preserved architecture as art, paradisiacal Mediterranean coastline, and fairytale landscapes expand to the horizon. With each new experience, you can unravel a layer of the past or immerse yourself in a unique artisan tradition that bridges East and West.

From legends to mouthwatering cuisine, Byzantine art to Classical ruins, you can embrace the splendors of authentic culture and grand designs at your pace. Our sample Turkey Tours & Vacation itineraries can help inspire the right custom trip for you. Speak with a Turkey travel specialist to help design your custom tour or call our Travel Care Team at 1-888-265-9707.

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