Turkey For Beginners: 10 Days of Travel in Turkey

Turkey | Ankara, Istanbul, Cappadocia

Days: 10+

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ANKARA  (2 days/1 night)



Radisson Blu (Ulus)



Suluhan & the Ulus Market (Ulus)

Hacı Bayram Mosque (Ulus)

Ankara Castle (Ulus)


Muhlama & Akçaabat Köfte at Hev Zigana ($$)

Kokorec at Profesor ($)

Anything at Recep Usta ($$$)


Tunali Street (downtown Ankara)

ISTANBUL – 5 days/4 nights



Stay in Cihangir / Galata. I suggest searching for a VRBO or AirBnB rental in this area–with a Bosphorus view, of course!


Istiklal | Russian consulate, Netherlands Consulate General, Christ Church

Galata | Camondo Stairs, Galata Tower

Sultanahmet | Many of Istanbul’s must-see historical sights are here

Prince’s Island

Dolmabahce Palace (a must-see if you’ve never seen a European palace)

EAT (Cihangir)

Breakfast | Anne’s Cafe (Kılıçali Paşa Mh., Samanyolu Sk No:9, 34433 Istanbul)

Dinner | Journey or Jash

Drinks | Atolye Kuledibi (near Galata Tower)

Insider’s Tip #1 : Check out the sunset views from Sanatkarlar Park Kılıçali Paşa Mh., 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey) in Cihangir. You’ll see chill people here, some even enjoying a cold beverage while.watching the sun go down.

Insider’s Tip #2: After visiting the Dolmabahce Palace, enjoy the sea views from a Bosphorus Ferry ride to Istanbul’s Asian Side. Once in Kadıköy, enjoy Istanbul’s authentic, hipster area…tourist-free!

CAPPADOCIA- 2 days/1 night

balloon (1)STAY

One of Göreme‘s Cave Hotels (they’re all awesome! Check the reviews and pick the one in Göreme that fits your budget)


Sunrise Hot air balloon ride (expensive, but worth it if it’s your first balloon ride)

Underground city (there are two, just pick one)

Göreme Open-Air Museum (pay extra to see The Dark Church, it’s worth it)

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