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Traveling To Turkey? Here Are Five Of The Most Popular Cities To Visit!

By Siddharth Shah on Feb 27, 2023
Category: Places To Visit | Country:  Turkey

Turkey Tourism welcomes you to its mystical world where decades of history blend seamlessly with the present day. From its golden beaches to its rugged mountains to the bustling streets – a vacation in Turkey offers an array of experiences that are sure to leave you awestruck. Turkey is a country with a staggering lot to offer, from its beaches to mountains, cities to ancient ruins. The nation is home to an astounding eighteen UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, plus there are countless other historical locations and sites that will leave you in utter amazement.

The country is famous for its flavorful cuisine, rich and unique culture, and phenomenal hospitality. In this blog – I will be your guide as we go through the most fascinating and famous cities in Turkey, with each with its special charm and personality. So come along with me as we explore the charms of these well-known cities so you may include them in your Turkey tour packages.

Famous Cities of Turkey

Turkey has many places and cities to explore – but listing here are the top five places to visit in Turkey.

  • Istanbul
  • Ankara
  • Cappadocia
  • Konya
  • Antalya

1. Istanbul

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Istanbul in Turkey – has been a remarkable destination, serving as a historical crossroads between the East and the West. It spans both shores of the Bosphorus Strait. Istanbul is one of the most visited cities in Turkey, and not far behind the rest of the world as it serves as the entrance for most tourists entering the country. From interesting museums to bustling bazaars and historical sites to serene gardens – Istanbul offers an array of spots to explore. The city has many cafes and restaurants for you to indulge in Turkish cuisine.  Explore this city of a mystical land with our Best of Turkey Starting from Istanbul Tour Package.

Also Read: Istanbul Tour & Travel Guide, Tourist Places & Things to do

How to Reach Istanbul

The most practical way to travel from India to Istanbul is by air. Famous airlines that offer nonstop service between India and Istanbul are Air India, Turkish Airlines, and IndiGo. Flying from India to Istanbul typically takes six to eight hours, depending on the carrier and the departure city.

Places to visit in Istanbul

  • Blue Mosque
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • Basilica Cistern

Things to do in Istanbul

  • Spend time exploring Istanbul’s Bazaar District.
  • Enjoy Istanbul’s vibrant nightlife.
  • Give in to the steam in a bathhouse.
  • Take in the architecture of the Süleymaniye Mosque.
  • Taste the flavors of Istanbul

Where to Stay in Istanbul

  • Intercontinental Istanbul
  • White House Hotel Istanbul
  • Amira Istanbul
  • Swissotel The Bosphorus, Istanbul
  • Sheraton Istanbul City Center

Must Try Food in Istanbul

  • Maraş Dövme Dondurması
  • Kumpir
  • Börek
  • Halka Tatlısı
  • Simit

Also Read: Explore the Majesty of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

2. Ankara

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The capital of Turkey, Ankara, is often overlooked by tourists but is filled with fascinating sights. Ankara is a city with a rich blend of modernism and tradition. Ankara is a great place to visit if you want to feel more at ease and relaxed as it is less urban than Istanbul but has a more genuine character. With every corner in Ankara – There will be a lot of surprises for you. It has impressive mosques, massive fortresses, fascinating museums, breathtaking parks, small markets, and traditional restaurants. Ankara is a bustling and animated city that is sure to make a lasting impact on your memory. Explore this city with our Tasteful Turkey with Indian Chef (Summer Special) Tour Packages.

How to Reach Ankara

Flying is the quickest and most convenient way to get to Ankara. There are no direct flights from India to Ankara, although Turkish Airlines does offer connections through Istanbul. There are the most frequent and easy options to fly from India to Istanbul. From Istanbul, you can take a connecting flight to Ankara.

Places to visit in Ankara

  • Ankara Castle
  • Ataturk Shrine National Museum
  • ABB-ANKA Park
  • The Roman Bath Museum
  • Kogolo Park

Things to do in Ankara

  • Explore the Ataturk Mausoleum
  • Stroll through the old town
  • Admire the architecture of Kocatepe Mosque
  • Have some fun at Upside Down House
  • Explore the Roman Baths of Ankara

Where to Stay in Ankara

  • Movenpick Hotel Ankara
  • Holiday Inn Ankara
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Ankara
  • Crown Plaza Ankara
  • Divan Ankara

Must Try Food in Ankara

  • Dondurma
  • Mercimek çorbası
  • Bazlama
  • Bulgur pilavı
  • Lahmacun

Also Read: Grand Bazaar In Istanbul: All You Need To Know Before Visiting!

3. Cappadocia

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Cappadocia, a fascinating location in the center of Turkey, captures the hearts of all who travel there. Cappadocia tourism is a land of natural wonder known for its picturesque valleys, mystical underground cities, fairy chimneys, and unique cave hotels. Cappadocia is also well-known for its breathtaking sunrise hot air balloon rides. Rise above the beautiful landscape of Cappadocia in a hot air balloon and be enchanted by the awe-inspiring splendor of the region. With the Turkey Extravaganza on Private Basis Package, embark on a unique and personalized tour of this gorgeous region.

How to Reach Cappadocia

Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport and Kayseri Erkilet Airport are the two airports of Cappadocia. While Kayseri has direct flights with Istanbul but it is one hour away from the city center. Thus, the best option is Nevşehir – which is nearer to the city center with easy access to Istanbul. So, the best option to travel from India is to opt for a direct flight to Istanbul and then take a domestic flight to Cappadocia.

Places to visit in Cappadocia

  • Uçhisar Castle
  • Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Pigeon Valley
  • Göreme Open-Air Museum
  • Pasabag

Things to do in Cappadocia

  • Hot Air Balloon ride at dawn
  • Hike to Rose Valley
  • Experience stay at a Cave Hotel
  • Experience hammam
  • Carpet Shopping

Where to Stay in Cappadocia

  • Cappadocia Cave Suites
  • Gamirasu Cave Hotel
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos – Cappadocia
  • Argos
  • Divan Cave House

 Must Try Food in Cappadocia

  • Testi kebabı’
  • Gözleme
  • Manti
  • Baklava
  • Ayva tatlısı

Also Read: Take An Epic Journey Through Cappadocia, The Fabled Land Of Turkey!

4. Antalya

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Famous for its rich history, astonishing natural beauty, and dynamic culture, Antalya is a famous city in Turkey on the Mediterranean coast. The coastline of Antalya, which sits on the Gulf of Antalya, is very magnificent, and the high cliffs provide a stunning view of the mountains in the distance. It is an increasingly popular place to visit in Turkey for a Honeymoon with its combination of historic ruins, a quaint old town, and stunning beaches. It is well worth visiting with our Turkish Delight Tour Package. The combination of its numerous attractions, upscale dining options, and pleasant weather is irresistible.

How to Reach Antalya

The simplest and fastest method to go to Antalya from India is to take a flight. To travel to Istanbul, you can take a choice of airline, and from there, you can take a domestic or charter flight for just over an hour. Turkish Airlines offers direct flights as well as multi-stop flights from India to Istanbul.

Places to visit in Antalya

  • Duden Waterfalls
  • Konyaalti Beach
  • Hadrian’s Gate
  • Antalya Museum
  • Antalya Aquarium

Things to do in Antalya

  • Stroll the Ruins of Termessos.
  • Chill at the beaches
  • Explore Antalya Old Town
  • Have fun at Duden Waterfalls
  • White Water Rafting in Köprülü Canyon National Park

Where to Stay in Antalya

  • Ramada Plaza Antalya
  • Crowne Plaza Antalya
  • The Marmara Antalya
  • Rixos Downtown Antalya
  • White Garden Pansion

Must Try Food in Antalya

  • Tahini Piyaz Salad
  • Adana Kebab
  • Arap Kadayıf
  • Bağaça
  • Lentil ice cream
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5. Konya

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A hidden treasure in Turkey, Konya is three hours south of Ankara. While most visitors head straight to famous cities in Turkey like Cappadocia or Istanbul – those looking to get a true sense of the country should proceed to Konya instead. Most tourists come to this location specifically to visit the Mevlana Museum, one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Konya. It is a vital pilgrimage site that houses the tomb of Mevlana Rumi, the founder of the whirling dervish order.

How to Reach Konya

Air travel to Konya is convenient from most cities in Turkey. With daily departures from Istanbul to Konya, It takes just over an hour to fly. If you are coming from India and want to visit Konya, you can take a Turkish Airlines flight directly from Mumbai or Delhi to Istanbul, where you can then catch a domestic aircraft to Konya.

Places to visit in Konya

  • Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden
  • Alaaddin Hill Park
  • Mevlana Museum
  • Azizia Mosque
  • Konya Archaeological Museum

Things to do in Konya

  • Visit the Mevlana Museum
  • Be mesmerized by the Whirling Dervishes At The Culture Center
  • Discover Konya’s Oldest Bazaar
  • Take a walk through Alaeddin Hill Park.
  • Visit the oldest Mosque in Konya – Alaeddin Mosque.

Where to Stay in Konya

  • Araf Hotel
  • Hich Hotel Konya
  • Ibis Konya Hotel
  • Bayir Diamond Hotel & Convention Center Konya
  • Hilton Garden Inn Konya

Must Try Food in Konya

  • Simit
  • Firun
  • Konya Kebabı
  • Etli Ekmek
  • Şekerpare


Every style of traveler will find something to enjoy in the captivating nation of Turkey. There are plenty of sites to visit, from the vibrant city of Istanbul to the breathtaking Antalya coastline. With the turkey tour packages offered by Flamingo Transworld, you will experience the best that this mystical land has to offer.

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FAQs Regarding Turkey Trip from India

How much does it cost to travel from India to Turkey?

A basic six-day package tour to Turkey can be purchased from India in a range of around INR 50,000 to 70,000 per person. This could consist of airfare, basic accommodation, local transportation, and a few sightseeing excursions. However, depending on the time of year, the hotel type, and the activities selected, the cost may vary.

What is the cheapest month to visit Turkey?

The cheapest month to travel to Turkey from India may vary on a lot of factors. However, the off-season – wherein you would receive lower prices for hotels and flights, is from November to March. But during these months the weather can be cold and rainy. Consider traveling October- November or April-May months as these are the shoulder season wherein the prices are less and the weather is mild.

Is Turkey a romantic country?

Yes, Turkey can be a romantic country with azure waters, vibrant bazaars, hundreds of historical sites, and unforgettable landscapes, Turkey is a dream destination.

Which Turkish cities have the most vibrant nightlife?

Turkey is a fantastic destination for nightlife, and the three most well-known cities with the best selection of pubs and clubs are Istanbul, Marmaris, and Bodrum Resort.

About Author

Siddharth Shah
Siddharth Shah

Hello! This is Siddharth (Business Development Manager- Flamingo Transworld). I graduated in MBA Finance from HL college, Ahmedabad University, and later on, moved to the Uk for my MBA from Warwick University. Just Constantly Curious, and love history and numbers. I have traveled to 40+ Countries and believe that with our team of young and enthusiastic travel consultants we are able to make your trip hassle-free and enjoyable. Our team dedicatedly works on making your trip happy with 90+ videos on YouTube, and 400+ blogs, for various destinations which can provide extensive knowledge about the places to visit, things to do, and much more.

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