We are always looking for unique places to visit on holidays. And so, this time we considered Turkey as our next destination. A brief research got us even more excited, as we learned about the natural cave formations of Cappadocia and thermal travertine terraces. So we contacted TourTravelHotels, who made all the arrangements for us Trip to Türkiye in January 2024,
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Package details of our trip to Türkiye in January
Cost: 74000 rupees
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Number of people: 2 adults
Inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch, Hotel, Transfers, Sightseeing Tour, English Speaking Guide, Hot Air Balloon Ride
Exclusions: dinner, government tax, visa
Itinerary of our trip to Türkiye in January
day 1: Arrive in Istanbul Explore Grand Bazaar
Second day: Explore the valleys in Cappadocia
day 3: Hot Air Balloon Ride and Museum Visit in Cappadocia
Day 4: visit pamukkale
Day 5: ephesus city tour
Day 6: Visit the Blue Mosque Departure from Istanbul
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5 places to visit during your trip to Türkiye in January 2024
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1. Grand Bazaar – Istanbul
After reaching Istanbul, a short drive to the hotel was enough to leave us mesmerized by the beauty of the city. We also crossed the beautiful Bosphorus River. We checked into the hotel, rested for some time and decided to enjoy this day of leisure to the fullest. The feeling that there was an entire city for us to explore was amazing. We set out to explore some of the nearby places including the Hagia Sophia Museum and its mosque.
We got to see the Grand Bazaar where you can find some Turkish show pieces, beautiful lamps and beautiful Turkish costumes. As its name suggests, the Grand Bazaar is a massive shopping space in Istanbul, with over 4,000 shops on 61 covered streets. We had a great time walking around the streets of Istanbul. Out Hotel was located close to Grand Bazaar and some other tourist places, making it perfect for us. In the evening, we also went to the beach and were mesmerized by the stunning skyline of the city. The view of Galata Tower and other buildings was amazing. We ended our day with a delicious dinner of kanafeh and some Turkish sweets.
2. Pasabagh Valley – Cappadocia
We woke up early and went to the airport for the flight to Kayseri. There was a big surprise for us here. When we were about to reach Kayseri Airport, from the plane we could see snow all around the city. We had no idea that this could happen. We weren't prepared to deal with snow. When we landed the temperature was -8 degrees Celsius. Then a guy took us from Kayseri to Cappadocia. Amazing views were seen during the journey. All vehicles and trees were covered with snow. It had rained just a day before, so the snow was light and clear, like white. The sun seemed bright that day. We were a little late in reaching Cappadocia so our tourist guide Nilaya joined us and we started straight away visiting the places. We visited Devrent Valley, Pasbagh Valley and Uchisar Castle. We had our lunch in a cave hotel. And then we went to our hotel. The Cave Hotel was a beautiful experience. You must check out the room we got. It was very romantic and relaxing. We slept and talked for a while and took pictures of the beautiful valleys outside.
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3. Gorami Open Air Museum – Cappadocia
We woke up at 4 am for the much awaited hot air balloon ride. We started the journey at 7:30 and every second of the journey was worth it. It was an hour long journey. We took lots of photos and videos to remember this beautiful experience. Once we came down from the balloon ride we all had a fruity champagne and celebrated. Then we returned to the hotel to freshen up and left for other places by 11 am. We went to Gorami Open Air Museum, Underground City, some scenic spots, Pigeon Valley. We saw hundreds of pagans in the valley. it was beautiful. Then we had lunch in the middle and by 5 o'clock we were dropped at Kayseri Airport. We had a flight to Izmir at 11 pm. We arrived in Izmir and it was about a 2 hour drive to Kusadasi.
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4. Pamukkale Thermal Water Terraces – Pamukkale
We woke up at 8am and had a hearty breakfast and left for Pamukkale. The journey to Pamukkale was 3 hours. It was raining that day. It was a beautiful place. The hot water of the springs was a unique experience. Then we went to an old time open air theatre. It was very big and beautiful. Then we returned to Kusadasi by 5 pm and had lunch in between. After resting for 1 hour, we set out for a walk on the sea shore. The statue of liberty with hands was very nice. We felt very peaceful and relaxed there. We took many pictures and went for some shopping. After that we had delicious pizza at Domino's near our hotel and went to sleep.
5. Temple of Artemis – City of Ephesus
We started the day at 9:30am after a lovely breakfast at the hotel and went to see the city of Ephesus. It was an entire city that went underground over time and has now been reorganized. It had a lot of stone structures and old age architecture which was quite interesting to see. We saw Celsius Library there. it was very big. It also had an open air theater with a capacity of 25000 people. it was very big. After visiting Ephesus, we went to see the Temple of Artemis which was one of the 7 wonders. We also visited the House of the Virgin Mary and went again to the airport in Izmir for our flight to Istanbul. We also ate the pasta for dinner that we had liked so much on the first day.
6. Blue Mosque – Istanbul
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Tips for traveling to Turkey for future travelers
- Don't miss the hot air balloon ride experience in Cappadocia. The views and weather are worth it
- Please check internal flight timings as if not considered you will have to wait for hours at the airport.
- Sunset occurs very early in winter so most tourist places close by 5 pm.
- If you are traveling in January-February (winter months) please carry adequate winter wear.
- If you prefer less crowded places then it is a good idea to plan your trip in winter.
Turkey weather in January
We chose the offseason to visit Turkey, so it was very cool there and we did not have to wait in long lines to visit the attractions. But we were lucky to see a lot of snow and rain during our trip.
Our Hotel in Türkiye
We stayed in 3 different hotels in Türkiye:
- Ilke Hotel, Istanbul
- Holiday Cave Hotel, Cappadocia
- Sozar Hotel, Kusadasi
All 3 hotels were amazing with good location and service.
Do's and Don'ts while traveling to Türkiye
- dress appropriately
- Avoid planning travel during Ramadan
- Don't misuse their culture or hurt religious sentiments
- Do not get into arguments with local residents
- You can bargain when shopping in Türkiye!
- Do not buy stones or fossils from here
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how to reach Türkiye
Turkish Airlines has regular connectivity to Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and other popular destinations in the Middle East. Turkey also welcomes flights from New York, Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo. You can fly to any of the mentioned locations and interchange to Turkey.
Our Experience with TourTravelHotels
Our travel-agent was very helpful and tried his best to accommodate all our needs and requests in our tour package. I would definitely recommend TourTravelHotels to my friends and family.
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Like Jayati's amazing trip to Turkey in January, you too can plan your Turkey holidays and make some of the most wonderful memories. Turkey has a ton of exciting experiences to offer you.
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FAQs About Traveling To Turkey In January
What clothes to wear in Istanbul in January?
Winter is at its peak in Istanbul during January. So make sure you keep enough warm clothes with you. Some essential clothing to carry are sweaters, jackets, coats, hats, and snow boots.
Which is the best area to live in Türkiye?
From stunning luxury hotels and villas in Istanbul and other parts of Turkey, to exciting cave hotels in areas like Cappadocia, there are many amazing places to stay in Turkey. It all depends on what kind of experience you are hoping for.
What is the currency of Türkiye?
The currency of Türkiye is the Turkish Lira.
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