Classic Itineraries in Turkey for Beginners


Whenever you come to Turkey, there are places that you should definitely visit. Especially if this is your first time, you may want to enjoy the most popular places in Turkey. Below is a guide to help you to have amazing experiences in Classic Itineraries in Turkey.

First and Foremost Places

In every itinerary you make regarding Turkey, Istanbul should be the center point if it is your first time. İstanbul‘s classics such as Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Square, the Historical Peninsula, and the Bosporus must be visited. Then you can spend a few days with the Aegean breezes by going to İzmir, the third largest city in the country. During the summer period, tourist facilities in the coastal strip of İzmir will be ideal for sunbathing and swimming. Also, historic districts such as Selçuk are easily reachable. You can also make day trips to nearby locations such as Kuşadası, Ayvalık, and Bergama. Then, visit the Cappadocia region in Central Anatolia. You can photograph hundreds of interesting geographical formations in Ürgüp, Göreme, Avanos, Uçhisar, and Ihlara Valley.

Classic Itineraries in Turkey for Beginners

Cappadocia , Turkey – Goreme Open Air Museum

Famous Ancient Cities and Historical Sites

For history lovers, there are different ancient cities and structures belonging to past civilizations in almost all cities of the Aegean. Balıkesir, Aydın, İzmir, Muğla, and Antalya will be the first choices. Especially the Ephesus ruins, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, should be seen. In addition, the historic peninsula of Gallipoli in Çanakkale, Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul, Sumela Monastery in Trabzon, and the historic Roman baths in Ankara are important historical places that can fit within a few days. The underground cities in Cappadocia should also be seen within this scope.


Çanakkale (Dardanelles) martyrs memorial monument in Gallipoli, Turkey.

The Most Famous Coastal Towns

From Çanakkale to Hatay, all Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are worth visiting for sea lovers. This route also includes the most important summer holiday destinations not only for domestic but also for foreign tourists. Ayvalık, Çeşme, Kuşadası, Didim, Bodrum, Datça, Marmaris, Kaş, Kemer, Side, Anamur, and Silifke are the most beautiful of those coastal towns.

Maxx Royal Kemer Resort Beach

Ramble in the Jungles

Enter the green geography of Anatolia from Bolu, Abant. Visit Yedigöller National Park. In the Eastern Black Sea, visit the Uzungöl in Trabzon and Ayder plateau in Rize, and then go to Artvin Karagöl. In the South of İstanbul, you can visit Birds’ Sanctuary in Manyas, Bursa, along with the Bursa Uludağ National Park.


Şavşat Highlands, Artvin

Witness the Civilizations and Cultures

With its unique culture and authentic atmosphere, Southeastern Anatolia has many important centers, especially for photographers. The first places that come to mind, especially for those who love to discover different cultures and civilizations, are Balıklı Lake and Halfeti in Şanlıurfa, Zeugma in Gaziantep, the Walls of Diyarbakır, Hasankeyf Castle and Malabadi Bridge in Batman, Mount Nemrut in Adıyaman, and Mardin’s stone houses located in Van. Akdamar Island is one of the places with a magnificent view that you should definitely see. İshak Pasha Palace in Ağrı and Ani Ruins in Kars are perfect for photography.

Mt. Nemrut in Adıyaman.