Cheap tickets to Turkey

Turkey is one of the most exotic locations in the world. Housing the legendary city of Troy, it is a country that gives off the x-factor.

Kicking off with the heart, Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents, ideally located to be the hub of Turkish financial and cultural activity. You can get to Istanbul by ferry or by airplane. Once there, you can travel around the city easily by shuttle buses, city buses, trams, cars, taxis and rail--all of which are relatively efficient.

Istanbul provides a wide range of food, entertainment and sights worth visiting. Venture underground where 6th Century water storage systems and the statue of Medusa can be found. Coming back to surface, there’s Ayia Sofia, a cathedral turned museum with golden tiles lining the dome of the structure. A similarly grand edifice is the Blue Mosque, with 260 stained glass windows and 20,000 handmade tiles. Catch the beautiful sunset at the Galata Bridge, which oversees old and new Istanbul. Move from there and join the bustle of the Great Bazaar, where some 5,000 street shops sell unique items such as leather, carpets and spice-related goods.

Venture south to visit the coastal town of Canakkale, where the famous ruins of Troia, a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, can be found. Walk around the archaeological site and museum to relieve a crucial part of Turkey’s history. Seize a photo opportunity with the five-storey Ottoman Clock Tower near the harbour and when you’re feeling tired wander into Makkarna Bistro for cocktails and traditional Turkish ‘beer bong’. Most of the sights in Canakkale are within walking distance, allowing you to view the city on foot.

To get a stronger understanding of the rich history of Turkey, put Antalya on your list of places to go. The old city of Kaleici features traditional cobbled pavements, transporting visitors back in time to the Roman era. Stay active by skiing or hiking in the Taurus Mountains, or walk through Antalya’s secluded beaches and enjoy the scenic view of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy the rustic feel of Antalya together with the hospitality of the locals.

The large metropolis of Izmir is home to the Clock Tower, a beautiful structure commemorating the Ottoman Empire. Explore Izmir Asansor, one of the oldest structures and enjoy fine dining at the top of the ancient elevator with a magnificent view of Izmir’s skyline. Alternatively, learn about Ephesus in the Archaeology and Ethnography museum or at the ruins itself. If you’re looking for something to bring back home, stroll along the streets of Kemeralti Market and seek good buys for leather, pottery and utensils to furnish your home. Also, prepare to feast your eyes on the majesty of the Pamukkale--a natural lime cascade of white. Finally, to relax after a long day, soak in a traditional Turkish bath of different temperatures and waters at Sifali Lux Hamam.

Contrary to popular belief, Istanbul isn’t the capital of Turkey. That honour belongs to Ankara, the second largest city in the country. Admire the grand monument of Anitkabir to commemorate Ataturk’s founding of Turkey, or see downtown Ankara, where youthful energy is prevalent as you weave through streets of boutiques, retail stores and restaurants. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city at the Ankara Citadel, made up of ancient structures and is free for exploration. Then, tour the historical Old Quarters and taste the local street food around the city. Ankara is not greatly publicised or commercialised, but its progressive vibe and beauty allows you to see modern Turkey with a unique perspective. Besides the usual taxi, car or bus, you can travel around by the metro as well, via single-journey tickets.

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