I am thinking of flying to Turkey as im interested in the muslim culture and what Turkey has to offer. How much would i need to budget for each day for food, sightseeing, shopping and accom?
Turkey is a wonderful country with lots of amazing history, scenery, food and people. I think one of the big appeals about Turkey is that it has something to offer to everyone - whether its a beach/heady nightlife you want; or somewhere where you can just marvel at the ruins of some ancient city - and everything in between, and as such, has prices to suit everyone.
The weather is usually best between late April to mid October. Outside of these months (ie, November to early April), you will find that there is snow, rain, sun, good days and bad depending on where you are. The more south in Turkey you are, then usually the better the weather.
You dont mention how long you have to visit Turkey as this may help you decide your itinerary. Turkey is a huge country and although there are regular buses, it can take a while to get round. You could consider flying internally - Turkish Airlines or Onur do lots of internal flights - but this could get expensive. There are trains, but the network is very small and limited.
A lot of first time visitors want to spend time in Istanbul seeing the sights - Cisterns, Bospherous, Grand Bazaar, Agia Sophia, Dolmabache Palace etc as well as maybe doing a day trip to Princes Island; crossing from Asia to Europe and spending a couple of nights on either side. Istanbul is truely a wonderful city with so much to see and do that you could spend a long time there and not leave.
If you have more time, then you could go further afield such as:
Ephesus - visit the Ancient Library of Celsus, Temple of Artemis
Trabzon and the Black Sea area for sports and Sumela Monastery
Cappadocia - very famous for its rock formations that rise up out of the ground which are houses, churches etc as well as underground caves and homes
Bodrum - has lots of parties but there are still some very nice bits to it
Datca is lovely to relax in as are places like Kas
Gallipoli is infamous, sadly, for being the site of the Anzac landings where lots of people lost their lives
Olympos/Cirali - sleep in tree houses and then go about 10 minutes down the road to Phasylis and see an ancient Roman town, complete with viaduct and streets...amazing over 10 years ago
I was in Turkey last year and it all depends on your budget. For a middle class traveler you may need around 40EUR for accommodation, maybe 50 EUR for sightseeing but it all depends on what you want to visit. The entrance for the palaces are around 10EUR, as well as those for the Aquarium and the Ice Museum. You will need also some money for transportation. For food you can spend around 10-15 EUR per day of you eat "Duner" but if you decide to eat in a restaurant you will have to pay around 10EUR per meal. If you are first time visitor in Istanbul I can recommend you to use private transfer for your transportation from the airport to the hotel. There are online websites like http://www.istanbulvipairportmeetandgreetservice.com/ where you can check the prices and book this service. You can also ask for guided tour if you budget allows. almost 9 years agoAnswered by Tamara via Travellr.com