Ballooning over Cappadocia
For those looking for solace, they can opt for the deluce one and enjoy the picturesque view of turkey alone from high above. Those who want to have this experience without hurting their pockets, they can go for the standard one, in which they will be accompanied by 16 to 24 people. The duration of flights also haries, you can book a 90 minute or 2 hours flight, depending on your choice.
Visit the Underground Mosque in Istanbul
The unusual mosque has a storied history where it’s believed that back when the Galata neighborhood was a Genoese settlement, the site was a Byzantine fort. The basement of the fort supposedly helda huge chain that protected the Byzantine locals from Turkish attacks by blocking ships from entering into the city.
Thus if as a traveller, one wishes to indulge in a little bit of history and experience everything first hand and breathe in a little bit of the story this unique location should be a must visit on your trip. Since then, in 1757 the subterranean space was eventually converted into a mosque under the auspices of Grand Vizier Bahir Mustafa Pa?a.
Location: Kemanke? Karamustafa Pa?a, Kemanke? Cd. No:23, 34425 Beyo?lu/?stanbul, Turkey.
Timing: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
Stay at the Gairasu Cave Hotel
The hotel is located in a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine retreat which offers modern conveniences without distracting from the spiritual feeling of the area which has been known to be inhabited for more than five thousand years. Gamirasu cave Hotel is featured in major international travel guides as one of the best cave hotels of Turkey.
It is a perfect destination if you wish to have a quiet cozy honeymoon or just want to take a dip into the tranquility of a simpler life away from the hectic life of the city. If you are looking for some unique things to do in turkey then this place ensures a once in a lifetime experience for anyone who visits.
Location: Ayval? Köyü ?ç Yolu, 50400 Ayval?/Ürgüp/Nev?ehir, Turkey.
Timing: Open 24*7.
Price: Varies for each booking.
Explore the Kekova Island
So we would definitely suggest this gem if you not only wish to add to your unique things to do in Turkey list but also to board over the journey of introspection. The tranquility of the waters and the history of the place will definitely give you an experience of stepping into a book but the lazy airs and the welcoming locals make the place rather perfect for a nice little picnic to be enjoyed with your loved ones.
Don’t miss the Traditional Turkish Bath
People from all over the world visit Turkey to try this once in a lifetime experience and enjoy a fun filled day with their families and friends. Your first hammam experience might be a daunting experience when it comes to the smell, heat etc but try giving it an honest chance and it might be a delightful experience to remember.
Watch Men Oil Wrestle
Oil wrestling is one of the oldest sports in Turkey, included in a historic festival that has been held annually since 1346. Also known as “grease wrestling”, this is the national sport of turkey. The wrestlers are coated in oil followed by an intense session of wrestling in the ring.
This roman tradition of wrestling is still being followed and practised in many corners of Turkey. The coating of oil has a strategic and not just prurient use as it makes the wrestlers slick and tough to get a hold of. Wouldn’t that be interesting to slip through your way trying to beat the opponent.
Location: The best place to experience this spectacular activity would be Karamulser, Samsun, Anatalya and Thrace region.
From lazing around a hammock to spinning your favourite drink and from skiing in its pristine beaches to watching the sun setting above the horizon, Turkey offers a huge list of activities that can be done around its beaches. Skiing however remains the most adrenaline rushing activity one can experience here.
Enhance your skills while traversing these low as well as high waves and spend a day having fun in the blue waters of many places like Kartepe, Kartalkaya and many more. This water skiing experience will also let you admire the lush marine life as you traverse the waters along the shore.
Location: The country offers an array of destinations like Kartepe, Karatlkaya, Erciyes just to name a few.
Timing: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Go on Biblical Pilgrimage
Being home to many holy christian sites, a trip to Turkey is often referred to as the biblical pilgrimage. The country is a home to many holy Christian sites like St.Nicholas' Birthplace, Antalya, St.Nicholas Church, Early Christian Settlement, Seven Churches of the Revelation (Ephesus, Pergamon, Smyrna, Laodicea, Sardis, Philadelphia, Thyatira) and Assyrian Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary.
Those who plan a holy visit to Turkey never miss any of these spiritual places. Apart from being a holy place, these locations are also known for their ancient architecture and psychic vibes.
Location: Most of the sites are in Istanbul, Konya, Usak and Antakya.
Timing: 10 AM to 6:00 PM(may vary for each location)
Enjoy the Train Rides
The best routes which are highly recommended would be Eastern Express, a train departing from the capital city Ankara with a 24 hours’ journey taking you across the diverse culture and many scenic locations. The list does not end here turkey also has Karabuk-Zonguldak, a train to the wild, which will take you through the lush forests, and if lucky enough, you can get a chance to see many rare wild animals.
Camp in the Kackar Mountains
Enjoy the view of the sun settling in the snow clad peaks and the dramatic precipices. A camp night here will surely be filled with some scenic adventures while enjoying a comfy settlement. Having numerous campsites, some of them even along the gushing waterfalls, a trip here will surely be adrenaline rushing.
Visit Silk Carpet Factory
Any person visiting Turkey should not miss out on experiencing the creation of silk and the carpets live. The experience of visiting a silk carpet factory is as lovely as the art piece itself. The journey starts with the process of how silk cocoons are formed and how silk is reeled from the cocoons to make silk threads.
This is followed by the explanation of carpet weaving, including the difference between wool and silk carpet weaving. The trip is then followed by how it is finally woven by some most exquisite women. Do not forget to take back a piece of turkey, the local handicraft of silk carpet. Adding some extra stars to the rich culture of Turkey, the quality silk available here cannot be bought from anywhere else.
Timing: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Soak in Thermal Pools at Pamukkale
Thermal pools are the natural formations made by minerals, which hold water and help it in staying warm. Those who are thinking of just having a relaxing experience and wish to ditch the hustle and bustle of all the unique things to do in turkey.
Head to the big white cotton castle. We assure you , the thermal pools at Pamukkale are an experience just like walking over a cotton castle with hot water gushing away all your stress. One of the best offbeat things to do in Turkey, a dip into these waters will surely let you enjoy a fun filled time while enjoying these natural springs.
Location: Kale, 20190 Pamukkale, Denizli Merkez, Denizli, Turkey.
Timing: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Take a Boat Trip on the Traditional Wooden Gullet
Originally built for the sailors to travel across the mediterranean sea, now these gullets are used as hotels, shops, stays and what not. Offering a list of packages, you can enjoy having fun here from sone hours to many days. Found in almost every watery part of Istanbul, these boats are filled with every basic equipment and offer a comfortable stay to the guests.
Avanos Hair museum
Did you know that Turkey is unique enough to have a hair museum all donated by the female visitors? Well we really feel that this place can be listed as a star in the list of offbeat things to do in Turkey as you would never hear a story same as the origin tale of Avanos hair museum.
It is said that a local potter was giving farewell to a dear friend when he asked for a memento using which he could remember her. Thus, she cut off a piece of her hair and gave it to the potter. The story made many people do so, thus the display got filled with so many bunches that in 1979, a whole museum was made for this.
Location: Yukar?, No: 24, 110. Sk., 50500 Avanos/Nev?ehir, Turkey.
Timing: 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM.