Turkey in November | Weather, What To Pack & Things To Do!
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Things to Do in Turkey in November

Go on a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, an Istanbul Food Tour, Indulge in a Bosphorus Dinner Cruise, Marvel at the majestic Hagia Sophia & many more.Turkey in November marks the late autumn with cool and comfortable weather in most parts of the country. During this month the entire landscape of the country becomes lush green and vibrant because of the occasional rainfall. Most of the attractions are not as crowded as in the peak season so you can explore them at your own pace.

You can wander through the historic ruins of Ephesus, take a dip in the thermal waters of Pamukkale, or enjoy a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia. November is also a good time to enjoy the local cuisines like freshly baked bread, stew, and baklava as it is the harvest season and fresh ingredients are used while cooking these dishes. If you plan your trip to Turkey in November you can attend many events like the Istanbul Marathon, Whirling Dervishes Festival, and Izmir International Film Festival. As November is shoulder season, you can get comparative discounts on both flights and hotels.
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Weather Conditions Of Turkey in November

Turkey in November experiences mild and comfortable weather with a mix of sunny and cloudy days. The average temperature during this month ranges around 11 and 21 degrees Celsius with occasional rainfall. During this time you can enjoy sightseeing and outdoor activities without worrying about the scorching heat.

In the central Anatolian region, temperatures drop slightly and on the Turkish Coast, it is a bit warmer than the rest of the country. In the Aegean coast and Istanbul, the weather ranges from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius, ideal for exploring ancient Greek ruins and leisurely walks along the Bosphorus.

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What to Pack for Turkey Trip

If you’re planning your trip to Turkey in November you should pack various items such as breathable and lightweight clothes, a rain jacket, an umbrella, and comfortable shoes. Ladies should carry a scarf to cover their heads when visiting religious sites like the Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia.

You should bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun's rays. Carry your portable phone charger, necessary medications, hand sanitizer, and day pack. You should also bring important documents like a passport valid for 6 months, visa and travel insurance.

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Things to Do in Turkey in November


Get on a Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia

During your trip to Turkey in November you should definitely enjoy a hot air balloon ride to experience the region’s natural beauty and Soar above Cappadocia’s breathtaking landscapes and admire the unique beauty of the region from a bird’s eye view. 

You can also enjoy breathtaking views of fairy chimneys, ancient valleys, and rock formations during this magical ride as you float over the valleys of Cappadocia watch the sun painting the sky with golden hues. Once you disembark from the balloon celebrate your safe landing with snacks and a glass of Champagne.

Location: Göreme, Central part of Turkey

Cost: INR 13,326.88 to INR 25,008 approx.

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Go on an Istanbul Food Tour

Treat yourself to the finest delicacies that Istanbul has to offer by joining a food tour during your trip to Turkey in November. From well-known delicacies to hidden food items, your local guide will present to you lip-smacking dishes you’d never tried before.

Also explore different eateries, indulge in local delights, and try generations-old recipes and learn about Turkish cuisine, history, and culture from your guide, and enjoy snacks, drinks, meats, and confections throughout the tour. You can also dine like a local at kebab houses and traditional cafeterias, where you'll enjoy luscious dishes like köfte, döner kebab, and Mercimek Corbasi.

Cost: INR 6,800 to INR 10,900 approx.

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Enjoy a Bosphorus Dinner Cruise in Istanbul

Enjoy splendid views of the illuminated landmarks of Istanbul from the water with the Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and savour a 3-course dinner and enjoy unlimited entertainment including belly dancing, whirling dervishes, and DJs.

You will enjoy many scrumptious dishes as the boat sails along the waterway, like freshly prepared mezes featuring flavorful dips, seafood specialties, and salads to kebabs and grilled meats while admiring iconic landmarks including the Dolmabahce Palace, and the Maiden's Tower. You will even get a chance to pass under the Bosphorus Bridge that connects Europe to Asia.

Cost: Between INR 4441.59 to INR 10,657.57 per person

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Immerse yourself in an Ephesus Day Tour

Wander through Ephesus’s ancient ruins that give an insight into the Roman Empire’s grandeur and explore the agora, the sacred building, the council amphitheatre, Temples dedicated to the Emperors, the Great Theatre, and the splendid library.

Walk through the terraced houses and well-preserved ruins, which offer an insight into the Ephesus’ wealthy merchants' luxurious lifestyles. Also, with fewer tourists in November, you can explore Ephesus, the ancient world’s most remarkable city at your own pace.

Location: Acarlar, Atatürk, 35920 Selçuk / ?zmir, Turkey

Cost: INR 4189.64 to INR 5,044.67 approx.

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Go on a Mount Nemrut Hiking

Go on a hiking expedition to Mount Nemrut, a gorgeous mountaintop tomb that boasts a breathtaking display of ancient ruins. The hiking expedition starts with a journey to Mount Nemrut’s base, where you will have to embark on a short trek to reach the summit where you will have to walk uphill for 15-20 minutes passing through rugged terrains and scenic valleys.

Once you reach the summit you can see ancient burial mounds, and colossal stone statues, and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Cost: From INR 6246

Location: Ad?yaman Province, Turkey

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Enjoy A Turkish Bath

Make your trip to Turkey in November worthwhile by enjoying a traditional Turkish bath that will relax your tired nerves and offer you the utmost rejuvenation. The comfortable and mild weather during November makes it best to indulge in the Turkish bath ritual.

Inside the Turkish bath, you can enjoy various services such as massage, sauna, steam, and traditional body scrubbing. You can also enjoy an exfoliation, massage, and a bubble bath, followed by a Turkish herbal tea. After the Turkish bath, you will feel relaxed, pampered, and deeply cleansed.

Location: Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam, A?a Hamam

Cost: INR 3,334.40 to INR 8,336 approx.

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Visit The Ruins of Ephesus

The pleasant and mild weather in Turkey in November makes it ideal to visit The Ruins of Ephesus, well-preserved archaeological treasures. Admire the beauty of the rarest architectural wonders including Christian, Hellenistic, and Roman art.

You can wander through the Great Theatre which was the venue for philosophical, political, and religious discussions, plays concerts, and gladiator fights. Also see bathhouses, residential buildings, and ancient temples, each offering a glimpse into the rituals and daily life of its inhabitants.

Acarlar, Atatürk, 35920 Selçuk / Azmir, Turkey

: From INR 3553. 27 approx.

Revisit The History of Ankara Castle

Witness the rich history and legacy of Ankara Castle, one of the oldest sights of the Turkish capital dating back to the Ottoman, Roman, and Seljuk Empires. This ancient fortress has witnessed centuries of cultural exchanges and conquests, making it a living testament to the rich history of the region.

You can take a walk around the castle’s walls and see the gates and towers that make up the defences and see inside the inner castle, you can see cannons, various ammunition, weapons, and 600 houses.

Location: Altindag, Ankara, Turkey

10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Visit the Grand Hagia Sophia

Experience the allure of Hagia Sophia, an architectural marvel that testifies to centuries of history. Originally built in the 6th century as a Byzantine cathedral and during the Ottoman era it served as an imperial mosque In the 20th century it was converted into a museum.

Marvel at the stunning architecture, and intricate design of the pink-hued building and wander through its halls and galleries to see its stunning transformation over the years. Delve into its depths to discover the tombs of five Ottoman Sultans, spanning from the late sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth centuries, adding another layer of historical depth to this magnificent structure.

Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydan? No:1, Istanbul

Timing: 09:00 am to 2:30 pm

Entry Fees: €25(INR 2216.15) approximately

Admire the Pamukkale Water Terraces

One of the best things to do during your trip to Turkey in November is admire the terraced pools of Pamukkale filled with mineral-rich waters. The site comprises 17 hot springs that flow down the mountainside and have varying temperatures.

You can bathe in the mineral-rich thermal waters of the Pamukkale Water Terraces to get rid of skin-related ailments and walk barefoot through the terraces admiring the natural beauty of the surroundings. At the top of these terraces, you can also see the ancient Roman baths and temple remnants, offering an insight into the cultural heritage and rich history of the region.

Location: Denizli Province of southwestern Turkey

People Also Ask About Turkey

  1. Is Turkey snowing in November?

    No, it is unlikely to experience snowfall in Turkey in November as it is late autumn in the country with mild and comfortable weather. However, the higher altitude regions of Central Anatolia and Eastern Anatolia are likely to experience the season’s first snowfall.
  2. Is November a good time to visit Turkey?

    Yes, November is an ideal time to visit Turkey as the weather is cool and comfortable allowing you to enjoy sightseeing without any hassle. By planning your trip to Turkey in November you’ll encounter fewer crowds at most of the attractions allowing you to explore them in a leisurely way. You can also attend many festivals during this month including the Istanbul Marathon, and Whirling Dervishes Festival.
  3. How cold is it in Turkey in November?

    Turkey experiences cool and comfortable weather in November with the average temperature ranging around 11 and 21 degrees Celsius. The days are sunny and warm and the nights are cool with occasional rainfall.
  4. How many days are enough to explore Turkey?

    10 to 14 days are enough to have a deep exploration of the famous attractions of Turkey. You can spend 3 to 4 days in Istanbul, 2 to 3 days in Cappacodia, and dedicate 2 to 3 days to exploring Ephesus and Pamukkale. You can also reserve 2-3 days to explore Antalya, Bodrum and Troy.
  5. How to reach Turkey?

    Flight is one of the most convenient options to reach Turkey from India. You can book both direct and connecting flights to Turkey from the main Indian cities- Delhi, Mumbai, or Bangalore. It takes around 11 to 24 hours to reach Turkey from India and most of the indirect flights have a layover at Muscat, Kuwait or Bahrain. Oman Air, Air Astana, Aeroflot and Ukraine International Airlines offer flights from India to Turkey.
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