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This section is for those that wish to take a spiritual journey through Turkey covering the 7 Churches of Revelations, follow in Footsteps of St Paul or explore Jewish Heritage sites.
Turkey is an incredibly diverse country. From hip cosmopolitan cities to small traditional villages, from crystal watered bays to oxygen rich mountain ranges, a tour of Turkey has something to delight everyone. A country that truly deserves a place on every travellers “bucket list”. For first timers to Turkey the most popular destinations on a classical Tour of Turkey are Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and Pamukkale. For those with more time or alternate interests there are also many other places to explore like Gallipoli & Troy, seaside areas of Antalya, Marmaris & Bodrum, Black Sea region & South East Turkey with Mt Nemrut, the list goes on and on. Besides historical sightseeing you also have the chance to treat your taste buds to world famous Turkish Cuisine. What could be better than dining on seasonal meze while overlooking the Bosphorous in Istanbul, trying spicy kebabs after a full day’s touring in Cappadocia or treating yourselves to freshly caught fish and calamari when seaside. Travel in Turkey means discovering its profound depth of culture, visiting ruins scattered through fields, bays & hills, meeting its warm & friendly locals. Treat yourself to this wonderful experience!
Due to recent changes most countries now need a pre-arrival e-visa for entry to Turkey. This can easily be obtained through the official online e-visa website. It takes only a few minutes to complete and the e-visa is then emailed directly to you so that you can print and bring it with you for use when going through passport control/immigration. *Some nationalities might also need to have supporting documents such as a Schengen Visa or visa to another OECD country in order to make the e-visa valid (for example if you are travelling on Indian passports).Such requirements will be mentioned during the application process. If you are unable to apply for e-visa then you will need to make application for a tourist visa through your nearest Turkish Embassy in your country of residence.
Climate plays an important role when planning your Turkey tour. If you prefer pleasant temperatures and clear skies then the best time is Spring (mid-April to mid-June) & Autumn (late-September to early-November). Peak summer months such as July & August see very high temperatures making outdoor sightseeing a sweaty experience. During this period it would be good to consider seaside areas such as Antalya, Fethiye, Marmaris, etc. so that you can take a dip in the clear waters to cool down. The majority of rainfall occurs during winter. For those that would like a covering of snow for a touch of additional character to sights visited, then Istanbul & Cappadocia area good options to consider during winter season. Please note that if you are considering adventure activities like white-water rafting, kayaking or maybe a gulet cruise then May through October is the best time (during winter either non-operational or very limited operation). Further towards South-East Turkey, the extremes in climate become more pronounced with very hot summers and incredibly cold winters with heavy snowfall.
The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL). Please note that you are not limited to only being able to make transactions in local currency - most hotels, restaurants and stores in the areas you will travel through in Turkey also accept Euro and US$. Smaller stores such as kiosks (for purchases like bottled water etc.), along with chain supermarkets however take local currency only. There are many foreign exchanges offices throughout Turkey so you would not have a problem to exchange money as you go along (instead of all in one go). A good idea is to request bank notes in smaller denominations (5 - 10 - 20 - 50) that can be used for smaller purchases and tipping. Local currency can also be withdrawn from ATM’s using your credit card or international debit/cash card. Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted throughout Turkey (AMEX however is not that popular and usually requires additional commission fee). Travel Cheques are not recommended as difficult to find anyone willing to accept/change them and can incur high exchange fees.
Tap water in Turkey is generally considered safe to drink, but even locals prefer to drink bottled mineral water, which is readily available from shops, hotels and restaurants. It is always a good idea to check with your local/family health practitioner before you travel internationally so that you are aware of any appropriate vaccinations. As a general guide Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus are recommended. You can also check online with your government/national travel advisory for updated information before your departure.
For all Turkey tours and travel packages that are 04 days and/or longer we automatically include basic travel insurance coverage – see following link for more specific details. It is however advised for you to consider purchasing additional / more extensive travel insurance that would also cover your international flights (that you have purchased independent from those included in our travel package) and any major medical emergency. Due to differences in availability and costs of health care around the world, travel insurance is an important consideration for when planning your next international trip.
Religious holidays with dates that change year to year
Turkey is a mix of centuries old traditions alongside a modern/western way of life. It is a great country with kind & friendly people ready to welcome all those that wish to discover its many historical sites, local culinary delights and fabulous coastlines. A cultural diversity that sets it apart from other countries, making it a truly great destination. Turkey is renowned for begin a secular country yet it is important to remember that Islam is the majority religion and Muslim holidays like Ramadan & Kurban bayram are observed as well as various other Islamic customs – so modest dress and behavior will always gain you more respect in the eyes of locals. In larger resort towns and cities, bars and nightclubs are standard entertainment, with Istanbul having some of the world’s hottest nightlife scenes. The traditional tea & coffee houses are still very much popular with young & old alike and here you can play backgammon or okey while sipping a tea or coffee.
Turkey uses round two-pin sockets and voltage of 220V (50Hz). So before you begin your tour of Turkey it is definitely best to inspect your battery chargers before you travel. Most likely, your adaptors are rated to handle up to 240V, and such capabilities are usually printed on the charger itself or in the manual. If your equipment is not rated for the Turkish electrical current, you need to purchase an Electrical Adaptor to protect your equipment before you leave home.
Turkey is up to date with modern fashion trends so pretty much what you might already have in your closet at home would be suitable. During days out sightseeing and strolling around in the evenings, neat casual/informal dress is acceptable (capri’s, jeans, standard shorts, t-shirts & similar clothing). For dinners out smart casual is the norm however if planning a more luxurious night then you would need a dress jacket / more formal attire. Should your Turkey tours include visits to mosques and/or churches, which 99% of the time it will, then please on those days try not to wear shorts or sleeveless shirts. When visiting mosques ladies need to cover their hair and for both ladies and gents shoulders & knees need to be covered. My suggestion is to have in your day bag a lightweight sarong that can then be whipped out when needed to be used as shoulder/leg/hair cover. It also then doubles up as protection from the sun and cover over swimsuits.
Don’t weight yourself down by packing too much. Choose a few items wisely that can be used for daytime and then made a bit more formal for those special nights out on the town by adding some small accessories. There is also a wealth of clothing shopping that can be done while traveling in Turkey.
Photography is permitted in all sights (without flash inside museums). Please do not photograph any military areas as there can be serious repercussions! Always ask permission before photographing / videoing locals. A good idea is to pack some large Ziploc bags to keep your equipment dry and sand-free.
Restaurants in Turkey you would usually need to add 10% on to the total bill, depending on how you enjoyed their service of course. For drinks at cafes, round the bill up to the nearest euro/lira/dollar. For tipping to guides/drivers/hotel staff etc. budget an average 10US$ per traveller per day which you can then hand out as you feel is deserved – totally at your own discretion.
Wifi is available free of charge in 99% of the hotels we book for you during our Turkey tours and travel packages so you will always be able to reach us via apps such as “whatsapp”, “skype”, “viber” etc. If you also wish to have internet access while outside of the hotel, we can arrange for you a rental “wifi mobile hotspot” for as little as 5$ per device per day. This works out much cheaper than international roaming fees. Local SIM cards can also be purchased on arrival, due to new laws in Turkey you need to purchase these yourselves as your device will need to be logged and activated and copies of your passports required. Coverage in Turkey is excellent, except in very remote areas.
Turkish cuisine is famous throughout the world, a reputation that it truly deserves. With its extensive range of “meze” (starters), abundant use of seasonal vegetables and choices of lamb, beef or fresh seafood, there is always something suitable for every palate. All meals are accompanied with mounds of tasty freshly baked Turkish bread.
Meze: These are starters / dips made with fresh local vegetables in olive oil and/or some combining yogurt with either mint, cucumber, aubergine, roasted peppers etc …. The variety is deliciously endless! Depending on where you choose to eat your waiter would bring a huge tray piled high with various options from which you can then select those that take your fancy.
Dolma: stuffed vine leaves
Pide: Turkish style pizza in an oblong shape, a great choice for a light lunch
Doner kebab: lamb roasted on a vertical spit and sliced off in thin layers which are then either rolled up in thin round bread circles or in half a loaf of Turkish style bread
Iskender kebab: similar to doner kebab but instead of being rolled up it the roasted meat is laid on a bed of chopped flat bread and topped with a savory tomato sauce.
Adana (spice) or Urfa (non-spicy) kebab: these are regional “long meatball” style kebabs served with sliced onions, parsley and lavas style bread.
When in seaside areas such as Kusadasi and Antalya, also when in Istanbul, be sure to try out fresh seafood and calamari with sides dishes of delicious mezes!
Turkish Tea is an important part of the Turkish culture and offering tea to guests is part of its hospitality. Typically served in small tulip shaped glasses with small saucer. Turkish coffee is the next in line and made according to your taste, either with or without sugar (no sugar, medium, very sweet). Another national drink of Turkey, mostly consumed with a meal, is “Ayran”, fresh yoghurt mixed with spring water and lightly salted. In the soda category, international brands such as Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta etc. are widely available. Turkey produces a few good beers (Efes and Tuborg) along with some nice table wines (Kavak, Dikmen, Yakut & Villa Doluca). The national drinks is the potent “Raki”, similar to Greek Ouza but stronger, made from grapes, raisins and flavored with anise. When mixed with ice and water it turns a milky white – giving it the name of “Lion’s Milk”.
Baklava: numerous layers of flaky phyllo pastry stacked and brushed with butter and syrup with a choice of walnuts or pistachios, then cut into rectangle or diamond shapes. The best place to try (and buy) baklava is Karakoy Gulluoglu in Istanbul.
Asure: a fruity dessert, also known as “Noah’s pudding”, is made from many different ingredients some of which are chickpeas, garbanzo beans, bulgur or barley, various fruits such as figs & pomegranate.
Kunefe: this sweet and savory Levantine cheese pastry is a definite must try! Made from a stretchy, unsalted fresh melting cheese it is then coated in syrup-soaked phyllo shreds called kadayif and “fried” until crisp. A contrast of crunchy exterior with a soft interior.
Public bathrooms are common in touristic areas, signed as WC, and cost around 1TL. Some might still be in the old style, ground level over which you need to squat but most are now with facilities similar to those in the west. In most places you will see a small, bag lined trash can beside the toilet. Besides the typical use for feminine products, etc., this is intended for used toilet paper. While this may sounds terrible to many westerners, it is the norm in Turkey as their sewer lines are often old, small and easily clogged. If you use the spray nozzle in the toilet for the purpose intended you will find that toilet paper becomes mainly a means of drying- not cleaning.
Using intercity buses (or intercity coaches) for travel between cities is safe. The coaches are modern and comfortable and in most cases of a better quality than Greyhound. A snack and beverage is usually served during your trip for free and if travel is overnight then internal lights are turned off during the journey so that passengers can try and get some sleep en-route. A 30 minute bathroom break at a large touristy rest stop is usually made around half way through the journey. With the introduction of various budget domestic airlines such as Pegasus, SunExpress, Onur & Atlas, it is however now sometimes possible to travel at a similar cost using one of these airlines versus intercity buses.