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Is Turkey a safe place to travel?
Turkey is one of the safest countries in the world in
which to travel, and its crime rate is low in comparison to many Western
European countries. Interpol ranked Turkey as the safest holiday destination in
Europe for travelers.
Naturally, we recommend that travelers to Turkey exercise
the same precautions they would elsewhere, and be aware of security concerns
that affect all international travelers. The Turkish Government takes air safety
very seriously, and maintains strict oversight, particularly on international
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has places
Turkey's civil aviation authority in Category 1-in full compliance with
international aviation safety standards in overseeing Turkey's air carrier
operations. In the days following the September 11 attacks, Turkish Airlines was
one of the first international airlines cleared by the FAA to fly into the
Will I travel with a
No.You will be traveling independently on the regular
transports according to your choice (Plane/Bus) but you will (may) be with a
small group only on local tours at the chosen areas.
(We have our branch offices based in Istanbul,
Cappadocia, Ephesus,.. and they work coordinated. Once you arrive on the next
location they will be ready to meet you , transfer you to your hotel and
organize your local tours.)
Are tours offered only in
We offer tours in three languages In English in Spanish
and in Japanese if you prefer any of these languages apart from English please
let us know when you book a package.
What are the departure dates of your tours?
There is no specific date, our tours depart everyday all
Do I have to pay the full amount to book a package
A 50% deposit is required at the time you decide to
confirm your reservation and the balance is due 30 days before
How do I pay?
We accept various payment methods:
Wire Transfer (Regular Bank Transfer)
PayPal (with or without a
Credit Card (authorization form by fax)
information please visit our Payment Pages HERE
Do you offer discounts for group
Yes we do. Please let us know how many people are your
group, we will contact you with detailed information as soon as possible.
Can we choose our hotels?
Yes you can choose your hotel . Our tour packages offer
Standard Package and 5 Star Package categories. The tour packages have links
that direct you to the hotel included in the program so that you can review the
information about the services that the establishment offers as well as any
other information necessary to make the best decision.
Please let us know which hotel you would like to stay
before we create your itinerary.
When is the best time to travel in Turkey?
The high season for travel in Turkey generally runs
between mid-April and late-October. During the off-season, temperatures are much
cooler and snow is possible in mountainous areas. Many visitors enjoy the spring
and fall, with their mild weather and small crowds.
Coastal regions are particularly popular with tourists
during the summer. These include resort areas along the Aegean and Mediterranean
coast with beaches and yachting facilities. The coastline, especially between
Izmir and Antalya, features numerous coves and bays and many nearby ancient
cities and is perfect for yachting. A large number of international-quality
marinas provide services for the yachtsman. For active travelers, swimming,
fishing, water-skiing, surfing and diving are available.
Turkey also enjoys many spectacular rivers. They are
ideal for canoeing, skiing and rafting. Mountaineering is also popular in
mountain ranges throughout Turkey in spring and summer. The high plateaus of the
Eastern Black Sea Region are covered by colorful flowers and green pasture
during spring and summer. Naturalists will enjoy the diversity of fauna and
flora as well as the heart-stopping splendor of the surrounding landscape.
Central and Eastern Turkey can receive large accumulations of snow, and snow
skiing is a favorite winter pastime. Turkey has several ski centers, which are
generally open from December through April depending on snow conditions.
What to buy in Turkey & where to buy it?
Shopping is one of the great pleasures of a trip to
Turkey and the rich variety of Turkish crafts makes it impossible to resist
buying something. Fine apparel of silk, cotton, leather and wool; artful
jewelry; leather accessories; brilliant faience (colored tiles); vessels of
copper, brass, marble, meerschaum and alabaster worked by master artisans; and
of course heirloom-quality Turkish carpets and kilims, are among the most
Great value and an enjoyable shopping experience can be
found everywhere, from small towns to big cities. Unique regional handicrafts
make shopping that much more enjoyable. Traditional Turkish handicrafts crafts
including carpets, ceramics and pottery, tiles, copper items, woodcarvings,
decorative glass, and embroidery are a major component of Turkish culture. They
are a stunning reflection of Turkey's diverse cultural heritage and thousands of
years of history.
The Grand Bazaar, or â€śKapalicarsi,â€ť in Istanbul is a
unique combination of fantastic merchandise and a memorable shopping experience.
The Grand Bazaar is a maze of some 4,000 shops, selling treasures of every type.
Still the commercial center of the old city, the Grand Bazaar's 80 roads and
streets form the original shopping mall
Can I use my credit card?
International credit and debit cards are widely accepted
in shops and restaurants throughout Turkey. However it is advisable also to
carry cash for the smaller shops and cafes, particularly in more rural
Can I use the local cash machines?
Cash machines (ATMs) are available throughout Turkey,
accepting major European credit and bank cards and instructions are often
available in English. It is advisable to inform your bank in advance that you
are travelling to Turkey as some will automatically put a stop on cards after
the first use in an attempt to combat fraud.
Should I exchange money before I go to
The highly favorable exchange rate makes travel to Turkey
extremely affordable. Most banks in the U.S. do not have Turkish Lira. However,
Turkish currency is easily obtainable upon arrival in Turkey at any exchange
office or bank. Daily exchange rates can be obtained from the Turkish Central
Bank web site at www.tcmb.gov.tr . This site is in both Turkish and English, and
gives links to all Turkish Banks. Turkish daily newspapers also publish daily
There are ATM machines throughout Turkey, particularly in
larger cities and tourist centers. Credit cards are accepted by hotels and most
Will I be able to use my mobile phone in
The major GSM operators in Turkey are Turkcell, Vodafone
You can use your mobile phone in Turkey if your provider
has enabled international roaming. However if you intend to stay for a long time
in the country or make several calls, it may be preferable to buy a local
prepaid SIM card.
Take your mobile phone and passport to a Turkish mobile
phone shop where your new SIM will be registered along with your handset's IMEI
number and your personal information. (Unregistered phones will be blocked and
unable to receive or make calls.) Turkey has very wide mobile coverage networks
so you shouldnâ€™t have any problems in the main cities and tourist
Do I need a visa to visit Turkey?
While planning your trip to Turkey do not forget to check
your passport if it is valid for at least 90 days. Depending on your
nationality, most probably your stay as a tourist is limited up to 3 months (for
For tourist visas, there is no need to apply in advance
or to fill in any forms. If you are flying to Turkey, you will buy your visa at
the Turkish airport on arrival. You will see the visa desk, situated just before
passport control. You must buy your visa, which will be stamped on your passport
by the official, before you join the queue for passport control.
information please check your Country Visa Requirements HERE
Are any vaccinations required for tourists entering
There are no vaccination requirements for any
The World Health Organization web site, www.who.org ,
provides vaccination certificate requirements by country, geographic
distributions of potential health hazards to travelers and information on health
risks and their avoidance .
Is it better to travel independently or go to Turkey as a part
of a group tour?
The best way to see and experience Turkey depends on
one's knowledge, experience, and personal preferences. Touring is a safe way to
experience new cultures and to see new places with peace of mind. However, some
travelers may prefer to visit sites independently without the confines of
schedules and timetables.
Group tours are organized through tour operators.
Most group tours are all-inclusive. This means that transportation (air and
ground), hotels, some meals, and a guide are usually provided for a flat-fee.
Guided tours are highly recommended for those with an interest in history and
culture, since tour guides can enhance the traveler's experience by sharing
their in-depth knowledge of the places visited.
We will design customized
individual itineraries in which air transportation, hotel and car rental
reservations and other services are privately arranged to match the
specifications of the client.
Our tour packages include almost everything
from airport transfers to accommodation and from meals to sight seeing. We
create perfect holiday plan for you, relieving you of all causes for
Also the travel agencies can get a better price than the customer,
packages also work out to be more economical.
So, booking with us will save
your money and your time to enjoy your journey.
If you have any
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