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Frequently asked questions about Turkey

What currency do they use in Turkey?

New Turkish Lira (TRY; symbol YTL) is the currency in Turkey. In August 2013, 1 Euro = 2.6 TRY. You can check current exchange rates here.
ATMs are widely found across Turkey and many establishments in larger resorts will also accept Euros as well as credit card payments (Visa/MasterCard/Amex)
Smaller shops and restaurants will normally only accept cash payments in local currency.

What is the best time to visit Turkey?

Turkey is a large country, and its climate varies widely depending on season and region. For this trip the best times to visit are spring (April-May) and autumn (October-early November) when days are generally warm and sunny but not unbearably hot. Overcast/rainy days are possible however, in spring and autumn, so June to end September is the best time for the sun.

Temperatures in and around Istanbul can vary from below freezing in winter to above 40C in summer. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts experience the hottest summers, with highs of 45C. The climate of the central Anatolia region is also extreme with summer highs of 40C and winter lows of -25C.

Can I book extra nights with this trip?

Unfortunately with this trip to Turkey, we are not able to book extra nights pre or post your tour.

Do I need a visa?

It is your own responsibility to have a passport valid with at least a further 6 months after your return date. It is also your responsibility to arrange a visa, should you require one.
Please note that since April 2014 it is no longer possible to obtain a visa upon arrival in Turkey. Travellers now must obtain a so-called eVisa, prior to the trip. This eVisa can be obtained at www.evisa.gov.tr .

You can check to see if you require a visa through a website such as this one.

What is the time difference?

Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference.

What type of currency do i need?

The currency in Turkey is the New Turkish Lira (TRY). On 6/9/2013 1 Euro = 2.69 TRY.
It is best to withdraw currency from ATMs locally using Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus or Maestro. Most towns will have ATMs but it is always a good idea to carry enough cash to cover smaller towns that may not. You can also exchange foreign currency; Euros and US Dollars being most widely recognised.
 

Which vaccinations do I need for Turkey?

Please click here for questions regarding vaccinations for this country and then contact your local GP or a specialised health clinic to make an appointment to get any injections and/or pills. Please make sure that you check this information in good time. You are responsible for having the right protection when going on tour.

What is the electricity situation?

Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets.
Products such as cameras/laptops that have their own adaptors should be compatible but you will need a plug adaptor that can fit into the recessed wall socket/point.

What transportation is used on this trip?

For this trip we have our own private bus which acts as transportation for the entire journey.

How are communications in Turkey?

Telephone

The cheapest way to make calls is from PTT telephone booths, which are everywhere. These operate using phone cards, which can be purchased from kiosks, or by using major credit cards.

Mobile phone coverage is generally good but roaming charges can be expensive. It is best to check in advance with your own operator.

Internet

There are internet cafés throughout Turkey, even in small towns and villages. Almost all hotels offer WiFi Internet Access (normally free), as do many restaurants, bars and cafés.

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