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Exploring Turkey

FAQ

Getting Around

Mostly, when you browse the areas we feature, private airport transfers are included and car hire is not necessary.  But of course it is a great way to explore independently, and we can arrange this for you.  The dolmus (local Turkish bus) is also handy for shorter local journeys or if you prefer a taxi, they are reasonably priced – but we recommend you agree a price at the start of your journey or ask them to turn on the meter.

 

Travel Essentials

  • Currency
    Turkish Lira, which you can get in advance or on arrival in easily available ATMs. Credit and Debit cards are widely accepted but as always when visiting a rural area plan ahead.
  • Passports & Visas
    Your passport should have 6 months validity left from the date you are leaving Turkey
    Visas for 90 days stay for holiday purposes are not usually required for UK and European visitors however you can check the most current advice and apply easily at www.evisa.gov.tr
  • Entry requirements
    These are kept up to date at the UK Foreign Travel Advice pages for Turkey.
  • Time
    Turkey is 2 hours ahead of the UK on British Summer Time and 3 hours ahead of the UK in the winter months
  • Dress and behaviour
    Turkey is predominantly Muslim but very tolerant to tourism. In Istanbul and the coastal towns, there are no dress concerns. However, it is respectful to dress modestly in more local areas and always cover your head, knees and shoulders when entering mosques. It is frowned upon for ladies to sunbathe anywhere topless.
  • Etiquette & Tipping
    Tipping around 10-15% is customary in restaurants, hotels and taxis.
  • Travel with Children
    You’ll find Turkey to be family friendly, even in evenings in restaurants (except perhaps in some of the very top end ones!). However, be aware that facilities such as highchairs and baby changing facilities are inconsistent, or more likely absent. Children’s menus aren’t common but you can speak to your waiter and they may offer special options for children. Most importantly be on high alert for safety with young children as its very typical for safety standards to be lower than the UK. Breastfeeding isn’t particularly common in public and you may feel more comfortable doing this privately or discreetly.

 

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Turkey@fleewinter.com / 0207 112 0019

Istanbul
An intoxicating city and the only one in the world to sit across 2 continents. Enjoy breakfast in Europe and lunch in Asia, then back again for the evening.

Most of the popular sights, history and activity are centred on the European side in an area called Sultanahmet. But we recommend you explore further - taking in the Bazaars, cruising along the Bosphorous, and visiting the rooftop bars of Sultanahmet.
Cappadocia
The unique natural caves and ‘fairy chimneys’ in Cappadocia would be beautiful on their own, but they’ve been rendered even more interesting by their history as a refuge for Christians looking to escape Islamic armies. The result is fascinating carvings, frescoes and churches deep in caves.It’s easy to see why drifting over this region on a hot air balloon has become popular.

It’s probably the best region for serious hikers as well, offering challenging mountains and valleys for those who seek them, with rich scenic rewards.
Kalkan
Kalkan is, without a doubt, one of the prettiest holiday beach towns along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. It calls visitors back again and again.

The charming cobbled-stone town is packed with excellent restaurants, and sits staggered down the hillside to the ocean, with dramatic mountains in the backdrop.
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Thrace Wine Region
A beautiful region producing wine since ancient times. Guided tours of vineyards are open from April to the October harvest.
Fethiye
The Fethiye region is beautiful, with its verdant valleys and dramatic mountains covered in sweet-scented pine forests, ancient tombs carved into the rock faces and simply magnificent beaches. The most famous are the blue lagoon at Ölüdeniz, and the neighbouring Butterfly Valley, aptly named due to the diverse species of butterflies that have made it their home.

For history and nature lovers this region ticks all the boxes, with its many ancient sites to visit including the ruined temples of Tlos Letoon, and the derelict old Greek houses in the ‘ghost village’ of Kaya Valley. Spring is a wonderful time to visit; with its unique flora and fauna, it is simply bursting with rare wild flowers.
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Göcek
Göcek, in the Fethiye region, is a chic, harbour-side town surrounded by 12 islands – stunning just to look at, and even more spectacular to explore onboard a gulet. More
Datça & Bozburun Peninsulas
For a real taste of unspoilt Turkey, visit the gorgeous peninsulas of Datça and Bozburun with their mountain hamlets, forests of pine and a myriad of fishing villages, beaches and secluded coves, just waiting to be discovered.

The southernmost of the two peninsulas is Bozburun, where the main village is renowned for building traditional gulets, splendid wooden Turkish yachts that are seen along the whole coastline.

The Datça Peninsula is home to ancient Knidos which lies at its tip, where the remains of this Dorian port city overlook 2 stunning bays.
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Bodrum Peninsula
Despite Bodrum being a bustling, cosmopolitan town, the old part is incredibly pretty and has remained unchanged for many years, with old white and blue stone houses in the backstreets covered in colourful Mediterranean flowers.

The area is also packed with ancient history. You can see Bodrum Castle from pretty much everywhere, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnussus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) is tucked away here too.
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