As the meeting point of Europe and the Middle East, Turkey contains a striking diversity of cultures and experiences. In Istanbul, history is palpable in the mosque-spiked skyline — you can tour centuries-old monuments such as the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, before sipping Turkish coffee in the city’s Grand Bazaar. Out in the countryside, tour vineyards and olive groves in the hillside village of Sirince, tasting some of the region’s finest wines. Our specialists have each traversed the country to pick out the best places to visit, activities and hotels, and can share their suggestions when planning your trip.
You could visit Greco-Roman Ephesus, perhaps the best-preserved classical city in the Mediterranean. We also recommend venturing to Cappadocia, in the heart of the country. Here, you can explore an otherworldly landscape of conical rock formations and hills riddled with caves, hiking to hidden monasteries before spending the night in a hotel carved out of the rock.
End your trip on the idyllic Turquoise Coast, swimming in warm, azure waters. Or, balance relaxation in Bodrum’s sheltered coves and pine-clad hills with time exploring the city’s ancient Greek ruins.
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These tours give you a starting point for what your trip to Turkey could entail. Treat them as
inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.
Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide
on the shape of your own trip to Turkey. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations
for how to appreciate Turkey at its best.
Bridging Asia and Europe, Istanbul effortlessly mingles modern commerce and ancient cultures. One-time resident Ninwa introduces you to the city she loves, from the big-name sights like the Grand Bazaar to the best place to buy fish sandwiches right off the boat.
Currency: Turkish Lira (₺)
Entry requirements: U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months. U.S. passport holders need a visa to enter Turkey for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.
If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.
Electricity & Power Adapters: 230 volts. Plugs C, F & L. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.
Best Time to Visit: The weather in Turkey varies greatly depending on the region. Almost all of Turkey experiences sunny, dry summers. In Istanbul, the summers are especially hot and humid. Eastern Turkey has short summers and bitterly cold winters. Some regions, such as Central Anatolia, are dry and hot in the summer and rainy and snowy in the winter. If you plan to visit beaches, June through September is the best time to travel. Generally, the best months for touring are April-May and September-October, due to less rainfall and more pleasant temperatures.
Shopping: Turkey is a shopper’s paradise! From unique, handmade items to fine leather, there is something to please everyone. Popular items include handwoven rugs and kilims, copper, and brass. Please be aware that some items labeled “antique” are fake. If you purchase an antique, be sure to obtain an official permit to export it. It is always a good idea to comparison-shop, and exercise the “buyer-beware” rule, just as you do at home. Be sure to inspect the merchandise before you leave the store. Most stores will not allow you to return or exchange purchased items.
Tipping Customs: Though not expected, you could give 10-15% at restaurants, if service charge is not included.
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