Turkey

Experiencing Turkey is like stepping onto a movie set of whirling dervishes, shimmering mosques, sultans' treasures, and ancient Roman cities like Ephesus. Long a historical link between Europe and Asia, Turkey embodies the modernity and traditions of both: bazaars, lush gardens of the Bosphorus Strait, and the cafe culture of Istanbul. Friendly Planet makes your travel planning easy with one of our wonderful discount tours of Turkey!

Tours & Packages to Turkey

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Athens & 3 Day Greek Isles Cruise
Ancient Athens, then a 3 day cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos, Santorini & Crete; independent adventure with flights & hotel included
closed
8 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + cruise + flights
Athens & 4 Day Greek Isles Cruise
Athens, then a 4 day cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi & Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini & Crete; travel on your own with flights & hotel included
closed
9 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + cruise + flights
Athens & 7 Day Greek Isles Cruise
Athens, then a 7 day cruise of the Greek Isles plus 2 ports in Turkey: Cesme & Izmir for Ephesus; independent travel with flights & hotel included
closed
12 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + cruise + flights
Greek Island Special: 3 Day Cruise & Athens
A 3 day cruise to Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and more, ending with a half day tour of Athens; independent adventure with flights & hotel included
closed
6 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates cruise + flights
Greek Island Special: 4 Day Cruise & Athens
A 4 day cruise to Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Crete and more, ending with a half day tour of Athens; independent travel with flights & hotel included
closed
7 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates cruise + flights
Greek Island Special: 7 Day Cruise & Athens
A 7 day cruise of the Greek Isles plus ports in Turkey, ending with a half day tour of Athens; independent travel with flights & hotel included
closed
10 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates cruise + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Turkey? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Ankara
Population:  78.67 million
Currency: Renminbi (RMB or CNY)
Languages: Turkish, Kurdish, English, German, Dutch and French
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: UTC +3

Weather

The coast of Turkey is temperate, warm, and humid in the summer. Eastern Turkey has short summers and bitterly cold winters. Central Anatolia is dry and hot in the summer, rainy and snowy in the winter. If you plan to visit beaches, June thru September is the best time to travel. Southeastern Turkey is very dry and extremely hot in the summer. 

April-May and September-October are the best months for touring with the least amount of rainfall and the most comfortable temperatures. 

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least eight months after your return date.

U.S. citizens traveling to Turkey by cruise ship may enter Turkey without a visa for a maximum period of 72 hours. Otherwise, U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Turkey, obtained prior to arrival. Tourist visas for stays up to 90 days may be obtained through the Turkey e-Visa website and a printed receipt must be presented upon arrival. You may also apply through a fee-based visa service such as our preferred provider, VisaHQ. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will send visa instructions for U.S. passport holders.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

The best items to shop for in Turkey are handwoven rugs and kilims, leather goods, silk, alabaster, copperware and brassware, ceramics, Iznik tiles, brass samovars, and meerschaum pipes. Be cautious of “antiques,” some are fakes. If you do buy an antique, be sure to obtain an official permit to export it.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There is no risk for malaria in Istanbul. You should check with your doctor about possible vaccinations against typhoid and hepatitis. Take along plenty of insect repellent! 

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

230 volts. Plugs C & F. 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. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

Tip 10% in expensive restaurants even if a service charge has been added. Tip porters $1-$3 U.S. per bag, and tour guides around $5-$10 US.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

 

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Rave Reviews

I want to thank you so much for recommending the Turkey trip to me. It was amazing. It was very well organized, everything was on time and the hotels were excellent - very comfortable and the staff helpful. I loved the food, and the buffets were excellent. Lots of Turkish dishes, which I loved, but there was plenty of variety for those who did not want to eat ethnic. Our guide, Hakim, was beyond wonderful. He knew everything about the history of every place we visited, gong back thousands of years, as well as the modern facts of Turkey. He made it all very interesting.

Masha Fleissig, Los Angeles, CA

I just want to let you know that my trip to Turkey was absolutely fabulous. Our guide Ibrihim was so knowledgeable about the country. We knew we were in good hands with him as our guide. Thank you for providing such a wonderful trip for such a good price.

Gale Bacon
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