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Independent Package 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. Optional Classical Greece extension.
from $2049 w/ Flights from $1549 Tour Only 8 days
per person, double occupancy*
Independent Package 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. Optional Classical Greece extension.
from $2249 w/ Flights from $1749 Tour Only 9 days
per person, double occupancy*
Independent Package Athens & 7 Day Greek Isles Cruise
Athens, then a 7 day cruise of the Greek Isles plus Kusadasi for Ephesus; independent travel with flights & hotel included. Optional Classical Greece extension.
from $3399 w/ Flights from $2899 Tour Only 12 days
per person, double occupancy*
Independent Package Athens & 7 Day Three Continents Cruise
Athens, then voyage to 3 continents: Asia, Europe & Africa. Visit Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Rhodes & Turkey; independent travel with flights & hotel
from $3099 w/ Flights from $2699 Tour Only 12 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Best of Turkey
Witness continents collide in Istanbul, then explore Ankara, fairy-tale Cappadocia, Mediterranean Antalya, plus the ruins at Ephesus, Troy & more
from $2199 w/ Flights 15 days
per person, double occupancy*

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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: Turkish Lira
Languages: Turkish, Kurdish, English, German, Dutch and French
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: UTC +3

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a visa for entry into Turkey. Turkey visas must be obtained prior to departure. Have a passport from another country? Please review the visa requirements.

U.S. citizens traveling to Turkey by cruise ship and disembark for shore excursions may enter Turkey without a visa for a maximum period of 72 hours. U.S. passport holders entering Turkey via Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (or any other border crossing), may obtain their Turkey visa online through www.evisa.gov.tr or through a fee based visa service such as our preferred provider, Visa HQ. A printed receipt must be presented to immigration control upon arrival as a proof of payment. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

We will send visa instructions for U.S. passport holders.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for determining all entry requirements and obtaining any necessary visas. Consider using an expedited visa service.

More information about passport, visa & entry requirements.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

Immunizations are not currently required for travel to Turkey. However, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities about possible vaccinations against typhoid and hepatitis. We also suggest bringing insect repellent.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

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.

What to wear

We recommend packing clothing that can be worn in layers and a folding umbrella in order to be prepared for all types of weather conditions.  Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country.  Therefore, it is important to dress modestly, especially when visiting mosques and other religious sites.  It is recommended that women do not wear shorts or halter tops even if it is very hot.  Jeans, slacks, or skirts are recommended, and T-shirts are considered appropriate. 

Please Note: If visiting the Blue Mosque and other sacred sites, kindly ensure to dress appropriately – no shorts, no sleeveless tops for both men and women. A head covering will be required for women, which is available at the mosque or you may bring your own shawl. Visitors are required to remove their shoes upon entering the mosque.  You may want to bring tissues or wipes to clean your feet afterwards.

Money & Credit Cards

The official currency in Turkey is the Lira. Your hotels, some restaurants and some stores accept major credit cards, such as Visa and Mastercard. For “street shopping” you will need the local currency. Your hotels will be able to exchange currency for you, and ATMs are available in major cities. 

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

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.

Electricity & 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.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Photography

Cameras and video recorders are generally allowed almost everywhere in Turkey, and in fact, you will want to take plenty of pictures of the magnificent panoramas you’ll encounter as you travel. Photography is generally permitted everywhere except at airports and military installations. Memory cards for digital cameras will also be readily available, especially in major cities.

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