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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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

Money

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

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.

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. View more information 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.

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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
from $2049 w/ Flights from $1549 Tour Only 8 days
per person, double occupancy*
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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
from $2299 w/ Flights from $1799 Tour Only 9 days
per person, double occupancy*
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New Independent Package Athens & 7 Day Greece & Turkey Cruise
The history of Athens, then set sail on a 7 day cruise of the Greek Isles plus Istanbul & Canakkale, Turkey; independent travel with flights & hotel
from $2899 w/ Flights from $2499 Tour Only 12 days
per person, double occupancy*
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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
from $3399 w/ Flights from $2899 Tour Only 12 days
per person, double occupancy*
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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 $3299 w/ Flights from $2899 Tour Only 12 days
per person, double occupancy*
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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 $2149 w/ Flights 15 days
per person, double occupancy*
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