Turkey Tours

Discover a country filled with pinch-yourself experiences, jaw-dropping scenery, and captivating cities unlike anywhere else in Europe or Asia. From hovering over sunrise skies from a hot air balloon to exploring the fascinating cave dwellings of Cappadocia to cruising azure blue waters of Turkey’s blue-flagged bays on a traditional Gulet – Turkey is teeming with magical moments. Soak in the breath-taking scenery from Cotton Castle while bathing in the white, cascading hot springs. Pay your respects to the soldiers of WWI on the shores of Gallipoli. And, embrace the historian within as you follow your local guide through ancient Roman cities like Pergamum and Ephesus. Travel Talk Tours offers a unique opportunity to discover Turkey like a local with experienced guides, 5 & 4-star accommodation, private transfers, and plenty of optional experiences to tailor your adventure. Don't forget to use the promo code GVMEXT5 at checkout to get your 5% extra discount, adding up to 50% off!
Turkey tours are a pilgrimage of culture, history, adventure fun and relaxation. Join us and visit a country known as “the cradle of civilisation” being that the soils have seen many of the great empires and civilisations in history. Anatolian cities are said to be among the earliest human settlements in the world, from the miraculously preserved monuments of the Hellenistic-Roman civilizations to the path to Noah’s ark.

Our Turkey Trips

Trip Style: Classic, Overland

Essential Turkey

9 Days

4.8

353 reviews

from

$1809

$995

NEW

Trip Style: Sailing

Sail Turkey

8 Days

4.9

31 reviews

from

$939

$516

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer, Overland

Best of Turkey by Land

12 Days

4.8

229 reviews

from

$2089

$1149

Trip Style: Classic, Sailing

Best of Turkey by Gulet

12 Days

4.8

187 reviews

from

$2319

$1275

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer, Overland

Amazing Turkey by Land

10 Days

4.7

100 reviews

from

$2239

$1231

Trip Style: Classic, Sailing

Amazing Turkey by Gulet

10 Days

4.8

102 reviews

from

$2339

$1286

Trip Style: Discovery, Overland

Fantastic Turkey

6 Days

4.8

9 reviews

from

$1559

$857

Trip Style: Discovery, Overland

Highlights of Turkey

7 Days

4.9

9 reviews

from

$1609

$885

Trip Style: Overland, Short Break

Istanbul to Cappadocia

5 Days

4.5

10 reviews

from

$1469

$808

Turkey Accommodation

Please find below the 5 & 4 Star hotels and Superior Gulet Boats used on our Turkey trips. All accommodation is carefully hand-selected to satisfy our standards in terms of quality, authenticity and location for you to enjoy a comfortable and unforgettable holiday.

LEGACY OTTOMAN HOTEL
Istanbul
5 Star

Hotel continues its deep meaning that coming from its history which is adjacent to the most important historical monuments of the city, is the only five-star hotel in the region.

AVRASYA HOTEL
Cappadocia
4 Star

This is a very special place in Cappadocia which has been shaped by magic hands of nature. The hotel is in the intersection of the real world and the world of fairies. Also in a very good location.

HIERA PARK DELUXE HOTEL
Pamukkale
4 Star

This hotel is located in Karahayit regions where is famous with it's mineral hot waters and this hotel offers an absolute relaxation with it’s hot thermal pools & spa center.

MARINA HOTEL
Kusadasi
4 Star

This hotel has a seafront location in the Aegean coast, only 250 metres from the beach. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and a terrace with panoramic views of the sea and Kusadasi Marina.

KOLIN HOTEL
Canakkale
5 Star

The 5-star hotel in Gallipoli is a perfect place to relax and prepare for the upcoming big tour. The large swimming pool and the delicious open buffet add up to the comfortable rooms they offer.

HOTEL GREENLAND
Fethiye
4 Star

This hotel is located in heart of pine forest where it’s peaceful, calm. And this hotel has a large swimming pool to offer as well as daily attractions and close to Oludeniz beach.

GULET CRUISE
Fethiye
SUPERIOR GULET

A gulet is a traditional design of a two-masted or three-masted wooden sailing vessel from the southwestern coast of Turkey, particularly built in the coastal towns.

Turkey Sights Map

Turkey Travel Guide

As Turkey is such a large country with so many diverse attractions, at times it can be difficult to decide on the best time to visit. Turkey has characteristic Mediterranean temperatures with the hottest months from June to September and the coldest months from December to February.
  • The best time to visit is generally between the months of May and October because the temperatures are pleasant, the sky is clear and travellers can comfortably visit all areas of Turkey from the coast, to the cities, to the mountains, with ease.
  • The southern, coastal regions of Turkey are warm and pleasant during the summer. In winter the temperatures rarely fall below 7°C making the Turquoise coast an ideal destination even in early spring and late autumn. Due to the high altitude of the central Anatolian plateau, Cappadocia can be cool in the evenings, even in the summer, but it remains hot during the day - often in the mid-thirties. Spring and autumn can be very crisp and suitable clothing is advised. Please find below the average temperatures for each month in different parts of Turkey.
  • We are closely monitoring the latest travel updates to Turkey and follow the advice of the UK Foreign Office. For the latest travel advice from UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey
  • Please note that passport holders of some nationalities may need to abide by entry and exit regulations which restrict the cities in which one can enter or exit Turkey. We recommend all travellers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure:
  • Australia - https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
  • Canada - https://travel.gc.ca/
  • New Zealand - https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
  • USA - https://travel.state.gov/
Most nationalities require a visa to enter Turkey, which can be applied for online via https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. Travellers from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and the USA can apply for a 90-day e-visa online. At present, the cost for British and American passport holders is USD $20 and for Australian and Canadian passport holders is USD $60. Although this process usually takes only several minutes, we recommend to obtain it at least 2 weeks before you arrive in Turkey. Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa if staying for less than three months: New Zealand, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland. Passport validity entry requirements: Travellers entering Turkey must carry a passport or travel document valid for at least 60 days from the expiry date of their visa. This information is provided as a guidance, we strongly advise that you check with the consulate or embassy as this information can change at any time and with little notice. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the required travel documents are ready when travelling. To organise an e-visa, please visit: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
The Turkish culture has cultivated over millenia, interacting with many cultures of the Mediterranean, Europe, Middle East and Asia; bringing together various customs, especially during Ottoman Empire times. Around 99% of Turkey's population is Muslim with most belonging to the Sunni branch of Islam, and religious events such as Ramadan are widely and festively celebrated. Turks are renowned for their friendliness and hospitability and is perhaps one of the only nations that embody diverse aspects of Eastern and Western culture somewhat seemlessly. The villages of Turkey tend to be very traditional and modest, whereas large cities such as Istanbul are a unique blend of European and oriental influences. Travellers will not only discover plenty of mosques, hamams and Turkish coffee shops; but also bars, nightclubs and modern stores of all kinds. You will find incredible mosques, ancient Ionic cities named after Alexander the Great, thousand-year-old Roman ruins, cities carved underground by the early Christians, and a most-colourful cultural adventure awaiting you.
Turkish food is among the greatest on earth with many of the dishes originating from the Ottoman cuisine. A lot of Turkish food is regional, contrasting from one place to another with dishes that have plenty of variations using spices, meat, seafood and vegetables. Street food is very popular with cheap eats of döner, köfte, gözleme, pide and mussels’ being readily available. Restaurants offer an array of Turkish cuisine and prices vary per the type of establishment. Turkish coffee and tea is widely drunk along with two national drinks, the first being a salted yoghurt based drink and the other being an alcoholic beverage called raki.
Whilst on a Turkey tour, experiencing the shopping scene is a must. With plenty of markets, stores, shops and bazaars to choose from you’re able to discover a wide range of beautiful unique crafts, textiles, jewellery, clothing and furniture. Turkey is also home to the Grand Bazaar; the biggest old covered bazaar in the world, with over 3,000 shops of all kinds. Haggling is also part of the experience, so brush up on your skills.
Ramadan: The 30-day Islamic holy month of Ramadan is a time of prayer, celebration and fasting. Many Turks fast from sunrise to sunset and then after sunset the feasting commences. The Ramadan Feast in Turkey is an occasion for visiting relatives, paying respects to elder people and many Turks give sweets during the festival. It is an official holiday that continues for three days and celebrates the end of the fast of Ramadan month. Anzac Day: Each year in April, masses of people travel to Gallipoli in Turkey to pay their respects to remember and honour the fallen New Zealand, Australian and Turkish soldiers who lost their lives on the same shores during World War I. Travellers can attend the moving dawn service, memorial sites and experience a unique atmosphere that is an extremely iconic moment in history.

Turkey Tours - FAQ

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Turkey, which can be applied for online via https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. Travellers from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and the USA can apply for a 90-day e-visa online. Although this process usually takes only several minutes, we recommend to obtain it at least 2 weeks before you arrive in Turkey. Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa if staying for less than three months: New Zealand, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland. Passport validity entry requirements: Travellers entering Turkey must carry a passport or travel document valid for at least 60 days from the expiry date of their visa. This information is provided as a guidance, we strongly advise that you check with the consulate or embassy as this information can change at any time and with little notice. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the required travel documents are ready when travelling.
Yes, all passengers travelling with Travel Talk must have travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip. It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance in place. You may read more about this here.
Turkey has quite a variable geography and climate, make sure to check the Pre-departure file of your tour (found on each tour page online) for the average temperatures at the sites visited. The Aegean (western) and Mediterranean (southern) coasts have a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers, so beach resorts are highly popular from May to August. March, April, September and October tend to remain moderate along the coast with many local tourists enjoying the sea and pleasant weather. During these months, inland Anatolia (i.e. Cappadocia, Ankara) is typically cooler and drier. Winter season in Turkey (December - February) can be cold, rainy and snowy, with occasional sunny days. Most Turkish cities and resorts carry on as normal during Ramadan. After sunset, slow-paced Istanbul gets back into full swing with a carnival-like atmosphere. Festive coloured lights are switched on and mosques are illuminated. Restaurants will be packed with locals to break their fast. Most restaurants offer special Ramazan menus or banquets. Tourists and non-Muslims are welcome to join the festivities. Please check the Pre-departure file or the FAQ for Ramadan dates.
Free Wi-Fi is commonly available in airports, hotels, cafes and restaurants in Turkish cities, however the quality of connection differs. You can also find plentiful of internet cafes in the cities visited. Make sure to enable data roaming on your mobile if you wish to use 3G/4G, although the connection may be unreliable in some rural areas.
Coverage is generally quite good in Turkey, you’ll rarely be far from a mobile phone signal. Make sure to enable global roaming before leaving home to be able to use your mobile in Turkey. 3G/4G is commonly available throughout the country, however may be unreliable in rural areas.
The Turkish Lira is the currency of Turkey. Please find below approximate prices in USD to give you an idea.
  • Coffee: USD 0.50
  • Sandwiches: USD 0,50 - 2
  • A bottle of beer: USD 3
  • Mid-range restaurant meal: USD 10
  • Turkish bath entry: 15-20 USD
It is not recommended to drink tap water in Turkey. Bottled water is commonly available, alternatively you may fill a reusable water bottle or carry water purification tablets with you to reduce your use of plastic.
Major credit/debit cards are widely accepted in Turkey. Some shops at small towns and rural areas may not accept cards, we would recommend to carry some cash with you for small purchases just in case.
ATMs can be easily found in many places in the cities however are not as common in rural areas. Also not every small shop accepts cards, so you may need cash for smaller expenses.
All tours starting in Istanbul include arrival airport transfer if your flight lands in Istanbul on the first day of your tour between 5am and 11:30pm or if you have booked pre-accommodation with us. You must inform our call centre or info@traveltalktours.com of your flight details (date of flight, flight number, arrival time and name of travelers) at least 15 days prior to your departure date. If you do not receive confirmation that your pick-up is arranged, please contact us. You will be picked up by a Travel Talk representative holding a Travel Talk sign at the airport. Departure transfer is not available in Turkey.
If your tour starts in Istanbul, the welcome meeting will be held in the hotel lobby around 7pm with your group and guide. You can find the arrival information for land and sailing tours in Turkey under the Trip Notes section of each tour. If there is any change in your arrival hotel, we will send you an e-mail to inform you before the trip. Don't worry if you will miss the welcome meeting on Day 1 as some travellers arrive late in the day - just make sure to let us know in advance.
Depending on the dates and hotel availability, we may be able to arrange pre/post-tour accommodation in Istanbul. Pre-accommodation includes breakfast & airport transfer, and post-tour accommodation includes only breakfast. For sailing tours extra accommodation is not available. You can book pre/post-accommodation during the booking process online, or by contacting us.
Solo travellers often join our tours to meet and travel with like-minded adventurers, forming longstanding friendships. We also strive to provide a relaxed and sociable tour experience to allow the group to weld throughout the journey. Solo travellers will be roomed with another solo traveller of the same gender, or can upgrade to a solo room by paying the single supplement.
There are always solo travelers on our tours. If you don’t mind being roomed with another single traveler of the same gender, you do not need to pay the supplement. Single supplement is for travelers who would like to stay in a single room for the duration of their tour. Please note that the single supplement may be required for sailing tours as gullets have double cabins.
Please contact us with your request & we will do our best to arrange your room accordingly. info@traveltalktours.com 0208 099 9596
Our tours do not include airfare to/from the destination, and we do not advise on, ticket or sell flights. It is your responsibility to make it to the starting point of your tour on time.
If you provide your dietary requirements at the time of booking, we will do our best to make the necessary arrangements where available. You can leave a comment under the "Notes" section when making an online booking or simply contact us. Please note that gluten-free & vegan options may be limited in the country.
The Turkish Lira (TRY) is the local currency. Although you can pay with USD and EUR in some places, you’ll always get a better deal paying in the local currency. You can get lira from ATM's using your debit card or travel card — withdrawing cash on credit card is less favourable. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted except in some small vendors. Avoid changing the bulk of your money at the airport as the exchange rates are usually more favorable in the city. Your tour leader will be pleased to help if you need any assistance.
Good news, there isn’t any luggage restriction on our tours as long as you’re able to carry your own luggage - usually just for a very short distance.
Tipping service staff is common in Turkey - typically around 10-15% for a restaurant meal. There is no need to tip taxi drivers, however it is customary to round up the fare for convenience. Your tour guide and crew would be especially appreciative and honored with this kind of traditional gratitude at the end of your tour.
You can join a tour late or miss the Welcome Meeting on Day 1 if you inform us prior to the departure date. Please note that it will be your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements to catch up with the group. For sailing tours, please contact us at info@traveltalktours.com as meeting with the group may not be possible once the ship sets sail. Please contact us at info@traveltalktours.com or +44 208 099 9596. For all emergencies, you can contact +44 208 099 7536 .
Ramadan (Ramazan) is the Islamic holy month, during which Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. Fasting means 'nil by mouth' including food, water and cigarettes. Ramadan dates move every year, please see below the dates for 2020 and 2021. Some local cafes and restaurants close during the day; however tourists are not expected to fast, and there are many cafes and restaurants that stay open to cater for you. During Ramadan, you are encouraged to show your respect by not walking around in public eating, chewing gum, smoking or drinking (especially alcohol). It is fine to do so in your hotel or in a cafe/restaurant recommended by your tour leader. Your tour leader will organise lunches and dinners to make Ramadan easier for you. During the month you will find that tourist sites often close early to allow staff to return home in time to break their fast, and shops often open late and close early.
    Ramadan Dates:
  • 24 April – 23 May 2020
  • 13 April – 12 May 2021
If your tour visits Cappadocia, Hot Air Balloon is one of the optional activities of your tour. Please note that optional activities are not operated by Travel Talk and that hot-air ballooning depends on the weather conditions.
Both tours are the same except for 3 days of the itinerary around Fethiye. The Gulet option includes a blue cruise of the crystal clear bays of the Mediterranean for 3 nights. The Land group stays in a Fethiye resort with swimming pools, visiting Oludeniz, Salkikent Canyon and Dalyan over 3 nights.

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TRAVEL GUIDE
Best time to visit
As Turkey is such a large country with so many diverse attractions, at times it can be difficult to decide on the best time to visit. Turkey has characteristic Mediterranean temperatures with the hottest months from June to September and the coldest months from December to February.
  • The best time to visit is generally between the months of May and October because the temperatures are pleasant, the sky is clear and travellers can comfortably visit all areas of Turkey from the coast, to the cities, to the mountains, with ease.
  • The southern, coastal regions of Turkey are warm and pleasant during the summer. In winter the temperatures rarely fall below 7°C making the Turquoise coast an ideal destination even in early spring and late autumn. Due to the high altitude of the central Anatolian plateau, Cappadocia can be cool in the evenings, even in the summer, but it remains hot during the day - often in the mid-thirties. Spring and autumn can be very crisp and suitable clothing is advised. Please find below the average temperatures for each month in different parts of Turkey.
TRAVEL GUIDE
Travel advice
  • We are closely monitoring the latest travel updates to Turkey and follow the advice of the UK Foreign Office. For the latest travel advice from UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey
  • Please note that passport holders of some nationalities may need to abide by entry and exit regulations which restrict the cities in which one can enter or exit Turkey. We recommend all travellers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure:
  • Australia - https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
  • Canada - https://travel.gc.ca/
  • New Zealand - https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
  • USA - https://travel.state.gov/
TRAVEL GUIDE
Visas
Most nationalities require a visa to enter Turkey, which can be applied for online via https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. Travellers from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and the USA can apply for a 90-day e-visa online. At present, the cost for British and American passport holders is USD $20 and for Australian and Canadian passport holders is USD $60. Although this process usually takes only several minutes, we recommend to obtain it at least 2 weeks before you arrive in Turkey. Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa if staying for less than three months: New Zealand, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland. Passport validity entry requirements: Travellers entering Turkey must carry a passport or travel document valid for at least 60 days from the expiry date of their visa. This information is provided as a guidance, we strongly advise that you check with the consulate or embassy as this information can change at any time and with little notice. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the required travel documents are ready when travelling. To organise an e-visa, please visit: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
TRAVEL GUIDE
Culture
The Turkish culture has cultivated over millenia, interacting with many cultures of the Mediterranean, Europe, Middle East and Asia; bringing together various customs, especially during Ottoman Empire times. Around 99% of Turkey's population is Muslim with most belonging to the Sunni branch of Islam, and religious events such as Ramadan are widely and festively celebrated. Turks are renowned for their friendliness and hospitability and is perhaps one of the only nations that embody diverse aspects of Eastern and Western culture somewhat seemlessly. The villages of Turkey tend to be very traditional and modest, whereas large cities such as Istanbul are a unique blend of European and oriental influences. Travellers will not only discover plenty of mosques, hamams and Turkish coffee shops; but also bars, nightclubs and modern stores of all kinds. You will find incredible mosques, ancient Ionic cities named after Alexander the Great, thousand-year-old Roman ruins, cities carved underground by the early Christians, and a most-colourful cultural adventure awaiting you.
TRAVEL GUIDE
Eating and drinking
Turkish food is among the greatest on earth with many of the dishes originating from the Ottoman cuisine. A lot of Turkish food is regional, contrasting from one place to another with dishes that have plenty of variations using spices, meat, seafood and vegetables. Street food is very popular with cheap eats of döner, köfte, gözleme, pide and mussels’ being readily available. Restaurants offer an array of Turkish cuisine and prices vary per the type of establishment. Turkish coffee and tea is widely drunk along with two national drinks, the first being a salted yoghurt based drink and the other being an alcoholic beverage called raki.
TRAVEL GUIDE
Shopping
Whilst on a Turkey tour, experiencing the shopping scene is a must. With plenty of markets, stores, shops and bazaars to choose from you’re able to discover a wide range of beautiful unique crafts, textiles, jewellery, clothing and furniture. Turkey is also home to the Grand Bazaar; the biggest old covered bazaar in the world, with over 3,000 shops of all kinds. Haggling is also part of the experience, so brush up on your skills.
TRAVEL GUIDE
Festivals and events
Ramadan: The 30-day Islamic holy month of Ramadan is a time of prayer, celebration and fasting. Many Turks fast from sunrise to sunset and then after sunset the feasting commences. The Ramadan Feast in Turkey is an occasion for visiting relatives, paying respects to elder people and many Turks give sweets during the festival. It is an official holiday that continues for three days and celebrates the end of the fast of Ramadan month. Anzac Day: Each year in April, masses of people travel to Gallipoli in Turkey to pay their respects to remember and honour the fallen New Zealand, Australian and Turkish soldiers who lost their lives on the same shores during World War I. Travellers can attend the moving dawn service, memorial sites and experience a unique atmosphere that is an extremely iconic moment in history.
HIGHLIGHTS
Blue Mosque
The exterior features a beautiful cascade of domes and six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior giving the building its unofficial but commonly used name.
HIGHLIGHTS
Hagia Sophia
The Hagia Sophia, among the Seven Wonders of the World, awaits you with all its magnificence. The hundreds of years old structure will fascinate you on sight.
HIGHLIGHTS
Topkapi Palace
Home of the Sultans, heart of the Ottoman Empire… Roam through the royal palace of the Ottomans and follow their footsteps to see their most valued treasures.
HIGHLIGHTS
Gallipoli
Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Anzac Cove, Johnston's Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Raod, Quinn's Road and more…
HIGHLIGHTS
Troy
Troy is the name of the Bronze Age city attacked in the Trojan War. The legendary city where you can outline layers of ruins of cities built on top of each other...
HIGHLIGHTS
Asklepion
The Asklepion is a famed ancient medical center built in honor of Asclepius, the god of healing. It was also the world's first psychiatric hospital.
HIGHLIGHTS
Ephesus
The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus embarks you on a journey to ancient times while roaming the streets.Celcius Library is the most important remains of it.
HIGHLIGHTS
Saklikent
This huge canyon is a natural beauty where you can do trekking to reach to breathtaking sceneries and secret waterfalls.
HIGHLIGHTS
Pamukkale
Home of the world-famous travertines, the cotton castle. You will witness the unusual and beautiful scenery just near the ancient city of Hierapolis.
HIGHLIGHTS
Cappadocia
A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders. Take the chance to discover underground cities carved into rock, fairy chimneys and many more...
ACCOMMODATION
Istanbul
LEGACY OTTOMAN HOTEL
5 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Cappadocia
AVRASYA HOTEL
4 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Pamukkale
HIERA PARK DELUXE HOTEL
4 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Kusadasi
MARINA HOTEL
4 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Canakkale
KOLIN HOTEL
5 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Fethiye
HOTEL GREENLAND
4 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Fethiye
GULET CRUISE
F.A.Q.
Do I need a visa to enter Turkey?
Most nationalities require a visa to enter Turkey, which can be applied for online via https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. Travellers from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and the USA can apply for a 90-day e-visa online. Although this process usually takes only several minutes, we recommend to obtain it at least 2 weeks before you arrive in Turkey. Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa if staying for less than three months: New Zealand, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland. Passport validity entry requirements: Travellers entering Turkey must carry a passport or travel document valid for at least 60 days from the expiry date of their visa. This information is provided as a guidance, we strongly advise that you check with the consulate or embassy as this information can change at any time and with little notice. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the required travel documents are ready when travelling.
F.A.Q.
Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling to Turkey?
Yes, all passengers travelling with Travel Talk must have travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip. It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance in place. You may read more about this here.
F.A.Q.
When is the best time to visit Turkey?
Turkey has quite a variable geography and climate, make sure to check the Pre-departure file of your tour (found on each tour page online) for the average temperatures at the sites visited. The Aegean (western) and Mediterranean (southern) coasts have a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers, so beach resorts are highly popular from May to August. March, April, September and October tend to remain moderate along the coast with many local tourists enjoying the sea and pleasant weather. During these months, inland Anatolia (i.e. Cappadocia, Ankara) is typically cooler and drier. Winter season in Turkey (December - February) can be cold, rainy and snowy, with occasional sunny days. Most Turkish cities and resorts carry on as normal during Ramadan. After sunset, slow-paced Istanbul gets back into full swing with a carnival-like atmosphere. Festive coloured lights are switched on and mosques are illuminated. Restaurants will be packed with locals to break their fast. Most restaurants offer special Ramazan menus or banquets. Tourists and non-Muslims are welcome to join the festivities. Please check the Pre-departure file or the FAQ for Ramadan dates.
F.A.Q.
What is the internet access like in Turkey?
Free Wi-Fi is commonly available in airports, hotels, cafes and restaurants in Turkish cities, however the quality of connection differs. You can also find plentiful of internet cafes in the cities visited. Make sure to enable data roaming on your mobile if you wish to use 3G/4G, although the connection may be unreliable in some rural areas.
F.A.Q.
Can I use my mobile while in Turkey?
Coverage is generally quite good in Turkey, you’ll rarely be far from a mobile phone signal. Make sure to enable global roaming before leaving home to be able to use your mobile in Turkey. 3G/4G is commonly available throughout the country, however may be unreliable in rural areas.
F.A.Q.
How much does it cost for...?
The Turkish Lira is the currency of Turkey. Please find below approximate prices in USD to give you an idea.
  • Coffee: USD 0.50
  • Sandwiches: USD 0,50 - 2
  • A bottle of beer: USD 3
  • Mid-range restaurant meal: USD 10
  • Turkish bath entry: 15-20 USD
F.A.Q.
Can I drink tap water in Turkey?
It is not recommended to drink tap water in Turkey. Bottled water is commonly available, alternatively you may fill a reusable water bottle or carry water purification tablets with you to reduce your use of plastic.
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Are credit cards widely accepted in Turkey?
Major credit/debit cards are widely accepted in Turkey. Some shops at small towns and rural areas may not accept cards, we would recommend to carry some cash with you for small purchases just in case.
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What is ATM access like in Turkey?
ATMs can be easily found in many places in the cities however are not as common in rural areas. Also not every small shop accepts cards, so you may need cash for smaller expenses.
F.A.Q.
Are airport transfers included and how do I arrange them?
All tours starting in Istanbul include arrival airport transfer if your flight lands in Istanbul on the first day of your tour between 5am and 11:30pm or if you have booked pre-accommodation with us. You must inform our call centre or info@traveltalktours.com of your flight details (date of flight, flight number, arrival time and name of travelers) at least 15 days prior to your departure date. If you do not receive confirmation that your pick-up is arranged, please contact us. You will be picked up by a Travel Talk representative holding a Travel Talk sign at the airport. Departure transfer is not available in Turkey.
F.A.Q.
Where is the welcome meeting on day 1 of my tour?
If your tour starts in Istanbul, the welcome meeting will be held in the hotel lobby around 7pm with your group and guide. You can find the arrival information for land and sailing tours in Turkey under the Trip Notes section of each tour. If there is any change in your arrival hotel, we will send you an e-mail to inform you before the trip. Don't worry if you will miss the welcome meeting on Day 1 as some travellers arrive late in the day - just make sure to let us know in advance.
F.A.Q.
Can I book pre or post tour accommodation?
Depending on the dates and hotel availability, we may be able to arrange pre/post-tour accommodation in Istanbul. Pre-accommodation includes breakfast & airport transfer, and post-tour accommodation includes only breakfast. For sailing tours extra accommodation is not available. You can book pre/post-accommodation during the booking process online, or by contacting us.
F.A.Q.
Do you have solo travellers on your tours?
Solo travellers often join our tours to meet and travel with like-minded adventurers, forming longstanding friendships. We also strive to provide a relaxed and sociable tour experience to allow the group to weld throughout the journey. Solo travellers will be roomed with another solo traveller of the same gender, or can upgrade to a solo room by paying the single supplement.
F.A.Q.
I’m a solo passenger, do I need to pay single supplement?
There are always solo travelers on our tours. If you don’t mind being roomed with another single traveler of the same gender, you do not need to pay the supplement. Single supplement is for travelers who would like to stay in a single room for the duration of their tour. Please note that the single supplement may be required for sailing tours as gullets have double cabins.
F.A.Q.
Can I be roomed with my friends?
Please contact us with your request & we will do our best to arrange your room accordingly. info@traveltalktours.com 0208 099 9596
F.A.Q.
Do you arrange flights?
Our tours do not include airfare to/from the destination, and we do not advise on, ticket or sell flights. It is your responsibility to make it to the starting point of your tour on time.
F.A.Q.
Will my dietary requirements be catered for?
If you provide your dietary requirements at the time of booking, we will do our best to make the necessary arrangements where available. You can leave a comment under the "Notes" section when making an online booking or simply contact us. Please note that gluten-free & vegan options may be limited in the country.
F.A.Q.
What currency should I bring?
The Turkish Lira (TRY) is the local currency. Although you can pay with USD and EUR in some places, you’ll always get a better deal paying in the local currency. You can get lira from ATM's using your debit card or travel card — withdrawing cash on credit card is less favourable. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted except in some small vendors. Avoid changing the bulk of your money at the airport as the exchange rates are usually more favorable in the city. Your tour leader will be pleased to help if you need any assistance.
F.A.Q.
Is there any luggage restriction?
Good news, there isn’t any luggage restriction on our tours as long as you’re able to carry your own luggage - usually just for a very short distance.
F.A.Q.
Do I need to tip?
Tipping service staff is common in Turkey - typically around 10-15% for a restaurant meal. There is no need to tip taxi drivers, however it is customary to round up the fare for convenience. Your tour guide and crew would be especially appreciative and honored with this kind of traditional gratitude at the end of your tour.
F.A.Q.
What if I join the tour late?
You can join a tour late or miss the Welcome Meeting on Day 1 if you inform us prior to the departure date. Please note that it will be your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements to catch up with the group. For sailing tours, please contact us at info@traveltalktours.com as meeting with the group may not be possible once the ship sets sail. Please contact us at info@traveltalktours.com or +44 208 099 9596. For all emergencies, you can contact +44 208 099 7536 .
F.A.Q.
Will my tour be affected if I travel during Ramadan?
Ramadan (Ramazan) is the Islamic holy month, during which Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. Fasting means 'nil by mouth' including food, water and cigarettes. Ramadan dates move every year, please see below the dates for 2020 and 2021. Some local cafes and restaurants close during the day; however tourists are not expected to fast, and there are many cafes and restaurants that stay open to cater for you. During Ramadan, you are encouraged to show your respect by not walking around in public eating, chewing gum, smoking or drinking (especially alcohol). It is fine to do so in your hotel or in a cafe/restaurant recommended by your tour leader. Your tour leader will organise lunches and dinners to make Ramadan easier for you. During the month you will find that tourist sites often close early to allow staff to return home in time to break their fast, and shops often open late and close early.
    Ramadan Dates:
  • 24 April – 23 May 2020
  • 13 April – 12 May 2021
F.A.Q.
Is Hot Air Balloon an option on my tour?
If your tour visits Cappadocia, Hot Air Balloon is one of the optional activities of your tour. Please note that optional activities are not operated by Travel Talk and that hot-air ballooning depends on the weather conditions.
F.A.Q.
What is the difference between Land and Gulet tours?
Both tours are the same except for 3 days of the itinerary around Fethiye. The Gulet option includes a blue cruise of the crystal clear bays of the Mediterranean for 3 nights. The Land group stays in a Fethiye resort with swimming pools, visiting Oludeniz, Salkikent Canyon and Dalyan over 3 nights.
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