Turkey Tours & Holidays

A country filled with pinch-yourself experiences, jaw-dropping scenery, and captivating cities unlike anywhere else in Europe or Asia… Turkey is the destination for adventurous travelers.

Discover Turkey through the fascinating cave dwellings of Cappadocia and sail the azure waters of Turkey’s blue-flagged bays on a traditional Gulet – Turkey tours brim with magical moments. Every stop in your Turkey trip itinerary is designed for the most authentic experiences, thanks to a local guide: The sights in Istanbul and Gallipoli are a journey through profound history. Down the Aegean Coast, the unique hot springs and nature of Pamukkale set the scene for relaxation. But, the true spirit of Turkey travels unravels in the smallest details like the steaming gozleme and home-brewed Turkish coffee, or the quaint little workshops in Grand Bazaar. For the perfect Turkey vacation, top the authenticity with a splash of Mediterranean luxury in Antalya. From ancient ruins like Ephesus to trendy leisures like seafood and nightlife, Turkey tours packages with the Turquoise Coast will remind you of why you chose to travel to Turkey in the first place!

Our Turkey Tours & Holidays offer a unique opportunity to discover Turkey like a local with experienced guides, 5 & 4-star accommodation, private transfers, and plenty of optional experiences. See our best travel deals and begin planning your Turkey trip.

 


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

Cappadocia

Trip Style: Classic, Overland

Essential Turkey

10 Days

4.8

366 reviews

from

$2482

$1365

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer, Overland

Best of Turkey by Land

12 Days

4.8

234 reviews

from

$3125

$1719

Trip Style: Classic, Sailing

Best of Turkey by Gulet

12 Days

4.8

187 reviews

from

$3388

$1863

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer, Overland

Amazing Turkey by Land

10 Days

4.7

100 reviews

from

$2950

$1623

Trip Style: Classic, Sailing

Amazing Turkey by Gulet

10 Days

4.8

102 reviews

from

$3198

$1759

NEW

Trip Style: Sailing

Sail Fethiye – Kekova – Fethiye

8 Days

4.9

32 reviews

from

$1766

$971

Trip Style: Discovery, Overland

Fantastic Turkey

7 Days

4.8

9 reviews

from

$2219

$1220

visit Turkey

Trip Style: Discovery, Overland

Highlights of Turkey

8 Days

4.9

10 reviews

from

$2278

$1253

Trip Style: Overland, Short Break

Istanbul to Cappadocia

5 Days

4.5

11 reviews

from

$1971

$1084

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
5 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
5 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.

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.

SIGNATURE BLUE RESORT
Aydın
5 Star

An elegant seaside hotel that features an on-site restaurant, fitness center, swimming pool, Turkish hammam, steam bath and sauna.

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

From the historic marvels of Blue Mosque and Ephesus to the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, we gathered the star attractions of Turkey travels for your itinerary.

Turkey Tours Guidebook

Best Time to Visit Turkey

Find our seasonal breakdown in detail for the best time to visit Turkey. The best time to visit Turkey is spring and summer, when the climate across the diverse regions in Turkey is perfect for all kinds of activities. Spring in Turkey offers mild and pleasant weather. The countryside is green and blooming with flowers, making it an ideal time for cultural exploration in places like Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Ephesus. Summer is the peak tourist season, with hot and dry weather in most of Turkey. It's perfect for beach vacations on the Turkish Riviera and the Aegean coast, but expect larger crowds and higher prices. Why You Should Visit Turkey: Visit Turkey for its rich historical sites, diverse landscapes, vibrant cities like Istanbul, delicious cuisine, warm hospitality, architectural wonders, outdoor adventures, unique shopping experiences, historical significance, and affordability. It's a captivating destination that blends the old and the new, making it a must-see for any traveler.
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Best Places to Visit in Turkey

Explore the Turkey Travel Highlights:
  • The iconic Istanbul
  • The surreal landscapes of Cappadocia
  • Ancient ruins in Ephesus
  • The thermal pools of Pamukkale
  • Coastal beauty in Antalya and Bodrum
  • Cave dwellings in Göreme
  • The legendary Troy
  Each destination offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, making Turkey a captivating travel destination. Don't miss the opportunity to soak in the therapeutic waters of the Pamukkale terraces, explore the underground cities of Cappadocia, and savor succulent kebabs, baklava, and Turkish delight, stars of Turkish cuisine. Taking a trip to Turkey is a captivating experience that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Turkey natural attractions beckon among the limestone hills of the Turquoise Coast and Central Anatolia.
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Turkey Travel Advice

Read through our Turkey travel advice in detail and make sure you are up-to-date with the pre-departure essentials before your trips to Turkey. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date from Turkey. Check the visa requirements for your country. Many nationalities can obtain an e-Visa online before arriving in Turkey. It's essential to verify the latest visa regulations on the official Turkish government website, as well as any Turkey travel warning in the advisories. If eligible, apply for an e-Visa through the official Turkish government website or at the port of entry upon arrival. Make sure to carry a printed or digital copy of your e-Visa during your travels. You need to have valid and adequate Turkey travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins.
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Turkish Culture

Visit our Turkish culture page to read about the fascinating culture of Turkey: eating & drinking, crafts, shopping, religion, etiquette, festivals and more... Turkish culture is a rich tapestry of influences, traditions, and a deep sense of hospitality. Turkey's strategic location has made it a crossroads of civilizations throughout history, resulting in a culture deeply influenced by the Hittites, Phrygians, Urartians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans. Turks are known for their warm and welcoming nature. Guests are highly respected, and offering tea or coffee is a common gesture of hospitality. They say travel to Turkey for the hospitality if not for the dazzling attractions. Turkish cuisine is renowned worldwide, featuring dishes like kebabs, baklava, Turkish delight, and a wide array of mezes (appetizers). Food plays a central role in social gatherings and family life. Turkish culture values traditional arts like calligraphy, rug weaving, ceramics, and music. Turkish rugs, in particular, are highly prized for their craftsmanship.
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Turkish Food

Visit our Turkish Food page to read more about the delicious local cuisine, find must-try dishes and beverages on your journey. Read articles about the diverse Turkish cuisine from fellow foodies and seasoned travellers. Turkish cuisine is a culinary journey that tantalizes the taste buds with its rich flavors and diverse dishes. At the heart of this cuisine are the beloved kebabs, with various meats like lamb, beef, and chicken marinated and grilled to perfection. Shish kebabs, döner kebabs, and köfte (meatballs) are favorites among locals and visitors alike. The succulent meat, often served with pita bread and a selection of mezes (appetizers), reflects the fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences that define Turkish cuisine. Mezes play a significant role in Turkish dining. These small, flavorful dishes range from stuffed grape leaves (dolma) to creamy eggplant salad (baba ghanoush) and cool yogurt with herbs (cacık). The variety of mezes allows diners to sample an array of tastes, making it a social and communal experience. Sharing mezes over conversation and laughter is an integral part of the Turkish dining tradition, an element you will experience during your Turkey tours.
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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 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: United Kingdom, 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 [email protected] 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. [email protected] 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 [email protected] as meeting with the group may not be possible once the ship sets sail.

Please contact us at [email protected] 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 Turkey

Best Time to Visit Turkey

Find our seasonal breakdown in detail for the best time to visit Turkey. The best time to visit Turkey is spring and summer, when the climate across the diverse regions in Turkey is perfect for all kinds of activities. Spring in Turkey offers mild and pleasant weather. The countryside is green and blooming with flowers, making it an ideal time for cultural exploration in places like Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Ephesus. Summer is the peak tourist season, with hot and dry weather in most of Turkey. It's perfect for beach vacations on the Turkish Riviera and the Aegean coast, but expect larger crowds and higher prices. Why You Should Visit Turkey: Visit Turkey for its rich historical sites, diverse landscapes, vibrant cities like Istanbul, delicious cuisine, warm hospitality, architectural wonders, outdoor adventures, unique shopping experiences, historical significance, and affordability. It's a captivating destination that blends the old and the new, making it a must-see for any traveler.
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TRAVEL GUIDE
Best places to visit in Turkey

Best Places to Visit in Turkey

Explore the Turkey Travel Highlights:
  • The iconic Istanbul
  • The surreal landscapes of Cappadocia
  • Ancient ruins in Ephesus
  • The thermal pools of Pamukkale
  • Coastal beauty in Antalya and Bodrum
  • Cave dwellings in Göreme
  • The legendary Troy
  Each destination offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, making Turkey a captivating travel destination. Don't miss the opportunity to soak in the therapeutic waters of the Pamukkale terraces, explore the underground cities of Cappadocia, and savor succulent kebabs, baklava, and Turkish delight, stars of Turkish cuisine. Taking a trip to Turkey is a captivating experience that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Turkey natural attractions beckon among the limestone hills of the Turquoise Coast and Central Anatolia.
Read More
tours for solo travelers
TRAVEL GUIDE
Travel advice

Turkey Travel Advice

Read through our Turkey travel advice in detail and make sure you are up-to-date with the pre-departure essentials before your trips to Turkey. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date from Turkey. Check the visa requirements for your country. Many nationalities can obtain an e-Visa online before arriving in Turkey. It's essential to verify the latest visa regulations on the official Turkish government website, as well as any Turkey travel warning in the advisories. If eligible, apply for an e-Visa through the official Turkish government website or at the port of entry upon arrival. Make sure to carry a printed or digital copy of your e-Visa during your travels. You need to have valid and adequate Turkey travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins.
Read More
tours for solo travelers
TRAVEL GUIDE
Culture

Turkish Culture

Visit our Turkish culture page to read about the fascinating culture of Turkey: eating & drinking, crafts, shopping, religion, etiquette, festivals and more... Turkish culture is a rich tapestry of influences, traditions, and a deep sense of hospitality. Turkey's strategic location has made it a crossroads of civilizations throughout history, resulting in a culture deeply influenced by the Hittites, Phrygians, Urartians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans. Turks are known for their warm and welcoming nature. Guests are highly respected, and offering tea or coffee is a common gesture of hospitality. They say travel to Turkey for the hospitality if not for the dazzling attractions. Turkish cuisine is renowned worldwide, featuring dishes like kebabs, baklava, Turkish delight, and a wide array of mezes (appetizers). Food plays a central role in social gatherings and family life. Turkish culture values traditional arts like calligraphy, rug weaving, ceramics, and music. Turkish rugs, in particular, are highly prized for their craftsmanship.
Read More
tours for solo travelers
TRAVEL GUIDE
Food

Turkish Food

Visit our Turkish Food page to read more about the delicious local cuisine, find must-try dishes and beverages on your journey. Read articles about the diverse Turkish cuisine from fellow foodies and seasoned travellers. Turkish cuisine is a culinary journey that tantalizes the taste buds with its rich flavors and diverse dishes. At the heart of this cuisine are the beloved kebabs, with various meats like lamb, beef, and chicken marinated and grilled to perfection. Shish kebabs, döner kebabs, and köfte (meatballs) are favorites among locals and visitors alike. The succulent meat, often served with pita bread and a selection of mezes (appetizers), reflects the fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences that define Turkish cuisine. Mezes play a significant role in Turkish dining. These small, flavorful dishes range from stuffed grape leaves (dolma) to creamy eggplant salad (baba ghanoush) and cool yogurt with herbs (cacık). The variety of mezes allows diners to sample an array of tastes, making it a social and communal experience. Sharing mezes over conversation and laughter is an integral part of the Turkish dining tradition, an element you will experience during your Turkey tours.
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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
5 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Pamukkale
HIERA PARK DELUXE HOTEL
5 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Canakkale
KOLIN HOTEL
5 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Aydın
SIGNATURE BLUE RESORT
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 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: United Kingdom, 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.
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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 [email protected] 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Can I be roomed with my friends?
Please contact us with your request & we will do our best to arrange your room accordingly. [email protected] 0208 099 9596
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 [email protected] as meeting with the group may not be possible once the ship sets sail. Please contact us at [email protected] or +44 208 099 9596. For all emergencies, you can contact +44 208 099 7536 .
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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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