Cosmopolitan cities brimming with modern delights, archaeological sites filled with ancient splendour, curious landscapes straight out of a storybook and picture-perfect coastlines frequented by the jet set… this is tantalising Turkey! Visitors won't be able to forget travelling through this exotic land which sits at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, yet displays a fair bit of Middle Eastern flair.

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Transport in Turkey

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Turkey, you may find yourself travelling by:

Gulet

Gulet

Kick back while enjoying a ride on a gulet - a traditional Turkish sailing boat that has been used as a form of transport for centuries.

Best of Turkey

Turkey Explored

Accommodation in Turkey

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Turkey you may find yourself staying in a:

Pension in Goreme,Pension

Pension

Staying in a small, family-run guesthouse or pension is a good way to support the local economy and see a more authentic side of Turkey.

Local children gather around guest at local homestay

Homestay

Staying with a local family is a wonderful way to learn about Turkish customs, language and way of life.

Turkey holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Turkey

Culture and customs

Eating and drinking

Geography and environment

History and government

Top 10 Mosques of Turkey

Shopping

Festivals and Events in Turkey

Health and Safety

Further reading

Turkey travel FAQs

Please note that the procedures for obtaining a visa for Turkey will change on 10 April 2014, and from that date onwards visas will no longer be able to be obtained on arrival.

For those arriving in Turkey on or before 9 April, 2014:

For Turkey, an entry visa is required for citizens of the following countries (not limited to this list):
- USA (US$20 on arrival),
- Canada (US$60 on arrival; CAD$75 for advance application)
- U.K. (US$20; GBP45 for advance application)
- Australia (US$60 on arrival)
- Austria, Belgium, Canada, Holland, Ireland, Portugal & Spain (varies from US$10-100)

The visa costs can change at any time and with little notice depending on the political climate of the region.

For those arriving in Turkey on or after 10 April, 2014:

Visas for the above nationalities can no longer be obtained on arrival and travellers must apply for an e-visa before they go. Please go to https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ for all the information required about how to obtain an e-visa.

From 01 January 2015, foreigners entering Turkey must carry a passport with at least 60 days validity beyond the expiry date of their visa or residence permit.

A valid passport is sufficient for citizens of most other countries including New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland for stays up to 3 months. All other nationalities please check with your nearest Turkish embassy.

While tipping isn't mandatory, a tip of small change will be appreciated by restaurant staff. It's also common to tip staff while visiting hamams. It's not necessary to tip taxi drivers, although rounding up the fare for convenience is commonplace.

Internet cafes are quite common in Turkey's large cities. Expect less internet availability in rural and remote areas.

Mobile phone coverage is good in Turkey, especially in large cities. Coverage may not be available in more remote areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile.

You'll have to adjust to different standards of hygiene and sanitation while in Turkey. Flushable toilets are available in some places, although you're more likely to come across squat toilets (especially when traveling in rural areas).

Beer in a bar = 5-10 TRY 
Simple lunch = 10-20 TRY
Hamam visit = 25-30 TRY
Restaurant dinner = 30-50 TRY

Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Turkey. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Major credit cards are widely accepted in tourist shopping areas and large hotels, but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors, in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option in Turkey.

ATMs are available in large cities but are less common in rural areas and smaller towns. Be prepared for this by having enough cash before travelling out of the city.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 23 Apr Children's Day
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 19 May Youth & Sports Day
  • 25 Jun Ramazan Bayramy / End of Ramadan
  • 26 Jun Ramazan Bayramy Holiday
  • 27 Jun Ramazan Bayramy Holiday
  • 15 Jul Democracy and National Solidarity Day
  • 30 Aug Victory Day
  • 1 Sep Kurban Bayramy / Feast of Sacrifice
  • 2 Sep Kurban Bayramy Holiday
  • 3 Sep Kurban Bayramy Holiday
  • 4 Sep Kurban Bayramy Holiday
  • 29 Oct Republic Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Turkey go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/turkey/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Turkey

  1. Be considerate of Turkey’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
  3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
  4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
  6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
  11. Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims. During this month no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims aren't expected to fast, it's recommended to try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.

The Intrepid Foundation

The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.

In Turkey, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:

Support to Life (Hayata Destek)

Support to Life (STL), Hayata Destek in Turkish, is an independent humanitarian agency working in the field of disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness and emergency response by promoting community participation in Turkey and the surrounding region.

As the number of refugees in Turkey increases, access to basic goods and services has become increasingly difficult for refugees settling outside of refugee camps. Since 2012, STL has been working to meet the basic needs of the non-camp refugees who are unable or unwilling to settle in camps. STL carries out a protection program through community centres set up in provinces near the Syrian border. These centres provide community-based psycho-social support services and skills development training aimed at personal development and enhancement of communal and social skills. STL is in the process of setting up a new community centre in Istanbul and the Intrepid Foundation is raising funds to support this particular initiative.


To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org