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8 Nights/9 Days • 4 Cities • 10 Places

Cheap Turkey Travel by Bus

Tour Code: TRP22
From Istanbul to Cappadocia

Cheap budget Turkey tours, travel by public buses in 9 days from Istanbul. Visit Istanbul, Ephesus, Mary's House, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Cappadocia fairy chimneys.

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Highlights

  • Old City and Museums in Istanbul
  • Highlights of Cappadocia
  • Ephesus Ancient City
  • Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) Hierapolis Ancient City
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8 Nights/9 Days • 4 Cities • 10 Places

Cheap Turkey Travel by Bus

Tour Code: TRP22
From Istanbul to Cappadocia

Cheap budget Turkey tours, travel by public buses in 9 days from Istanbul. Visit Istanbul, Ephesus, Mary's House, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Cappadocia fairy chimneys.

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664 / Per Person
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Itinerary

This Turkey package tour fits who have a limited budget and want to visit the highlights of Istanbul, the fantastic nature of Cappadocia, the ancient city of Ephesus, calcium terraces of Pamukkale for 9 days.

  • Starting Points: Turkey/Istanbul
  • Day 1 Istanbul

    As you arrive in Istanbul, you will be met with an arranged transfer service that shall drive you to your hotel for an overnight stay to ensure you are well rested for tomorrows adventure.

  • Day 2 Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Square
    Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Square

    We will pick you up at 08:30 from the hotel and visit St. Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture because of its magnificent artistic value and its interior is decorated with mosaics, marble pillars and colourful coverings.The temple itself was so richly and artistically decorated that Justinian proclaimed “Solomon, I have outdone thee “ Justinian himself had overseen the completion of the greatest cathedral ever built up to that time, and it was to remain the largest cathedral for 1,000 years more up until the completion of the cathedral in Seville in Spain. Just across from St. Sophia is the Blue Mosque, which is famously recognizable its grand scale with having its six minarets that were built between 1609 and 1616 Sultan Ahmet I had decorated the inside with 21,043 tiles from Iznik in a dominant blue colour because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles is how the name of ‘ Blue Mosque’ came to be. You will also go on to take a visit to the Ancient Hippodrome which was the scene for the chariot races, there is also 3 monuments grounded here which are named; The Obelisk of Theodosius, The Bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will continue onwards to see Topkapi Palace;the great palace of the Ottoman sultans dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries and hosts an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain. You are also able to find here the robes that were worn by the sultans and their families, famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, and the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. To conclude your day of touring there will be a short drive to the exotic Grand Bazaar (It is closed on Sundays and during Eid festivals) which is one of the most colourful institutions of Istanbul. The tour will finish around 17:00 and its then on back over to your hotel for the evening.

  • Day 3 Istanbul: Bosphorus Boat Ride
    Bosphorus Boat Ride

    After a good breakfast we will pick you up at 08:30 from the hotel and visit the Spice Market / Spice Bazaar you will notice that the air in here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other concievable herbs and spice that you can name, once we are at the Spice Market you will be given free time so you can take yourself around and explore, and of course you will be able to buy yourself some of the fresh herbs and spices that you can strongly smell for take back home. Onwards with our journey will take us next to joining the Bosphorus Tour By Boat, This boat trip is very traditional excursion and as we sail along the coastline you will be able to understand why, the narrow waterway separates the 2 continents that are Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages, during the excursion you will pass by some of the most amazing buildings such as the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. You will also be able to see Ciragan Palace which is 300 meters of its is marble facade facing the shoreline. Rumeli Fortress, was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul and was completed in only four months its purpose was to control and protect Bosphorus from any raiders/attack. Rumeli Fortess is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture to be seen anywhere in the world. Also Beylerbeyi Palace, which was the summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans and with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem and can be seen the Asian side of Istanbul. As we approach Bosphorus Bridge it truly shows a unique change from one continent to the other (Asia to Europe). After we will be able to see the Camlica Hill that is the highest point in istanbul and as you reach the top of it you can take a rest to admire the magnificent panorama of Mystical Istanbul and also Bosphours with its beautiful gardens, landscaped in a traditional style. You will then be given the afternoon free to your leisure so you are able to see more of this amazing magical city. You will be informed about pick up time to the airport. We will take a flight from SAW or IST airport according to flight availability (budget). It may be a night flight. Meet in Izmir and transfer to Kusadasi. (Overnight Kusadasi)

  • Day 4 Kusadasi: Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis
    Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis

    Today you will do full day Ephesus sightseeing which will begin in the morning at 09:00 am. Firstly we will take you to see the The House of Virgin Mary which is situated on the top of Bulbul Mountain, the house was discovered back in the 19 th century. Catherina Emmerich (1775:1824), an invalid German Nun who had never visited Ephesus went on to describe in great details the house and its location which she had been known to have seen in a vision. It is also believed that St. John brought Mary (the mother of Jesus) to Ephesus sometime between AD 37/48 and its the place she spent her last years of her life. After seeing The House Of Virgin Mary we will continue on tour to the Ancient City of Ephesus where you will see one of the most spectacular excavations to ever exist in the world, you will have the chance see also the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastika, the Temple of Hadrian, the Grand Theater and last but no means the least the very impressive library of Ephesus. The Ephesus library is adorned with columns and statues and is still in relatively excellent condition, by standing in the middle of the Library or taking a walk down the main street in Ephesus you will feel like you have stepped back in time amongst the romans and the visuals here are fantastic to see. Also within Ephesus is The Grand Theater where Saint Paul preached its believed to be the largest outdoor theater in the ancient world with a capacity of 25,000 seats. The last and perhaps the most important, site in Selcuk is the great Temple of Artemis (Diana) , which is one of the Seventh Wonders of the Ancient World. The Ephesus Artemis was a goddess of fertility and was often pictured draped with eggs or multiple breasts as symbols of fertility. Our tour today will come to an end after visiting the Mosque of Isa Bey, which was built in the 19th century, it was also used as a caravanserai, it definitely is a perfect architectural building that you must

    see. During todays tour you will have one hour free break time to rest, and of course if you like you can take some refreshments the cafeteria on site.

  • Day 5 Pamukkale: Hierapolis Ancient City
    Hierapolis Ancient City

    Today you will need to take your suitcases and all of your belongings with you, as we will be checking out from the hotel after breakfast to head on to your next destination. Your pick up for start your day discovering Pamukkale & Hierapolis will be from your hotel in Kusadasi. Pamukkale when translated means ‘Cotton Castle’ and has been drawing the weary and the curious from all around the world to its thermal springs for more than 23 centuries. The Turkish name refers to the extraordinary surface of the snow white cliffs, shaped over millennia by the accumulation of calcium deposited by mineral springs. Legend has it that the formations are actually solidified cotton (the area’s principal crop) that was left out to dry by giants. Dripping slowly down a vast mountainside, mineral rich water foams and collects in bowls that terrace the decline, spilling over petrified cascades of stalactites into milky pools below. The site of ancient Hierapolis and the accompanying museums are overshadowed by the springs but are nevertheless fascinating. You shouldn’t leave Pamukkale without having a healing dip in the sacred fountain of Cleopatra’s pool. Cleopatra's Pool has warm clear fizzy water that bubbles from the springs source, but in these days has now blocked off to prevent divers from disappearing into its hidden depths. On the bottom surface of the pool you can clearly see the Ancient remains of the Roman columns Cleopatra's Pool is an Oasis. After taking a walk along the terraces we will take a short walk to Hierapolis City which can also be known as ‘Holy City’ and just outside the main entrance is the Necropolis (Graveyard), with more than 1200 tombs and sarcophagi the people who wished to have been buried here believed that bee within close proximity to the hot springs and vapor emitting that the cracks would ease their trip to the Underworld. Among the tombs lies the Martyrium which is a octagonal 5th century edifice believed to have been erected upon the site where St. Philip was martyred in 80 CE. Hierapolis City Bath The springs of Hierapolis were particularly popular among vacationing Romans. The cities bath’s had a glossy marble interior that has now been converted into a mediocre Archaeological Museum. You will notice that carved into the side of the mountain is the monstrous Grand Theater that dominates the Vista of Hierapolis, almost all of the seating area which had a capacity for 25.000 is still intact, and so are various ornately sculpted decorative elements adorning the 3rd century CE. During todays tour you will have one hour free break time to rest take in the views, and of course if you like you can take some refreshments from the cafeteria on site. After tour comes to an end we will move onwards to Cappadocia by bus at 21:00 or 22:00 Our bus is Non smoking and fully air conditioned. (duration is 10 hours)

  • Day 6 Cappadocia: Devrent Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum, Fairy Chimneys
    Devrent Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum, Fairy Chimneys

    As we arrive in Cappadocia you will be transferred to your hotel (according to availability) so you have the chance to freshen up before we start our exploration of Cappadocia's secrets. We will leave from your hotel around 09:30 am where our first visit of the day will be to Devrent Valley; Devrent Valley is also known by the name of ‘Imagination Valley’ this valley has none of the cave churches, Byzantine frescoes or Roman citadel ruins that are famous throughout the rest of Cappadocia; but don't be put off as what it does have is very unique and extraordinary landscape shapes that are formed in many kinds of animals, so let your imagination run away with you and see what you animals you can spot, it will most certainly make you laugh with wonder. Our next visit will be to Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) where you will be able to take a look at the mushroom shaped fairy chimneys, these chimneys are very interesting structures and were formed due to the harder rock material been deposited above. The valley gets the nickname Monks valley because of the ascetic monks who came here as early as the 5th century and lived hermit lifestyles here. It was a so called ‘stylite’ way of living, from the Greek word "stylos", meaning pillar the Christian monks built dwellings inside the pillars and its where they lived, fasted and prayed. After discovering Pasabag we will then head over to the town of Avanos, Avanos is set on the banks of Kizilirmak which is translated to ‘The Red River’. We will first start with the old village of Avanos that winds up the hills leading away from the town it truly is a beautiful magical maze of old stone houses, some that have been restored over time and some that have been converted to other purposes. In some of the abandoned houses the features of traditional Ottoman architecture can still be seen along with ancient decorations, motifs and murals. You will also get the chance to participate in a hands on pottery work shop. We will then take a lunch break (that is included) for recharge our batteries. After your lunch we will proceed to the Goreme Open Air Museum, this museum has incredible rock formations and the most fascinating rock cut churches, you will definitely enjoy your time exploring the depth of Goreme and im certain that you will need extra camera film. Our last stop for today will be to Uchisar which is a village perched on a steep rock formation, this town provides some of the most dramatic panoramas of the astonishing Cappadocia that you will never want to leave. Take a wander into the town as it is a very nice place to sit and watch the harmony between nature and human. During the tour today there will be 1 hour free time for you to relax, grab some cold refreshments and just simply soak up the panoramic views that surround you. Our tour for today shall finish around 17:00 to which we will then transfer you back you your hotel for the evening.

  • Day 7 Cappadocia: Oz Konak Underground City, Pigeon Valley
    Oz Konak Underground City, Pigeon Valley

    As we will be checking out from the hotel to head on to your next destination will be first Red Valley and Rose Valley. Red Valley has to be one of the nicest and most beautiful places to go walking in Cappadocia. The two valleys are next to each other and are easily combined. Once in Rose Valley you don’t want to miss the Hacli Church and the Ayvali Church, both of which have astounding painted decorations one the interior. Afterwards we will take a visit to the old Christian Village of Cavusin, followed by a tour to Pigeon Valley, the path through Pigeon valley offers spectacular views of the natural cliffs and the man

    made caves, it passes through a few tunnels that have been carved into the rockside. Finally we will visit Kaymakli underground City and Ortahisar Castle, here in Kaymakli underground city there is 8 levels of the underground city that date from 6th to 9th centuries and 5 of which are open to the public. The tunnels, sellers, store rooms, stables have all been excavated from the soft volcanic rock they are absolutely astonishing on your eyes. Castle of Ortahisar is situated at 86 m height cave in the period of Eti and is the most pronounced structure of Nevsehir. During your day, you will have 1 hour free so if you wish you can take some refreshments and take the time to relax. Our adventure through Cappadocia will come to an end around 17:00 pm for today, and You may head over to a restaurant in Cappadocia for enjoy a delicious dinner as at around 21.00 we will get back on the road and travel through the night til we reach Istanbul. (You will be informed by your guide or our staff about pick up place and time). We ensure that all of our buses are kept clean with fully working air

    con, and comfortable seating, please also make a note that our buses have a Non smoking policy.(duration about 11 hours).

  • Day 8 Istanbul

    Once we arrive in Istanbul in the morning you will then be transferred to your arranged hotel by shuttle and from here the day is completely yours to spend how you wish to. Whether you want to get some rest to relax or if you want to spend the day getting to discover the Magical city of Istanbul its up to you. Below are some MUST SEE ideas for you to Basilica Cistern (unexpected romantic place to visit, the cistern that once stored the water has been fitted with lights and music. Fish flitter around the bases of the 336 columns that support the ceiling. Don’t miss the upside down head of Medusa that forms the bottom of one column. Süleymaniye Mosque (stand on Galata Bridge and gaze up at the city’s historic skyline and you will see the mosque that was designed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan for Suleiman the Magnificent. It’s regarded to be finest of the 42 surviving mosques he designed for Istanbul. Unusually, it retains much of the original complex of social service buildings that came attached to it, including several madrasahs, a hospital, a library and a hamam. There are also few museums that are definately worth a visit such as Istanbul Archaeology Museums Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. There will be an overnight stay within Istanbul, as tomorrow is the final day of your Historical tour around Turkey.

  • Day 9 Istanbul

    After you have had breakfast it is time to check out from your hotel room before 12:00, You will then be transferred to Istanbul Airport for catch your flight back home (your transfer to the airport will be scheduled with regard to your flight details). Your time with us has now come to an end and we trust that your time with us discovering and exploring some of Turkeys hidden treasures has been everything that you wanted and more, we would also like to wish you a pleasant journey home and shall look forward to seeing you again on one of our many other time travelling packages. (Breakfast shall be included) PS: Normally check in time of the hotels at 12:00 pm, if your room is not ready (incase of an early check in) please leave your suitcases at the hotels luggage room.

  • End Points: Turkey/Istanbul

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Informations

  • What's Included

    • Transfers mentioned in the itinerary (regular group transfers).
    • Local taxes and service charges.
    • Hotel accommodations on the itinerary according to your selection as 3, 4 or 5 star hotel.
    • Meals mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Professional English speaking guidance.
    • Entrance fees to the various sites.
    • Transportation with A/C and non smoking coaches.

  • What's Excluded

    • Dinner, Drinks.
    • Tips to guide , driver and hotel personnel (optional).
    • Cleopartara's pool inside Pamukkale and Terraces houses inside of Ephesus.
    • Personal Expenses.

  • Travel Tips

    What to bring: Camera, Hat, Comfortable Footwear, Soft Drinks, Sun Cream, Sun Glasses, Swim suit and towel for Pamukkale.

  • Note

    This program may contain some hard walking tracks which are not suitable for senior and disabled people.

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FAQs

  • How to meet my tour guide?

    Your tour guide/staff will be waiting at pick up points such as your hotels’ lobby/main gate, a specific point etc. according to timing which you were given before tour date.

  • Can I state the departure time for my tour?

    Of course! We also operate tours on private basis, so you can customize the departure time, if it is a private service.

  • Can I choose the sights to visit on my own?

    On private tours. You can choose the sights and museums along with all sort of criteria you like by your agent according to content of service.

  • How to buy museum tickets?

    If the museum tickets are included in your tour, you do not need to buy it as extra. But if the museum ticket/s is/are not included in your tour, still no need to buy tickets in advance, during the tour your tour guide will help you to purchase them. Official tour guides have priority at museum ticket offices.

  • Am I traveling with a group on the tour?

    If the museum tickets are included in your tour, you do not need to buy it as extra. But if the museum ticket/s is/are not included in your tour, still no need to buy tickets in advance, during the tour your tour guide will help you to purchase them. Official tour guides have priority at museum ticket offices.

  • How about the transportation?

    If the museum tickets are included in your tour, you do not need to buy it as extra. But if the museum ticket/s is/are not included in your tour, still no need to buy tickets in advance, during the tour your tour guide will help you to purchase them. Official tour guides have priority at museum ticket offices.

  • How do I pay?

    If the museum tickets are included in your tour, you do not need to buy it as extra. But if the museum ticket/s is/are not included in your tour, still no need to buy tickets in advance, during the tour your tour guide will help you to purchase them. Official tour guides have priority at museum ticket offices.

  • What is the language of group tours?

    If the museum tickets are included in your tour, you do not need to buy it as extra. But if the museum ticket/s is/are not included in your tour, still no need to buy tickets in advance, during the tour your tour guide will help you to purchase them. Official tour guides have priority at museum ticket offices.

  • What type of restaurants do you use?

    If the museum tickets are included in your tour, you do not need to buy it as extra. But if the museum ticket/s is/are not included in your tour, still no need to buy tickets in advance, during the tour your tour guide will help you to purchase them. Official tour guides have priority at museum ticket offices.

  • How to pay for my services?

    If the museum tickets are included in your tour, you do not need to buy it as extra. But if the museum ticket/s is/are not included in your tour, still no need to buy tickets in advance, during the tour your tour guide will help you to purchase them. Official tour guides have priority at museum ticket offices.

  • Am I traveling with a group?

    If the museum tickets are included in your tour, you do not need to buy it as extra. But if the museum ticket/s is/are not included in your tour, still no need to buy tickets in advance, during the tour your tour guide will help you to purchase them. Official tour guides have priority at museum ticket offices.

  • Are any Vaccinations Required For tourist entering Turkey?

    There are no vaccination requirements for any international traveller. The World Health Organization web site, www.who.org, provides vaccination certificate requirements by country, geographic distributions of potential health hazards to travellers.

  • Can We Choose our Hotels?

    Yes, you can. All you have to do is just letting us know what hotels you would like to stay in while your agent creates your itinerary.

  • Do I Have to Pay Full Amount To Book A Package Tours?

    No. You will need to pay %50 of the total amount of your package tour in order to complete your booking. You will be required to pay the rest of the amount 30 days before your arrival day in Turkey.

  • Do I need a Visa To Turkey?

    Citizens of most of countries must have a visa to enter Turkey. U.S. citizens may obtain a visa upon entry into Turkey or in prior to departure from one of the five Turkish Consulates in the United States. Please find your state in the Turkish Consulates Jurisdiction (https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en).

  • How Can I Travel in Turkey?

    By Plane Virtually every major city in Turkey has air service and Turkish Airlines offers nationwide services. Most flights connect through Istanbul or Ankara, both of which have domestic and international terminals. You can check Turkish Airlines.

  • How Should Visitors Dress in Turkey?

    Casual wear is appropriate for most tour excursions. Women wear pants or skirts, but when visiting mosques it is recommended that they cover their heads with a scarf and both sexes should not wear shorts out of respects for religious customs.

  • Is it Safe to Travel in Turkey?

    Turkey is one of the safest countries in the world in which to travel, and its crime rate is low in comparison to many Western European countries. Interpol ranked Turkey as the safest holiday destination in Europe for travelers. Naturally, we recommend.

  • Should I exchange money before I go to Turkey?

    The highly favourable exchange rate makes travel to Turkey extremely affordable. Most banks in the U.S. do not have Turkish Lira. However, Turkish currency is easily obtainable upon arrival in Turkey at any exchange office or bank.

  • What are the departure dates of your tours?

    There is no specific date! You can just pick-up your own dates to depart your package tour! In another word, our tours depart every day all year-round.

  • What is a Turkish bath (Hamam)?

    Communal baths were used in Roman and Byzantine times, but as the name "Turkish Bath" suggests, they played a significant role in Ottoman culture. At a time when the concept of cleanliness was not yet accepted in Europe.

  • Where can I find information on Festivals, Fairs and other Events in Turkey?

    There are more than 100 festivals in Turkey every year. In addition to the local festivals organized in almost every city of the country, international culture and art festivals are held in major cities including Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Antalya.

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Good to Know

  • Currency Regulation

    Limits
    There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency that may be brought into Turkey, but not more than 5 5,000 worth of Turkish currency may be brought into or taken out of the country.

  • Exchange Slips

    The exchange slips for the conversion of foreign currency into Turkish lira should be kept, since you may be required to show these when reconverting your Turkish lira back into foreign currency, and when taking souvenirs out of the country (to prove that they have been purchased with legally exchanged foreign currency).

  • Customs Regulations

    On Entry
    The following items may be brought into the country duty free personal effects of the tourist.

    One TV, one color pocket TV (maximum 16 cm screen), one TV-tape-radio combination, one video recording camera and 5 video cassettes (blank); 5 records, 5 tape cassettes or compact discs, one video player, cine-projector (8 mm) and 10 rolls of film (blank), one slide projector, one pocket computer (maximum main memory capacity Ram 128k. Byte), electronic playing devices (without cassette – keyboard), one transistor radio and portable radio – tape player (its specification to be determined by the Ministry of Finance and Customs), one Walkman or pocket tape recorder, one portable compact disc player, binoculars (one pair, except night binoculars), harmonica, mandolin, flageolet, flute, guitar, and accordion (only one of each type, maximum 3 musical instruments). personal sports equipment, necessary medical items, bicycle, baby buggy, toys, 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars. 200 grams of tobacco and 200 cigarette papers, or 50 grams of chewing tobacco or 200 grams of pipe tobacco, or 200 grams of snuff (In addition to the above allowances, it is possible to purchase 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars, and 500 grams of pipe tobacco from the Turkish Duty Free Shops upon entering the country), 1.5kg. coffee, 1.5kg. instant coffee, 500 grams of tea, 1 kilo chocolate and 1 kilo sweets, 5 (100 cc) or 7 (70 cc) bottles of wines and/or spirits, five bottles of perfume (120 ml max. each), one portable typewriter, one camera with 5 rolls of film, first aid, and spare parts for the car, other items necessary during the journey.

    Valuable items and all items with a value of over $ 15,000 must be registered in the owner’s passport upon entering Turkey, for control upon exit.

    Antiques brought into the country must be registered in the owner’s passport to avoid difficulties on exit.

    Sharp instruments (including camping knives) and weapons may not be brought into the country without special permission.

    The bringing into the country, trade, and consumption of marijuana and all other narcotics is strictly forbidden and subject to heavy punishment.

    Gifts, not exceeding 500 DM in value and not for trading purposes, may be brought into the country duty free. In addition, gifts not exceeding 500 OM in value may be posted to Turkey duty free, if the date stamped by the sending post office falls one month before, or one month after the following holidays: Seker Bayrami, Kurban Bayrami, Christmas, and New Year’s.

    Note
    Cellular Telephones entering the country must be accompanied by a certification form showing ownership. Ownership must be documented in the passport of the owner and will be checked on entry and exit. For more information contact the Ministry of transportation, General Directorate at Tel: (312) 212 35 72 – 212 60 10 (10 lines), Fax: (312) 221 32 26 or write to Ulastirma Bakanligi Telsiz Gn. Md. Emek – Ankara.

    On Exit
    Gifts and souvenirs: for a new carpet, a proof of purchase; for old items, a certificate from a directorate of a museum is necessary. Exporting antiques from Turkey is forbidden.

    Valuable personal items can only be taken out of the country providing they have been registered in the owner’s passport upon entry, or providing they can show they have been purchased with legally exchanged currency.

    Minerals may only be exported from the country with a special document obtained from the MTA (General Directorate of Mining Exploration and Research). Etudler Dairesi 06520, Ankara. Phone: +90 312 287 3430 /1622, Fax: +90 312 285 4271

    Tax Refund
    You Can Receive a Tax Refund for the Goods You Purchased In Turkey! Refunds will be made to travelers who do not reside in Turkey. All goods (including food and drinks) are included in the refunds with the exclusion of services rendered. The minimum amount of purchase that qualifies for refund is 5.000.000 TL. Retailers that qualify for tax refunds must be “authorized for refund.” These retailers must display a permit received from their respective tax office.

    The retailer will make four copies of the receipt for your refund, three of which will be received by the purchaser. If photocopies of the receipt are received the retailer must sign and stamp the copies to validate them. If you prefer the refund to be made by check, a Tax-free Shopping Check for the amount to be refunded to the customer must be given along with the receipt.

    For the purchaser to benefit from this exemption he must leave the country within three months with the goods purchased showing them to Turkish customs officials along with the appropriate receipts and! or check.

    There are four ways to receive your refund:
    If the retailer gives you a check it can be cashed at a bank in the customs area at the airport. If it is not possible to cash the check upon departure or if you do not wish to cash it then, .e customer must, within one month, send a copy of the receipt showing that the goods have left the country to the retailer who will, within ten days upon receiving the receipt, send a bank transfer to the purchaser’s hank or address.

    If the certified receipt and check are brought back to the retailer on a subsequent visit thin one-month of the date of customs certification, the refund can be made directly to the purchaser. Retailers may directly refund the amount to trustworthy customers upon purchase. The refund may be made by the organization of those companies that are authorized to make tax refunds.

    Additional information:
    Ministry of Finance and Tax Dept. General Directorate, (Maliye Bakanligi, Gelirler Genel Mudurlugu) KDV Subesi 06100, Ulus – Ankara Phone: +90 312 310 3880 / 725 – 728 – 735, Fax: +90 312 311 4510

    Tourist Health
    Turkish Tourist Health Society (Turizm Sagligi Dernegi-Hacettepe Üniversitesi Tip Fakültesi Plastik ve Rekonstrüktif Cerrahi Ana Bilim Dali, Sihhiye 06100 ANKARA

    Phone:
    +90 312 311 9393 – 310 98 08) performs the functions below, to provide the travelers in the entire country, mainly in the touristic regions, with proper health care:
    - to secure food hygiene
    - to prevent environmental pollution
    - to ensure hygiene and healthy working-conditions in touristic establishments.

    Health Regulations for Pets
    For those who wish to bring domestic animals into the country the following are required:
    - Pets have to be 3 months and older
    - An International Certificate of Health issued within 15 days before the travel
    - The Identification Card
    - Vaccination Card

    Note
    If you have an official certificate, you may bring one cat, one bird, one dog and 10 aquarium fish into the country. To get information for the importation of pets, please see the Consular Services.

  • Motorist Rules

    General
    Those who wish to enter the country with their vans, minibuses, automobiles, station wagons, bicycles, motorcycles, motorbikes, sidecars, buses, motor coaches, trailers, caravans or other transport vehicles, will have to provide the following documentations:

    - Passport.
    - International driving license.
    - Car license (document where all details related to the car and the owner’s name are registered). If it is somebody else’s vehicle a power of attorney should be provided.
    - International green card (Insurance card). The TR sign should be visible.
    - Transit book “Carnet de passage” (for those who want to proceed to the Middle East).

    Period
    The vehicle can be brought into Turkey for up to 6 Months. The owner should declare on the opposite form, the date of departure at the border gate and should absolutely ve the country at the date declared. If for any important reason the staying period has to be ended, it is necessary to apply to;
    The Turkish Touring and Automobile Club (Türkiye Turing ve Otomobil Kurumu) 1. Sanayi Sitesi Yani, 4.Levent, Istanbul, Phone: +90 212 282 8140 (7 lines).
    The General Directorate of Customs (Gümrükler Genel Müdürlügü), Ulus Ankara Phone:
    +90 312 310 3880, 310 3818, Fax: +90 312 311 1346, before the end of the period declared.

    In Case of Accident
    The accident should be reported to the police or gendarme. That report has to be certified by the nearest local authority. The owner should apply to the customs authority with his passport and report.

    If the vehicle can be repaired, it is necessary to inform the customs authority first and take the vehicle to a garage. If the vehicle is not repairable and if the owner wishes to leave the country without his vehicle, he has to deliver it to the nearest customs office, and the registration of his vehicle on his passport will be cancelled. (Only after the cancellation can the owner of the vehicle leave the country.)

    Following an accident, you can phone:
    - Trafik Polisi (Traffic Police), Phone: 154
    - Jandarma (Gendarme), Phone: 156
    - For more information, contact the Touring and Automobile Association of Turkey.

    Formalities for Private Yacht Owners
    Yachts require a Transit Log and may remain in Turkish waters for up to two years maintenance or for wintering. There are certain ports licensed by the Ministry of Tourist the storage of yachts for a period of two to five years. For further information and regulations contact the marina concerned.

    Upon arriving in Turkish waters, yachts should immediately go for control of the ship to the nearest port of entry which are as follows: Iskenderun, Botas (Adana), Mersin, Tasucu, Anamur, Alanya, Antalya, Kemer, Finike, Kas, Fethiye, Marmaris, Datça, Bodrum, Güllük Didim, Kusadasi, Çesme, Izmir, Dikili, Ayvalik, Akçay, Çanakkale, Bandirma, Tekirdag, Istanbul, Zonguldak, Sinop, Samsun, Ordu, Giresun, Trabzon, Rize, Hopa.

    Port Formalities
    All the required information concerning the yacht, yachtsmen, members, intended route, passports, customs declarations, health clearance, and any obligatory matters must be entered in the Transit Log.

    The Transit Log is to be completed by the captain of a yacht under a foreign flag or amateur sailor acting as captain of the vessel.
    The Transit Log is completed upon first entering a Turkish port and, generally, it is necessary to contact the Harbor Authority before leaving. For information on tax-free fuel, contact the Marina Harbor Office.

    Note
    If you have a certificate from the Tourism Ministry Yacht Harbor, you may take petrol at no charge, provided you possess an official marina license.

  • Formalities for Private Plane Owners

    General
    When coming to Turkey, international air routes should be followed. Private planes may stay for up to three months in Turkey with tourist status, but for longer periods permission should be obtained from;
    The General Directorate of Customs (Gümrükler Genel Müdürlügü), Ulus Ankara

    Phone:
    +90 312 310 3880, 310 3818, Fax: +90 312 311 1346
    The airports of Ankara, Adana, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Trabzon and Dalaman have ties for private planes. It is also possible to hire planes and helicopters in Turkey.

    For further information, apply to:
    The Civil Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport (Ulastirma Bakanligi, Havacilik Gen. Müd.). Bosna-Hersek Cad., No: 5 – 06338 – Emek, Ankara.

    Phone:
    +90 312 212 6730, Fax: +90 312 2124684, TIx : 44659 Ga-tr.

    Underwater Diving
    Diving for purposes of sport, with proper equipment and in non-restricted areas, is permitted. Foreign divers should have official documentation of their specifics and training and must be accompanied, when diving, by a licensed Turkish guide.

    The limit for diving with diving gear is 30 meters. For educational purposes, this limit is extended to 42 meters. Dives exceeding 30 meters must be carried out with proper diving and medical equipment. In order to protect Turkish archaeological and cultural values. It is strictly forbidden to transport Turkish antiquities or natural specimens.

  • Postal System

    Turkish post-offices are easily recognized by their black PTT letters on a yellow background. Major post offices are open from 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m., Monday/Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m., Sunday. Small post-offices have the same hours as the government offices.

    Postal charges vary for different services depending on destination. Post restante letters should be addressed “postrestant” to the central post-office Merkez Postanesi, in the town of your choice. You have to show your identification card to collect your letters.

    All PTT branches have the facilities to exchange money at the current international exchange rates, as well as international postal orders and travelers’ cheques. There is also an express postal service (APS) operating to 90 countries for letters , documents and small packages. A wide variety of special stamps are available in all PTT centers for philatelists.

    To phone from PTT telephone booths, which are extensively found in all areas; telephone cards , and tokens (“;jeton”) in three sizes are used. Local, inter-city and international calls can be made from all PTT offices. Besides these main offices there are also mobile PTT services in the touristic areas. For the area codes of major cities and touristic areas in Turkey, please see the “Area Codes” list. Foreign countries area codes are indicated in the International Telephone Codes list.

    Some important service numbers are;
    - 155 Police
    - 112 Emergency
    - 110 Fire
    - 118 Unknown Numbers
    - 161 PTT Information.

  • Working Hours

    Government Offices
    Monday-Friday (8:30-12:30), (13:30-17:30)
    Saturday-Sunday (closed)

    Banks
    Monday-Friday (8:30-12-00), (13:30-17:00)
    Saturday-Sunday (closed)

    Shops
    Monday-Saturday (9:30-13:00), (14:00-19:00)
    Sunday (closed)

    Istanbul Covered Market:
    Monday-Saturday (8:00-19:00)
    Sunday (closed)

    During summer months, the government offices and many other establishments in the Aegean and Mediterranean Regions are closed in the afternoon. These fixed summer hours are determined by the governing bodies of the provinces.

  • Other Practical Information

    Local time: GMT+3 hours (April-September) GMT+2 hours (October-March)

    Time Differences:
    Argentina -5, France -1, Netherlands -1, Australia +8, Germany -1, Saudi Arabia+1, Austria -1, Greece 0, Sweden -1, Egypt 0, Italy -1, Switzerland -1, England -2, Japan +7, Spain -1, USA -7 (EST) -10 (WEST)

    *These time differences are for the period October-March; however, they may show variances according to each country’s own time-saving adjustments.

    Petrol: Super (premium) – Unleaded (at some places). Normal (regular) – Diesel.

    Electricity: 220 volts AC/50 Hz. all over Turkey. (Industrial:380 V) Plug: European round/ 2-prong plug.

    Water: Although tap water is safe to drink since it is chlorinated, it is recommended to get advice from the conceded authorities of the places resided.

    Weights and Measures:
    1 inch = 2.54 centimeters , 1 centimeter = 0.3937 inches
    1 yard = 0,9144 meters, 1 meter = 1.0936 yards
    1 mile = 1,6093 kilometers, 1 kilometer = 0.6214 miles
    1 pound = 0,4536 kilograms, 1 kilogram = 2.2046 pounds
    Area: 1 acres = 0,4047 Hectares, 1 hectare = 2.471 acres

    Capacity:
    1 UK gallon = 4.546 liters, 1 liter = 0.2199 UK gallons
    1 US gallon = 3.7831 liters, 1 liter = 0.2643 US gallons

    Newspapers and Magazines:
    Foreign newspapers and magazines are available in big cities and tourist areas. Also there is a Turkish daily newspaper, Daily News, published in English.

    Tipping:
    At various establishments like hotels, restaurants, Turkish baths, barbers and hairdressers, tipping at a rate of 5%-15% of the total is common. Taxi and “dolmus” drivers on the other hand, do not expect tips or even rounded fares.

    Visiting a mosque:
    Five times a day, the “müezzin” calls the faithful to prayer in the mosque. Before entering a mosque, Muslims wash themselves and remove their shoes. Foreign visitors should also remove their shoes and show the respect they would any other house of worship and avoid visiting the mosque during prayer time. Women should cover their heads and arms, and not wear miniskirts. Men should not wear shorts. (In certain famous mosques, overalls are provided for those not suitably dressed.)

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