Turkey Travel Guide

Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey has more Classical ruins than any other country, but also boasts some of the world’s finest Islamic art and architecture. Whether your interests or those of your guests, extend to exploring archaeological sites, trekking, rafting, nightclubbing, or simply lazing on a beach, Turkey is for you. And you are assured of a warm welcome. Turkish hospitality is second to none and grows out of a long tradition. Much the same could be said of Turkish cuisine, to which Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans have all contributed. The results are as varied and enticing as the country itself. According to most experts, Turkish cuisine is the third most extensive cuisine in the world after Chinese and French. With so much on offer, there is no doubt that you will find something to suit your tastes and tempt your palate.

TIME ZONE
Turkey is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean-Time.

VISAS
are required for US and UK citizens, but can be easily purchased on arrival.

VACCINATIONS
No special vaccinations necessary.

CLIMATE
varies considerably from region to region. Istanbul has a temperate climate with summer temperatures in the low 80s (26-28 degrees Celsius) and in the mid-40s (4-6 degrees Celsius). The west and south coasts share a typical Mediterranean climate with summer temperatures in the high 80s (26-28 degrees Celsius) to low 90s (32-34 degrees Celsius) and winter temperatures averaging in the mid-50s (12-15 degrees Celsius). The high, central plateau is a little cooler, and humidity is low.

CURRENCY
is the New Turkish lira (YTL). Recently reformed and stabilized, it is fully convertible, and can be obtained on arrival.

WEIGHTS & MEASURES
Turkey uses the metric system

LANGUAGE
is not a problem, since most of the people you are likely to encounter will speak English. Turkish is written in the Latin alphabet.

ELECTRICITY
Electric power in Turkey is 220 volt, 50 cycle, but most four and five star hotel rooms have at least one 110-volt socket.

FOOD
is generally excellent combining elements of Mediterranean & Near-Eastern cuisine. Vegetarian dishes are readily available.

DRESS
There is no need to change your style of dress when visiting Turkey, but it is advisable to dress modestly in mosques.

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