1 Night/2 Days • 1 City • 15 Places

Istanbul Classical Tour - 1

Tour Code: TRP119
From Ankara

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  • The capital of the world: Istanbul
  • The Europe leg of the city: Istanbul - Europe
  • The most famous point of Istanbul: Sultanahmet Square
  • The signs of Sultanahmet square: Hippodrome, Obelisk, Serpent Column
  • See the blue tiles: Blue Mosque
  • Masterpiece of All Religions: Hagia Sophia
  • One of the centre of Ottoman rulers: Topkapi Palace
  • One of the first churches of Byzantium period: Aya Irini Museum
  • The symbol of the markets: Grand Bazaar
  • Caferaga Madrasa
  • One of the ferry port centre of Istanbul: Eminonu
  • Watch people who fishing: Galata Bridge
  • Find plenty of kind products from food to gold: Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market)
  • Rustem Pasha Mosque
  • Bosphorus Cruise Tour
  • The Asian leg of Istanbul city
  • See the last management centre of the Ottoman Empire: Dolmabahce Palace
  • Have a coffee with a nice Istanbul view: Camlica Hill
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1 Night/2 Days • 1 City • 15 Places

Istanbul Classical Tour - 1

Tour Code: TRP119
From Ankara

Guide Language: English, Spanish, Russian, German, French, Portugueses, Swedish, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Persian, Arabic

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  • Starting Points: Turkey/Ankara
  • Day 1 Istanbul: Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Obelisk, Serpent Column, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar
    Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Obelisk, Serpent Column, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar

    Flight from Ankara to Istanbul.

    Istanbul nature, in terms of cultural and historical richness not only of Turkey but also one of the most important cities in the world. Being a bridge between Asia and Europe geographically, in a way, it brings East and West culture together. Istanbul has been the capital of two great empires in history. With this feature, it carries the magnificent heritage of the Eastern Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire to the present day.We can say that the most of the famous historical places are located on the European side of Istanbul. We hope you enjoy your travel around Istanbul.

    Sultanahmet Square, one of the most important squares of Istanbul, literally sheds light on history. Istanbul, which has been home to many different civilizations, has passed from the Romans to the Byzantines and the Ottomans, and Sultanahmet Square is always home to different artefacts that have survived to the present day with the complexity of different historical artefacts. Historical structures to be visited in Sultanahmet Square, which is the Hippodrome area of antiquity: German Emperor William II Fountain, Obelisk, Serpent Column. Also, let us remind you that there are famous museums and structures in and around the square.

    While even the view of Hagia Sophia is enough for us to fall in love with Istanbul, Sultan Ahmet Mosque, which we respectfully look at and admire every time we go, succeeds in carrying our love to a completely different dimension. This place is also known as the "Blue Mosque" among tourists and abroad because of the colour of the magnificent patterns that decorate its inner walls. The Blue Mosque, the first and only 6 minarets mosque within the Ottoman borders attract attention with the decorations in its minaret despite the plain minarets in the Islamic geography. The mosque's decorations consist of more than 20 thousand tiles with 50 different tulip patterns in Iznik. There are flowers, fruits and cypress on these magnificent tiles made by tile makers in Iznik. All these tiles create a deep blue, peaceful and magnificent scene. It is normal for tourists to call it the Blue Mosque because the blue colour is quite intense here. In addition, ostrich eggs were placed in various parts of the carefully created interior to prevent spiders. One of the most important elements in the mosque is the mihrab made of fine workmanship and carved marble. In addition to the magnificence of the mihrab surrounded by windows, the perfection of the interior acoustics makes it easy to hear the imam's voice even when the mosque is at its most crowded. The beauty, splendour and importance of this mosque are so great that it has managed to give its name to the region where it is located.

    Although the Ancient Roman Hippodrome in Istanbul was originally built in the 2nd century AD, the magnificent Hippodrome, whose remains are found in Sultanahmet Square (Horse Square) today, was built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century. There is an Obelisk, Knitted Column and Serpentine Column in the Hippodrome today. Among these works, the Obelisk was brought from Egypt, and the Serpent Column was brought from the Apollo temple in Delphi. In fact, there were many more works here: works of pagan and Christian beliefs, statues of legendary racers, monuments of emperors, etc. But, as a result of the uprising in 532, the hippodrome was no longer standing. The hippodrome was actually decorated with bronze, bronze and copper statues brought from many places such as Rome, Greece, the Aegean Islands, Egypt, but almost all of the works were destroyed during the 57-year Latin occupation. The artefacts were either sold, sent elsewhere or melted and used for other purposes (coins, shields, etc.). In short, this place has been a gathering and rebellion square for the crowds throughout history.

    Considered as one of the most important buildings in the world in terms of art and architectural history, Hagia Sophia Mosque, together with its neighbour Topkapi Palace Museum, is among the most impressive places visited by local and foreign tourists in Istanbul. Hagia Sophia, built as a church in 325, was rebuilt in 537, turned into a mosque by the conqueror Mehmet II after the conquest of Istanbul. Hagia Sophia is also considered as the eighth wonders of the world. It is adorned with many mosaic ornaments with and without figures from different periods. The most important examples of mosaic decoration that have survived to the present day are the figureless mosaics that can be seen in the narthex area. All kinds of efforts have been made to protect and preserve Hagia Sophia as a symbol of conquest. The Hagia Sophia Mosque, with its minarets, madrasah, primary school, fountains, public fountains, sundials, trustees' room built outside the building in different periods, was transformed into a complex structure in the Ottoman Period.

    The Topkapi palace, which was started to be built in 1460 after the conquest of Istanbul by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1453 and completed in 1478; It is built on a 70 decare area on the Eastern Roman acropolis in Sarayburnu at the edge of the historical Istanbul peninsula between the Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. It was used as the administration, education and art centre of the empire for about four hundred years from Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror until the 31st Sultan Abdulmecid, and at the same time became the sultan's house. Although it was abandoned in the middle of the 19th century when the dynasty moved to Dolmabahce Palace, it has always maintained its importance. Topkapi Palace Museum, which was turned into a museum in 1924 and was the first museum of the Republic, covers an area of ​​approximately 30 decares today. Topkapi Palace, separated from the city with the Sultan wall built by the Conqueror by the land and the Eastern Roman walls by the sea, is one of the largest palace-museums in the world with its architectural structures, collections and approximately 300,000 archive documents.

    Hagia Eirene Church (Aya Irini) is both the first church and the first museum in Istanbul. It is actually a legend of a young woman named Penelope who gave her name to Hagia Eirene Church. (Aya Irini) Hagia Eirene is the biggest temple from the Roman period after Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya). In addition, 588 Consul has been taken place here. Today's Hagia Eirene is not the church which was built during the Constantine period. The original of the building was burned in the Nika riot in 532, and Emperor Justinian built a new one. Although it burns once more in the same century, it was not demolished this time, it was enough to be repaired. While the church, which was damaged in the earthquake in 738, was repaired, all the apses and ceiling were decorated with new frescoes and mosaics. In the iconoclasm period, their depictions were closed, as in all other places of worship. Sultan Mehmet the conqueror did not touch the church after the 1453 conquest. Some historians write that the Sultan, who knows the Greek and Roman history very well, also knows the story of St Eirene and did not turn this place into a mosque because of his respect. The main dome is 35 meters height and rising on 4 large elephant feet. The middle courtyard is empty, just like in Hagia Sophia. The upper floor of the building is planned as a huge ancient Roman cross. At the time of its construction, Hagia Eirene was not only Istanbul's first church but also among the largest buildings of the Roman Empire.

    It is one of the oldest and largest covered bazaars in the world. The Grand Bazaar, with its maze-like streets and passages, is one of the most popular and visited places, especially among tourists. At the same time, it has the status of a kind of trade centre of Istanbul. It is possible to find something for every taste and budget here. The Grand Bazaar is a wonderful historical place not only for shopping but also walking through its lively streets and to have a nice day amidst the charming smells of colourful shops and spices. Overnight in Istanbul.

  • Day 2 Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise, Galata Bridge, Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market), Rustem Pasha Mosque
    Bosphorus Cruise, Galata Bridge, Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market), Rustem Pasha Mosque

    Eminonu district, together with the Sirkeci district right next to it, is one of the most vibrant and touristic places in the historical peninsula of Istanbul. It is also one of the most important networks of Istanbul transportation. This large bazaar, also known as the Spice Bazaar, has a popular place among Istanbul's oldest bazaars. The historical building is among the first places visited by tourists coming to Istanbul. In addition to colourful spices, the Spice Market, where you can find local clothes, nuts, flower seeds and coffee, offers beautiful photos to its guests.

    Galata Bridge, located at the entrance of the Golden Horn and connecting Karakoy and Eminonu, is 490 meters long, famous for its unique history, people who fish on it, which you can always see, and fish restaurants under the bridge, and is also one of the important symbols of Istanbul.

    Upon your travel to Istanbul, you must take the opportunity to on the incredible Bosphorous tour, this wonderful cruise tour starts from Golden Horn to Bosphorus strait, then onto the black sea. Between the 2 continents, Asia-Europe, along the Bosphorus strait You will be able to experience 3 of the best Istanbul spots all within one day, as well as capturing stunning scenery along the way! You will get off from the boat on the Asia side, and you will explore the wonders such as Ortakoy, Camlica Hill, Dolmabahce Palace, and you will certainly remember this fantastic Istanbul visit and will keep on wanting to return The Asian side of Istanbul where historical places and structures that worth to visit in our programs, includes several beauties inside of it.

    Camlica Hill is one of the most popular places to visit in Uskudar. Camlica Hill, which has one of the most beautiful and pleasant views of Istanbul and is one of the highest places, is divided into two as large Camlica and small Camlica. The most popular of these is undoubtedly the big Camlica. It is approximately 265 meters above sea level. The small Camlica in our tour program is covered with trees, and its view is also stunning. It is a great pleasure to watch the views of the Bosphorus, Islands, Golden Horn and Istanbul European Side from Camlica Hill.

    Enchanting its guests with its European baroque-style architecture, oriental texture and exhibition halls, Dolmabahce Palace is a palace that became the residence of the last six sultans of the Ottoman Empire. The construction of Dolmabahce Palace, built by Sultan Abdulmecid (1839-1861), started on June 13, 1843, and was put into use on June 7, 1856. It does not consist of different structures and buildings like Topkapı Palace. On the contrary, it is a single large building, and around this large building, several mansions and a large garden were built. The palace consists of three sections: the Imperial Council (the portion of a house reserved for men), where the administrative affairs of the state are carried out; the Ceremony Hall, where the Sultan uses for the feasts of the state leaders and the state ceremonies; and the Harem of Imperial, which the Sultan and his family live their private lives. In the garden of the Harem, there is a Clock Museum where beautiful examples from the National Palaces Clock Collection are exhibited.

  • End Points: Turkey/Ankara

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  • What's Included

    • 1 night - Accommodation With Dinner (4 Star Hotel or Special Class Boutique Hotel )
    • Pick up from your hotel or meeting point.
    • 4 Airport Transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Drop off to your hotel or meeting point.
    • Parking Fees of Archaeological sites and national parks.
    • Private professional licenced tour guide.
    • This is a private tour/activity, only your group will participate.
    • Local Taxes.

  • What's Excluded

    • Admission fees to the museums and sights.
    • Personal expenses not included.
    • Lunch and Dinner
    • Domestic flight tickets
    • Gratuities to tour guides and drivers.

  • Travel Tips

    • For the Churches, mosques, and The Tombs, a visit to these places requires respect. So proper dressing into such places is advised.
    • Please wear comfortable shoes and a casual dress code.
    • Guests should watch their steps at all times in order to avoid injuries to people with mobility impairments.
    • Cameras (but tripods are not allowed in Turkish Museums and sites).
    • Good quality sunglasses are advised and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles.
    • Hat, sunscreen, and umbrella for the rainy or sunny days, especially days that can be hot in Archaeological sites.
    • You can get bottles of soft drinks, it can be scorching hot during the day.
    • The clothes you bring with you should be according to the season of your trip. Shorts, t-shirts can be worn. There is no obligation to cover your head or shoulders In Turkey.
    • You may pay the entrance fees by credit card or Turkish Liras (The Museums charging only Turkish Liras and Credit cards).

  • Note

    • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time
    • This tour operated with just your party and a guide/driver
    • Complementery Turkey Map and Turkey Brouchers
    • The tour document with details and confirmations will be e-mailed after your prebooking.
    • Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
    • Infant seats are available
    • It is suitable for wheelchair users
    • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
    • Social distancing is maintained in vehicles.
    • Passport or ID card required
    • Masks required
    • This tour is available all year round.

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  • 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,, 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 (

  • 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

    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.

    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

    +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

    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

    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).

    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.

    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

    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

    +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.

    +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)

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

    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

    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.

    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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