Turkey Travel Guide

Turkey Travel Guide provides all travel  information about Turkey's sights, best places to visit, activities, food, visa, sports, climate, Turkish people customs, traditions, culture and much more.

Top Destinations and Attractions

Turkey offers a wealth of different kinds of destinations to travelers. Here you can find informations about the best places to stay and visit in Turkey, Top destinations in Turkey and main cities.


Things to Know About Turkey

Things to know before you go to Turkey will help you find details about Turkey Visa, Top 10 reasons to visit Turkey and things to do in Turkey.

Turkish Culture and Arts

Turkey is the home of numerous communities and civilizations from the beginning of history, Anatolia is also the harbor of the magnificent Turkish culture. Turkish culture and art has evolved under the influence of various communities over the centuries and spread over the extensive lands of Anatolia attracts the attention for its unique elements. At the crossroads of the East and the West, Turkish culture, from its cuisine to social life, bears the traces of different cultures.

Museums

The unequaled works of art and remains belonging to the many civilizations and societies that left their mark in Turkey are preserved across the centuries to welcome today’s visitors.
 
Shedding light into history, far and recent, this legacy is well-preserved under the most suitable conditions. Museum Card provides even easier access into these interesting museums and historic sites across the country.
 
If you are curious about the story of man during thousands of years, be prepared for a fascinating journey in time in a grand-scale open air museum.

Religious Sites

Throughout centuries Anatolia has been home to numerous civilizations and their cultures. The cradle of diverse civilizations from early settlements to great empires with different faiths, Anatolia has also been the crossroads of religious sites in Turkey.
The Anatolian lands which have harbored many religious beliefs ranging from ancient cults to established religions of the present are at the same time the site of religious monuments that are still preserved with great care.
 
A crucial site of faith since the beginning of history, Turkey now welcomes visitors who want to delve into the history of sacred monuments and sites.

Turkey Attractions

Turkey is the way to the world’s earliest settlements and numerous civilizations ranging from the tiniest of communities to the greatest of empires, Anatolia invites you to discover its ancient cities.

Turkish Cuisine

Turkish cuisine & food are varies across the country. The cooking of Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir, and rest of the Aegean region inherits many elements of Ottoman court cuisine, with a lighter use of spices, a preference for rice over bulgur, koftes and a wider availability of vegetables stew (türlü), eggplant, stuffed dolmas and fish. The cuisine of the Black Sea Region uses fish extensively, especially the Black Sea anchovy (hamsi), has been influenced by Balkan and Slavic cuisine, and includes maize dishes. The cuisine of the southeast—Urfa, Gaziantep and Adana—is famous for its kebabs, mezes and dough-based desserts such as baklava, kadayıf and künefe (kanafeh).

Climate of Turkey

Turkey surrounded by high mountains and open seas, Turkey is a cornucopia of natural wonders. Apart from that, Turkey is noted for its climatic diversity ranging from the Mediterranean to oceanic to continental climates.

Alternative Tourism

Turkey alternative holidays options appeal to a wide range of holiday makers who are looking for options other than the classic holiday! 
 
Turkey offers a variety of alternatives and services ranging from eco-tourism as a means to commune with nature to congress organizations with business partners and health tourism in addition to honeymoon packages.

Water Sports

The crossroads of Europe and Asia surrounded by the Black Sea, the Mediterranean, and Aegean and Marmara seas, Turkey is the heart of water sports. Turkey is a peninsula awaiting its visitors to explore the seas of magnificently unique regions.
 

Water sports in Turkey are available in just about every beach resort in Turkey. Çeşme and Bitez are both popular for windsurfing.
 
Scuba diving has really taken off in Turkey in recent years, partly due to the clear, warm waters visibility of 30 meters is not uncommon and the wealth of historic and natural treasures to be observed under the water, but also because, compared to many other destinations, Turkey represents excellent value for money.
 
The diving season usually runs from April to November. There are scuba diving schools throughout the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts catering for everyone from beginners to experts. Marmaris, Fethiye, Kas and Antalya are some of the main centers.

Outdoor Sports

Explore the many exciting air sports such as paragliding, delta wings, ballooning, and parachuting. Turkey has approximately 40,000 caves and caverns to explore. For active explorers the from the Caverns of Antayla to the Caves of Zongulduk there is ample opportunity in Turkey to explore the interesting geological formations. This sport is known as spelunking. 
 
There are over 1,000 thermal springs in Turkey most are located in Mamara and the Aegean regions. People come to enjoy the many resorts built around the springs and heal various illness by bathing in the waters. The trade of silk was an important commodity to Turkey and the city of Anatolia was a major route.
 
For younger travelers youth tourism is a big industry. There are many youth camps and special tours designed for high school and college age students. Visit this interesting city for culture, history and adventure! 

Winter Sports

Turkey, which attracts the attention with different scenic beauties every season, offers the most beautiful ski slopes in winter. The Skiing centers of Anatolia welcome many winter sports enthusiasts and offer slopes that are suitable for a variety of winter sports. 
 
The heavy snowfall at the mountainous regions of central Anatolia provides for entertaining leisure time options throughout the winter.
FAQs
Why book with Memphis Tours?
We have been in the business since 1955 and pride ourselves on using this experience to create consistently high quality, personalized tour experiences.
Is there a special rate for private groups booking with Memphis Tours?
Yes, Memphis Tours does provide a discount for private trips booked with large groups.
How much will I have to pay as a deposit?
The deposit required will be 25% of the total price of the tour, except during peak travel times around Christmas and New Years, when the deposit will be 50% of the total price.
Is there any surcharge on transactions completed using a debit or credit card?
Memphis Tours does not charge any additional fees or surcharges on any debit or credit card transactions. We accept Visa and MasterCard.
How can I obtain my visa to visit Turkey?
Visitors can easily apply for a tourist visa in just a few steps at www.evisa.gov.tr and start to explore the unique nature of Turkey the minute they arrive in Turkey. Tourists can obtain an electronic visa (e-Visa) via online application provided that they have a minimum 6- months- valid passport by the date of application. Tourists can explore Turkey and its wealth of culture, history and scenic beauty as they like unless their visit exceeds 90 days.
Can I extend the period of my tourist visa beyond its expiration?
Tourists who wish to stay on for a longer period than stated on their visa can apply for a tourist residence permit for a stay of up to 9 months. For further information or to make an application, you should contact the local/Main Police station near your area where you residing during your stay
Can I combine my visit to Turkey with another country?
Tourists visiting Turkey sometimes visit other countries in the Middle East or North Africa in the same trip. Memphis Tours offers tourism services in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Dubai and Oman which you can research on our website.
Is Turkey safe to visit?
Tourists have been visiting Turkey for years and Turkish people have well-earned reputation for warmth and kindness toward visitors. Turkish cities are generally very safe, especially in area where tourists frequent. Turkey is very well secured, Police in every location, there is so many checking points, this is what makes Turkey safe and 100% secured to make sure everybody are safe and comfortable in Turkey.
Is Turkey considered a safe destination in comparison to other countries in the world?
Turkey generally has a very low crime rate. Travelers will be safe in Turkey if they take sensible precautions that would apply to any tourist destination around the world.
Do Turkish speak languages other than Turkish?
English is the most spoken foreign language everywhere in Turkey. You should have no problem meeting people who can speak English and help you get around in all the big cities, shopping malls, restaurants and holiday resorts. Fewer Turkish can speak Italian, Spanish, and German; however, professionals in the tourism sector are accustomed to visitors who cannot speak Turkish. They speak enough English and many other languages to fulfill the needs of most travelers.
Do I have to learn Turkish in order to enjoy my visit to Turkey?
It is always good to learn a few Turkish words to expressing greetings or thanks. If you are planning to visit some places other than popular tourist destinations, it is advisable to learn some Turkish phrases. Generally, Turkish are friendly and are happy to help anyone, especially foreigners and tourists, even if there is a language barrier.
Is it allowed for non-Muslims to enter historical mosques in Turkey?
Non-Muslims are generally welcome to visit mosques in Turkey. Tourists are more than welcome to visit most mosques at anytime expect when they are being used for prayer, on Friday and during the five prayers of the day.
Is there any special dress code to be followed during visiting a mosque in Turkey?
There aren’t really special clothes to be put on while visiting a mosque in Turkey; however, modest dress would be highly recommended and in some mosques. It`s better for women to cover their hair and perhaps their arms and legs. Both women and men will be asked to remove their shoes before entering a mosque.
Are there certain vaccinations to be taken before traveling to Turkey?
There are no obligatory vaccinations that should be taken before being granted with the visa of Turkey.
What is the official currency in Turkey?
The official currency of the Republic of Turkey is Turkish lira. The Turkish Lira is divided into sub-units called kuruş. Paper currency comes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 TL money notes and metal currency comes in 5, 10, 25, and 50 kuruş and 1 Lira
Will I be able to exchange Dollars, Euros, or other currencies in Turkey?
U.S. Dollar and Euro are widely accepted by large shopping centers, hotels and restaurants at rates that are relatively close to the official ones. Makes sure you know the current exchange rate of dollars or Euros to Turkish Lira (TL).
Is it a common practice to give tips in Turkey?
Many people in the tourism sector depend on tips, as a major part of their income. Therefore, tipping is considered customary in Turkey. It is a customary attitude for expressing ones satisfaction of good services rendered to him by staff on duty with him. We advise if you are willing to offer it, this would be great and if not, you are not obliged to do it.

Tips
  • The currency of Turkey is the Liera. The value of the dinar is effectively fixed at the rate of .19 Li to 1 USD, Credit cards are widely used in Turkey.
  • Service charges that have been included on your bill go to the restaurant, not the waiter. Be sure to tip the servers 10% in addition by handing it to them directly.
  • Turkish is the official language, English is widely used as second language.
  • Pastırmalı Kuru Fasulye (white kidney bean with pastirma)
  • Haşlama (boiled lamb with vegetables and lemon juice)
  • Kuzu Kapama (spring lamb stewed).
  • Kuzu Güveç (lamb cooked in casserole)
Highlights
  • Visit the beautiful Hagia Sophia Museum and Topkapi museum.
  • Admire the beautiness of Grand and Spice Bazaar in Istanbul.
  • See the beautiful architecture of the Halicarnassus of Turkey.
  • Istanbul Galata Mawlawi House.
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum.
  • Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.
  • Rahmi Koc Museum Turkey.
  • Visit Ahmed Mosque ( blue mosque)
  • Take a hot air balloon ride
  • Miniaturk of Turkey.