Before You Go to 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.

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.

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Are you still wondering “why go to Turkey?” Here are some Turkey information and the top 10 reasons to visit Turkey in your vacation.
Spring and autumn are the ideal times to visit Istanbul and the inland regions. Turkish coasts climate are typically like the Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers. The majority of rainfall occurs in winter along the coast so the summer months remain hot and dry, perfect for topping up that tan. As you travel further east in
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Turkey e-Visa. Tourists can obtain an electronic visa (e-Visa) via online application provided that they have a minimum 6- months- valid passport. More details!
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The official currency of the Republic of Turkey is Turkish lira. The Turkish Lira is divided into subunits called kuruş. Read More.

The unique and magnificent landscape of Turkey is waiting to be explored by vacationers who are ready to hit the road!
Official and religious holidays are celebrated with great enthusiasm in Turkey which is a vast and culturally diverse country.
Turkey keeps evolving every day for the convenience of vacationers who want to spend a relaxing and pleasant holiday. Here you can find all the emergency numbers in Turkey.

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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?
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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.
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