TÜRKIYE

Türkiye, located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, is a fascinating destination for travelers seeking a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. From the ancient ruins of Ephesus to the stunning beaches of Antalya, there is no shortage of sights to see and experiences to be had in this diverse country. Whether you're exploring the bustling markets of Istanbul or hiking through the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia, Türkiye is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

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Ankara

Ankara, the capital city of Türkiye, is a vibrant metropolis with a rich history and culture waiting to be explored. From the ancient ruins of the Roman Empire to the modern architecture of today, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Ankara. Whether you're interested in visiting museums, shopping at bustling markets, or trying delicious Turkish cuisine, Ankara has it all. Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of this captivating city.

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a stunning region in central Turkey known for its unique rock formations, underground cities, and hot air balloon rides. A visit to Cappadocia offers a truly unforgettable experience, with opportunities to explore ancient cave dwellings, hike through picturesque valleys, and witness breathtaking sunrises from a hot air balloon. Whether you're a history buff, adventure seeker, or simply looking for a peaceful getaway, Cappadocia has something to offer every type of traveler.

Istanbul

Istanbul is a vibrant city that seamlessly blends its rich history with modernity, making it a must-visit destination for travelers. From the stunning architecture of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque to the bustling markets of the Grand Bazaar, there is no shortage of sights to see and experiences to be had in this enchanting city. Whether you're exploring the winding streets of the old town or cruising along the Bosphorus, Istanbul is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

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At Itaca Tours, we offer additional services to elevate your travel experience to the next level. We have partnered with various companies to ensure you have everything yo need for a seamless and enjoyable trip. 

First, you can request a SIM Card through Drimsim, ensuring you have internet and phone service wherever you go. This way, you stay connected with your loved ones and have access to maps, guides, and other essential travel information.

Additionally, thanks of our partner Ekta, we offer travel insurance options for your peace of mind.

Lastly, we have partnered with Radical Storage to provide secure luggage storage services. You can leave your bags in a safe location while you explore new destinations, free from the hassle of carrying your belongings around.

With these services, we aim to make your travel experience as convenient and worry-free as possible.

Tips to travel

Traveling to Türkiye offers a fascinating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your trip:

Visa Requirements: Check the visa requirements for your nationality before traveling to Türkiye. Many visitors can obtain an e-Visa online or a visa on arrival, while others may need to apply for a visa at a Turkish embassy or consulate. Ensure that your passport has sufficient validity for the duration of your stay and comply with visa regulations.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Türkiye depends on the region and your interests. The coastal areas are most popular during the summer months from June to August when the weather is hot and sunny, making it ideal for beach vacations. Spring (April to May) and autumn (September to November) offer milder temperatures and fewer crowds, making it perfect for sightseeing and outdoor activities. Winter (December to February) is a quieter time to visit, with the chance to experience snow in some regions.

Health Precautions: Consult with your healthcare provider regarding any necessary vaccinations or health precautions for traveling to Türkiye. Pack any necessary medications and a first-aid kit. Drink bottled or purified water to avoid stomach issues, and be cautious when consuming street food.

Currency and Payments: The official currency of Türkiye is the Turkish Lira (TRY). Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in major cities and tourist areas, but it's advisable to carry some cash for smaller purchases and transactions, especially in rural areas and markets. ATMs are readily available for withdrawing cash in local currency.

Transportation: Getting around in Türkiye can be done through various modes of transportation, including buses, trains, domestic flights, and rental cars. Buses are the most common mode of long-distance travel, with well-developed networks connecting major cities and towns. Trains operate between major cities, offering scenic journeys through the countryside. Domestic flights are available for traveling between distant regions, offering convenience and saving time. Taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber are available in urban areas, while rental cars are suitable for exploring remote areas and scenic routes.

Accommodation: Türkiye offers a wide range of accommodation options, including hotels, guesthouses, boutique hotels, and hostels. In major cities like Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, you'll find a variety of lodging options catering to different budgets and preferences. Book accommodations in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons and major holidays.

Language: Turkish is the official language of Türkiye, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas and by the younger population. Learning a few basic phrases in Turkish can enhance your travel experience and facilitate communication with locals.

Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in Türkiye's rich cultural heritage by visiting historic sites, museums, and cultural landmarks. Explore iconic attractions such as the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the ancient city of Ephesus, and the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia. Participate in cultural activities such as traditional Turkish baths (hamams), cooking classes, and folk music performances.

Cuisine: Turkish cuisine is renowned for its diverse flavors and influences, with dishes ranging from kebabs and mezes to baklava and Turkish delight. Don't miss the opportunity to sample local specialties like köfte (meatballs), börek (savory pastries), and çay (Turkish tea) at street stalls, markets, and traditional restaurants.

Respect Local Customs: Respect Turkish customs and traditions, especially regarding dress code, behavior in mosques, and religious practices. Dress modestly when visiting mosques and religious sites, covering your shoulders and knees. Remove your shoes before entering mosques, and avoid public displays of affection.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can have a memorable and enriching experience exploring the beauty, culture, and history of Türkiye.

Travel Advisories

The U.S. Department of State has four Travel Advisory Levels: Level 1 - Exercise normal precautions; Level 2 - Exercise increased caution; Level 3 - Reconsider travel; Level 4 - Do not travel

Level 2 - Exercise increased caution when traveling to Türkiye. 

Do Not Travel To:

  • Sirnak province, Hakkari province, and any area within six miles (10 kilometers) of the Syrian border due to terrorism.

Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Türkiye.  Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

Security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals for alleged affiliations with terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated. Participation in demonstrations not explicitly approved by the Government of Türkiye, as well as criticism of the government (including on social media), can result in arrest.

It's advisable to consult your country's official travel advisory website, for the most up-to-date information and specific travel advisories related to this country. Additionally, register your travel plans with your embassy or consulate for assistance in case of emergencies.

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