Can I do some shopping in Istanbul?
The best place to shop in Istanbul is the Grand Bazaar (one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world) where you can get antiques, rugs, jewellery, leather goods, ceramics and lots of souvenirs. Highly recommended is a visit to the Spice Bazaar as well. Its the best place to buy spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish Delight) and many other goods. There is an amazing atmosphere and it's one of the world’s most exciting shopping experiences!
Joanna Zubr - Customer Operations
How can I spend some free time in Istanbul?
Find a nice coffee shop around the old town, relax and enjoy your turkish coffee or apple tea watching locals passing by. You can go to Galate Bridge to see local fisherman, where there are great views and you can take amazing pictures. If you have more time, you can take a ferry from Kabatas to one of the Princes' Islands on the Sea of Marmara . The largest and most popular island is Buyukada, while Heybeliada is the second largest in the archipelago. There are some historical buildings, churches and museums and you can find a nice place to relax and escape from the city even for a few hours.
No matter how long you will stay in Istanbul you will have a wonderful time in this magical city!
Joanna Zubr - Customer Operations
What is Turkish food like?
The most popular dish in Turkey are kebabs, dishes of plain or marinated meat either stewed or grilled. The aubergine and eggplant salad are used in a wide variety of dishes. Kebabs can also be cooked with onions, garlic and tomatoes and served cold as "imam bayildi". Stuffed mussels and shrimp stew are popular as well.
Turkish sweets are famous throughout the world and many of these have milk as the basic ingredient. The best-known are "baklava", "kadayif" pastries and turkish delights. If you like alcohol you can try "Raki" made of anise, it is called the "lions drink" because you must be strong as a lion to drink it!
Joanna Zubr - Customer Operations
How should I take my money for Turkey?
I normally take just Sterling cash, with a debit or credit card to use in ATMs as a back up. As long as you excercise the same degree of common sense you would at home, you won't have any problems. Make sure you advise your bank before leaving home that you will be there, to avoid any problems. You will be changing into the local currency, the Turkish lira, and spending that. Almost all towns have money changing and ATM facilities.
Katarzyna Crompton - Turkey Operations
Can I get a visa for Turkey on arrival?
Most nationalities (including UK and US citizens) require visas. From 10 April 2014 it will no longer be possible to purchase a Turkish visa on arrival. This can now be obtained online at www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ for approximately US$20.
The visa is valid for a stay of up to three months (dependent on passport holder's nationality). For a longer stay a visa from a Turkish Embassy is required.
Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain the appropriate visa if required..
Ian Langford - Sales
What food can I expect in southern Turkey?
Breakfast: typically comprising a selection from tea, coffee, bread, butter, jam, cheese, olives, cucumber, tomatoes, yoghurt.
Lunch and dinner: often a buffet arrangement with several freshly cooked dishes to choose from. Kebabs are of course to be found everywhere.
Picnic lunches: when taken on trek, typically comprise a selection from bread, cold meat, cheese, (sometimes boiled eggs or tinned fish), fresh salad vegetables, fresh fruit.
Most people find that Turkish cuisine is one of the most varied in the world and there is usually something to please everyone. Vegetarians will generally find themselves well catered for as many Turkish dishes are based on vegetables and dairy products.
Other than whilst on trek drinks are not included with meals (except breakfast) as a wide variety is normally available and it is better to allow you the choice. Mineral water, excellent fruit juices, beer and wine are generally readily available at about half to three-quarters of the UK price, depending on locality. Tea (usually taken in small glasses) is cheap, and so is Turkish coffee (strong, taken in small cups). The only drinks that can be more expensive are European instant coffee and spirits.
Will Ramadan affect my trip?
Please note that the holy month of Ramadan will take place during specific dates each year, the actual dates will be listed in the respective Trip Notes. This is a time when followers of Islam do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. This can sometimes affect the opening hours of certain tourist sites. However we will ensure that that the itinerary is affected as little as possible if you travel during this period. Food and drink is available to tourists during the day.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
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