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Turkey Travel Guide

Turkey Travel Guide

USEFUL INFORMATION.
First aid kit.
Before the trip, form and take a first aid kit with you, which will help you with minor ailments, save you time looking for medicines and get rid of the problems of communicating in a foreign language. In addition, many medicines may have different names in different countries.

We recommend taking with you:
– Painkillers and cardiovascular drugs;
– remedies for indigestion;
– choleretic;
– preparations against motion sickness in transport;
– remedies for insect bites;
– dressing material;
– waterproof adhesive plaster;
– barrier contraceptives;
– eye drops;
– Sun protection and skin care after sun exposure. In the first days of rest, we strongly recommend the use of these funds.

VISA.
On April 16, 2011, the visa regime between Russia and Turkey was cancelled. According to the new rules, citizens of the Russian Federation can enter Turkey without a visa for a stay of up to 60 days.

TIME.
Time coincides with Moscow.

MONEY.
The monetary unit of Turkey is the Turkish lira. The exchange rate is unstable, at the moment 1 $ = 6.50 TRY. Money can be imported in US dollars, euros or rubles, they are accepted in almost all exchange offices. You can exchange currency at exchange offices and banks. Bank branches are usually open on weekdays from 8:30 to 17 hours. Break – from 12:00 to 13:30.

THE SHOPS.
There is no hourly work schedule in shops; during the tourist season, many shops are open until late at night.
It is customary to bargain in small shops and markets, you can bargain in large wholesale centers for the sale of leather and jewelry, as well as with taxi drivers.

MEDICAL SERVICE.
All medical care in Turkey is paid, but if you have an insurance policy, the service is free of charge or with subsequent reimbursement of expenses according to the insurance policy (see the memo attached to the insurance policy). In the event of an insured event, you must contact the insurance company by phone numbers indicated in the insurance policy. Only with the direct notification of the insurance company and coordination by it of your actions will free (or with subsequent reimbursement of expenses) service be provided. If you plan to engage in extreme activities in Turkey, then take out a special insurance policy.

MAINS VOLTAGE.
Mains voltage 220 V.

CAR RENTAL.
A car can only be rented if you have a driver’s license. All cars are insured with Casco. The minimum rental period is one day, mileage is not limited. Make sure the car is fully insured, including headlights and glass. Gasoline is bought independently. In the event of an accident, do not move the car until the arrival of the police. The police may not speak Russian or English and you will not be able to explain your version of the event, you must immediately inform the company where the car was rented and the representative of the host company about what happened. Don’t forget to bring your driver’s license, passport and car rental documents with you, as police checks are possible.

RELIGION.
99% of the local population are Muslims.

SOUVENIRS.
The most popular purchases in Turkey are amulets against the evil eye, carpets (carpets are sold at every step, but you should buy only with a specialist – it is difficult to determine the quality yourself), ceramics (all kinds of cups and plates, vases, boxes and even painted cats and dogs), sweets (baklava of all varieties, Turkish delight, rose petal jam, marzipan, dried fruits and nuts), all kinds of spices, tea and tea set (not only black or green, but also apple, orange and berry. These, as well as other tea blends, are sold by weight in the bazaars, where you can choose your favorite flavor (they drink tea from interesting small tulip-shaped cups), jewelry (jewelry in Turkey is cheap and varied. It is worth paying attention to brooches in the form of flowers and birds.

CUSTOMS.

You can take out of Russia without a bank certificate up to $ 10,000 per person. If you are exporting more than USD 10,000 per person, then you must have bank documents with you.
At the Turkish airport, be sure to include all electronic equipment, antiques and jewelry on the declaration (their presence can be checked upon departure). Duty-free import is allowed: 400 cigarettes, or 50 pieces of cigars, or 200 grams of tobacco, 5 (1000 ml each) or 7 (700 ml each) bottles of alcoholic beverages, of which no more than 3 can be of the same variety, cologne – 2 liters in uncorked bottles, perfume – 1 liter in uncorked bottles, gifts worth no more than $ 500, food within the limits of personal needs. The import of drugs, medicines containing a large dose of narcotic substances and weapons is prohibited.

PHONE.
Telephone communication in Turkey is very good and relatively inexpensive. You can call from the hotel, but it is more expensive than from the post office. You can buy a blue phone card for “100 units” and call the CIS from any street machine. It is better to buy cards at the post office or in large supermarkets. Post offices are open from 08:30 to 17:30, telephone call centers – until midnight. Mail identification marks – black on yellow PTT.
Cellular communication works great in Turkey. For calls to local numbers (for example, a guide in the city), it makes sense for mobile phone owners to buy a local SIM card for a few dollars, which justifies itself instantly.
You can contact Russia by +7 code, area code, subscriber’s phone number.
To call Turkey, dial + 10 90, area code.

TRANSPORT.
The bus is the most popular means of communication within Turkey. The average ticket price in the city is 2.5-3 Turkish lira (0.5 US dollars). Taxi – the average cost for 1 km is 1.5 US dollars (payment by taximeter). At night (GECE) – from 24:00 to 6:00 there is a double tariff. Shuttle taxis operate from 06:00 am to 24:00 pm with a fixed fare. In small towns such as Belek, traffic ends at about 20:00 .

TIPS.
The tip system applies to waiters in bars and restaurants, maids in hotels, porters, guides. Tipping is optional, but if the customer is satisfied with the service, tipping is a sign of good taste. Almost always, the average tip is 10% of the bill. However, in expensive restaurants it is customary to leave up to 20%. In hotels, in taxis, they do not give tea, but the meter readings are rounded up.

RECOMMENDATIONS.
for drinking it is recommended to use mineral water, which can be purchased in shops and bars of the hotel;
– we recommend storing jewelry, money and documents in a safe located in the room or in a safe at the reception desk;
– it is recommended to hand over the room key to the hotel reception. If the key is lost, the hotel administration should be notified immediately.

USEFUL PHONES.
If you have any questions during your stay in Turkey, please contact our host, whose phone numbers are indicated in the voucher and information letter Police – 155 Info for tourists – 154 Ambulance – 112

Turkey Travel Guide

Popular Destinations in Turkey

Popular Destinations in Turkey

KUSADASI, TURKEY – HOLIDAYS ON THE AEGEAN SEA

Each Turkish resort is beautiful in its own way. Kusadasi, which means “bird island”, is deservedly called the pearl of the Aegean Sea. Today it would be more appropriate to call Kusadasi a tourist island. That is why our company has been offering holidays in this resort in Turkey for many years.

For detailed information, see the file “Useful information on Turkey”.

The main attraction of the city is Guverdzhin (Pigeon Island), on which stands the Genoese fortress. At dusk, illuminated by colorful lights, it sparkles and beckons you like a precious decoration lying on the transparent mirror of the bay. The cleanest beaches invite you to relax by the sea, and the modern equipped harbor is attractive for yachtsmen. You should definitely visit the Aqua Park and, of course, do not forget to look into the Caravanserai. Nowadays, it has become a hotel and restaurant offering a spectacular performance called “Turkish Night”. Nightlife lovers are waiting for discos and nightclubs. And of course, the city’s shopping centers will not leave anyone indifferent, because due to the proximity to the industrial Izmir, here you can inexpensively buy not only souvenirs, but also high-quality industrial goods (clothes, shoes, etc.).
However, tourists from all over the world go to Kusadasi not only for the sea, sun and relaxation. From here it is equally easy to get to places whose names we remember from the time of school – Ephesus and Miletus, Didyma and Priene, Aphrodisias and Hierapolis.

MARMARIS, TURKEY – HOLIDAYS ON THE AEGEAN SEA

Marmaris is famous for having the longest promenade among Turkish resorts – about four kilometers, with restaurants, cafes, clubs 15-20 meters from the water. It goes continuously from the huge marina for yachts to the mountain that separates Marmaris from Icmeler.
Even Istanbul with a population of 15 million and the Bosphorus does not have such a long embankment.

On this very embankment you can find a bar or a restaurant to your liking, they go there in a row wall to wall and all are deployed towards the sea. Cuisine – for every taste – both local and European, and sea and vegetarian.

Here, an attraction not for the faint of heart, which is called the ejection seat, rises to the evening sky. ejection seat. On pillars as high as a 15-story building, a ball made of pipes is suspended on rubber cables, in which a double chair is held. Two wishing to fasten themselves to the chairs and the ball is shot up, i.e. you ejected from a combat aircraft. With a friend, if she serves in the same unit.
At the same time, the chair rotates terribly in all directions and flies up and down on rubber cables for a long time, until it loses all energy and goes down, having previously shaken out all the brains, the contents of the stomach and bladder from the volunteers. Most of all, the crowd of onlookers is crazy, which listens to the heart-rending, obscene cries of the pilots, synchronized with the movement of the catapult, and looks at the changing expressions of their faces on the big screen.

Since the sea in Marmaris comes right to the bars and restaurants, you can always take a break from dancing and swim, especially since the depth is gradually gaining there, and there are no big waves due to the fact that the bay is separated from the sea by an island.
And all this against the backdrop of a beautiful sea bay, where Admiral Nelson led his squadron 200 years ago. Whether before the battle of Aboukir, or before a quarrel with Lady Hamilton. Some historians believe that the storm of the seas refused to comply with the order of the command to return his squadron to the Balearic Islands, not because of Emma Hamilton, but because of the taverns on the Marmaris embankment.

Marmaris was built on the ancient site of Picos, a city whose creation dates back to 3500 BC. In ancient times, Marmaris was a fishing village. Marmaris was ruled by many peoples, among which were the Egyptians, Ionians, Dorians, Romans, and in 1425 it became part of the Ottoman Empire.

There are still traces of the reign of the Ottoman Suleiman the Magnificent in the city. Suleiman the Magnificent during the campaign of Rodian built a castle here – the Caravanserai of the 16th century, which today houses the archaeological museum of Marmaris. Here Suleiman gathered 200,000 warriors to attack and besiege Rhodes in 1522. The Agha Abraham Mosque dating back to 1789 is also worth a visit.

Marmaris is famous for its natural beauty, mountains clad in pine groves and a fantastic coastline full of small cozy coves.

The Phosforlu sea cave is very close. It is very convenient to go on excursions from Marmaris to other resorts in Turkey, for example, to Bodrum, Kaunos and Fethiye.

One of the favorite tourist attractions is Ataturk Park – one of the most beautiful parks in Turkey. It is located to the east of Marmaris. Ataturk is filled with incense and other dizzying scents.

ULUDAG IS A RESORT IN TURKEY

The Uludag resort, located 35 km from the famous Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, has long been well-deserved fame among lovers of winter holidays. First-class hotels, excellent service, developed infrastructure, mineral springs, magnificent nature, all this attracts vacationers.

A distinctive feature of Uludag is that here almost every hotel has its own lifts, the cost of using which is included in the price. But this does not mean that other lifts will be closed to you. For lifts that do not belong to your hotel, payment is made for each lift at the lower station. You can purchase a subscription for several lifts or days.

In winter, Uludag is an excellent ski resort, and in summer there is a great opportunity for picnics, hiking and cycling tours through the Turkish National Park. The ski season here is 120 days a year. The most favorable period for rest is from December 20 to March 20. At the beginning of the winter season in these places there is fine dry snow, and at the end – wet.

Both beginners and experienced skiers will find slopes to their taste here. Kids here for the first time get up on skis under the supervision of experienced instructors.

PALANDOKEN RESORTS IN TURKEY

Palandoken – the youngest ski resort in Turkey – is located near the border with Armenia, 6 km from Erzurum. Palandoken is suitable for skiers of different skill levels.
Palandoken is the official training camp site for the Turkish Alpine Ski Team.
The skiing season is from October to May. The best time is from December 10 to May 10.
The highest point is 3176 m. The ski area is from 2200 to 3176 m. The elevation difference is 976 m.
40 km of slopes: blue slopes – 7, red slopes – 8, black slopes – 2. The longest route is 11 km. 7 lifts, the throughput of which is 6,300 people per hour. 2 children’s lifts.
Heli-ski. There are slopes for snow skiing.
Hire, qualified ski instructors.
For snowboarders, there are tracks in the resort, for the development of which it is not a pity to spend 2-3 days. After that, you can get out to the virgin lands. Snow-covered couloirs in the gorges and slopes away from the ski lifts are completely at the disposal of snowboarders.

Popular Destinations in Turkey