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Passport and Visas:

Nationals of Canada and the USA do require a visa; this is obtainable on arrival at the airport or border post for a variable fee depending on your nationality. This tourist visa allows a stay for up to three months in Turkey. This fee must be paid for in hard currency cash; euros, Japanese yen, UK pounds, or US dollars are acceptable.

Visa regulations can always change. Therefore it is wise for all nationalities to check with your travel agent or the Turkish Embassy before departing.

Money:

Travelers’ planning to exchange currency back before leaving Turkey, or making a major purchase which may need to be declared to customs, must retain transaction receipts to prove that the currency was legally exchanged.
 
After decades of rampant inflation, the lira is now stable. The Yeni Turk Lirası (new Turkish lira; YTL) was used between 2005 and 2008 as an anti-inflationary measure; watch out for people dumping their old-currency kuruş coins on you. Yeni Türk Lirası is no longer valid, but if you have some notes and coins left over from a previous visit to Turkey, branches of Ziraat bank will exchange your ‘new’ lira for the same value of today’s lira.
 
ATMs dispense new Turkish lira to Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro card holders. Look for these logos on the machines; they are found in most towns. Virtually all the machines offer instructions in English, French and German. It’s possible to get around Turkey using only ATMs, provided you remember to draw out money in the towns to tide you through the villages that don’t have them, and keep some cash in reserve for the inevitable day when the machine throws a wobbly, or it’s a holiday. You can usually draw out about €350 per day.

Time:

Turkey is in Eastern European Time zone and like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Turkey Time, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).

Electric Plugs:

Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets /points. Four- and five-star hotels often provide North American-style 120 volts, 60 Hz flush-mounted sockets (points) for North American flat-prong plugs.

But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 110-120 volts the socket is supplying. If your appliance is from another part of the world, and it is built only for 220-240 volt electricity, or a Japanese appliance built for 100 volts, then a travel plug adapter by itself won't be sufficient. The voltage will have to be changed from 110-120 volts at the socket, to whatever voltage your appliance requires. This is accomplished with a voltage transformer.

Weather:

The summers are hot and dry as can be expected from the Mediterranean climate, winters are generally quite mild but can be wet. The eastern mountainous region of Turkey is much colder in winter and normally experiences heavy snow. The Southeast is the hottest area often reaching 45C in the summer. This region also experiences very mild and dry winters.

Peak season is from July to mid-September, when most Turks take their holidays. The best time to visit eastern Turkey is from late June to September. Don't plan to venture east before May or after mid-October unless you're prepared for snow. Try to avoid travelling during Kurban Bayrami, Turkey's most popular public holiday

What to Pack for Your Turkey Singles Vacation

One suitcase and an overnight bag are allowed – please check with individual airlines for weight limits.

* If you plan to experience a Turkish bath, bring a swim suit and water proof shoes
* Always carry a lightweight wrap to put over bare shoulders, for modesty and when visiting mosques.
* Comfortable walking shoes that can be removed easily when visiting the mosques.
* If visiting in the winter months: it can get really cold (and it snows) – take a coat, hat, warm scarf and gloves.
* In rural Turkey, women tend to dress much more modestly, so dress accordingly when visiting
* The dress code is much more relaxed at the beach, however be respectful of Muslim customs and never go topless

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Shopping:

Have fun while shopping. Bargaining a sale should be of advantage to both parties, not a trouble situation. Handle the process with a sense of delight. Perhaps, you can’t affront the vendor, and there should be nothing they say to you that you will take personally. Treat it as a game of possibility. If you have difficulties in sharing thoughts in one familiar word, you can use body movements. Many vendors have calculators to make your offer agreeable. Record your respond to make a proposal if ever the seller has some difficulties in understanding your offer.

Top Souvenirs and Gifts to Buy on vacation in Turkey

* Turkish Delight
* Evel Eye (Blue Eye)
* Leather items
* Spices
* Carpets and kilims
* Turkish ceramics
* Handmade pottery
* Onyx

Local Foods:

One is based on Ottoman’s cuisine that is less spicy, with rice and mostly seafood. Second region is Black Sea Region that serves maize dishes and the third type of cuisine fuses South Eastern cuisine, famous for its deserts an

Salad is an essential part of Turkish cuisine and people prefer to have it as a starter, before the main food. Several types of salads with dips are served in dinner as well as in lunch. A Turkish salad consists of different vegetables served with olive oil, cheese or cream. After the salad, people like to have ‘meze’ as their main course of food. A meze is an appetizer served with or without beverage. Most of them lie in the same category of starter but they can be served as a main course as well.

Overall food of Turkey is very delicious and the variety of different cuisines fused with the Turkish cuisine makes it delightfully unique. Due to its minerals rich soil and ideal weather, it produces a vast variety of culinary custom for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seafood from the Black Sea cuisine garnishes the savory of Turkish cuisine. Turkey is among those countries that have huge agricultural area and produces more food that their consumption and exports extra food which is in excess.

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