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Turkey at a Glance

In Turkey you can enjoy everything from rugged hiking trips to pampered sea-coast stays to some of the oldest and magnificent buildings in the world. 

Istanbul has long been known as "the city of the world's desire." Come see what all the fuss is about and enjoy the city's unparalleled Byzantine and Muslim art and architecture. You can also wander a bazaar, get lost in a maze of alleyways, or hit Istanbul's very trendy nightlife scene. 

Much of Turkey's Mediterranean coast caters to beach bound tourists. Join in the seasonal fun and visit resorts, go horseback riding on the beach, or just sunbath with a good book. 

Eastern Turkey is covered with plains and mountains and has some excellent and desolate hiking trails. Discover old settlements and forgotten outposts as you walk on through a fading sunset. 

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Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Atatürk International Airport
  • Major Airport Antalya Airport
  • Major Airport Esenboga International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

Visitors from the U.S, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia need a valid passport and a visa. The visa can be purchased at their point of entry and needs to be paid in cash with exact change only. Learn more at the website of the Turkish Embassy to your country. American citizens can also use the U.S State Department website as a point of reference. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather Wintertime, especially in eastern Turkey, is chilly. Snowfall in the mountains can close roads. The Black Sea coast sees a lot of rain year round and that can affect your trip. 

Safety Concerns Turkey is a safe place to travel, but use common sense. Keep your valuables out of sight and protect your passport. ATM scams do occur so avoid ATMs with loiterers. Hold on to your drink to reduce the risk of it being drugged and you robbed.  Travelers should watch out for cars when they are walking or driving themselves. Traffic safety can be lax in Turkey. 

Health Concerns Stick to bottled water or use a water purifier for your drinking and cooking water in Turkey. Travelers should also keep themselves cool and well hydrated in the heat. 

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