Drive to the massive ruins of Thermessus, lying 3,444 feet above sea level and between two mountains, one of the best preserved archaeological sites in Turkey. Here you’ll sit in one of the most breathtaking open-air theaters in Turkey. Built during the Hellenistic period, More…
Visit Avanos and experience pottery making. After Lunch, drive to Göreme National Park an open-air museum with its Byzantine churches carved into cliffs with its colorful frescoes dating back to the 7th century. Continuing along, you will also visit the Citadel of Uchisar and Guvercinlik Valley, also known as, Pigeon Valley for the “hundreds of holes”. More…
After lunch, visit St. John’s Basilica and his Tomb, the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) and the Shrine of Virgin Mary, where she spent the last years of her life. Return to Izmir. Evening is at leisure. More…
On arrival in Istanbul, and after custom formalities, our representative will meet and assist you with the transfer to the hotel. Today, acquaint yourself with cosmopolitan Istanbul at your leisure. More…
A city very much immortalized in art, history and literature, Istanbul today is a sprawling metropolis combining the ancient and the contemporary. On arrival in Istanbul, and after custom formalities, our representative will meet and assist you with the transfer to the hotel. Today, acquaint yourself with cosmopolitan Istanbul at your leisure. More…
Visit Istanbul’s most famous treasure – the Blue Mosque, named for the beautiful Iznik tiles which give the mosque its interior color, and the museum of St. Sophia. Later, you’ll visit the famous Museum of Topkapi Palace to visit the dazzling displays of the treasures of the Ottoman Sultans. More…
VISAS, PASSPORTS AND IMMUNIZATIONS
U.S. citizens are required to obtain a visa to enter Turkey. Visa’s can be obtained from a Turkish Consulate in the U.S. or with the cash at the point of entry into Turkey. All passports must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry. No immunizations are required.
FOS Tours & Travel only uses first-class and deluxe accommodations, so you are always ensured the best available hotel. Please keep in mind, first-class by Turkish standards may not meet the same criteria by American standards.
It is strictly left up to the traveler’s discretion. However, many travelers enjoy rewarding good service with approximately $3 per person, per day for the driver and $6 per person, per day for the guide.
the “rose tipped fingers of dawn” have been lazily stretching across the horizon for a long time before Homer described this rising of the sun. Turkey’s history dates as far back as the Bronze Age. Civilizations long forgotten such as the Hittites, Urartians, Phrigians and Lycians all left remnants of their settlements. In succession, three of the world’s greatest empires, the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman all made their home in Turkey. The modern republic of Turkey rose on the heels of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk with the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1923.
Cool, comfortable clothing and shoes are essential to sightseeing, but make certain you have a lightweight jacket or sweater for those chilly evenings of the Bosphorus. Dinners are generally informal, although some like to dress formally.
Turkey operates on 220-volt electricity with round-prong, European-style plugs. You may wish to bring an adapter with you.
Turkey is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Ground transportation is provided in accordance with the itinerary by nonsmoking private car, van, mini bus or motor coach depending on the size of the group.
The only way to get the true flavor of a city is to see it through a native’s eyes. We only hire professional, local, English-speaking guides. Articulate, well educated and justly proud of Turkey, our guides are eager to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with you.
Agriculture plays a major role in Turkey’s economy. Not only is Turkey self-sufficient, it also produces enough surpluses for export to the rest of the world. Tourism however is playing an increasing role with European and American traveler’s contributing to the economy.
The currency in Turkey is the lira. Rates of exchange vary daily and are conveniently posted. Some hotels and places of interest have begun to use the Euro as currency. U.S. dollars, traveler’s checks and major credit cards are widely accepted in urban areas. There is no limit on the amount of American currency brought into the country, although ATM systems such as Plus, Cirrus and NYCE are available in major cities.
Turkey is a republic based on a secular, democratic parliamentary system. The Prime Minister heads the Council of Ministers and governs the nation along with the Grand National Assembly, which is elected by popular vote. The voting age in Turkey is 18.
The climate varies according to the region. The Marmara, Aegean and the Mediterranean coasts have hot summers (high 80s) and mild winters (low 50s). However, thanks to Turkey’s lack of humidity, and the perpetual breezes on the coast, it’s not an oppressive heat. The Black Sea has warm summers (low 70s) and mild winters (low 40s) with the high rainfall. Central. Anatolia is hot and dry in the summers (low 80s) and cold winters (low 30s). The cooler regions do get snow in the winter.
Banks are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5:00pm. Museums are generally closed on Mondays. Exceptions are Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum, which are closed on Tuesday, and Dolmabache Palace, which are closed on Thursday. Offices, banks, stores and Grand Bazaar are closed during nations and religious holidays. Grand Bazaar is also closed on Sundays.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, savory lamb and feta cheese, hot pita, syrupy desserts and the strongest, sweetest coffee you’ll ever be lucky enough to drink are just a few of the culinary sensations that await you.
Turkey is a secular nation with freedom to worship as you please. The majority of the population is Muslim however there are small communities of Jews and Christians, as well.