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Tourist Information with links to official
travel and tourism websites and state
resources for visitors to Turkey.
Although a member of NATO and UEFA, most of Turkey lies on the
Asian continent, as Anatolia.
Driving From Istanbul - to
Countries neighbouring Turkey are:
Only 3 per cent of Turkey, known as Thrace Turkey, is actually in
Visitors to Turkey, arriving in Istanbul, will probably cross the
Bosphorus and enter Asia Minor.
Weather in Asia:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around Asia.
Turkey Tourist Visas
As of 10th April, 2014 Turkish visa stickers issued on arrival were
abolished. Visitors now need an e-visa before
they arrive in Turkey.
- Association of Turkish Travel Agencies:
The Association of Turkish Travel Agencies is a professional organization established by
Law in 1972.
The Blue Mosque
Istanbul may not be the capital of Turkey, which is Ankara, but it
is the historic centre that bridges the two continents of
and Asia, at Galata.
Istanbul is still overcrowded, although it has cleaned up its act in
recent years. The pedestrian zone bustles with young Turks talking into mobile phones and
watching each other from outdoor restaurant tables, Italian style - granted the coffee is
a little thicker, but the atmosphere is sweet.
Serhat Engul is a licensed Istanbul tour guide who uses plenty of visual aids to make sure that you
understand the historical significance and architecture of the city.
Accommodation in Istanbul
Find hotels in Istanbul with special online rates.
|Utangac Sokak No 19.
Sultanahmet, this 19th century, wooden hotel adds a little Ottoman flavour to your stay in
The 24 reasonably priced rooms are atmospherically designed and there's a wonderful
view of the Blue Mosque from the restaurant terrace.
Located in Istanbul's old city, Sultanahmet, within easy walking distance of the Blue
Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Underground Cistern and bazaars. Rooms
are with Cable TV, mini-bar, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, shower and W.C. Free
Comprehensive guide to Istanbul with an accommodation guide and tourist tips, instant
online reservation service, guides to city tours, restaurants, night shows, shops, movies,
concerts, fairs and festivals.
Many charter tourists to Turkey head to the Mediterranean and
Aegean coasts, and often miss out on a visit to Istanbul.
Granted, there is a lot of history and pleasure in cruising around the
coastal resorts of Antalya, Alanya, Bodrum, Izmir and Marmaris.
Summer season starts in May and runs
until the end of October the
town never sleeps.
All the facts and figures from the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, Washington, DC.
Marmaris is a beautiful
holiday resort located on the south coast of Turkey.
By Sukru Dulger.
When you are in Marmaris there are many activities that you can join in with to have a
more colourful holiday experience during your stay in this beautiful Turkish town
Arranging daily tours and excursions in Marmaris, as well as sightseeing excursions to
Ephesus, Pamukkale, Rhodes and Dalyan.
Sirince is a quiet, beautiful village surrounded by vineyards and
olive groves, located in the hills 8 kilometres (5 miles) from Ephesus. The architectural
legacy remains fully intact. Some tourism has arrived in recent years, but not so much as
to destroy the traditional village rhythms.
By Nisanyan Houses.
Travels in Turkey:
Bob Cromwell's travel tips, after eight trips to Turkey. Train schedules, suggested places
to visit and background information. While buses are cheaper and go almost everywhere,
don't overlook the overnight trains.
Directory of useful information for visitors to Turkey. Includes some outside links, in
the Turkey City Guide section, and contact numbers for bus stations and emergency
If you don't have your own yacht, there is a ferry to
and other Turkish destinations.
Spend a half-day soaking up breathtaking views of Istanbul and the
Bosphorus Strait; travelling to the picturesque fishing village of
Anadolu Kavagi, near the mouth of the Black Sea.
The Hittite Empire (1900-1200 BC), covered most of Asia Minor and
rivalled Egypt as a Middle Eastern power, until it was
destroyed by invaders known as the Sea Peoples, towards the end of the 12th century BC;
along with the western Anatolian city of Troy.
A delightful guide to Turkey's past. History blends effortlessly with useful tips and
places of interest.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was virtually unknown until 1919, when he
took the lead in thwarting the victorious Allies' plan to partition the Turkish core of
the Ottoman Empire.
||Ataturk: The Biography:
The first full-scale biography in over twenty years of the controversial founding father
of the Turkish Republic. Andrew Mango strips away the myth, to show the complexities of
one of the most visionary, influential, and enigmatic statesmen of the century.
Ataturk divided the Allies, defeated the last Sultan
and secured the territory of the Turkish national state, becoming the first president of
the new republic in 1923.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk:
Without him, there might never have been a Republic of Turkey.
If you want to get away from the beaches, there are many historical sights in the region.
60km from Antalya airport, Side is a rich region with culture,
history, unpolluted miles of beach.
Europeans discovered the region of Cappadocia in the early 18th century and sometimes it
seems as though little has changed.
Mount Ararat (Agri Dagi)
Mentioned in the Bible as the place where Noah's ark came to rest,
Mount Ararat is Turkey's highest peak (5,122m), and is situated in the Eastern Highlands;
near the border with Armenia and
When visiting Marmara, the Aegean and Mediterranean, during the warmer
months of June to mid-September, take light, cotton summer clothing and cardigans for the
For the Black Sea, Central and Eastern Anatolia, warmer clothing
should be taken for cool evenings at high altitudes.
In winter, woollens and rain-proofing are needed as most of the
country is cold and rainy. The Mediterranean coastal region doesn't get very cold
but Central and Eastern Anatolia is snowy in the higher regions.
Remember to bring comfortable shoes when visiting archaeological and
Get tips on travel in Turkey by talking to the Turkey travel community.
Online resources to help you learn Turkish before you travel to Turkey.
Language, religion, mythology and art, if you would like to get to know Turkey better here
is where to start.
Hurriyet Daily News:
The latest news from Turkey.
Family run guesthouse, near Ephesus, that is part hostel and part budget hotel; with
reasonably priced, Ottoman-style rooms and a rooftop restaurant.
Anzac House Hostel:
Anzac House Youth Hostel is situated in Canakkale, 300km south of Istanbul, about 6 hours
by bus. Travellers come to Canakkale to tour the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli and the
ancient city of Troy. Internet access and friendly staff.
Located in Uchisar, the Cappadocia Museum Hotel reflects the history of the region on a
wide scale and also displays historical artefacts around the hotel and in the traditional
arched and rock carved rooms.
Lotus Motel: (Antalya-Side)
With swimming pool, private beach, bar, authentic Turkish cuisine, personal service, free
pickup and drop off at Antalya airport. Rich breakfast for two included.
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