Travelling To Turkey – General Information

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Entry into Turkey: When travelling to Turkey you will need a visa to enter  the country, visa vary from different countries of origin. You can purchase an e-visa online prior to your travel. Here is the website link: www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

Money: The national currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira. If you decide to change money in Turkey then money exchanges (Dovis), as well as Banks, are common in towns and cities in Turkey. Cash points of various Turkish banks are widely available throughout Turkey, all accept major debit and credit cards are accepted and have language translations as part of their service

General Items: Bottled water can be purchased in shops bars, and restaurants, it is advisable to ask if the tap water is OK to drink in your accommodation. Many rural houses are on clean spring water but it is worth checking. Food and clothes are generally cheaper than most western countries, local weekly markets or ‘Pazars‘ are popular in Turkey where many “genuine fake” brands can be purchased as well as local farm producers offering fresh, cheap vegetables, seasonal fruit and dairy produce. A local Pazar is well worth the visit!

Food: Turkey, rightly, is widely recognised as one of the world’s top five cuisines. Fresh vegetables are used in most meals. The traditional breakfasts (Kahvalti) in Turkey will consist of fresh bread, eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, slices of white cheese, seasonal fruit jam and local honey. Turkish tea (Çay)is served without milk in small glass cups, Turkish coffee (kahve) is black and strong, served in small cups, usually with a glass of water and is similar to expresso.

Some Useful phrases:When travelling to Turkey, most Turkish people in tourist areas, speak some English, however a few phrases go a long way to impressing the locals. Here are a few examples:

Hi: merhaba  My name is: ismim …….yes: evet  no: hayir
Please: Lutfen  Excuse me: Bakar misiniz   Nice to meet you: memnun oldum
Do you speak English: inglizce konusuyor musunuz? (een-gee-leez-je ko-noo-shore moo-soo-nooz)  Good morning: Gunaydin  Have a nice day: iyi gunler
Bye: Gule gule  Sorry: Afedersiniz  Slowly: Yavas  Water: Su

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Booking your Turkey Holiday

How to Book

  1. Choose: decide which itinerary you would like or ask us to put together a bespoke itinerary for you? Once you’ve read and are clear about all aspects of your holiday including prices, what’s included and our suggested itinerary you then…
  2. Confirm: Once you are happy with all aspects of your holiday then confirm this with us via email and you are ready to commence. Please do also let us know at this point about any special requirements you may have.
  3. Booking: To secure your booking and for us to go ahead and organise your itinerary we will take your details and ask you for a 40% Deposit of the total cost of the holiday.
  4. Payment : The deposit can be paid via PAYPAL by debit/credit card or you can arrange a bank transfer.
  5. Confirmation: Your holiday will now be arranged and all the information will usually be sent to you via email 8 weeks prior to your holiday start date. The balance payment is due when you receive your information and invoice.

Further information

Holiday insurance Do remember to organise holiday insurance for yourself and all members of your travelling group, as you are responsible for your insurance. You should have adequate insurance cover prior to taking part in our holidays.

Special requirements Before travelling to Turkey it is very important that we are made aware of any medical conditions, physical or mental disabilities for you or your group prior to accepting your booking. Certain holidays will provide a greater physical challenge and you must ensure that any activity selected by you or any members of your party is suitable for those who are taking part.

Holiday cancellation (by you) If you need to cancel your holiday you must tell us in writing as soon as possible. If more than 56 days notice is provided, a 50% refund of your deposit or 70% of the total cost of the holiday will be returned to you. Less than this time and you will forfeit your payment as we will have incurred all booking expenses. You can claim any lost amounts on your holiday insurance and we are happy to help support your claim.

Holiday cancellation (by us) In the unlikely event of cancellation of your holiday by Bespoke Turkey, you will receive a refund of all monies paid. Reasons for our cancellation include unforeseeable circumstances beyond our reasonable control, or insufficient numbers for the trip.

Considerations Travel arrangements not included in your itinerary are your responsibility and do not form part of your holiday. Any guidance or advice we may provide for you is done so in good faith and as such we do not hold any liability for it. We shall not be held liable for any damages or costs incurred caused by yourself or members of your party during your holiday. If you or people in your party have any special requirements then we will endeavour to accommodate them with the aim that that our services are as accessible as reasonably possible to all.

Further information If you require further information then please contact us.