Trips in Turkey, including activities in Anatolia, Cappadocia, Marmara, Istanbul, and along the Aegean.
Turkey: The Bucket List
Main International Airports: Istanbul: Atatürk International Airport (European side), Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (Asian side). Antalya: Antalya Airport. Izmire: Adnan Menderes Airport. Ankara: Esenboğa International Airport.
Currency: Turkish lire (TI).
Climate: Generally dry Mediterranean, but with a lot of variation. Turkey’s size, varied topography, and proximity to large bodies of water give it microclimates, including coastal humid zones. Summers can be very hot. Cold temperatures in the 30s and 40s (Fahrenheit) and even snow are possible in the winter.
Language: Turkish. Arabic and English are also spoken, English is more common in heavily touristed areas.
More facts, including visas for U.S. citizens: Turkey’s visa requirements seem unevenly enforced and can change. Current published rules are that visas are required, but can be purchase for $20 at ports of entry. Cruise ship passengers supposed to have a 72-hour grace period between port and airport, but this is unevenly enforced (On arrival by cruise ship in Istanbul, I was told the 72-hour rule was nonexistent, and had to pay $30.) Be prepared to pay American cash for a visa when you enter. U.S. State Department Turkey page.
Time zone: See World Clock for seasonal adjustments.
Information updated February, 2013. The information provided here is for planning purposes only: Please check with the Centers for Disease Control and your health care provider for updated medical information and recommendations, and with the embassy of the country to which you are traveling for the most current visa information.