Weather in Turkey
Of course, the weather depends on what part of Turkey you will be visiting. It’s a huge country spanning across two continents with diverse topography. Turkey’s weather ranges from a desert-dry climate to sizzling hot summers to cold snowy winters. Northeastern is generally colder, the center (close to/west of Cappadocia) is desert hot/cold, and the Mediterranean area including Istanbul has hot summers and mild winters.
Summer : June to September / Average Temperature 95 °F
Fall : September to December/ Average Temperature 65 °F
Winter : December to April / Average Temperature 45 °F
Spring : April to June / Average Temperature 70 °F
Turkey is very diverse; in topography, politics, and culture. Therefore you may cross a woman in little black dress and then turn the corner to find another woman with everything covered but her eyes. There are parts of Turkey that are more conservative like Kayseri, and others where it feels like you’re in Los Angeles (like Izmir). Even Istanbul itself has many distinct pockets. Its young and hipster Moda neighborhood is like Brooklyn. While its historic district, Sultanahmet, is bustling with museums, markets, and hundred years old architecture.
When deciding what to wear in Turkey, bring both conservative clothes for when you notice a change in culture and don’t want to stand out, and your
more “summery” clothes for parts of Turkey where you feel more comfortable.
However, only before entering religious places women are required to cover their head with a scarf. (Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul)
Taxis in Turkey are notorious for cheating and scamming. Sometimes they will pretend they got lost, don’t understand you, won’t stop just to wrack up the meter. They will turn the meter off quickly so you don’t see the final price. They can pretend to not have change so always carry small bills for taxi rides. Always turn on your GPS so they know that you know where you are going. Please inform your guide or tour leader before using a taxi to go somewhere.
Travel adapters and converters
F type which is the basic European outlet. The standard voltage is 220 V.
So you will need a converter or a new charger for your electronic devices in Turkey. If you contact your tour leader befor your arrival, he/she can pre arrange it for you.
Food in Turkey
Turkish cuisine is largely influenced by Ottoman Cuisine (Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Eastern European)… and of course by the myriad cultures
and conquerors that passed through its lands and silk road. Today, the major flavors/ingredients used are: red chilli pepper, black pepper, mint, paprika, olive oil, cumin, and yogurt.
Our hotels in Turkey offer both cultural traditional foods and American foods, however during your tour you will have your lunch in traditional restaurants. Please inform your food conditons (if you don’t eat someting or allergic) to the tour guide or leader upon your arrival so he/she can chose a better restaurant for your lunch
Itinerary and Travel Tips
As you know your tour program includes domestic flights between cities. Instead of long bus journeys you will travel with domestic flights. In general you will be guided by 1 guide for entire journey and your guide will travel with you, if not (operational reasons) he/she will help you to make your check-in and get your boarding passes and leave you ready for the flight. So you will continue with another guide, your guide will inform you detaily if there is a guide change in other locations, during your trip.
Free Luggage limits of domestic flights : 1x15 kgs for check in and 1x 8 kgs for cabin (you can pay if exeed)
All domestic flights in the itinerary are about 1 hour short flights, however sometimes flights may be delayed. And total journey can be longer than expected, so you can miss your dinners at hotel, incase of these situations you will receive a dinner package to your room, if check in is later than 9 pm.