You are allowed to bring in anything you may need for your personal
use and convenience.
The Lira (TL) is the country’s legal tender. The bank notes for
the TL are in denominations of
1 million, 5 million, 10 million, 20 million TL and coins of 50.000,
100.000 and 250.000 TL.
CREDIT CARDS TRAVELER’S CHECKS
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Turkey.
Banks are open on Monday to Friday from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm and from
1:30 pm-5:00 pm. Banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Turkey Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time; 1
hour ahead of European time and 7 hours ahead from Eastern Standard
Time, USA, and 3,5 hours behind the Mumbai local time.
Turkey generally runs on 220 volts, in all parts of the country.
Tap water is supposedly safe to drink in all main cities and resorts.
We recommend drinking bottled spring or mineral water (Maden suyu)
which is readily available.
The climate in turkey varies a great deal according to time and
place. On the Anatolian plain, summer is hot and dry but with cool
nights. The Mediterranean coast has a moderate climate the year
round, which makes swimming enjoyable from April Through October.
Shopping is one of the great pleasures of a trip to Turkey and the
rich variety of Turkish crafts makes it almost impossible to resist
buying something. The best buys in turkey are leather and suede
coats and jackets, copper and brassware, rugs and embroideries,
meerschaum pipes and ornaments, and of course, Gold, Jewellery and
Turkish carpets. For those of you who love to “ bargain ” Turkey
is a fun place to shop.
Shops are generally open from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 7:00
pm. The day of rest in Turkey is Sunday and all shops are closed.
Turkish cuisine is always a pleasant surprise for the visitor. In
addition to being a refined product of centuries of experience,
the cuisine has a very pure quality. This comes from the super freshness
of the fruit, vegetables, meat and fish utilized in a country that
produces all its own food-stuffs. Some popular dishes included:
roast lamb, fillet steak, assorted vegetables, filo pastry with
meat or cheese, yogurt and flaky pastry for desert. The famed Turkish
Coffee is boiled to a froth in a brass pot. Tea is grown on the
Black Sea coast and it is served everywhere in glasses with sugar
and sometimes lemon, never with milk. “Raki” made from distilled
grapes with aniseed, is the national drink. Turkish and Indian cuisine
has many similarities and Indians can find the Turkish cuisine suitable
to their traditional taste.
Turkey has 70 million inhabitant 50% of whom live in the countryside.
The major cities are : Istanbul(12 million) , Ankara, the capital
(3 million), Izmir (3 million) , Adana (1.5 million) and Bursa (1
Turkey’s land mass is 780.000 sq. km. with 97% in Asia (the Anatolian
plateo) and 3% in Europe (Thrace). The European and Asian sides
are divided by the Bosphorus, the sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles.
Anatolia is a high plateau region rising progressively towards the
east and broken by the valleys of about fifteen rivers, including
the Dicle (Tigris) and Firat (Euphrates). There are numerous lakes
and some such Van Lake, are as inland seas. In the north, the eastern
Black Sea Mountain chain runs parallel to the Black Sea; in the
south the Taurus Mountains sweep down almost to the narrow fertile
coastal plain along the sea coast. The coastline of Turkey’s four
seas is more than 8000 km. in length.
The Turkish language neither indo-European nor Semitic, belongs
to the Ural-Altaic group and has affinity to the Finno-Hungarian
languages. Turkish is written with Latin characters and is spoken
by some 150 million people in the world.
The Turkish population 99 % Moslem. Turkey is a secular state which
guarantees complete freedom of worship to non-Moslems.
DETAILS AND THE BREAK DOWN OF SEVENTOUR SERVICES
Transfer: Seventour’s special transfer
personnel meet your passengers on arrival after the customs formalities,
escort them to the hotel where they are pre-registered for a quick
Return transfers are carried out with the same meticulous care.
All transportation vehicles of Seventour are registered with the
Turkish travel agency. (TÜRSAB).
For mini groups 1 – 3 pax transportation by 4 seated cars, 4 –
10 seated minibuses and bigger groups transporting by Mercedes /
Mitsubishi / MAN brand air-conditioned buses.
Professional tourist guides speak English, French, German, Spanish,
Japan, Italian, Arabic and Russian Languages.
Though service charges are included, it is customary to show your
appreciation to hotel personnel and to the guide and driver of your
tour. The average tip (per person, per day) should approximate $
1.00 to the driver, and $ 2.50 - $ 3.00 for the guide.