US citizens and the citizens of UK need a visa to travel in Turkey.
You may obtain this visa upon your arrival at the Istanbul airport. The
fee is $100 for the Americans and GBP 10 for the Britishin .
The visa is valid for three months.
transfer is included in our price. However, if you are arriving on your own and
need a transfer from the airport to the hotel We can arrange individual
transfers at an extra cost of US$20 . Please let us know your arrival
information.At the airport after you leave the customs area , look for a
MELITOUR sign .
- If you plan to arrive a few days
before the tour to get over jet lag we can reserve a room at
Hotel Ayasofya Single
US$50, Double US$70)
- We can suggest itineraries for
those who want to explore on their own or with a guide before or after the
tour. Simply send us an e-mail with your
- In case of unexpected delay or
change of flight, should there be a problem in meeting the person who
should be waiting for you at the airport please call Hotel Ayasofya at
0212-51694-46 or take a taxi to Hotel Ayasofya. Your taxi fare will be
Kucuk Ayasofya Mahallesi
Sultan Ahmet Meydani Alti
April Turkey is very pleasant. Cool evenings and warm and clear
days.During the day layering is
recommended. Mid day you might need to go down to only a T shirt.At night you
might need a good heavy sweater especially at the high lands in the Toros
- WHAT TO
- Dont forget your swimming
suits. A scarf for mosque visits will be handy, also since we take our shoes
when we enter the mosques and people's homes and easy slip on and off type of a
shoe will be more comfortable. The women will need to wear a long skirt or
long pants in the mosque .Through out the tour
shorts are O.K.
- You can have laundry done in all
the hotels where we have more than one night stay. We generally arrange for a
laundry for the group upon arrival to Cappadocia .
- Turkish food has enough variety to
meet every ones need. Vegetarian menus are available. If special diet
food is required we can arrange for that easily.
- Virtually everything on the tour is
included except for your drinks. Your daily average expenditure while on the
tour will be about US $20 a day per person (mostly for drinks and souvenirs),
though your actual expenditure could be far lower. People on shoe string
budgets have spent as a little as $100 during the entire tour, while others
have spent thousands of dollars ( usually on carpets.)
- PERSONAL CHECKS
If you want to
make a purchase over $100 you can pay with your traveler's checks . But cashing
traveler's checks in a bank is expensive and not always easy. Do not rely on
traveler's checks for cash.
available. US$ currency can be used through out the country. If you need to
change US$ to Turkish Lira, .you can do it at the airport very easily. The
rates almost all the same. Personal Checks are honored if you should do a big
purchase and are treated like cash.
- Yes you can use your credit card
in many places in Turkey but please remind your bank or credit card
organization that you are going to be in Turkey for a while. Because for some
reason the banks or credit card companies block the card when they see purchase
is made in Turkey
tour is quite hectic. So you will have very little time for shopping. But
amazingly people find enough time to shop .One of my groups had shopped so much
in the seconds that we had time for shopping we had a garage sale at the end of
- If you are interested in buying
kilims and or carpets make sure you have your dimentions and colors with you.
Very few leave Turkey with out a Kilim or a Carpet on these tours
CARPET, TOWELS, FELT
the Turkish Carpets are so inviting it is very difficult to resist the
temptation. If you already have the bug for the Turkish,Kurdish and Central
Asian KILIMS you will find your self in heaven. If you have not yet developed a
taste ,this might be the place to get aquatinted with that incurable
In the Turkish Bath, the pestamal is used like a wrap around
the body. We will be able to buy the pestemals off from a loom
IMBEDDED WITH MOTHER OF PEARL
Gaziantep is known for this craft which used to be favorite
art/craft of the Ottoman Sultans. Mirrors,jewelery boxes, shelfs,chairs and
many more tempting and carriable pieces hand made in Gaziantep are available in
the souvenier shops.
- BRASS WORKS
Very delicately carved trays, pots and
shish kebab scewers and statuetts will be nice Christmas gifts.
Replicas of Ottoman
paintings are favorite shopping theme for most of Melitour tour members. They
are available only out side the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
Authentic or replicas of
old jewelery are available at few places along the tour. Especially the jeweler
at Ephesus has excellent examples of old jewelry.
Material with wood block prints, scarves with OYA, lace,