By St. Hilda's by the Sea, Anglican Church of Canada Group Leader Father Mark April 12, 2008 Saturday - April 26, 2008 Saturday ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In April, the weather is very
unpredictable in Istanbul and in Central Turkey. The Mediterranean and the
Aegean region however, have the most pleasant weather in Spring. In general we
can say cool evenings and warm and clear days.
WHAT TO WEAR
Donít 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. Bring a light rain jacket. A heavy sweater might be necessary when going over the mountains. Comfortable walking shoes. Our tours are not tours for dressing up so you do not need fancy dinner outfits.
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 . Laundry is not included in the price of the tour. Please make sure you find out the price of the laundry service before you commit yourself.
Turkish food has enough variety to meet every oneís need. Vegetarian menus are available. If special diet food is required we can arrange for that easily. When you book for the tour please advise us your special dietary requirements. We can handle every kind of a dietary requirement as long as we know about it. All the meals except for one lunch is included in the price of the tour.
Virtually everything on the tour is included except for your drinks.( Water with meal is included) 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 & ATM card ( This is a very important note please read it carefully)
If you want to make a purchase over $100 you can pay with your traveler's checks . But cashing traveler's checks in a bank is expensive and not always easy. Do not rely on traveler's checks for cash.
ATMs are available. US$ 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
LITERATURE TO READ:
Armstrong, Karen: "A History of God" (Ballantine, 1993).
Armstrong, Karen: "Islam" (Modern Library, 2002).
Speight, R. Marston: "God is one: The Way of Islam" (don't have pub. data right now)
Tayob, Abdulkader: "Islam" (Oxford, 2000).
Mahommed, Avey N: "Muslim-Christian Relations (Orbis, 1999).
"Artistic Expressions of Faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam" (Taft Museum, 1997).
Mainstone, Rowland J. "Hagia Sophia" (Thames & Hudson, 1998) For the real architecture enthusiast.
Mathews, Thomas F. "The Art of Byzantium" (Everyman Art Library, 1998).
Freely, John: "Istanbul" (Penguin Books, 1996) History of Constantinople and Istanbul.
This 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 the tour.
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