|Can I pay for
the tour with my credit card?
Yes, you can use your credit card for payment
of the tour. We can only accept VISA or MASTERCARD.
We need the following information.
Credit Card Number
Expiration date on your credit card
The last 3 digits in the back of your credit card
When you give MELITOUR the above information. Please make
sure you call your bank or credit card company and let them know
that ......$ will be drawn from your card on MAIL ORDER process. And
have them to give your card MAIL ORDER authorisation for the amount
you have mentioned.
WHAT TO WEAR
Don't 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 homesand easy slip on and off type of a shoe will be more comfortable. The
will need to wear a long skirt or long pants in the mosque .Through out
tour shorts are O.K. The days might be warm but the evenings will be cold please come prepared.
You can have laundry done in all the hotels where we have more than one
Turkish food has enough variety to meet every one's need. Vegetarian menus
are available. If special diet food is required we can arrange for that
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
$100 during the entire tour, while others have spent thousands of dollars (usually on carpets.)
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 except at places
where you might purchase for more than US$500.
ATMs are available. US$ currency can be used through out the country. If
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
your bank or credit card organization that you are going to be in Turkey
a while. Because for some reason the banks or credit card companies block
the card when they see purchase is made in Turkey
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
so much in the seconds that we had time for shopping we had a garage sale
the end of the tour.
KILIM, CARPET, TOWELS, FELT
Cappadocia is the heart of the country for hand crafts. Especially
pottery,kilims and CARPETS.
The Turkish Carpets are so inviting it is very difficult to
the temptation. If you already have the bug for the Turkish,Kurdish and
Central Asian KILIMS you will find your self in heaven in Cappadocia.
If you have not
developed a taste ,this might be the place to get
aquatinted with that
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
or a Carpet on these tours.
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
WOODWORK IMBEDDED WITH MOTHER OF PEARL
Gaziantep is known for this craft which used to be favorite art/craft of
Ottoman Sultans. Mirrors,jewelery boxes, shelfs,chairs and many more
tempting and carriable pieces hand made in Gaziantep are available in the
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
Authentic or replicas of old jewelery are available at few places along
tour. Especially the jeweler at Ephesus has excellent examples of old
Material with wood block prints, scarves with OYA, lace, suzanis
BOOKS TO READ
ARA GULER's Photo books will be great to see to get aquainted with photo
subjects of Turkey.