PHOTO TOUR HAND BOOK

 Istanbul Wednesday, April 20 , 2005  - Istanbul May 04, 2005

  • Temperature
  • Emergency Contact & Special Dietery Requests
  • What Happens if you loose your passport?
  • Can I pay for the tour with my credit card?
  • What to wear
  • Shopping
  • Credit cards & Personal checks & Traveller's Checks

Temperature
It will be nice and warm during the day.
It gets cold after the sun goes down. Make sure you come prepared for cold evenings and warm days.Istanbul may have few hours of showers, but basically spring in Istanbul is beautiful. You will need a light jacket at all times in Istanbul.

 In Cappadocia, though the avarage temperture shows in 60s F and

  Average Temperatures for Major Regions (IN CELSIUS)

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

IZMIR (West)

9

10

11

16

20

25

28

27

23

18

15

10

ISTANBUL (Northeast)

5

6

7

12

16

21

23

23

20

16

12

8

CAPPADOCIA (Central)

0

1

5

11

16

20

23

23

18

13

8

2

Emergency Contact & Special Dietery Requests
In case of emergency you can always be reached on Meli's cell phone. 0532 345 9987
We can check e-mail every day at melitour@unimedya.net.tr Message can be sent to this e mail address.
Please check the hotel info  for phone and fax numbers.
In case of emergency, for us to reach your contact back at home , please fill in the following chart and e mail to melitour@unimedya.net.tr
Food in Turkey is excellent. we are sure you will enjoy it thoroughly. however, if you have any restrictions for food , please let us know in advance.

NAME & LAST NAME

 

ADDRESS


 

TELEPHONE NUMBER/ FAX NUMBER

 

 E MAIL ADDRESS

 

PASSPORT NUMBER

 



EMERGENCY CONTACT INFO

NAME&ADDRESS

PHONE #

E MAIL ADDRESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS
you do not need to answer this unless you think we need to know to make it easier for you on the tour

Vegetarian ........................YES .............................NO
Diabetic     ........................YES .............................NO
Allergic (Please explain)

What Happens if you loose your passport?
Please take a photocopy of your passport with you and keep it is a different place than where yo keep your passport.
Having a record of passport makes it easier to get new passport. ( this does not happen often but it is nice to be prepared
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 women will need to wear a long skirt or long pants in the mosque .Through out the tour shorts are O.K. The days might be warm but the evenings will be cold please come prepared.

LAUNDRY

You can have laundry done in all the hotels where we have more than one night stay.

MEALS
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 easily.
EXTRA EXPENSES
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 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 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.

CREDIT CARDS
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
 

SHOPPING INFORMATION
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.


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 resist
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 yet developed a taste ,this might be the place to get
aquatinted with that incurable bug.
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.

PESTEMAL

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 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.
MINIATURE PAINTINGS
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

SILVER JEWELERY

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.
TEXTILES
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.

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