With a foot in the East and a toe in the West, Turkey’s distinct charm is hard to resist.

It’s the calls to prayer echoing through mosques and minarets, the scent of sandalwood and saffron, old desert caravanserais, smoke-filled bazaars and whirling dervishes spinning in unison. Whether east or west, old or new, tranquil mountains or bustling coffee houses – Turkey has always sat between worlds. That’s what makes it so special.

Turkey travel highlights

Our Turkey trips

15 Days From 27245

Fall under Turkey's spell touring Goreme's Open Air Museum, the ruins of Ephesus and...

9 Days From 51460

Enjoy a 9-day small-ship adventure cruise of Greece and Turkey. Visit the popular and...

15 Days From 26680

Explore Turkey in winter on a 15-day tour, beginning in Istanbul and visiting Canakkale...

9 Days From 20420

A small-group Peregrine Adventure through Turkey beginning and ending in Istanbul....

29 Days From 83340

Experience varied landscapes, traditions and people as you journey through Azerbaijan,...

21 Days From 65630

Discover Iran and Turkey on an adventure that delivers rich culture and history,...

16 Days From 67180

Take a 16-day journey through Serbia and Bulgaria, finishing in Turkey. Begin in...

10 Days From 41220

Cruise the Turkish coastline on a traditional gulet and discover ancient and beautiful...

12 Days From 32710

Take a round-trip food adventure from Istanbul, through Turkey. See historic sites,...

27 Days From 72350

Discover Iran and Turkey on an adventure that delivers rich culture, history, and...

16 Days From 79955

Soak up Greece, plus a slice of Turkey, on this 16-day overland and cruising adventure...

19 Days From 90295

Delve into the depths of Ottoman history and Greek mythology on this land and sea-based...

24 Days From 90555

Adventure through Turkey and the Greek islands on a 24-day Mediterranean odyssey...

23 Days From 96970

Take a 23-day journey through Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria, finishing in Turkey...

9 Days From 21275

Take a Peregrine small-group adventure visiting the verdant landscapes and historical...

30 Days From 136895

Head to Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey on a...

14 Days From 28725

Open the extensive history book that is Turkey on this Limited Edition journey through...

3 Days From 6155

Be enchanted by the fantastical countryside of Cappadocia and the underground city of...

4 Days From 8950

Travelling from Istanbul, hear stories of camaraderie among the tragedies of what...

20 Days From 87795

Discover the highlights of ancient Egypt and Turkey on this 18-day overland and...

25 Days From 123400

This 25-day land and sea combination trip begins in Cairo and ends in Athens. See the...

18 Days From 91400

Discover the best of Egypt and Greece on a Mediterranean land and sea adventure – the...

Turkey tour reviews

Articles on Turkey

Turkey holiday information

Turkey facts

Local culture of Turkey

Geography & environment

Shopping guide to Turkey

Turkey festival calendar

Food & drink in Turkey

Further reading

Turkey travel FAQs

Unfortunately, visas for Turkey are no longer available on arrival. If you’re travelling from a country that requires a visa, you’ll have to obtain an e-visa in advance. Please visit https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ for all the information required about how to obtain an e-visa.Please make sure your passport has validity for at least 60 days beyond the expiry date of your visa or residency permit.

 

Countries that do NOT require a visa (for stays of up to 3 months):

  • New Zealand
  • Argentina
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Tipping isn’t expected in Turkey, but a small amount will no doubt be appreciated by people in any service industry. It’s also common to tip staff while visiting hamams. It’s not usually required to tip taxi drivers, but rounding up the fare to the nearest dollar is pretty common. 

While internet cafes and wi-fi are common in most major cities, internet may be less available on your Turkey tour in rural and remote areas. 

Turkey has good mobile phone coverage by and large, especially in larger cities like Istanbul. Coverage may be patchier in more remote areas. If you wish to use your mobile, ensure you have activated global roaming on your phone (but be aware this carries extra data charges). 

You’ll have to make some small adjustments in Turkey in regards to hygiene and sanitation. While flush toilets are widely available in the cities, drop toilets are often used in more rural areas. Bring some hand sanitiser with you as a precaution. 

  • Beer in a bar = 5-10 TRY
  • Simple lunch = 10-20 TRY
  • Hamam visit = 25-30 TRY
  • Restaurant dinner = 30-50 TRY

We don’t recommend drinking the tap water in Turkey, but for environmental reasons try to avoid buying bottled water either. Instead, fill a reuseable canteen or water bottle with filtered water. Your leader can help you find some, or there are a number of portable water filters you can carry with you. We’d also recommend steering clear of iced drinks, and peeling your fruit before eating it. 

Credit cards are a common form of payment in Turkey, and you shouldn’t have too much trouble in the major cities and tourist areas. However, smaller vendors may often only take cash, particularly in the more rural regions. Make sure you carry enough cash for general purchases, just in case. 

ATMs are widely available in major cities like Istanbul or Ankara, but are obviously far less common in small villages and rural centres. Be prepared by withdrawing a bit of cash before you travel beyond the city. 

Yes. All Peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their Turkey tour. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day. 

For a current list of public holidays in [country] go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/[country]/public-holidays

Top Turkey travel deals

Departing Days From ZAR
12 Apr 2020
Northern Turkey Explorer
9 21275
20212
View Trip
14 Apr 2020
Treasures of Turkey
15 28335
26919
View Trip