When is the best season to travel in Turkey?
What should I pack for my Turkey adventure tour?
What are the visa and passport requirements for travel to Turkey?
Will I need any vaccinations, immunizations or special medications for travel to Turkey?
Are meals included on your Turkey tours?
What type of cuisine is typical in Turkey, including special dietary needs?
What are your Turkish guides like?
What sort of people go on Wildland Adventures to Turkey?
What is the average age of your travelers to Turkey?
Can I drink the water in Turkey?
Is it safe to travel to Turkey?
What is the electrical current in Turkey? Will I need a plug adapter?
What is the local currency in Turkey? Are U.S. dollars accepted? Do I need local currency before I arrive?
Should I bring cash or traveler's checks? Are ATMs available? Can I use credit cards?
Are Wildland Adventures to Turkey a good choice for single travelers?
What is Turkey's time zone? Will I suffer from jet lag when traveling to Turkey?
Will my cell phone work while on a Turkey vacation?
Do your tours in Turkey include international airfare? Do you have recommendations for the best routing and airlines to visit Turkey?
How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?
Is it better to plan a private custom trip or go to Turkey as a part of a small group tour?
How far in advance should I book my trip to Turkey?
Can I extend or change my stay in Turkey?
Is travel insurance recommended for travel to Turkey?
Spring (April through early June) and fall (September-October) are the best times to travel in Turkey when the climate is moderated and there are fewer tourists than peak summer months of July and August. Temperatures and humidity are relatively high in summer, but if you don't mind the heat in the 90’s F it’s a popular time to travel. Winter (Nov-Mar) is damp and cold but you will have most tourist sites to yourself. Voyaging on a gulet (yacht) on the Aegean or Mediterranean coast in the spring the water temperatures are brisk, in the summer it gets warmer, and by the fall it is very comfortable for swimming. Back to Top
Lightweight cotton clothing or quick-dry travel apparel is best for travel in fall, summer and winter. A sweater or light jacket is required for evenings in spring and fall when you can add layers as needed. Plan for hot and humid conditions in June, July and August. During the day in the city, casual clothes are sufficient, urban nights in Istanbul you may want to wear casual slacks or a dress. Back to Top
An advance visa is now required for entry into Turkey; you must apply 24 hours or more before your departure. The process takes only a few minutes and you pay the $20 per person fee online. Apply at www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. Make sure to accept the "multi-entry" option. Upon approval, print your e-Visa which you will present along with your passport at immigration. Travelers of other nationalities should check entry requirements with the Turkish embassy or consulate in your country. Back to Top
No immunizations are currently required for visiting Turkey. Consult your doctor or local travel clinic 4-8 weeks before departure to decide which medications and inoculations are recommended for your safe participation on the trip. Travelers should always be up-to-date with vaccinations against hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, polio, and chicken pox.
When you put down a deposit for any Wildland Adventure, our destination expert Program Directors will provide detailed information about health precautions and possible immunizations for travel to your destination. Wildland Adventures' staff are not licensed medical professionals, however, we do know the exact areas, environments and conditions under which you will be traveling, all of which can affect the relative risk of exposure and help you make a decision concerning immunizations and prescription medicines. All travelers should consult their physician or a travel health clinic and refer to the Center for Disease Control website for complete information on health considerations in your destination. Back to Top
Turkish cuisine is among the best in the world and this is one area we don’t skimp! It’s not a matter of choosing between chicken, beef and lamb entrees: we budget meals to order ala carte so you can try at least one different dish every time you sit down for lunch or dinner. Breakfast is included in your hotel for every day of your Wildland Adventure in Turkey. For small group departures lunch and dinner is usually included and on custom private trips lunch and dinner varies within the day-by-day itinerary. Back to Top
Turkish cuisine is the refined product of centuries of experience with influences originating from throughout the Ottoman Empire from Europe, the Middle East and across the Mediterranean to North Africa. It’s pureness stems from the superb freshness of the fruits, vegetables, meat and fish produced locally. Breakfast usually consists of a buffet with olives, white cheese (like feta), salami, yogurt and freshly baked bread with honey, jam and butter or pastries. It is accompanied by tea or coffee. Lunch and dinner are usually many courses including hot and cold small plates (mezes), salads, main course and dessert. We do not skimp on food in Turkey so that our guides typically order a variety of dishes ala carte so you can always be sampling something different at each meal!
Dietary requests are usually easy to accommodate in Turkey, especially including vegetarian preferences. Chicken and fish-kebab, and spicy marinated doner-kebab are a favorite among young people. Light and flaky boreks come in many shapes and flavors: pies or individual portions of filo pastry dough filled with cheese, spinach and/or meat, baked and served hot. Back to Top
We work with exceptional guides throughout Turkey all of whom are exceedingly well educated and highly informed about political, social and cultural aspects of life in Turkey and who enjoy conversations on current events and world affairs in Turkey. They are also selected for their outgoing personalities as fun travel companions who enjoy adapting every trip to fit the interests and abilities of each traveler. And finally, they know the best local restaurants to share the most interesting and unique Turkish cuisine! Read more about our Turkey guides here. Back to Top
Our guests to Turkey are active, inquisitive, fun-loving travelers not only interested in learning about Turkey’s fascinating history, but also its modern culture, political and religious balance, urban life in Istanbul, as well as cuisine. Families enjoy travel to Turkey, especially voyaging together on a gulet, and we have some guides who are especially keen with teens and younger travelers. Many people who come on our trips to Turkey are very well travelled, enthusiastic, and curious about exploring new countries and cultures. They come from an wide range of professional backgrounds. Many guests to Turkey have traveled with us in other regions, some to Turkey for a second time. Back to Top
Our trips tend to appeal to quite a wide age range. Generally, most are in the 40-70 age bracket. Our family tours have attracted parents with children between 10-17 and college age. We are finding more and more people in their 30’s and 40’s coming on our trips to Turkey including single travelers joining our group trips and couples on custom trips including honeymoon adventures. Back to Top
It’s best to avoid water from the tap, but bottled water is readily available everywhere. Turks are very hygienic and standards of food service and preparation very high. You can expect to travel throughout Turkey enjoying all the meals served on a Wildland Adventure in restaurants, hotels and on board gulets without any hesitation or concern for your health including salads and fresh fruits and vegetables. Back to Top
Turks are very warm, friendly and trustworthy people, and Turkey is arguably one of the safest countries in the world to visit and has a particularly low crime rate when compared to many Western European countries. Of course, normal precautions when walking in urban streets on your own to protect against pickpockets such as you would take in any major city in the world are advisable. Back to Top
Electrical current in Turkey is 220 volts, 50 cycles. Most travel appliances have their own built-in power adapters (such as laptop computers, digital cameras and some hair dryers): they can be plugged into either 110-120-volt or 220-240-volt sockets and will adapt to the voltage automatically (but you still need a plug adapter as noted below.) Check your travel appliances, especially your travel hair dryer to be sure it can operate on either 110-120 or 220-240 voltage. Wall outlets in Turkey have round two-prong plugs--the most common is the smaller type used throughout most of Europe. Back to Top
The official currency in Turkey is the New Turkish Lira. Once in Turkey, it's very easy to change all major currencies in banks, exchange offices, post offices (PTTs) and most hotels. If you do run short of Turkish Lira at any point during your stay all the major foreign currencies are widely accepted in many shops, hotels and restaurants especially in the tourist areas. Check the official exchange rate online just before departure. Back to Top
Currency can be obtained using debit or credit cards from many ATM machines throughout the country. Credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants in the main cities and tourist areas. This may not be the case in smaller villages or remote places so it is generally a good idea to carry local currency. Any dollars currency you bring from home should be a new as possible free of marks, tears and excessive wear. Travelers checks are accepted at banks, exchange houses and larger hotels, but receive lower exchange rates than cash or ATMs. Back to Top
Any of our Turkey tours are available to single travelers, and the gulet trips on the Mediterranean Turquoise Coast or Dodecanese Islands in the Aegean are especially fun group departures to join with others. However, if we are unable to find a suitable match prior to your trip departure then the single supplement fee will apply. Back to Top
Turkey has one time zone, which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the U.S. Daylight savings (one hour) applies from the beginning of April to the end of September. Jet lag is common among travelers crossing four or more time zones. You might want to consider arriving a day early to adjust before the tour begins in earnest. Back to Top
This is a good question for your cell phone service provider. To work internationally, you'll most likely need a cell phone which uses a "GSM" network which is most widely used globally. In the U.S. AT&T and T-Mobile operate GSM networks while Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and several smaller carriers such as U.S. Cellular use the "CDMA" network which has less worldwide coverage than GSM. You'll want to check with your service provider regarding international coverage and make sure you understand exactly what you'll be charged for making calls and, if you have a smart phone, for using data (email/internet). Rates can be extremely expensive and we've heard horror stories of travelers returning home to find unexpectedly large bills for using their phone while traveling. Due to this, we generally recommend you unplug and don't use your cell phone while traveling. Your guides will be able to give you the best options for calling home and loved ones can contact you using the local phone numbers we provide on your final itinerary or Wildland's 24-hour emergency number.We recommend reviewing CNET's World Phone Guide for more information on international cell phone coverage. Back to Top
Tour rates do not include international flights or local domestic flights in Turkey. Fares change and travelers prefer to look at so many options that international flights are best booked directly or through our air reservations agent. To use frequent flyer miles for travel to Turkey you must contact the airline directly. We will book your local flights in Turkey as soon as you have signed up for your Wildland Adventure.
Many major airlines fly to Istanbul, but Turkish Airlines is the only one that has traditionally offered non-stop flights from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Otherwise, a flight to Istanbul often involves changing planes in Europe. Your choice of airline may be determined not only by price, but whether or not you want to make a stopover enroute. Stops in London, Amsterdam or Paris for example, can be possible on the way or returning from Istanbul. We will put you in touch with our air department for possible routing and airfare quotes.
While Wildland Adventures does not book international airfare directly, we are pleased to provide a quote and schedule for your international air with our partners at Exito Travel, a leader in air travel worldwide. They offer highly competitive fares along with the knowledge to book the best airlines, routing and schedule for your Wildland Adventure. Contact your destination Program Director for more information. Back to Top
Unless otherwise stated, you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. It's part of the service! Back to Top
Any of our Mediterranean and Aegean voyages on a gulet it is best to travel in a small group of from 6-12 persons in order share the fixed cost of the yacht. We charter our gulets for private parties of families and friends traveling together, and we have our own scheduled departures in which individuals, friends, families and couples can join. The best way to see and experience Turkey depends on one's knowledge, experience, and personal preferences. Our other itineraries for which we have scheduled departures can also be run on different dates and easily modified as private custom itineraries for as few as two persons.
Whether you travel on a private custom trip or a scheduled group departure, the biggest advantage to travel on a Wildland Adventure in Turkey is to have a guide to show you the hidden highlights, to provide the in depth historical insights and interpretations, and most important to help facilitate entrees to interact with local people you meet along the way. A Wildland Adventure in Turkey is a flexible guided exploration that is not planned from dawn until dark, but each one is flexible according to the interests and abilities of travelers leaving plenty of time for spontaneity to experience much more than ancient ruins and historic sites of interest. Back to Top
You can book your Turkey tour at any time, but generally the earlier you book the better (6-12 months), since not only do hotels fill up but these tours involve domestic flights within Turkey which must be booked in advance for the most convenient times and connections. We prefer boutique style hotels which are small, charming properties characteristic of the region; as such they are small and tend to fill up quickly—another reason to book your trip to Turkey as early as possible. Back to Top
Indeed, we recommend you extend your stay in Turkey, especially consider extra time to explore Istanbul. We especially recommend arriving a day early to acclimatize to the new time zone. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will make special arrangements. We especially recommend a guided tour of other parts of Istanbul outside of the historic district where we can show you other neighborhoods on the European and Asian side of the Bosphorus, especially including our favorite walking areas and specialty restaurants. Back to Top
We highly recommend you protect your Turkey travel investment by purchasing travel insurance, especially for unexpected trip cancellation and trip interruption (for specific covered reasons), as well as medical coverage for accident or illness and related evacuation expenses that may be incurred during your trip. We recommend the policy offered by Travelex as an outstanding travel insurance product. The policy application is included in your pre-departure dossier. It is necessary that you purchase the insurance within 21 days of your initial reservation deposit in order to receive additional coverage especially for pre-existing health conditions for you or an immediate family member. Back to Top