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Country Facts

A bridge between East and West, Turkiye combines the best of both worlds. Colourful, historic monuments stand side-by-side with ancient cave structures and labyrinthine underground cities. The coast is stunning, the cuisine is to-die-for and Turkish hospitality is legendary. A Turkish bath in a hammam, a hot-air balloon ride over Cappadocia, bargaining at the Grand Bazaar, wandering through the cobbled streets of Safranbolu and sailing the Mediterrenean waters in a gulet are just some must-have experiences. Get under the Turkish skin with Irfan Orga's 'Portrait of a Turkish Family', listen to Tarkan's pop music and watch Peter Weir's 'Gallipoli

  • Capital: Ankara
  • Official Languages: Turkish
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: Turkish Lira
  • Time Zone: +2:00 GMT (3½ hrs behind India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0090

When To Go

Best time to visit: Late April to May (spring) and September to October (autumn). The average temperature in Turkiye is 11.8°C. The highest monthly average is 30°C in July and August with an average low of -4°C in January.

What To Do

Turkish cuisine is famous for its mezzes and kebabs which vary from region to region. The generous use of olive oil, yogurt, garlic, onions and spices makes the fare flavourful and tasty. And it isn't difficult to find vegetarian food in Turkiye.

What to eat and drink
  • Gözleme: A savoury hand-made pastry (like a paratha), stuffed with a variety of fillings, such as feta cheese, minced meat and spinach
  • Manti: Turkish pasta with folded triangles of dough filled with minced meat. Served with garlic yoghurt and melted butter and spices
  • Adana kebab: Charcoal grilled, hand-minced meat kebabs
  • Domatesli pilav: A tomato rice pulav
  • Hummus: Cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic
  • Kokoreç: Grilled lamb or goats intestines, served in a baguette
  • Aubergine dishes served fried, boiled, grilled, roasted or mashed
  • Turkish tea
  • Baklava: A rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey

Turkish Delight, carpets, raki, Turkish tea, saffron, evil eye beads, pottery.


Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

A world leader in budget travel, Cosmos combines the benefit of escorted travel with a great price. Ideal for practical, value-minded travelers. Vacations include comfortable hotels, breakfast and some meals, sightseeing with local guides and the services of an expert Tour Director.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.


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