Turkey: Travel Tips

Both friendly and cosmopolitan, Turkey abounds with fascinating destinations. Istanbul’s Aya Sofia museum, a Byzantine church converted to an Islamic mosque and now a secular museum, encapsulates the historical currents that have shaped this country. Other important sites include Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace (home of Ottoman sultans and Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey), the Blue Mosque, and the bustling Grand Bazaar.

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Getting To Turkey

Late spring and early fall bring fewer crowds and temperate weather. Enjoy the changing scenery in the spring and fall months and take advantage of fewer crowds at historical sights. Summer brings hot weather and resorts filled with vacationing Europeans. Winter can be harsh with snow and rainstorms throughout the season.

Late spring and early fall offer temperate weather, smaller crowds, and often lower travel rates. As is true in most of Europe, July and August bring crowds and higher prices.

Flight Times

  • 11 hours from New York
  • 15 hours from Los Angeles
  • 4 hours from London

Staying In Turkey

Turkey’s eclectic heritage reflects its position at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. This vast country’s well-preserved classical sites include the ancient cities of Ephesus and Pergamon. The urban delights of Istanbul include Byzantine art, Ottoman mansions on the Bosphorus, and nightlife in Beyoglu.

Must-see sights

  • Discover the Old City, known as Old Stamboul or Sultanahmet.
  • Istanbul’s archaeological museum.
  • Visit spectacular mosques dating back to the Ottoman Empire.

Things to do

  • Cruise along the Bosphorus, the strait dividing Europe from Asia.
  • Visit an exclusive nightclub.
  • Enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine.
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Traveling In Turkey

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout Europe in order to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights in Europe, private jets, rental cars, and shuttle transfers are also available.

While traveling in the Turkey we recommend :

  • Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.
  • Luxury trains – A stress free way to explore Europe. There’s no need for maps, and no need to pack and unpack between destinations. This is travel the way it’s meant to be: carefree and full of discovery.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • To enter and leave Europe, all U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.


  • The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Swiss Franc and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.

Time Difference

Turkey is GMT + 2

Europe spans three time zones:

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
  • Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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