Cheap Turkey Vacations

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So you’re going to Turkey! Wohoooo! It’s set! You’ve decided! But what now? You’re excited. But you’re on a budget and you want to find out how one can decrease the costs of their Turkish vacation? Then hang on as we’re going to offer some tips on it as well as ways to find cheap Turkey vacation packages.

Tips To Decrease The Cost Of Your Turkish Vacation

1. Book Your Flights To Turkey Online

This will be a great money saver if you book your flights right. Just book them online to cut middlemen such as travel agencies – plus, even if you replace them with an online intermediary most likely than not you’ll be better off – and book them early. I can’t stress this enough but booking flights early is the main determinant for fare price other than choosing the type of airline you’re using – mainstream, low cost or charter. Airlines sell tickets in batches, the cheapest of them go first and once they’re finished they’re gone. So get some flight tickets to Turkey as early as possible! From Europe there are also loads of charter flights to Turkey during summer as well as low cost airlines all year round; you may want to look into those as well. You can find more on this topic on our special Cheap Flights To Turkey page.

2. If You’re Not Into Sun, Warm Sandy Beaches And Summer, Visit During Off-Season

Like I said, if you’re not going to Turkey for what the warm sun has to offer in combination with the local attractions – such as great beaches – you’ll be better off going to Turkey during off-season as that’ll save you quite a bit of money. Don’t go in the middle of off-season though because you might get yourself into a harsh winter; try going just before the tourism season starts or right after it ends.

3. If You’re Looking For Rentals, Try Finding A Roommate

If you’re on a longer stay in Turkey and are trying to get a cheap apartment for yourself then you’d be better off teaming up with a roommate. Splitting housing costs in two would really improve one’s budget. We’ve wrote an article on cheap Turkey apartments and in it we offer plenty of resources where one could go and seek roommates.

4. To Save On Hotels…

… you’d be better off making a list of cheap Turkey hotels by location and visit them yourself at your destination rather than booking online in advance. You can often negotiate prices at the hotel reception and can even get deals of up to 40% off. For hotels in Eastern Turkey the same applies and it’s even more difficult to find good deals online for such hotels. Of course, if you don’t want to risk it just book online, but you’re on a budget aren’t you? For more you can check out our Cheap Turkey Hotels page.

5. To Save On Hostels, Pensions, Guest Houses & Similar Accommodation…

…you’d better book online through a hostel booking site. These sites seem to have better rates than those offered by the hostels, pensions or guest houses themselves. We also have a page where we’ve got more on cheap hostels in Turkey.

6. To Save On Turkey Car Rentals…

…check out our Cheap Turkey Car Rental tips where we have plenty to say on that.

“But wait! I came here wanting to find some cheap Turkey vacation packages. How can I do that?”

Well, finding cheap Turkey vacation packages is not that hard. You should start off offline by looking at the offers of your local travel agents. In case you have travel agencies with long histories that are owned and operated by Turkish people around where you live then that’s even better because your odds of finding a good deal on a Turkey vacation package are higher. Once you get a batch of offers from offline travel agents I recommend you to search online for such packages as well on the following sites:

1. Priceline

2. Travelocity

3. Hotwire

UK Sites Offering Cheap Turkey Vacation Packages:

1. Opodo

2. Barrhead Travel

3. Responsible Travel

4 Low Cost Holidays

Filter your searches by price to get to the cheap offers and skim through until you find the best of them. Compare between offers from different sites as well as the offers you have found offline. Choose the cheap Turkey vacation package that’s best for you.

This ends our article on cheap Turkey vacations. If you’ve got more to add on this topic then we’d be delighted to hear from you by posting a comment.

Cheap Turkey Tours

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Read on if you’d like to find some of the best companies that are operating cheap Turkey tours as well tips on how to find such tours. Here we go.

In Turkey you can find thousands of tours offered by a myriad of companies. Some of them are half-day tours of some city or attraction and others are full-month tours of the whole country.

1. If you’re looking for short-term – up to a day – cheap Istanbul tours – then one of the best companies for this is Backpackers Turkey. They’re based in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul and they can take you for as little as 15 EUR on half-day or full-day tours of Istanbul’s main attractions such as the city walls, the Egyptian spice bazaar, etc. They also offer tours to other Turkish attractions outside Istanbul, both for short and long periods and, as an extra service, airport transfers in Istanbul.

Site: backpackerstravel.net

2. If you’re looking (notice the repetition?) more for general Turkey tours that take you through whole regions of the country then you’d be better off with a Turkey tour offered by an agency such as Rock Valley Travel Agency or Argeus Tourism & Travel. Rock Valley, for example, is a full service agency offering tours in all Turkish regions. Their top-of-the-line tour is their Cappadocia tour but they also have great tours of Eastern Turkey and for the more religious of you lot biblical Turkey tours. On the other hand, Argeus Tourism & Travel is great for longer tours that take you through several Turkish attractions scattered around the country. They have some of the best all-round Turkish tours.

Site: argeus.com.tr
Site: rockvalleytravel.com

3. For ANZAC tours, a reputable company offering a great tour would be the first one in this article that we’ve recommended for cheap Istanbul tours, namely Backpackers Turkey. They have an interesting ANZAC day tour that starts in Istanbul on the morning of April 24th, they take you to Gallipoli where a licensed tour guide presents you the highlights of the place, you see the ceremonies until early morning next day and you get back in Istanbul in the afternoon on the 25th of April.

Site: backpackerstravel.net

4. For cheap gulet tours it is best to visit one of the following cities: Fethiye, Bodrum and Marmaris where you can find plenty of companies in the marina offering this service. All you need to do is visit the port the evening before the gulet tour, talk to the captain of the boat and ask them various questions about the trip, such as how much would it cost, what kind of people is he looking for – single, family-types, etc. – and whether lunch is included in the price of the cruise or not. Other than those three cities, one can find tours in pretty much every marina in the Aegean and Mediterranean.

5. For something special and different, we recommend you Nomad Tours Turkey. This is a company specializing in great South-Eastern Turkey Tours. They have half day tours that take you off the beaten path as well as day tours to some of the main attractions of the area or longer tours covering more such attractions. They can also arrange for cheap accommodation in the area they cover if you inquire.

Site: nomadtoursturkey.com

6. One non-Turkish company we’ve heard is offering quality tours of Turkey at decent prices is Insight Vacations. They have an extensive site where one can search for tours by price – great for finding budget Turkey tours! – as well as number of days and city.

Site: insightvacations.com

7. You should be wary that some Turkey tours that might seem too cheap are so because the tour operator will take you on the tour at a loss but he’ll make more than enough by touring you through souvenir shops whose owners will pay him a commission if you buy from them. Those shops are usually isolated from other similar shops so you won’t just go there and buy from the neighbor. Always inquire thoroughly on this point before booking a tour. Sure, you might learn a thing or two about gold or carpets or whatnot but you will feel like you’ve been diverted from the real things you wanted to experience and, in the end, fooled.

8. If you’re looking to hire a licensed tour guide, the going rate at the time of writing this article is 130 YTL. Not cheap by any means but you get a lot of quality for that price as licensed guides in Turkey will have to go through extensive training before given a license. If you’re on a cheap vacation by yourself it’s not worth it but if you’re going with more people then you should really consider this in some cases. Do keep in mind that other than the rate you’ll also have to pay for the accommodation, meals and transportation of the licensed guide so manage your budget carefully.

9. In the past you needed special permission to visit the medieval city of Ani. Good news: not anymore. Plus, you can buy a ticket when you’re there. For tours of Ani, you should e-mail the address below.

Tours Of Ani: celilani[at]hotmail.com

10. If you’re a backpacker and searching for a backpacker tour of Turkey then you’d be better off letting go, visiting the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul where you’ll meet plenty of fellow backpackers and go with the flow. This is valid for Goreme – the town with chimney-like rock formations in Capadoccia – as well and some other locations in Turkey.

This concludes our article on cheap Turkey tours. We hope this was at least a bit helpful to some of you. We’d be thrilled if you can post more tips and recommendations of cheap Turkey tours yourself in the comments.

Cheap Turkey Car Rental

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So you’re going to Turkey and you’re searching for cheap Turkey car rental services as well as tips on how to best rent a car in Turkey? Hopefully we can help you out a bit:

1. What are some cheap Turkey car rental companies? Well, Turkey is a country in which all the major car rental operators of this world are well set – Avis, Budget, Hertz, Auto Europe – and they also compete well in price with local operators. It is best to go safe and go with one of these major companies when renting a car in Turkey. Prices are similar in comparison to smaller operators. The only differences might arise in pick-up and drop-off charges but are not big enough to be worth the hassle.

2. If you’re still looking to use a Turkish option for car rental then you should check out Argeus Tourism & Travel. They’re able to set you up with a rental car anywhere in the country at decent rates.

Site: argeus.com.tr

3. Another good, quality site for renting a car cheap in Turkey is Economy Car Rentals. You should give them a look and compare prices with the big boys – Avis, Budget, Hertz, Auto Europe.

Cheap Turkey Car Rental: economycarrentals.com

4. In case you’d like to pick a car at the airport, it is important to have a reservation so do make one in advance.

5. “What do I need to rent a car in Turkey?” Just regular driving license. Don’t get an international driving license as it’ll only create confusion in case you show it to the police.

6. If you’re planning to rent a car in Turkey for a longer period you should be able to negotiate a discount. Even if the car rental company doesn’t offer one from the beginning you shouldn’t get discouraged and try your luck in obtaining one.

7. In Turkey diesel is cheaper than gas (petrol) so you’d be better off with a diesel rental car.

8. It might get hectic to drive inside Turkish towns, but it gets easier once you drive out of them. Most of the roads are well filled with signposts and you shouldn’t worry about missing an attraction because they’re all marked with the ubiquitous brown signposts.

7. You’d be better off not renting a car just to drive around Istanbul. Congestion in the city is a big problem. Public transportation is good enough and if you book a well placed cheap hotel, such as those in the Sultanahmet district – you’re within walking distance to most major attractions. You should check out our cheap Turkey hotels page for some tips and recommendations of Istanbul hotels.

9. Can I rent a car in another country – like, say, Greece, and use it to get into Turkey, even though I’ll drop it from where I’ve picked it? Unfortunately no. There are no car rental companies that allow this practice and even if, supposedly, you eventually find one such company it will most likely ask you for huge collateral.

This concludes our article on cheap Turkey car rental. We hope it helped some of you. If you’ve got more to add on this issue then don’t hesitate to write a comment.

Cheap Flights To Turkey

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How about a cheap flight to Turkey? Sounds good, right? Well, we’ve got some tips on flights to Turkey, cheap flights to Turkey and how to find such flights.

1. As I’ve said in some articles on this site that also tangentially touch on this subject, getting a cheap flight to Turkey – or anywhere else – is a matter of timing. “Book early” is the rule of thumb. Most airlines sell their tickets in batches. The first batch is the batch with the cheapest tickets. Once they’re finished they move to selling the next, more expensive batch. And so on. To get the tickets from the cheapest batch you’ll need to book early. That’s all.

2. If you’re not finding any bargains for transatlantic flights to Turkey, you may want to check whether a flight to an European country followed by a low-cost flight to Turkey wouldn’t be a cheaper option. Germany would be an ideal country for this because given their large number of Turkish immigrants there are a large number of low cost airlines offering cheap flights to Turkey.

Companies offering cheap flights to Turkey from Germany: SunExpress, Condor, AirBerlin, Germanwings.

3. From England, you can find the cheapest flights to Turkey from May to October during the season. Not only are there plenty of airlines flying the route, both regular and low-cost – such as Easyjet from London – to various Turkish locations, but there are lots of charter flights to lots and lots of Turkish destinations. Most of the time it is more expensive to book a standalone charter flight ticket to Turkey than to book a cheap travel package to Turkey so weigh your options carefully and go the travel package route if you like what you found.

Companies offering cheap flights to Turkey From England: Easyjet, charter companies.

4. There are also regular airlines worth taking a look at from time to time to see if you could catch a cheap flight to Turkey on them. Regular airlines that are sometimes – rarely – offering cheap fares to Turkey are British Airways, Lufthansa or the Turkish national carrier Turkish Airlines.

Sites: British Airways, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines.

5. Unfortunately there aren’t many low-cost airlines having regular flights to Turkish destinations – except major ones – during the off-season. You’d be better off taking a flight to Istanbul and from there using another transportation method – or even internal connecting flights if you find any good ones – to your desired destination. Truth be told though, there’s a good chance for you to find cheap flights to Turkey on regular airlines – as compared to their usual prices – during the worst period of the off-season, December and January.

6. Most cheap flights to Istanbul arrive at the Asian-side based Sabiha Gokcen Airport, quite far from the historical center of Istanbul and with worse transportation links to the city compared to the main Ataturk Airport. That’s a minor inconvenience though considering the money you’ll be saving on the airfare.

“I’ve tried some of the companies recommended above but I’m yet to find a cheap flight to Turkey or one that fits my needs. What else can I do?”

Well, you can always try this true and tested method of finding cheap flights:

1. You start by trying to find cheap flights to Turkey on aggregators like Yahoo! FareChase, Bing Travel or Kayak. Do that then note down the best flights you’ve found.

2. After you’ve done step one, go to the following booking engines: Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, CheapTickets, Hotwire and Orbitz if you’re flying from the US or Canada. If you’re flying from Europe, give Vayama, SkyScanner and Momondo a try. Again, note down the best flights you’ve found.

3. At last, go again through all the airlines we’ve recommended above: Easyjet, Germanwings, SunExpress, Condor, Air Berlin, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, British Airways as well as any charter airlines you can find plus Onur Air and Pegasus Airlines. Onur Air is a Turkish low-cost airline flying from Europe to many Turkish destinations. Same for Pegasus Airlines except for the fact that their internal flights are connected with Air Berlin’s flights to Turkey. You can get a flight on Air Berlin to Istanbul and then hop on right away on a Pegasus Airlines flight to a Turkish destination of your choice.

From the Netherlands, you should also check out Corendon. It is a low-cost airline offering cheap flights to Turkey.

The reason for going through all these sites is that some of these airlines are not included into the traditional booking engines or some of their flights aren’t so you may be missing on a sweet and cheap deal without even knowing it. Of course, after you’ve searched well, note down any interesting flights

4. You should now have a list containing cheap flights to Turkey. Look through their details carefully and choose the option that’s best for you.

That’s about if from us about cheap flights to Turkey. If you’ve got more on the topic of cheap Turkey flights, anything that could help our readers, then don’t hesitate to post a comment.

Getting To Turkey

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How does one get to Turkey? To be honest, that’s quite easy and we’re going to cover the most important methods and offer tips for each of them here.

1. Getting To Turkey By Plane

Turkey is a well connected country. You can reach Turkey by plane from pretty much anywhere in the world. The Turkish national carrier, Turkish Airlines, is a reputable company offering flights to Istanbul from many of the world’s major airports. Other than them, you can also catch cheap flights to Turkey from Europe, especially Germany and England. If you can’t find any good flights from North America then you should get a flight to either Germany and England and connect to Turkey from there. Timing is extremely important when trying to get cheap flights to Turkey or anywhere for that matter. Check out our cheap flights to Turkey page for more on this issue.

2. Getting To Turkey By Ferry

One can also reach Turkey by ferry. Most of the routes are linking Greek locations, mostly islands, with close-by Turkish locations as well as Cyprus with Turkey and, a bit farther, Italy with Turkey. There are several companies operating such lines. One of the most important is Anker Travel, which is operating several routes between Greek Islands and Turkey and has an interesting site where one can search for ferry departures and make reservations as well. One other major online ferry reservation site that is offering ferries to Turkey and that is worth checking out is UK-based aferry.co.uk. If you’re looking for a ferry from Italy to Turkey or vice-versa as well as alternatives to Greek-Turkey ferries you should look on Aegean Ferry Services. They have a good map showing all of their ferry routes. One of the most interesting is their ferry from Ancona to Cesme.

It is worth knowing that ferries running between Greek islands and Turkish coastal towns are very seasonal and thus their schedule is very erratic. If you don’t manage to find the schedule and book accordingly online you may want to contact a travel agent in the Greek island of choice a week or a couple of days before and arrange for ferry tickets to Turkey.

Also worth knowing is that trying to cross by ferry from Greece to Turkey is very easy for EU citizens. The rest may encounter problems so if you’re in this situation it is best to inquire about visas and border-crossing issues at your embassy.

Sites:
Anker Travel – offering ferries from Greek Islands to Turkey
AFerry.co.uk
Aegean Ferry Services

3. Getting To Turkey By Train

If you’re planning to use a train to get to Turkey then you can do so both from Europe and from Asia but not from every Asian neighbor. From Europe, you can go the Thessaloniki – Alexandroupoli – Istanbul route if you’re in Greece or, from London, you can either go through France – Hungary – Bulgaria or through Germany – Hungary – Romania – Bulgaria to Istanbul. The better route is the one that goes through Germany and Romania. From Syria, you can take the Damascus – Aleppo train and then you’ll need to get a bus to cross the border and reach Adana. From Adana you can take any train you like to any Turkish destination. From Iran, there’s a weekly train to Istanbul that goes through Ankara as well. From Georgia, you can take a minibus from Batumi to Sarp at the border, cross the border, get a Turkish minibus to Kars or Erzurum and then travel by train from there. And from Armenia, you can’t take the train to Turkey directly but you can take a train to Georgia and use the route we’ve mentioned from there on.

For European rail passes, you should check out both RailEurope and RailPass.

4. Getting To Turkey By Car

This is easy from Europe. You can enter either from Greece or Bulgaria and reach Istanbul through Edirne. The roads are in good condition in Turkey so that shouldn’t be a worry. You can also reach turkey from Iran, Georgia and Syria by car; not Armenia though since the border is closed at the time of this writing.

But can you get to Turkey by rented car? The answer is no. Maybe you can find exceptions to this rule, but almost all car rental companies will refuse such a request or, if given the chance, will ask you to post an exorbitant sum as collateral. You should check out our cheap Turkey car rental page for more on car rental in Turkey if that’s of interest to you.

5. Getting To Turkey By Bus

Using a bus to get into Turkey is another option. This is good and cheap if you’re planning to get into Turkey from a nearby country such as Bulgaria, Romania or Greece. For example, bus service from Constanta or Bucharest, Romania to Turkey costs around ~50 EUR at the time of this writing for a round-trip. For Greece – Turkey routes you can even book tickets online through Varan Turizm for Thessaloniki to Istanbul. If you’re planning to do that from a farther European country then it may get quite tiring although you can at times find such a service, especially from Germany or Austria.

From Asia, one can take buses from Georgia to Turkey in both Batumi and Tbilisi but service is irregular and one should inquire around. From Armenia one can go through Georgia by bus to Turkey. From Iran there are buses to Turkey from Tabriz and from Syria one can get a minibus (shared taxi) from Aleppo to Adana. If you’re starting your journey to Turkey in Damascus you should get the bus to Aleppo and switch to shared taxi there.

Thessaloniki To Istanbul Bus & Vice-Versa

Remember to always know all about visas and border crossings by doing full research and thorough preparation before leaving.

This concludes our article on how to get to Turkey. If you’ve got more to add on the topic of getting to Turkey then don’t hesitate to post a comment.

Getting Around Turkey

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You’re going to Turkey on a trip and would like to know how to best get around the country? In this article we’ll explore some of the best options you can use. Here we go.

1. Getting Around Turkey By Car

You can easily get around Turkey by car. Most roads between Turkish cities are in good condition and even those that aren’t are undertaking serious renovation work and upgrades. Plus, on Turkish roads there are European-style signposts and tourist attractions are well marked with ubiquitous brown signs.

While it’s great to travel between Turkish cities by car, even though the drivers are at times a bit hot headed, it’s not so great to use the car into a major city such as Istanbul or Izmir. There are serious congestion issues in such cities and you’ll run the risk of seriously hampering your travel experience if you use a car. Plus, in Istanbul, if you book a well situated hotel, such as any of those in the Sultanahmet area, you’ll be quite close to many of the city’s major attractions. See our cheap Turkey hotels page and cheap Turkey hostels page for more on hotels and hostels in Turkey.

You can also rent a cheap car in Turkey. For more on this, check out our cheap Turkey car rental page.

2. Getting Around Turkey By Train

Getting around Turkey by train means using the services of Turkish State Railways – or TCDD. They have a comprehensive website where you can also buy train tickets online. TCDD runs an extensive network of train lines that go through all Turkey. Most of the network has been built up until the 1970s but major lines are undergoing serious upgrade work at the time of this writing. As an example, getting to Istanbul to Ankara by train or vice-versa meant spending up to eight hours in transit. That has been reduced to five hours and there are plans to reduce it further to four hours.

You can also buy cheap 30-day travel passes on the Turkish railway network from TCDD. You need to get these in person though since they’re not available online.

One problem with the trains in Turkey is that they might incur serious delays on long journeys – e.g. from Istanbul to Adana or from Istanbul to Kars. If that doesn’t bother you much then there’s nothing stopping you from taking a train journey as prices are cheap and trains are comfortable.

Site: tcdd.gov.tr

3. Getting Around Turkey By Bus

Bus service in Turkey is nothing short of excellent. Clean, comfortable and thoroughly enjoyable. Several amenities such as free tea or coffee plus biscuits served by a steward are usually included in the regular ticket price. One can use the bus to travel all over Turkey in excellent conditions. Nonetheless, no matter how enjoyable bus service might be it is still rough on you on long travel distances in which you’d be better off taking the plane.

Some of the most reputable bus companies in Turkey are Metro, Varan, Ulusoy and KamilKoc.

4. Getting Around Turkey By Plane

Getting an internal flight to travel between various Turkish destinations is one of the fastest ways to get around the country. There are several lines operating internal flights and one can usually find decently priced tickets on them. Of the most important, we mention the national air carrier Turkish Airlines as well as three privately operated low-cost airlines, AtlasJet, Onur Air and Pegasus Airlines. Search through them to find the best flight for you.

If you’re coming with Berlin Air into Turkey then it’d be useful to know that Pegasus Airlines has connecting internal flights for Berlin Air’s passengers.

One last thing to know is that it takes up to 90 minutes to get from Istanbul’s Ataturk airport to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport so it’d be best to schedule a 4 hour interval in case you’re landing at Ataturk and need to get a flight at Sabiha Gokcen or vice-versa.

5. Getting Around Turkey By Ferry

There are fast catamaran car ferries running from Istanbul’s Yenikapi Feribot Terminal to short destinations inside the sea of Marmara such as Bandirma, Yalova or Bursa via Guzelyali. One doesn’t need a car to hop on one of these ferries. There are also car ferries crossing the Dardanelles between either Gelibolu and Lapseki or Eceabat and Cannakale.

Unfortunately, there are currently no major ferries running between Istanbul and any Aegean or Mediterranean coast destination. The same holds true for the Black Sea coast, either between Istanbul and any of the major cities located on it or between those cities. However, one might find ferry rides on very short distances between various Turkish locations, other than those listed above, but one shouldn’t count on this.

This concludes our article on how to get around Turkey. If you have more useful information that you would like to add on the topic of getting around Turkey then don’t hesitate to post it inside a comment.

Things To Avoid In Turkey

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What should one NOT do in Turkey? What should one avoid in Turkey?

1. Renting a car and using it in a major city. Unless your perfect travel experience is being stuck in traffic in a foreign country then don’t go rent a car just to use it in Istanbul or Izmir, for example. Renting a car and using it to go from one city to another or in smaller cities is perfectly fine though. For more on car rental you can read our cheap Turkey car rental page.

2. Do not make advances to another man’s girlfriend or wife. While this applies globally there are few countries where this should be taken more seriously than in Turkey. Turkish men are a bit on the jealous side and you run the risk of a violent confrontation. Not worth it.

3. Do not bring serious and important topics in a conversation with a Turkish person until you know them well enough. This includes, sex, religion or politics. And don’t even think about trying to convince the other person that you’re right on one such topic and he’s wrong. Get to know each other first and only then, if you so wish, steer towards talking about these issues.

4. Turkish people are very persistent salesmen. Don’t fall prey to their sales tactics by accepting any of their offers without any scrutiny or by not negotiating on price in case you’d like to buy something. Often times they will try to lure you into their store from the street by being very persistent. If they keep on persisting it is best to refuse by tilting your head sideways and keep moving.

5. When it comes to bargaining, if you offer a price and the other party accepts, do not back away trying to negotiate further down. That is considered to be rude and to be perfectly honest, I agree, it IS quite rude.

6. You might now this, but if going to a mosque do take your shoes off at the entrance. This is valid for private houses as well in case you get an invitation.

7. Don’t act obnoxious. This goes a long way in every country in this world but in Turkey some foreign tourists, especially Western ones, seem to think they’re superior to the Turkish population and thus think they have the right to act snobbish and look down on Turks. That’s just stupid.

8. If you’re a woman going to Turkey, dress conservative. You don’t want to draw any unwanted attention your way.

9. Drugs. I’m sure your mom told you that as well, in general, but dealing with drugs in Turkey, in any way, shape or form, is a serious offense and there are extremely harsh penalties for it.

This concludes our article on things to avoid in Turkey. If you’ve got more to add on the topic of what not to do in Turkey then don’t hesitate to post a comment.