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Real Urban Village Life

Tour Code: TRD33
From Alanya

Sapadere village holiday, real urban village life, is really hidden treasure of Turkey. It's a perfect place to escape the hot climate and discover the country side of Turkey.

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Start At 23 -15%
20 / Per Person
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  • Private Tour Prices
    Private tour allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your day trip. For groups of 2 or more, we can usually arrange a indivudual private trips.
    *15% discount was applied to the prices.
  • Group size 1 pax
    Start At 198 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €99/per children.
  • Group size 2 pax
    Start At 99 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €49/per children.
  • Group size 3 pax
    Start At 66 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €33/per children.
  • Group size 4 pax
    Start At 50 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €25/per children.
  • Group size 5 pax
    Start At 40 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €20/per children.
  • Group size 6 pax
    Start At 33 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €17/per children.
  • Group size 7 pax
    Start At 33 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €17/per children.
  • Group size 8 pax
    Start At 29 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €15/per children.
  • Group size 9 pax
    Start At 25 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €13/per children.
  • Group size 10 pax
    Start At 23 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €12/per children.
  • Group size 11 pax
    Start At 22 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €11/per children.
  • Group size 12 pax
    Start At 20 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €10/per children.
*Please contact us for more group prices.

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Highlights

  • The hidden Village of Sapadere
  • Traditional Local Primary School
  • Old Village House & Village Mosque
  • Free Time at Leisure in the Village
  • Silk Mill & Cuceler Cave
  • Sapadere Canyon and Sapadere Waterfalls
  • Swimming at Ice cold naturel pool
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Real Urban Village Life
7-8 Hours (Full Day) • 1 City • 4 Places

Real Urban Village Life

Tour Code: TRD33
From Alanya

Sapadere village holiday, real urban village life, is really hidden treasure of Turkey. It's a perfect place to escape the hot climate and discover the country side of Turkey.

Guide Language:

Start At 23 -15%
20 / Per Person
*Please contact us for instant prices.
  • Private Tour Prices
    Private tour allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your day trip. For groups of 2 or more, we can usually arrange a indivudual private trips.
    *15% discount was applied to the prices.
  • Group size 1 pax
    Start At 198 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €99/per children.
  • Group size 2 pax
    Start At 99 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €49/per children.
  • Group size 3 pax
    Start At 66 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €33/per children.
  • Group size 4 pax
    Start At 50 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €25/per children.
  • Group size 5 pax
    Start At 40 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €20/per children.
  • Group size 6 pax
    Start At 33 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €17/per children.
  • Group size 7 pax
    Start At 33 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €17/per children.
  • Group size 8 pax
    Start At 29 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €15/per children.
  • Group size 9 pax
    Start At 25 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €13/per children.
  • Group size 10 pax
    Start At 23 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €12/per children.
  • Group size 11 pax
    Start At 22 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €11/per children.
  • Group size 12 pax
    Start At 20 / Per Person
    0-4 years old babies are free.
    5-7 years old start at €10/per children.
*Please contact us for more group prices.
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Itinerary

You can be picked up from either Alanya Hotel or Alanya Marina. Your tour guide will provide you with a complimentary Antalya City map, a full map of turkey, and some brochures on turkey. The tour will take approximately 8 hours and afterward, you will be driven back to the same collection point that you were met in the morning.

  • Starting Points: Turkey/Antalya: Alanya
  • Route 1 Hidden Village of Sapadere

    Today's tour is about discovering the non-touristic side of Turkey and what better way to do so than to head into the set back rural areas. This tour is the best option for you shall you want to delve deeper into the local life of the Turks and by doing this we will head to the hidden village of Sapadere.

    As we first reach Sapadere we will head for a small refreshment at a local coffee house that has been run with the same Turkish family for generations, you will have the chance to try some fresh Turkish Coffee or even the local tea (çay) as afterward, we will head back on the road to see a very Traditional Local Primary School, as we visit the school you will have the chance to learn all about the education system in Turkey and of course, a chance to have a look around you will see a huge difference in Turkish schools to the schools from back home by the equipment that is used.

  • Route 2 Old Village House & Village Mosque

    Our next point of call will be to visit a Local Mosque, mosques are a place of worship for Muslim people and are indeed very sacred especially on certain days such as Fridays. Upon visiting the mosque it will be required that all women cover their hair and to ensure, they wear knee-length or below the knee clothes, and as for men it is advised that they enter the mosque with long trousers out of a sign of respect. The most religious day in the week for Muslims is Fridays because Muslim people believe that this day has been designated as a blessed day by God and no other days of the week have the same value.

    Once inside the mosque you can have a look around and learn more about the religion that is practiced here and will continue to be practiced. After time around the mosque, we will have a short refreshment stop at a Local Turkish Village House that is located on a farm, as there will also be our next destination for the day, its the perfect place for getting a real grasp of the lifestyle of local villagers and how the Turkish women run their homes especially the kitchen, our time in the house will be spent with a local family that will tell us tales about Turkish marriage, and life whilst we sup on a refreshment.

  • Route 3 Silk Mill & Cuceler Cave

    Not far from the village house is our next destination which is the Silk Mill and here we will get to meet the local workers that make silk scarfs, carpets, and other produce, they will show us exactly how silk is made. Silk is produced by insect larva/cocoons and generally, the larvae from butterflies and moths are used to produce clothing.

    As we know back home machines that are used tend to be more modern and ran through electric well the machines used in this village to produce silk is all done by hand and foot power which means its very hard work, this is why real genuine silk purchases can be a little more expensive than other materials.

  • Route 4 Sapadere Canyon and Waterfalls

    As lunchtime approaches, we will head to our final destination of the day which is Sapadere Canyon where we will first stop for some lunch where you can enjoy a delicious freshly caught fish whilst sitting amongst the shaded cool canyon.

    After lunch we will stay in Sapadere Canyon as its the perfect place to escape the hot climate and indulge in a beautiful oasis, there is a wooden walkway that cuts right through the canyon and as you walk over it under-neath is freshly running cool crystal clear waters that flow over the rocks and is even drinkable, there are many stops along the walkway where you can take a well-earned dip in the cool waters & waterfalls which indeed is an amazing photo opportunity, the area here truly is a slice of untouched and un-ruined nature with impressive views especially the large waterfall at the end of the walkway.

    As the day comes to an end it is time to leave Sapadere and head back, you will be returned back to your pick up points from earlier on in the day. We trust that your time with us has been excellent and a day to remember, we shall look forward to seeing you on one of our many other Tours of Turkey's hidden treasure.

  • End Points: Turkey/Antalya: Alanya

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Informations

  • What's Included

    • Private Professional Licenced Tour Guide.
    • Private Deluxe A/C VIP Vehicle.
    • Parking Fees.
    • Local Taxes.
    • Pick up from your hotel or meeting point.
    • Drop off to your hotel or meeting point.

  • What's Excluded

    • Entrance Fees.
    • Gratuities to the guide and driver.
    • Lunch & Drink.
    • Personal expenses.

  • Entrance Fees

    • Pamukkale and Hierapolis Archaelogical: 80 Turkish Lira, 11.79 USD or 10:45 Euro.
    • Cleopatra's Pool :60 Turkish Lira, 8.84 USD or 7,84 Euro.
    • Pamukkale Archaelogical Museum: 12Turkish Lira, 1.77 USD or 1,57 Euro.
    • Pergamon Acropolis Museum Entrance Fee: 50 Turkish Lira, 7.32 USD or 6,47 Euro.
    • Asclepion (Roman Medical center) Entrance Fee : 45 Turkish Lira, 6.59 USD or 5,83 Euro.
    • Red Court (Kizil Avlu ) Entrance Fee: 10 Turkish Lira, 1.46 USD or 1,29 Euro.
    • Bergama Archaeological Museum fee: 10 Turkish Lira, 1.46 USD or 1,29 Euro.
    • Cable Car to Pergamon Acropolis: 35 Turkish Lira,5.12 USD or 4,53 Euro.
    • Ephesus Archaelogical 100 Turkish Lira, 14.77 USD or 13 Euro.
    • The Church of St.John 25 Turkish Lira, 3 USD or 2,62 Euro.
    • Ephesus Terrace Houses 45 Turkish Lira, 6.65 USD or 5,90 Euro.
    • The House of Virgin Mary 35 Turkish Lira, 5 USD or 4,48 Euro.
    • Ephesus Archaeological Museum 25 Turkish Lira, 3 USD or 2,62 Euro.

  • Travel Tips

    • We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and comfortable walking shoes.
    • The clothes you bring with you should be according to the season of your trip. Shorts, t-shirts can be worn. There is no obligation to cover your head or shoulders In Turkey.
    • For the Churches or mosques, a visit to these places require a respect. So proper dressing into such places is advised.
    • You can get bottles of soft drinks, it can be scorching hot during the day.
    • Hat, sunscreen and umbrella for the rainy or sunny days, especially days can be hot in Archaeological sites.
    • Good quality sunglasses are advised and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles.
    • Cameras (but tripods are not allowed in Turkish Museums and sites).

  • Note

    • The wheelchair is accessible, therefore just request from us when you are booking your trip.
    • You may pay the entrance fees by credit card or Turkish Liras. (The Museums charging only Turkish Liras and Credit cards.)
    • This tour involves over a mile of walking on uneven, cobblestone surfaces.
    • Restrooms are available at the entrance and the exit of Archaeological Sites.
    • The tour document with details and confirmations will be e-mailed after your prebooking.
    • This Tour is available all year round.
    • Daily, a Private small group tour of Turkey.
    • This tour operated with just your party and a guide/driver.

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FAQs

  • How to meet my tour guide?

    Your tour guide/staff will be waiting at pick up points such as your hotels’ lobby/main gate, a specific point etc. according to timing which you were given before tour date.

  • Can I state the departure time for my tour?

    Of course! We also operate tours on private basis, so you can customize the departure time, if it is a private service.

  • Can I choose the sights to visit on my own?

    On private tours. You can choose the sights and museums along with all sort of criteria you like by your agent according to content of service.

  • How to buy museum tickets?

    If the museum tickets are included in your tour, you do not need to buy it as extra. But if the museum ticket/s is/are not included in your tour, still no need to buy tickets in advance, during the tour your tour guide will help you to purchase them. Official tour guides have priority at museum ticket offices.

  • Am I traveling with a group on the tour?

    There will be two different tour type. Group tour and Private tour. On Private tours, you get a specific service according to confirmed plan for you/your party.

  • How about the transportation?

    When you book your tour with a van, you will be picked up from hotel, be transferred to the sights and then back to hotel. Otherwise, once you meet your tour guide at your hotel, you will be advised the best option for transportation such as taxi or tram.

  • How do I pay?

    After filling the Book Now form, there will be a payment button to complete your deposit payment, when you complete payment and secure the booking, we will confirm your tour details and balance payment will be in cash directly to the tour guide during the tour. You can choose to pay in USD, Euro or Turkish Lira.

  • What is the language of group tours?

    Our daily regular/scheduled group tours are organized in English. But if the number of your party is more than 10 persons you can ask for a tour guide in other languages. On the other hand, Private Tours can be organized in English, Spanish, German, Arabic, Russian and more etc.

  • What type of restaurants do you use?

    On group tours we use touristic restaurants which has open buffet. On private tours we use local restaurants which has a specific menu.

  • How to pay for my services?

    Beside money transfer by bank we accept visa and mastercard online payments on our online secure payment webpage.

  • Am I traveling with a group?

    No. You will be traveling independently on the regular transports according to your choice (Plane/Bus) but you will be with a small group only on local tours at the chosen areas this gives you an opportunity to meet different people through your stay. On the other hand, a private tour organization is always an option.

  • If I cancel my group or private tour in last minute?

    We are always tolerantly according to unexpected situations. Normally we should use cancellation policy rules but our company supports its clients as much as possible according to conditions.

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Good to Know

  • Currency Regulation

    Limits
    There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency that may be brought into Turkey, but not more than 5 5,000 worth of Turkish currency may be brought into or taken out of the country.

  • Exchange Slips

    The exchange slips for the conversion of foreign currency into Turkish lira should be kept, since you may be required to show these when reconverting your Turkish lira back into foreign currency, and when taking souvenirs out of the country (to prove that they have been purchased with legally exchanged foreign currency).

  • Customs Regulations

    On Entry
    The following items may be brought into the country duty free personal effects of the tourist.

    One TV, one color pocket TV (maximum 16 cm screen), one TV-tape-radio combination, one video recording camera and 5 video cassettes (blank); 5 records, 5 tape cassettes or compact discs, one video player, cine-projector (8 mm) and 10 rolls of film (blank), one slide projector, one pocket computer (maximum main memory capacity Ram 128k. Byte), electronic playing devices (without cassette – keyboard), one transistor radio and portable radio – tape player (its specification to be determined by the Ministry of Finance and Customs), one Walkman or pocket tape recorder, one portable compact disc player, binoculars (one pair, except night binoculars), harmonica, mandolin, flageolet, flute, guitar, and accordion (only one of each type, maximum 3 musical instruments). personal sports equipment, necessary medical items, bicycle, baby buggy, toys, 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars. 200 grams of tobacco and 200 cigarette papers, or 50 grams of chewing tobacco or 200 grams of pipe tobacco, or 200 grams of snuff (In addition to the above allowances, it is possible to purchase 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars, and 500 grams of pipe tobacco from the Turkish Duty Free Shops upon entering the country), 1.5kg. coffee, 1.5kg. instant coffee, 500 grams of tea, 1 kilo chocolate and 1 kilo sweets, 5 (100 cc) or 7 (70 cc) bottles of wines and/or spirits, five bottles of perfume (120 ml max. each), one portable typewriter, one camera with 5 rolls of film, first aid, and spare parts for the car, other items necessary during the journey.

    Valuable items and all items with a value of over $ 15,000 must be registered in the owner’s passport upon entering Turkey, for control upon exit.

    Antiques brought into the country must be registered in the owner’s passport to avoid difficulties on exit.

    Sharp instruments (including camping knives) and weapons may not be brought into the country without special permission.

    The bringing into the country, trade, and consumption of marijuana and all other narcotics is strictly forbidden and subject to heavy punishment.

    Gifts, not exceeding 500 DM in value and not for trading purposes, may be brought into the country duty free. In addition, gifts not exceeding 500 OM in value may be posted to Turkey duty free, if the date stamped by the sending post office falls one month before, or one month after the following holidays: Seker Bayrami, Kurban Bayrami, Christmas, and New Year’s.

    Note
    Cellular Telephones entering the country must be accompanied by a certification form showing ownership. Ownership must be documented in the passport of the owner and will be checked on entry and exit. For more information contact the Ministry of transportation, General Directorate at Tel: (312) 212 35 72 – 212 60 10 (10 lines), Fax: (312) 221 32 26 or write to Ulastirma Bakanligi Telsiz Gn. Md. Emek – Ankara.

    On Exit
    Gifts and souvenirs: for a new carpet, a proof of purchase; for old items, a certificate from a directorate of a museum is necessary. Exporting antiques from Turkey is forbidden.

    Valuable personal items can only be taken out of the country providing they have been registered in the owner’s passport upon entry, or providing they can show they have been purchased with legally exchanged currency.

    Minerals may only be exported from the country with a special document obtained from the MTA (General Directorate of Mining Exploration and Research). Etudler Dairesi 06520, Ankara. Phone: +90 312 287 3430 /1622, Fax: +90 312 285 4271

    Tax Refund
    You Can Receive a Tax Refund for the Goods You Purchased In Turkey! Refunds will be made to travelers who do not reside in Turkey. All goods (including food and drinks) are included in the refunds with the exclusion of services rendered. The minimum amount of purchase that qualifies for refund is 5.000.000 TL. Retailers that qualify for tax refunds must be “authorized for refund.” These retailers must display a permit received from their respective tax office.

    The retailer will make four copies of the receipt for your refund, three of which will be received by the purchaser. If photocopies of the receipt are received the retailer must sign and stamp the copies to validate them. If you prefer the refund to be made by check, a Tax-free Shopping Check for the amount to be refunded to the customer must be given along with the receipt.

    For the purchaser to benefit from this exemption he must leave the country within three months with the goods purchased showing them to Turkish customs officials along with the appropriate receipts and! or check.

    There are four ways to receive your refund:
    If the retailer gives you a check it can be cashed at a bank in the customs area at the airport. If it is not possible to cash the check upon departure or if you do not wish to cash it then, .e customer must, within one month, send a copy of the receipt showing that the goods have left the country to the retailer who will, within ten days upon receiving the receipt, send a bank transfer to the purchaser’s hank or address.

    If the certified receipt and check are brought back to the retailer on a subsequent visit thin one-month of the date of customs certification, the refund can be made directly to the purchaser. Retailers may directly refund the amount to trustworthy customers upon purchase. The refund may be made by the organization of those companies that are authorized to make tax refunds.

    Additional information:
    Ministry of Finance and Tax Dept. General Directorate, (Maliye Bakanligi, Gelirler Genel Mudurlugu) KDV Subesi 06100, Ulus – Ankara Phone: +90 312 310 3880 / 725 – 728 – 735, Fax: +90 312 311 4510

    Tourist Health
    Turkish Tourist Health Society (Turizm Sagligi Dernegi-Hacettepe Üniversitesi Tip Fakültesi Plastik ve Rekonstrüktif Cerrahi Ana Bilim Dali, Sihhiye 06100 ANKARA

    Phone:
    +90 312 311 9393 – 310 98 08) performs the functions below, to provide the travelers in the entire country, mainly in the touristic regions, with proper health care:
    - to secure food hygiene
    - to prevent environmental pollution
    - to ensure hygiene and healthy working-conditions in touristic establishments.

    Health Regulations for Pets
    For those who wish to bring domestic animals into the country the following are required:
    - Pets have to be 3 months and older
    - An International Certificate of Health issued within 15 days before the travel
    - The Identification Card
    - Vaccination Card

    Note
    If you have an official certificate, you may bring one cat, one bird, one dog and 10 aquarium fish into the country. To get information for the importation of pets, please see the Consular Services.

  • Motorist Rules

    General
    Those who wish to enter the country with their vans, minibuses, automobiles, station wagons, bicycles, motorcycles, motorbikes, sidecars, buses, motor coaches, trailers, caravans or other transport vehicles, will have to provide the following documentations:

    - Passport.
    - International driving license.
    - Car license (document where all details related to the car and the owner’s name are registered). If it is somebody else’s vehicle a power of attorney should be provided.
    - International green card (Insurance card). The TR sign should be visible.
    - Transit book “Carnet de passage” (for those who want to proceed to the Middle East).

    Period
    The vehicle can be brought into Turkey for up to 6 Months. The owner should declare on the opposite form, the date of departure at the border gate and should absolutely ve the country at the date declared. If for any important reason the staying period has to be ended, it is necessary to apply to;
    The Turkish Touring and Automobile Club (Türkiye Turing ve Otomobil Kurumu) 1. Sanayi Sitesi Yani, 4.Levent, Istanbul, Phone: +90 212 282 8140 (7 lines).
    The General Directorate of Customs (Gümrükler Genel Müdürlügü), Ulus Ankara Phone:
    +90 312 310 3880, 310 3818, Fax: +90 312 311 1346, before the end of the period declared.

    In Case of Accident
    The accident should be reported to the police or gendarme. That report has to be certified by the nearest local authority. The owner should apply to the customs authority with his passport and report.

    If the vehicle can be repaired, it is necessary to inform the customs authority first and take the vehicle to a garage. If the vehicle is not repairable and if the owner wishes to leave the country without his vehicle, he has to deliver it to the nearest customs office, and the registration of his vehicle on his passport will be cancelled. (Only after the cancellation can the owner of the vehicle leave the country.)

    Following an accident, you can phone:
    - Trafik Polisi (Traffic Police), Phone: 154
    - Jandarma (Gendarme), Phone: 156
    - For more information, contact the Touring and Automobile Association of Turkey.

    Formalities for Private Yacht Owners
    Yachts require a Transit Log and may remain in Turkish waters for up to two years maintenance or for wintering. There are certain ports licensed by the Ministry of Tourist the storage of yachts for a period of two to five years. For further information and regulations contact the marina concerned.

    Upon arriving in Turkish waters, yachts should immediately go for control of the ship to the nearest port of entry which are as follows: Iskenderun, Botas (Adana), Mersin, Tasucu, Anamur, Alanya, Antalya, Kemer, Finike, Kas, Fethiye, Marmaris, Datça, Bodrum, Güllük Didim, Kusadasi, Çesme, Izmir, Dikili, Ayvalik, Akçay, Çanakkale, Bandirma, Tekirdag, Istanbul, Zonguldak, Sinop, Samsun, Ordu, Giresun, Trabzon, Rize, Hopa.

    Port Formalities
    All the required information concerning the yacht, yachtsmen, members, intended route, passports, customs declarations, health clearance, and any obligatory matters must be entered in the Transit Log.

    The Transit Log is to be completed by the captain of a yacht under a foreign flag or amateur sailor acting as captain of the vessel.
    The Transit Log is completed upon first entering a Turkish port and, generally, it is necessary to contact the Harbor Authority before leaving. For information on tax-free fuel, contact the Marina Harbor Office.

    Note
    If you have a certificate from the Tourism Ministry Yacht Harbor, you may take petrol at no charge, provided you possess an official marina license.

  • Formalities for Private Plane Owners

    General
    When coming to Turkey, international air routes should be followed. Private planes may stay for up to three months in Turkey with tourist status, but for longer periods permission should be obtained from;
    The General Directorate of Customs (Gümrükler Genel Müdürlügü), Ulus Ankara

    Phone:
    +90 312 310 3880, 310 3818, Fax: +90 312 311 1346
    The airports of Ankara, Adana, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Trabzon and Dalaman have ties for private planes. It is also possible to hire planes and helicopters in Turkey.

    For further information, apply to:
    The Civil Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport (Ulastirma Bakanligi, Havacilik Gen. Müd.). Bosna-Hersek Cad., No: 5 – 06338 – Emek, Ankara.

    Phone:
    +90 312 212 6730, Fax: +90 312 2124684, TIx : 44659 Ga-tr.

    Underwater Diving
    Diving for purposes of sport, with proper equipment and in non-restricted areas, is permitted. Foreign divers should have official documentation of their specifics and training and must be accompanied, when diving, by a licensed Turkish guide.

    The limit for diving with diving gear is 30 meters. For educational purposes, this limit is extended to 42 meters. Dives exceeding 30 meters must be carried out with proper diving and medical equipment. In order to protect Turkish archaeological and cultural values. It is strictly forbidden to transport Turkish antiquities or natural specimens.

  • Postal System

    Turkish post-offices are easily recognized by their black PTT letters on a yellow background. Major post offices are open from 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m., Monday/Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m., Sunday. Small post-offices have the same hours as the government offices.

    Postal charges vary for different services depending on destination. Post restante letters should be addressed “postrestant” to the central post-office Merkez Postanesi, in the town of your choice. You have to show your identification card to collect your letters.

    All PTT branches have the facilities to exchange money at the current international exchange rates, as well as international postal orders and travelers’ cheques. There is also an express postal service (APS) operating to 90 countries for letters , documents and small packages. A wide variety of special stamps are available in all PTT centers for philatelists.

    To phone from PTT telephone booths, which are extensively found in all areas; telephone cards , and tokens (“;jeton”) in three sizes are used. Local, inter-city and international calls can be made from all PTT offices. Besides these main offices there are also mobile PTT services in the touristic areas. For the area codes of major cities and touristic areas in Turkey, please see the “Area Codes” list. Foreign countries area codes are indicated in the International Telephone Codes list.

    Some important service numbers are;
    - 155 Police
    - 112 Emergency
    - 110 Fire
    - 118 Unknown Numbers
    - 161 PTT Information.

  • Working Hours

    Government Offices
    Monday-Friday (8:30-12:30), (13:30-17:30)
    Saturday-Sunday (closed)

    Banks
    Monday-Friday (8:30-12-00), (13:30-17:00)
    Saturday-Sunday (closed)

    Shops
    Monday-Saturday (9:30-13:00), (14:00-19:00)
    Sunday (closed)

    Istanbul Covered Market:
    Monday-Saturday (8:00-19:00)
    Sunday (closed)

    During summer months, the government offices and many other establishments in the Aegean and Mediterranean Regions are closed in the afternoon. These fixed summer hours are determined by the governing bodies of the provinces.

  • Other Practical Information

    Local time: GMT+3 hours (April-September) GMT+2 hours (October-March)

    Time Differences:
    Argentina -5, France -1, Netherlands -1, Australia +8, Germany -1, Saudi Arabia+1, Austria -1, Greece 0, Sweden -1, Egypt 0, Italy -1, Switzerland -1, England -2, Japan +7, Spain -1, USA -7 (EST) -10 (WEST)

    *These time differences are for the period October-March; however, they may show variances according to each country’s own time-saving adjustments.

    Petrol: Super (premium) – Unleaded (at some places). Normal (regular) – Diesel.

    Electricity: 220 volts AC/50 Hz. all over Turkey. (Industrial:380 V) Plug: European round/ 2-prong plug.

    Water: Although tap water is safe to drink since it is chlorinated, it is recommended to get advice from the conceded authorities of the places resided.

    Weights and Measures:
    1 inch = 2.54 centimeters , 1 centimeter = 0.3937 inches
    1 yard = 0,9144 meters, 1 meter = 1.0936 yards
    1 mile = 1,6093 kilometers, 1 kilometer = 0.6214 miles
    1 pound = 0,4536 kilograms, 1 kilogram = 2.2046 pounds
    Area: 1 acres = 0,4047 Hectares, 1 hectare = 2.471 acres

    Capacity:
    1 UK gallon = 4.546 liters, 1 liter = 0.2199 UK gallons
    1 US gallon = 3.7831 liters, 1 liter = 0.2643 US gallons

    Newspapers and Magazines:
    Foreign newspapers and magazines are available in big cities and tourist areas. Also there is a Turkish daily newspaper, Daily News, published in English.

    Tipping:
    At various establishments like hotels, restaurants, Turkish baths, barbers and hairdressers, tipping at a rate of 5%-15% of the total is common. Taxi and “dolmus” drivers on the other hand, do not expect tips or even rounded fares.

    Visiting a mosque:
    Five times a day, the “müezzin” calls the faithful to prayer in the mosque. Before entering a mosque, Muslims wash themselves and remove their shoes. Foreign visitors should also remove their shoes and show the respect they would any other house of worship and avoid visiting the mosque during prayer time. Women should cover their heads and arms, and not wear miniskirts. Men should not wear shorts. (In certain famous mosques, overalls are provided for those not suitably dressed.)

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