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Dirilis Ertugrul Ghazi Tour

Tour Code: TRP130
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  • One of the earliest capital of Ottoman Empire: Bilecik
  • Sheikh Edebali Shrine; Breath the holy atmosphere in the tomb of the life coach of the founder of the Ottoman empire.
  • "Sogut" is the first capital of the Ottoman Principality
  • Visit the tomb of the father of the founder of the Ottoman empire: Ertugrul Gazi Tomb
  • Visit the tomb of Turgut Alp in Inegol on the way of Bursa.
  • Try its candied chestnut: Bursa
  • It is a must to see in Bursa: Bursa Ulu Mosque
  • Have a Turkish coffee in Koza Han
  • See a nice sample of the monumental tomb of Ottoman period: Green Tomb
  • The Tombs of Osman and Orhan are in Tophane Park on a hill overlooking the city of Bursa
  • Make an unforgettable holiday in one of the most popular points of Turkey: Uludag Ski Resort
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1 Night/2 Days • 2 Cities • 11 Places

Dirilis Ertugrul Ghazi Tour

Tour Code: TRP130
From Ankara

Guide Language:

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436 / Per Person
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  • Starting Points: Turkey/Ankara
  • Day 1 Bilecik: Sheikh Edebali Shrine, The Mosque of Orhan Gazi, Shrine of Ertugrul Gazi, Halime Hatun, The Alp Tombs
    Sheikh Edebali Shrine, The Mosque of Orhan Gazi, Shrine of Ertugrul Gazi, Halime Hatun, The Alp Tombs

    The Tomb of Sheikh Edebali, known as the spiritual founder of the Ottoman Empire, was built by Orhan Gazi. Since the original dome was destroyed during the occupation years of WW I, the mausoleum was covered with a tiled roof. In the room where Sheikh Edebali and his relatives are located, there are seven large and four small sarcophagus. The ceiling of this room, unlike the domed section, is rectangular in shape. Inside the mausoleum, there are two more rooms that are used as a masjid and guest house. Located in Bilecik Center, the road to Sheikh Edebali mausoleum is located directly opposite Bilecik Bus Station. Even by the Bilecik people, this road is called "mausoleum road". By following this road opposite the bus station, you can reach the Orhan Gazi Mosque, which is about 2-3 km away. The mausoleum is located at the end of the wide stairs on the left side of this mosque. Then we will drive to Sogut.

    Etrugrul’s mausoleum is located in a larger cemetery, in which the graves of his wife Halima Sultan, younger brother Dundar Bey, and Samsa Alp. There is also an honorary grave for Turgut Alp; his actual grave, as we shall see, is located in Inegol. His son, Osman I, after whom the Ottoman dynasty is named, is located in Bursa. Ertugrul Gazi, with his achievements, has written his name in gold letters in history as the founder of the Ottoman Empire. Those who want to visit this valuable ruler after his death and say prayers to his soul visit Ertugrul Gazi mausoleum. For those who want to visit the Ertugrul Gazi mausoleum, it should be noted that the museum is open to visitors every day and there is no daily limit. On an intended day, Ertugrul Gazi Tomb can be visited. Visiting hours of the mausoleum are between 07.00-18.00.

    The tomb itself is very well manned by two imposing-looking guards in Ertugrul-Esque uniforms wielding an ax or a spear. The tomb is quite long, the perimeter is surrounded by celebratory samples of soil from nations across the world that recognize Ertugrul as a founding father or who had a pivotal impact on their culture. Turkic nations such as Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, amongst other nations including Iran and many former USSR states have all shown their respect to Ertugrul Gazi in this way. His influence and the flags of the many nations that fly within his tomb are a testament to the magnitude of his personality and unifying character. You will have an option of wearing Alp costumes and take photography, along with horse-riding, souvenir shopping, and dining. Kayi flags can be spotted on the way.

    Inegol is buried place of Turgut Alp and Yigit Alp, Yigit Alp is the brother of Halime Sultan. They are the children of the royal prince Numan. Inegol came under the rule of the Seljuks in 1078, was left to the Byzantine administration again at the end of the Crusades in 1097, changed hands between Byzantines and Turks several times until the establishment of the Ottoman Principality, and was conquered by Turgut Alp during the establishment of the Ottoman Principality (1299-1300). Turgut Alp and Yigit Alp are both buried in Inegol.

    Turgut Alp was considered a great warrior and was a close confidant of Ertugrul, and later his successor, Osman I. After establishing his sultanate, Osman Gazi named Turgut Alp as one of his governors over a territory called Inegol and its surrounding areas. He governed there for 36 years, and after his death, was buried in a quiet and modest cemetery in the mountains near Inegol, in a hamlet known as Turgut Alp (Genco) village. Overtnight will be in Bursa.

  • Day 2 Bursa: Grand Mosque (Ulu Cami), Koza Han, The Tomb of Osman, Orhan, Green Tomb, My.Uludag
    Grand Mosque (Ulu Cami), Koza Han, The Tomb of Osman, Orhan, Green Tomb, My.Uludag

    Bursa, the fourth largest city in Turkey, is one of the interesting cities due to its historical structures, natural beauty and ease of transportation from many centres. Being the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, while summarizing its long-established history in the shortest way, promises many places to see. The oldest known archaeological remains in the city of Bursa, which has a history of thousands of years, are the Mentese mound near Yenisehir and Ilipinar near Orhangazi. The oldest layers of these archaeological finds are about 7 thousand years old. In addition, it was found that there were various settlements in Bursa and its vicinity from 4000 BC, but the exact information about the region dates back to 700 BC. Homer refers to the region as “Mysia”. The city, which is home to the tombs of the six Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, welcomes thousands of local and foreign tourists with its Grand Bazaar, Grand Mosque, Uludag (Mount Ulu) values and more.

    The monumental work built by Yildirim Bayezid to architect Ali Neccar between 1396 and 1399 is one of the most important examples of early Ottoman art. The mosque, which was built exactly 100 years after the foundation of the Ottoman Empire, is the most developed example of the great mosque type that has been going on since the Seljuks with its 20 domed interiors. The interior has a rich collection not found in any other mosque. The oldest work in the mosque, where hundreds of old and new relics can be seen together, is the Kundekari (built like lego parts) pulpit. In Ulucami, the most extensive repair took place after the 1855 earthquake. The decorations inside also belong to this period. Equipped with calligraphy works by the most famous calligraphers of the period after the earthquake, the mosque is like a calligraphy museum that has no precedent in the world.

    The Tombs of Osman and Orhan are in Tophane Park on a hill overlooking the city of Bursa. The western mausoleum houses the tomb of Osman Gazi (1258-1323) and the eastern one memorializes his son Orhan Gazi. Osman was the founder of the Ottoman dynasty, which later expanded into the Ottoman Empire (lasting 600 years). As the leader of the Ottoman Turks, Osman oversaw many military victories in the area. His last campaign (along with his son, Orhan) was against the city of Bursa; after its conquest in 1326. The mausoleums were built on the grounds of the St. Elias Monastery. Orhan's mausoleum (on the east) is the larger of the two, rebuilt in 1863 after an earthquake destroyed the original structure. It is made of cut stone in a square plan, with a small dome supported by columns. Inside are 21 sarcophagi, pentagonal in cross-section, each resting on a low stone platform and covered by draped cloths. (The sarcophagi are symbolic; the actual bodies are below ground). Ohran's tomb is in the center, surrounded by a low brass balustrade. Tombs of important people are draped with a fringed cloth embroidered with phrases from the Koran in Arabic script, and a turban on the headstone. (Turbans worn by dignitaries represent the burial shroud, a sign of humility) . Osman's sarcophagus (to the west) is more modest in size, with a beautiful wood porch.

    The building is a former Byzantine chapel and is called Gumuslu Kubbe (Silver Dome). The lead-plated dome of the chapel, when seen from afar during the siege of Bursa, sparkled like silver in the sunlight. According to Osman Gazi's will, he wished to be "laid to rest beneath the silver dome of Bursa." The current chapel was rebuilt in 1863 after an earthquake destroyed the original. Osman's mausoleum is octagonal in plan, containing 17 sarcophagi. Osman's wood sarcophagus is in the center, covered with nacre marquetry (mother of pearl inlay) and surrounded by an intricate balustrade. Both mausoleums were included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2014. There is an expansive view over the city of Bursa on the eastern side of the park, where traces of the monastery can still be seen. The tombs are open daily from dawn to dusk with no entry fee.

    If you enjoy spending time in historical places and taking advantage of original shopping opportunities, you can add Koza Khan, which is close to Ulu Mosque, to your list of places to visit in Bursa. The building is designed as two floors and 95 rooms. The main section, which has a courtyard in the centre, is surrounded by the part used as a barn in the past. This section is known today as Outdoor Koza Khan. In the past, the cocoons used in silk production were traded in the inn. Even the name of the building comes from here. Rooms once rented by merchants have now turned into shops.

    The Green Tomb, one of the most striking structures of the Green Complex in Bursa, is known for the colour of the tiles on the Green Tomb. It was built in 1421 by Sultan Celebi Mehmet, the fifth Ottoman sultan. The height of the tomb is 6.6 meters and the diameter is 15 meters. The construction of the mausoleum was completed forty days before the death of Sultan Celebi Mehmet. The most beautiful tiles of Iznik were used inside the tomb and also on the outer parts. The outer walls of the tomb are covered with green and turquoise green tiles. The tiles on the left of the entrance are original, and the other tiles were renewed during the repair of the parts that were worn and damaged in later periods. In the tomb lie Sultan Mehmed Celebi, the fifth sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and his sons Prince Mahmut and Yusuf, who died of the plague, and Prince Mustafa, who was executed in 1422, and his nanny Daya Hatun. Selcuk Hatun, Hafsa Hatun, Ayse Hatun and Sitti Hatun, who are the daughters of the Sultan, sleep here.

    Uludag (Mount Ulu) can be visited in winter, as it is suitable for winter tourism with its climate conditions and landforms. The most suitable period for skiing starts in November. This period continues until the end of February. Uludag (Mount Ulu) welcomes many guests, especially in December and January. Uludag (Mount Ulu) is known as the favourite of the winter season, but it also welcomes many athletes and visitors in summer thanks to its opportunities such as trekking and camping.

  • End Points: Turkey/Ankara

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  • What's Included

    • 1 night - Accommodation With Dinner (4 Star Hotel or Special Class Boutique Hotel )
    • Pick up from your hotel or meeting point.
    • Drop off to your hotel or meeting point.
    • Parking Fees of Archaeological sites and national parks.
    • Private professional licenced tour guide.
    • This is a private tour/activity, only your group will participate.
    • Local Taxes.

  • What's Excluded

    • Admission fees to the museums and sights.
    • Personal expenses not included.
    • Lunch
    • Domestic flight tickets
    • Gratuities to tour guides and drivers.

  • Travel Tips

    • For the Churches, mosques, and The Tombs, a visit to these places requires respect. So proper dressing into such places is advised.
    • Please wear comfortable shoes and a casual dress code.
    • Guests should watch their steps at all times in order to avoid injuries to people with mobility impairments.
    • Cameras (but tripods are not allowed in Turkish Museums and sites).
    • Good quality sunglasses are advised and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles.
    • Hat, sunscreen, and umbrella for the rainy or sunny days, especially days that can be hot in Archaeological sites.
    • You can get bottles of soft drinks, it can be scorching hot during the day.
    • 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.
    • You may pay the entrance fees by credit card or Turkish Liras (The Museums charging only Turkish Liras and Credit cards).

  • Note

    • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time
    • This tour operated with just your party and a guide/driver
    • Complementery Turkey Map and Turkey Brouchers
    • The tour document with details and confirmations will be e-mailed after your prebooking.
    • Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
    • Infant seats are available
    • It is suitable for wheelchair users
    • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
    • Social distancing is maintained in vehicles.
    • Passport or ID card required
    • Masks required
    • This tour is available all year round.

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  • 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?

    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.

  • How about the transportation?

    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.

  • How do I pay?

    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.

  • What is the language of group tours?

    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.

  • What type of restaurants do you use?

    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.

  • How to pay for my services?

    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?

    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.

  • Are any Vaccinations Required For tourist entering Turkey?

    There are no vaccination requirements for any international traveller. The World Health Organization web site,, provides vaccination certificate requirements by country, geographic distributions of potential health hazards to travellers.

  • Can We Choose our Hotels?

    Yes, you can. All you have to do is just letting us know what hotels you would like to stay in while your agent creates your itinerary.

  • Do I Have to Pay Full Amount To Book A Package Tours?

    No. You will need to pay %50 of the total amount of your package tour in order to complete your booking. You will be required to pay the rest of the amount 30 days before your arrival day in Turkey.

  • Do I need a Visa To Turkey?

    Citizens of most of countries must have a visa to enter Turkey. U.S. citizens may obtain a visa upon entry into Turkey or in prior to departure from one of the five Turkish Consulates in the United States. Please find your state in the Turkish Consulates Jurisdiction (

  • How Can I Travel in Turkey?

    By Plane Virtually every major city in Turkey has air service and Turkish Airlines offers nationwide services. Most flights connect through Istanbul or Ankara, both of which have domestic and international terminals. You can check Turkish Airlines.

  • How Should Visitors Dress in Turkey?

    Casual wear is appropriate for most tour excursions. Women wear pants or skirts, but when visiting mosques it is recommended that they cover their heads with a scarf and both sexes should not wear shorts out of respects for religious customs.

  • Is it Safe to Travel in Turkey?

    Turkey is one of the safest countries in the world in which to travel, and its crime rate is low in comparison to many Western European countries. Interpol ranked Turkey as the safest holiday destination in Europe for travelers. Naturally, we recommend.

  • Should I exchange money before I go to Turkey?

    The highly favourable exchange rate makes travel to Turkey extremely affordable. Most banks in the U.S. do not have Turkish Lira. However, Turkish currency is easily obtainable upon arrival in Turkey at any exchange office or bank.

  • What are the departure dates of your tours?

    There is no specific date! You can just pick-up your own dates to depart your package tour! In another word, our tours depart every day all year-round.

  • What is a Turkish bath (Hamam)?

    Communal baths were used in Roman and Byzantine times, but as the name "Turkish Bath" suggests, they played a significant role in Ottoman culture. At a time when the concept of cleanliness was not yet accepted in Europe.

  • Where can I find information on Festivals, Fairs and other Events in Turkey?

    There are more than 100 festivals in Turkey every year. In addition to the local festivals organized in almost every city of the country, international culture and art festivals are held in major cities including Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Antalya.

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Good to Know

  • Currency Regulation

    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.

    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

    +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

    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

    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).

    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.

    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

    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

    +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.

    +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)

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

    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

    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.

    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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