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The best times to visit are from March to May and between September and November as the temperatures are pleasantly warm and the attractions are less crowded.
The Foreign Office states that most of the country remains safe to visit.
The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish lira and if you want to exchange money you will get a better rate when you have arrived.
What you wear depends on where you are. If you are visiting a mosque or religious site then women will need to dress conservatively, but in bigger cities and tourist areas, the clothing standards are more relaxed and European.
Tap water is safe for general purposes, but most people drink bottled water.
When a single women in her 50's, traveling from the US to Egypt, stumbles across a website offering a tour, and then they make her feel totaling comfortable about every step of the process, you know you've hit a homerun!
Anthony has been amazing throughout my planning of my tour. He has been very quick in replying to my emails and always answering with everything I wanted to know.
I look forward to hopefully planning my next trip through him next year!
Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.
My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.
I was cautious about arriving in Egypt given the current circumstances about the country, but felt safer that I did living in London as soon as I arrived. All of the Encounters staff are very professional.
Encounters Travel did an excellent job in all aspects of our trip! Egypt was amazing and the trip was made especially enjoyable as a result of the quality of the guides. I highly recommend Encounters Travel!
Worth every penny! Go to Egypt with Encounters Travel!
Dial Code: +90
Area: 783,562 kmÂ²
Elevation: The lowest point in Turkey is the Mediterranean Sea at 0m | The highest point in Turkey is Mount Ararat at 5,166m (16,949 ft.)
Population: 81,916,871 (2018)
Governemnt: Parliamentary representative democratic republic
Turkey, officially known as the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country positioned in mainly Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries; Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan. It is also encircled by seas on three sides, with the Aegean Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.
Ankara is the capital and Istanbul is the largest city in the country as well as the culture and commercial centre. It is also classified as a leading global city. Around 70-80% of Turkey's citizens identify themselves as ethnic Turks and Kurds are the largest minority at about 20% of the population. The official language is Turkish, which is the most widely spoken Turkic language in the world. Minority languages that are spoken include Arabic and Bosnian. Turkey is a secular state with no official state religion.
This country has a unique ecosystem and habitat diversity that has produced substantial species diversity. The coastal areas of Turkey bordering the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas have a temperature Mediterranean climate while the coastal area bordering the Black Sea have an oceanic climate. Turkey has 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is home to two of the Seven Worlds of the Ancient World and the world's oldest religious site. The country also has the world's 13th largest GDP by PP and the 17th largest nominal GDP.
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