Last Updated: 23rd Sep 2013

<p><img src="https://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/tour07/eu_turkish_delight.jpg" class="rightwise" title="istanbul, turkey" alt="istanbul, turkey" /></p> <p><strong>Capital:</strong> Ankara</p> <p><strong>Currency:</strong> New Turkish Lira (official) <a href="/contikipedia/articles/the-euro">Euro</a> (unofficial)</p> <p><strong>Language:</strong> Turkish</p> <p><strong>Visas:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/visas-travelling-to-europe">Travel Visa Information</a></p> <p><a href="/search?scope=tours&amp;terms=turkey"><strong>Contiki Tours that travel to Turkey &gt;</strong></a></p> <h2>Manners and Customs</h2> <ul> <li>The Turks are rightfully proud of their country and defaming or making derogatory comments about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (the &#8216;Father&#8217; of Turkey), the Turkish flag, the Turkish customs and traditions is not only highly rude, but sometimes even illegal.</li> <li>Coffee in it&#8217;s short, thick, black form and tea is very important and even though it may not be to your taste you should try at least one Turkish Coffee while you are there</li> <li>Turkish baths likewise are a must</li> <li>The people are extremely helpful and friendly people and will often go to extremes in order to help you even if they don&#8217;t speak a word of English or you a word of Turkish</li> <li>Traditionally on a political level Turkey has had very poor relations with Cypress and Greece, this however is generally not the case as many young Turks have friends from both countries.</li> <li>Although Turkey is certainly a Muslim nation, the government traditionally has been and has taken steps to remain secular and as such</li> <li>Respectful dress should be worn when entering a Mosque, women will likely need to cover their head with a shawl or scarf and everyone needs to remove their shoes</li> </ul> <h2>Places Contiki Visits in Turkey</h2> <ul> <li>Cannakale</li> <li>Ephesus</li> <li>Gallipoli</li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/istanbul">Istanbul</a></li> <li>Kusadasi</li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/troy">Troy</a></li> </ul>