Fly cheap to Turkey

Cheap Flights to Turkey

There is no where else like Turkey, with its long legacy of historical sights, beaches stretching for miles with golden sand to tempt you, and its biggest city straddling two continents. Turkey is modern, yet its history goes back to a time when myths were born. Turkey is urbanised yet it has some of the most rural parts you will find in Europe.

If the glittering Aegean Sea dotted with many islands or antique fishing villages and Roman art are not enough to tempt you then maybe the party town of Bodrum or the urban culture of Izmir will persuade you to visit Turkey. Whatever sort of holiday you require, Turkey is sure to be able to provide it.

So much has been written about various parts of Turkey that relates to myths, the Greek and Roman gods, and stories that became legends. One such place is Troy, believed to be a place that only existed in books until 1871 when a determined German businessman obtained permission to dig. Now the area details the remains of the ancient city, watched over by a spectacularly huge wooden horse which you climb into and peer out through the windows.

It seems there were gods all over the place on the Aegean coast of Turkey, maybe the balmy weather and calming scenery was pleasing to them. The Dardanelles is the sea lane that connects the Aegean to the Sea of Marmara, and Greek legend has it that Leander would swim across to meet his lover, Hero. When Leander drowned, Hero drowned herself in sorrow.

Ephesus was a major Roman cultural and political centre watched over by the Greek goddess Artemis. The remains of her temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, can still be viewed today.

Carpets are probably one of the best known products to buy in Turkey. However quality does vary and whether the carpet has been hand woven or factory-made is fundamental to its value. Look for the density of the knots and ask if the dye is natural or chemical-based.

For a cheaper yet still traditional gift from Turkey, look out for blue beads attached to necklaces, chains and key rings. These are the answer to anyone giving you the ‘evil eye', the belief in Turkish culture that some people are capable of inflicting mental and physical harm by giving you a certain look.

Leather and jewellery are also popular purchases as well as alabaster bowls and handmade backgammon sets. Turkey is somewhere to be visited at least once in a lifetime. Let Vayama do the hard work for you by finding you the cheapest flight possible to Turkey. Then all you have to decide is which fascinating place in Turkey to visit first.

Turkish Etiquette Tips

Flying to Turkey? While some major Turkish cities are westernized, much of Turkey can still be conservative and traditional, so it's important to learn about their etiquette. Below are some etiquette tips to take with you on your trip to Turkey.

1. Dress Attire in Turkey

  1. DO dress conservatively for business occasions. A suit and tie will do. In cities like Istanbul where the summers get really hot, it is usually acceptable to not wear a tie.
  2. DO wear more conservative clothing outside of large cities, but shorts and short sleeves are still acceptable.

2. Table Manners in Turkey

  1. DO eat everything on your plate. Some Turkish hosts might be offended if you don't.
  2. DO put your knife and fork side-by-side on your plate to indicate you are done.
  3. DON'T use your left hand when dining. The left hand is considered unclean.
  4. DO be aware that smoking while eating is common and you probably shouldn't request that your dining partners stop.
  5. DO pay for the meal if you initiated the invitation. Splitting the bill is not traditionally done in Turkey.
  6. DO reciprocate if someone invited you out for a meal. Invite them out to a meal in return before you leave Turkey.

3. Tipping in Turkey

  1. DO leave a modest tip at a restaurant. Tips aren't expected, but they are appreciated. In fancy restaurants, you may leave a 10%-15% tip.
  2. DO round the fare up instead of tipping a taxi driver. For instance, if the fare is YTL 5.7 (Turkish lira), round it up to YTL 6 (Turkish lira).
  3. DO tip hotel porters 50 cents to a dollar a bag.

4. Gift Giving and Accepting Gifts in Turkey

  1. DO bring a gift from your own country, such as food or crafts.
  2. DO remember that Turkey is a Muslim country and not everyone drinks alcohol, so keep that in mind before purchasing an alcoholic beverage as a gift.
  3. DO give flowers, especially roses or carnations.
  4. DO give gifts such as pastries or home decor items, such as a nice vase.
  5. DON'T leave the children out when giving gifts. Buy them a little something, too! Candy makes a great gift for kids.
  6. DON'T open your gift until later.
  7. DON'T
    give a gift that is very expensive.

5. Body Gestures in Turkey

  1. DON'T stand with your hands on your hips or in your pockets.
  2. DO be aware that in more rural areas where people are more conservative, men and women are expected not to touch. Even shaking hands can be taboo.
  3. DO understand that “Yes” is a nod of the head going downward and “No” is a nod of the head going up, along with a sucking sound made between your two front teeth.
  4. DON'T point at someone with your finger.
  5. DO keep your feet flat on the ground when sitting. Showing the bottoms of your feet is considered insulting in Turkey.
  6. DON'T make the “OK” sign with your hand. It's a rude gesture in Turkey.
  7. DON'T put your thumb between your index and middle finger. It's also a vulgar gesture.

6. Greetings in Turkey

  1. DO shake hands upon meeting someone. Shake hands with everyone present, including the children, and shake hands with the elders first (except in very rural areas).
  2. DO exchange two kisses on the cheek with friends and relatives.

7. Visitor Etiquette in Turkey

  1. DO be punctual when invited to a dinner party.
  2. DO bring the host a gift.

8. Business Meetings in Turkey

  1. DO schedule meetings one to two weeks in advance.
  2. DON'T try to schedule appointments during Ramadan or during July and August, which is when many Turks take vacation.
  3. DON'T discuss business right off the bat. First appointments are often just to get to know each other. Engage in small talk about things such as soccer, families, and Turkish history. Avoid bringing up politics.
  4. DO have your information printed in English and Turkish.
  5. DO maintain eye contact during meetings. Turks take eye contact while speaking as a sign of honesty.
  6. DO create graphs, charts, and other visual items for a presentation.
  7. DO remain patient, as decision-making can be slow in Turkey.
  8. DO be ready to negotiate. Turks will often suggest something extreme in the beginning to see how you'll respond.
  9. DON'T use pressure tactics, such as imposing a deadline.
  10. DO use both hands when exchanging a business card.
  11. DO get business cards printed with the information in Turkish on one side.
  12. DON'T be late. If you think you won't be on time, call to explain why.

Turkey has many customs, some having to do with the fact that Turkey is a Muslim country. Because many of their traditions are based on religious belief, it's important to gain respect from the people of Turkey by abiding by their etiquette. Have a wonderful trip!

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