Turkey holiday escapes to suit all budgets

If you're looking for a blend of Middle Eastern and European heritage and influences, Turkey is for you.  

Filled with mystery and so much to explore, try out and learn - the country boasts iconic sites and experiences that offer South Africans a taste of something different.

Here are three holiday package deals, ranging between a budget stay to more affordable luxury: 

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If you're planning a trip to Turkey, here's what you need to know to ensure smooth travels:

Visa requirements: Visa on arrival/ e-visa for South Africans, with no cost associated to the application. Click here to make the application

Medical requirements: Vaccines for Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies and routine vaccines are recommended.

National Carrier: Turkish Airlines.

Airport Hub: Istanbul Atatürk Airport.

Flight Route: Turkish Airlines flies between Istanbul and Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg daily. Flights are also increased over the South African summer season. 

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Currency: Turkish Lira - 1 Lira = R2.97

Travel adapter: Type F.

Time Zone: Turkey is one 1-hour ahead of South Afraica (GMT +3).

Public Transport: There are huge public transport system in Turkey such as local buses, taxis, minibuses, tram and metro. Your choice of transport will depend on how quickly you need to travel. Uber is also available in Turkey.

Climate: The coastal areas of Turkey bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea have a hot summer Mediterranean climate. Summer is hot and dry, while winter is cool and wet.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Istanbul and the inland regions is April to June (spring) and from September to November (autumn) when the climate is mild.

Languages: Turkish. 

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