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Turkey Travel Guide

A family reunion brought us to Istanbul, Turkey. Before arriving, we had plans to travel throughout the country. However, our plans quickly changed, because we didn’t want to leave Istanbul. We compiled 2-month’s worth of travel tips and favorite experiences into this Istanbul Travel Guide.

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Turkey Travel Guide

Turkey Travel Guide Overview

  • Turkey Travel Basics
  • Where to Go in Turkey (Map)
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Şakirin Mosque, Istanbul

Turkey Travel Basics

Official Name: Republic of Turkey

Capital: Ankara

Government: Presidential governmental system

Regions: Marmara Region, Black Sea Region, the Aegean Region, the Mediterranean Region, the Central Anatolia Region, the Eastern Anatolia Region, and the Southeastern Anatolia Region. 

Population: 79.5 million

Language: Turkish (official), Kurdish

Currency: Turkish Lira

Payment Culture: Cash and credit cards. When buying food and goods from street vendors, markets, and bakeries, you’ll typically pay in cash. If you’re at a restaurant or bar, you can usually pay with a credit card.

Tipping Etiquette: Only tip in cash. In restaurants and cafés, you can tip 5-10%. In Taxis, you don’t have to tip; simply round up the bill. In hotels, you can tip porters and room service 5 TL. Read more about tipping in Turkey here.

Water Quality: Drink filtered water only.

 
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  • Lake Drachensee in the Mieminger Mountains in Tirol, Austria.

Check out our stories for a recap of this gorgeous hike. 

@tirolerzugspitzarena @almbahn.tirol @visittirol
  • The greatest homecoming of all - Almabtrieb in Mayrhofen, Tirol, Austria. 🐄🐐🐑🐏

If you’ve hiked in the Alps, you’ve likely encountered grazing cattle, sheep and goats on high alpine pastures.

When the animals return safely to the valley at the end of the summer/beginning of fall, their homecoming is celebrated with jubilant festivities in villages across the Alps.

Seeing this special cattle drive marks one of our top experiences of 2021.

❓Have you been to an Almabtrieb? If so, which one?
  • Another perspective of one of the prettiest lakes in Slovenia.

📍Double Lake, Triglav Lakes Valley
  • Drinking coffee in the historic @post.hotel.kassl - a hotel in Oetz dating back to 1605.

Once a farm, then a stagecoach inn, and now a 4-star-luxury hotel, the Haid family has been hosting royalty, artists and travelers for centuries.

If you find yourself in Ötztal, drop by for a drink in their gorgeous Belle Époque bar, or better yet stay overnight to step back in time for a while.

📷 photo taken inside the stone pine Stube.
  • The loop trail around Pala di San Martino (2987 m) in Pale di San Martino.

📍Trailhead: San Martino di Castrozza, Trentino, Italy
  • Dvojno jezero (Double Lake) in Triglav Lakes Valley, Slovenia.