Questions About Turkey


Turkey is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, welcoming more than 37 million visitors every year. Fairy Chimneys Travel has extensive knowledge of this fascinating nation and the allure of its many well (and lesser) known attractions.

This page includes details many people find helpful when planning their travel to Turkey. More information about this captivating destination is available on our FAQ page.

Facts & Figures

Area: 780,000 sq km (as big as NSW)
Highest Point: Mt Ararat (5165 m)
Capital: Ankara
  • approx 73 million
  • Istanbul 13 million
  • Ankara 4.5 million
  • Izmir 3.8 million
  • About one third of Turks are under 15 years old and less than 5% are over 65.
Language: Turkish,
English is studied as second language and 90% of people in the travel industry speak fluent English.
Religion: Secular State, however 98% of Turks are Sunni Muslim 2% are Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant Christians and Jews
Time: Turkish Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (AEST ‐8).
The clock moves forward one hour in summer (Apr‐Oct) to GMT +3.
Currency: Turkish Lira (YTL)
Today’s AUD/YTL rate is but please check again just before you travel.
Weights and Measures: Metric.
Electricity: 220 volts AC. Two‐pronged round plug.


Turkey is a vast country of landscapes both diverse and spectacular. Uniquely positioned, both politically and geographically, between East and West the influences of surrounding neighbours make Turkey truly unique. Bordered by Greece and Bulgaria in the northwest, Iran, Armenia, Georgia to the east and Iraq and Syria to the southeast, the total size of Turkey is roughly equivalent to NSW.

Istanbul skyline, don't miss on your tour around Turkey

Turkey is positioned across two continents with 3% of its landmass in Europe and 97% in Asia. The two continents are divided by the straits of Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles in the northwest of the county. To the north lies the Black Sea, to the south the Mediterranean, and to the West the Aegean.

There is approximately 8,000 km of coastline, ranging from the thriving Mediterranean resorts with their temperate climate perfect for yachting and swimming. The mountainous Black sea coast is lush, green, mild and damp ‐ a spectacular place to hike and see Turkey’s natural wonders from dizzying heights. 80% of Turkey is 500m (1,640 ft) or more above sea level.


Here are the most common Frequently Asked Questions about traveling to Turkey.

About Turkey and Fairy Chimneys Travel

Travel documents and luggage

Health Requirements

Currency, Money & Tipping

Driving in Turkey

A trip to gallipoli


19 day Premium quality tour from $4,775

Visiting – Istanbul, Canakkale, Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pergamum, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Aphrodisias, Kas, Demre, Patara, Myra, Greek Island Kastellorizo, Kekova, Simena, Antalya, Olympos, Perge, Aspendos, Cappadocia, Goreme, Pigeon Valley

Activities – Lone Pine Centenary, Gallipoli 2015, Culture, History, Archaeology

Group size – Maximum 15 guests

Michelle Jago in Cappadocia


Michelle is an Australian Tour Guide who services the cruise ship industry working for Cruise Guides Australia, Abercrombie & Kent, and Aussie Interact. Michelle has also coordinated and traveled with Trade Missions to both China and Guam for economic development agencies as well as various incentive tours for a major Australian company. She has travelled extensively through China, Nepal and Tibet walking some of the well known treks of the Annapurna and Everest regions, and Tiger Leaping Gorge. Closer to home she has also trekked Tasmania’s Overland track and New Zealand’s Milford track. More recently, with husband Colin she has visited the WW1 battlefields of France, Belgium and Turkey. They attended the Anzac Day services at Gallipoli and toured much of Turkey in 2014. More about Michelle…


  1. Official Expedition Partner

    the only Anzac cruise endorsed by the Australian Geographic Society

  2. Anzac and beyond

    a historically themed journey from ancient civilisations to the Gallipoli campaign

  3. Dawn Service attendance

    Dawn Service choices so passengers may personalise the Anzac centenary experience

  4. Luxury Travel Standard

    elegant Azamara Journey compares to a members only country club

  5. Dame Malvina Major

    sings Dame Vera Lynn in a special tribute concert and joins a poignant Dawn Service

  6. International Expert Panel

    globally renowned speakers on board to engage with fascinating topical presentations

  7. Pre & Post Tour Travel

    a wide array of appealing extension tours in Turkey, around Greece, Italy and Europe

  8. Accommodation guaranteed

    enjoy your choice of stateroom while others vie for limited hotel rooms near Gallipoli

  9. All inclusive itinerary

    your fare covers all land activities in Turkey, like excursions, entry fees and gratuities

  10. Turkey Tour Specialists

    over 20 years experience crafting boutique Turkey tours, including Anzac Day annually