The eastern Mediterranean is one of the most culturally intriguing areas of the world. Two thousand years ago, western Turkey was home to the Ionian Greeks, and some of the most impressive ruins of classical cities, such as Pergamum and Ephesus, are to be found there. Istanbul, formerly Greek Constantinople, embodies this historical complexity. The Turkish capital, Ankara, is a place of relatively little interest aside from the remarkable Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, with its extraordinary collection of Hittite artifacts.
Eight hours ahead of New York (EST).
Most recommended hotels quote rates in euros (€). Fluctuating rate valued at €1.00 = US$1.22 as of January 2021.
Ankara, Tel. (90) 312-455-5555. Consulates: Istanbul, Tel. (90) 212-335-9000; and Adana, Tel. (90) 322-455-4100.
To phone hotels and restaurants in Turkey, dial 011 (international access) + 90 (Turkey code) + city code and local numbers.