Yes, Turkey is safe to travel to. In fact, it is one of the most popular tourist countries in the world and has a lot to offer international travellers from it's sensational cuisine to its long and diverse history and cultural heritage. Just from January to July last year, there were up of 21 million tourists, and with 40+ million expected this year, the industry is set to grow. With key sites such as Gobekli Tepe, marking exceptional universal value in light of its unique ancient characteristics, Turkey has seen an influx of tourists in recent years. Its seasonal climate, natural treasures, pristine beaches, and exceptional historic sites, make it a top contender on in the global tourism industry. The travel warnings in 2016 caused a drop in visitors from over 25 million to around 16 and rose again last year to almost double that. More than being just safe, Turkish hospitality is some of the most hospitable in the world. People will offer you delicious food, go out of their way to help you, and are overall extraordinarily friendly.
All things considered, Turkey is an extremely accessible country. Visas are usually easy to obtain for just 20 dollars, on the government online website. And once inside the country, various transportation methods are available to get around cheaply, and relatively quickly. Generally, the most frequented travel methods revolve around boats, gulets and yachts during the summer months, and during the rest of the year the classic modes of transport such as buses, planes, vehicles and bikes.
The huge size of Turkey has allowed for many different culturally diverse tours to develop. At Alaturka, we pride ourselves in offering an ever-expanding selection of tour packages to destinations across the country. Some of the most popular activities in Turkey include gulet cruises along the southern coast, visits to historical sites, skiing, and archaeological tours visiting neolithic and monumental sites like the 12,000-year-old Gobekli Tepe. Amongst 78 locations on the UNESCO tentative list for World Heritage sites and a further 16 on the official list, our tours will bring you within arms reach of some of these remarkable sites.