Gap Year in Turkey
An East European country having strong influences of West Asia, Turkey has a rich history with glorious architecture, diverse landscape from beaches to mountains, lip-smacking cuisine and everything else that a traveler can ask for! If you are planning to spend a considerable period of your gap year in Turkey, then the best option would be to go on a road trip and discover the country's best. From the bustling cosmopolitan city of Istanbul to the ancient city of Göreme and a boat trip to the beautiful coastal town of Kekova - nothing in Turkey will ever fail to mesmerize you! And if you wish to learn Arabic, then you'll have ample scope for it during your journey.
All travelers, leaving out the nationals of exempted countries will need a valid Visa to enter and stay in Turkey. You can find the names of the countries exempted from acquiring a visa for traveling in Turkey here under general information about Turkish Visas. There are certain countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey just with their National IDs and some are even allowed to enter Turkey without a valid passport. For those needed to acquire a Turkish Visa, e-Visa application procedures have made it easier and literally an affair of a few minutes!
Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey?
Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand.
If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Turkey, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. Apart from routine vaccines, like your yearly flu shot, Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, MMR vaccine it is recommended to take shots for Hepatitis A&B, Typhoid and Rabies for traveling in Turkey.
You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Turkey. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 50-65 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Turkey, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises.
You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual wear is generally the way to go when you’re visiting Turkey. You need to be prepared to face quite a hot weather during the summer months of June-September and cool cotton clothing, breezy summer dresses, sun hats are the perfect packing solution for you. But you should pack in a light sweater or warm jacket for cool evenings like in the Spring(April-May) and Autumn(October-November). During the winter months of December-March you will need good warm woolen clothing like sweaters, windbreakers, scarves etc. The coastal sides are relatively warmer in winter and the Southeastern regions are colder at higher elevations, so it is best to be prepared for any kind of weather really!
Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.
Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information.