Quite some time ago now, when I was in high school, I was scheduled to go on a history trip with a select few students to Egypt. This was the year of the Egyptian revolution, and of course, all was cancelled. My dreams of Egypt and all its history slipped away with this cancelled school trip, and whilst it was always one of my desired destinations to visit it was always so far out of reach. Read more..
Touring in the Eastern Mediterranean
Top Tips for the Eastern Mediterranean!
Tipping – Tipping throughout the Eastern Med is like most of Europe, where a 10% (give or take) tip in restaurants is appreciated if you enjoyed the food and the service. There is no steadfast rule, so follow your tour guide’s lead if you are unsure. Power Plugs – Throughout the Eastern Mediterranean the power sockets are configured to accommodate round prongs, and an adapter will be required for Australian and New Zealand appliances. As the voltages may vary, check the appropriate voltage for your appliances and carry a converter if required. Currency – Currencies vary in different Eastern Mediterranean countries, from the Euro in Greece to the Turkish Lira in Turkey. Check with your bank what options are available to you and what fees are involved when accessing your funds overseas. Mosque Etiquette – Both men and women should follow a modest dress code when entering a Mosque. Hats, sunglasses and shoes should be removed. There is usually a rack to leave your shoes at the entrance, and you may be given plastic covers to wear on your feet. Men should wear long pants and avoid singlets (short sleeve shirts are acceptable, but if you are unsure then stick with long sleeves) and keep away from clothing with messages or slogans. Women should cover their skin (down to ankles and wrists) and their heads. It is best to come prepared with a scarf of some sort. Avoid clingy or skin-tight clothes that reveal too much shape, regardless of whether your skin is covered.
What should I bring?
Sun Protection – Pack a hat and sunscreen to protect you from the sun and be mindful of the rays reflecting off the whitewash buildings (particularly in Greece). Take a pair of sunglasses to shield you from the glare as well. Scarf – While most people visit the Eastern Mediterranean in the warmer months, a scarf is a handy essential to pack. This versatile addition to your suitcase can double as a towel, beach rug, and most importantly can be used for women visiting Turkey to cover their hair when entering a mosque or religious site. Daypack – A daypack allows room to pack a towel for a jaunt to the beach and can be weatherproof to keep any rain or waves off your gear while exploring the Eastern Med. Make sure it can zip up completely to keep your possessions secure.
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Turkish Mosque – Some of the most remarkable architectural structures in the Eastern Med, these stunning religious sites will take your breath away. Let your local guides amaze you as they share the history and culture surrounding these places of worship. Turkish Delight – With a dead-giveaway in its name, this well-known treat is originally Turkish and can be found in many variations throughout the country. For a classic Turkish Delight, choose the variety infused with rosewater. Baklava – This sweet dessert is comprised of pastry layered with chopped nuts and soaked with syrup to stick all the deliciousness together! Make the time to devour a few serves of this during your tour of the Eastern Mediterranean. Moussaka – A traditional Greek dish, Moussaka is made from eggplant layered with meat (often lamb) and baked with béchamel sauce and a layer of golden cheese on top. Delicious, comforting, and a must-eat during your tour of the Eastern Med.