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TOURIST INFO

Electricity
Mains electricity in Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets.

Tipping

  • In restaurants, tip 10% to 15%. In hotels, tip €1 - €2 per bag for porters. You do not need to give tip for the taxis.
  • You may tip in any currency so long as you give notes/bills (paper money).

Time Zone

  • All of Turkey is on Eastern European time, UTC/GMT +2 hours.
  • Daylight saving time is 1 hour, and begins on the last Sunday in March, and ends the last Sunday in October.

Security
Aksaray is one of the safest provinces with lowest crime rate in Turkey.

Telephones

The international dialing code for Turkey is 90, and the code for Aksaray is 382. 
National calls: 0 + city code + telephone number
International calls: 00 + country code + city code + telephone number

Currency Exchange
The local currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). The exchange rate changes daily. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks, hotels and exchange offices. International Credit Cards are widely accepted.

Banking
Banking services are available at the Airports and throughout the city. ATM Booths are widely available and accepts international cards as well.

Banks are open from 08:30 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday, with a break between 12:00 to 13:30. They are closed at weekends and on public holidays.

Credit Cards
International credit cards are accepted in cash dispensers, hotels, restaurants and most shops, as well as car rental agencies. The most common credit cards are VISA, Euro Card, and MasterCard.

Emergency Telephone Numbers
Ambulance 112
Fire Dept 110
Police 155

First Aid and Hospital Services
A full-service private hospital and fully-equipped state hospital are available in Aksaray. Private practice physicians accepts visit on appointment basis.  In the event of an emergency, transfer to the nearest hospital will be provided by emergency ambulance services (dial 112).

Driving License
International Driving Licenses are recognized throughout Turkey. Car rental companies ask for a valid driving license.

Restaurants
Aksaray is famous for its home-cooking style restaurants serving traditional dishes as well as fast-service kebab dishes and traditional deserts. For gourmets, this will be an outstanding opportunity to taste classic dishes of Turkish cuisine.

Turkish food is famous throughout the world; the range is enormous, from a number of soups to an astonishing variety of appetizers, followed by meat and fish dishes, many famous Turkish sweets, pastries and Turkish coffee.

Shopping
Most shops are generally open from 09:00 to 19:00, Monday to Saturday. Efor and Site Park big shopping centers are open every day of the week, usually from 10:00 to 22:00. In all shopping centers major credit cards are accepted.

Aksaray and vicinity offer exquisite opportunity for buying local carpets.

Insurance
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind; you may wish to take an insurance policy of your choice before departure. Private health care agents accept foreign health insurance policies; please verify if your insurance policy would be valid in Turkey before departure.

Post Office and Courier Services
(State) Post Office branches, named PTT, are available throughout the city; they observe 08:30 through 17:00 weekdays. Hotel concierge would help you in mailing.

Several courier services are available.

Taxis
Available at taxi stands or hailed on the street. All are yellow and have meters.

Mobile Phone
There are 3 GSM operators in Turkey being as Turkcell, Avea and Vodafone. All have roaming agreements with network operators of all participating countries. There are two wave bands for mobile phones in Turkey: 900 and 1800 MHz. Please check with your provider regarding roaming costs and wave bands. GSM operators have prepaid lines for purchase at the airport and at their service centers in Aksaray.

TRAVEL INFO

Turkey is surrounded by the Black Sea to the north, the Aegean to the west and the Mediterranean to the south. Two straits (the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles) form gates to the inner Marmara Sea, dividing Thrace - the European part, and Anatolia - the Asian part of the country. Turkey is truly the place where East and West meet. Click for More on Turkey. Turkey is divided into 78 provinces, one of which is Aksaray Province. Click for more on Aksaray Province.

AKSARAY INFO

Aksaray, The Historic City of Crossroads:

Aksaray is a city in the Central Anatolian region of Turkey. Its adjacent provinces are Konya along the west and south, Niğde to the southeast, Nevşehir to the east, and Kırşehir to the north. It covers an area of 7,626 km².

Aksaray is one of the four provinces in the much-visited area of Cappadocia, along with Nevşehir, Niğde and Kayseri. Also the 3,268m-high inactive volcano Mt. Hasan (Hasandağı) stands between Aksaray and Niğde. The 2400 km² salt lake (Tuz Gölü, in Turkish) lies within the boundaries of Aksaray, a large area of swamp with a maximum depth of 1 meter.

According to the address-based census of 2008, population of Aksaray has been computed as 370.528. The district covers an area of 4,589 km2, and the average elevation is 980 m, with the highest point being Mt. Hasan at 3,268 m.

HOW TO GET TO AKSARAY:

Overseas visitors generally fly to Istanbul Atatürk International Airport from almost anywhere in the world. Aksaray is reachable by frequent intercity bus services from Istanbul, Ankara, Konya, Kayseri and Adana. There are also direct flights to airports at Ankara, Konya, Cappadocia/Nevsehir, Kayseri and Adana served with frequent flights from Istanbul.

If you get to Ankara by plane from Istanbul, you should first get to ASTİ (main bus terminal) as you should travel by land in order to reach to Aksaray. You can get to ASTİ by a taxi or by Havaş or Municipality Shuttles from the airport. The name of the bus company you should travel with from Ankara to Aksaray is “Aksaray Birlik” or “Yeni Aksaray”. The fare is 25 TL (about 7 Euros).

If you fly to Nevsehir Kapadokya or Kayseri Airports, also you should get to the intercity bus terminal using the airliner’s transport service. There on, there are numerous bus service companies serve the route; you can rely on the services of “Suha Turizm”, “Aksaray Birlik” & “Yeni Aksaray” . The fare is roughly 20 TL (6 Euros).

There are numerous other national bus service companies trotting the highways to Aksaray; to name a few one can mention Kamil Koc, Metro, Mersin Seyahat.

Finally, Monre Tourism and Organization, the official travel agent of the workshop can assist you for transfers and ticketing. Pickup and delivery at Ankara and Nevsehir Kapadokya Airports can be arranged for transport of groups of participants arriving/leaving roughly at same time to/from Aksaray.

 

Intercity bus travel takes roughly:

  • Ankara-Aksaray: 225 km /about 3 hours
  • Nevsehir – Aksaray: 70 km /about 1 hour
  • Konya-Aksaray: 148 km. /about 2 hours
  • Kayseri-Aksaray: 156 km. /about 2 and a half hours                        

Major Turkish airlines serving domestic and international routes:

ACCOMMODATION

Monre Tourism and Organization, the official travel agent of the workshop will assist lightSec ‘16 participants and their guests to reserve accommodation in/around Aksaray at reduced rates. Do plan to take advantage of even lower rates by reserving early.

There are numerous hotels in Aksaray; the following lists the select few for your comfort in the order of proximity of the Campus: 

Ahsaray Hotel 4* (expecting preferential rate; nearest to the venue)

Kuzucular Park Hotel 4*

Grand Saatçioğlu Otel 4*

Agacli Turistik Tesisleri 4*

Grand Altuntas Hotel 5*

Ihlara Thermal Holiday Village 3*

 

Tours Around and Away from Aksaray:

A selection of custom tours by Monre Tourism and Organization is being offered.

      

VENUE

The workshop will be held in the Faculty of Engineering Building on the Central Campus of the Aksaray University. Further guidance will be communicated to the prospective participants after their registration. The campus is easily accessible from the hotels in town by dolmuş (private community minibus service) or by taxi. Note that the Ihlara Termal Resort is out of town thus could be suitable for before/after workshop stay.

CONTACT NUMBERS:

In case of emergency, you may contact the following by phone:

§  LightSec ‘16 Chair Atilla Elçi +90 (532) 351 44 25

§  Session management: Özlem Akgün +90 (505) 641 83 83

§  Local management: Celal Karaca +90 (544) 342 06 26

§  Spouses program: Alev Elçi +90 (532) 652 99 50

§  Tourism, Travel, Ticketing & Hospitality: Evren Tekeli (Monre Turism) +90 (536) 657 03 01