What types of cars do you rent?

Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

Where can I get my rental car?

The good news is that 'Car Hire Assistant' has access to over 550 suppliers who, combined, have some 30,000 locations in 175 countries. Therefore, if you want to collect your rental car from a large city, small town, holiday resort, sea port or airport, there is an excellent chance that one of the rental companies we use will have an office near you. If you want to collect your hire car from one location and return it to another, this is also possible with some hire companies, although a premium is charged. Many of the companies we deal with also have kiosks or stations at major airports. 

Remember, our service is free, there are no hidden charges or booking surcharges. We search, so you can compare, not just the price of your rental car, but the options, types of vehicles, locations and service. Compare car hire prices with Car Hire Assistant, The UK  Car Hire Comparison Site - Compare Car Hire

Car Rentals made simple

Renting a car, van or people carrier (MPV) does not have to be a stressful experience. Using a car rental comparison site such as 'Car Hire Assistant' can save you  many hours attempting to find the cheapest deals and then trying to compare the hire options on a like for like basis. Moreover, the process of weeding out those rental operators that employ tactics of headline grabbing, low rental costs, only to hit the hirer with a huge list of extras, means you have to remain alert. Car Hire Assistant removes ambiguities with a guarantee of no hidden prices and a commitment to inclusive rental rates. Car options are laid out in a logical manner allowing the renter to compare 'apples with apples'. We also offer additional, complimentary services such as Car Hire Excess Insurance, Travel Insurance and Airport Transfers. Free service and no booking charges. The best comparison site for Cheap Car Hire

Car Rentals Istanbul Ataturk International Airport

Collect your rental car in the Airport Car Hire (Turkey) with Car Hire Assistant

Car Rental at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport?
 
If your destination is Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (Turkey) and you need to rent a car, then Car Hire Assistant can help you find the best deals on car hire without limiting your options or damaging your pocket. Trawling the internet searching for the best deals for airport car rentals can be a time consuming chore, but there is another way and we would like to demonstrate how we, at Car Hire Assistant can help you in your endeavours.
 

What do we do?

Car Hire Assistant is a car rental comparison site. Instead of you spending countless hours attempting to find and compare competitive car rental rates, we will do it on your behalf, in a fraction of the time (minutes, instead of hours). In fact, it takes just about one minute to complete the form (on the right), select search and receive a summary of the most competitive rates for Istanbul Ataturk International Airport car rentals.


How do we do it?

We can access 550 suppliers, based in 175 countries, with some 30,000 rental locations, which includes, of course, Istanbul Ataturk International Airport. This allows us to spread our net wide and subsequently provide you with a detailed summary of the most appropriate rental deals in terms of price, chosen location for the collection and type of vehicle selected.

Compact and economy car rentals from all airports in Turkey with Car Hire AssistantWhich rental operators do your search?

We have a broad selection of car hire companies to allow us to provide you with a comprehensive summary. Within the list will be independent local operators, as well as national operators which will include, but is not limited to: Europcar, Thrifty, Dollar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise and Alamo. One fundamental aspect of this comparison service is that all the hire companies are cognisant of the fact they are being compared and this encourages them to be competitive. Because none of us want to miss out on promotions and special offers, these will be included with our hire summary for Istanbul Ataturk International Airport and will be highlighted at the beginning of the rental summary.

What will my summary include?

Based on the search criteria you provide, we will deliver a summary that includes the 'car groupings' you have chosen, for example; compact, economy, full size or luxury. We will also provide you with the vehicle specifications, 'typical' models that fall inside your preferred grouping and, of course, the all important price. The options will be presented in a logical column based format allowing you to make an informed decision as to which car and rental package best meets your requirments. We complete the search and summary allowing you to compare and decide on a like for like basis.

 What is included?

All too often, rental companies advertise a low daily rates for hire cars, however, on closer inspection (not always prior to booking), renters discover that the rates quoted are a stripped down version of what is required and that "mandatory" extras have been excluded from the headline price. We consider this to be a dishonest and reprehensible approach to new customers. We do not operate in this manner, we will provide you with prices that are Fully Inclusive, in other words, they will include the following; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver, Airport charges, Tax and Credit Card Surcharges. Using our service is free; there are no hidden charges or booking fees to concern yourself with.Airport Rental Cars in Turkey, including Bodrum, Antalya, Istanbul, Dalaman, Izmir and Ankara

 How Do I book?

The process is designed to be as painless a possible. Once you have selected your preferred rental car and confirmed that you want to collect from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport, you select the "Book" button; enter your name, credit card details and flight number. That's it. You will receive an email confirmation. In addition, you will be able to view the general terms and conditions before you book. Specific terms from your selected rental company will be sent with your confirmation.

What do I need when I arrive at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport?

We have provided a comprehensive 'frequently asked questions' section above, under "information", but in summary, you will need to take your booking confirmation, driver's licence (photo licence and paper licence if you have one), passport and your credit card to pay the balance and, in some instances, to pay a 'fuel deposit'. It should ne noted that many car rental companies now insist on a fuel deposit. See our FAQ section for more details. Also remember that rental operators often have slightly different policies and therefore it is important to study the specific terms which you will receive by email.

In summary

Our success is based upon offering you the best rental packages, in terms of price, what is included, vehicle range and convenience. Therefore, we strive to do this, because we are working on your behalf. If you are happy with our service, we feel sure you will elect to book your rental car through us and, hopefully, return again in the future. We earnestly hope that we have met your expecations in terms of price, ease of use and service and decide to book your rental car at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport through Car Hire Assistant.

 

About Istanbul

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey; it is located in north-western Turkey within the Marmara Region. With a population of 13.5 million, making Istanbul the largest city in Turkey (with 18% of the country's population) and one of the world's largest cities based on populous within the city limits. In 2010, 7m tourists visited Istanbul, when it was named a European Capital of Culture, making it the world's tenth most popular tourist destination. Istanbul provides an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western culture. Whilst Istanbul is no longer the capital of Turkey, Istanbul still remains the country's cultural and business centre. Istanbul is set in a stunning location, surrounded by the waters of the Bosphorus and the sea of Marmara. The Bosphorus divides the city into the European and Asian sides, linked by two bridges which span the continents. In fact, Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two continents. The Bosphorus is one of the busiest waterways in the world; more than 200 million tonnes of oil pass through the strait every year, and the traffic on the Bosphorus is three times that of the Suez Canal.

Istanbul is renowned for its historic seafood restaurants many of which can be found along shore of the Bosphorus. The Istanbul Strait, Ortakoy is the best place for nightlife in Istanbul, with its nightclubs, jazz clubs, seafood restaurants, taverns and bars. Most clubs provide entertainment throughout dinner, ranging from a selection of Turkish songs to traditional belly dancing. Alongside these are modern discos, cabarets and jazz clubs in the Taksim-Harbiye district.

The city has an abundance of important historic buildings, palaces, mosques, bazaars as well as interesting new art galleries and museums. Istanbul has many monuments and artefacts' of the Byzantine and Ottoman Era. Popular historic sites include; the Galata Tower, The ancient Hippodrome, the Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, The Ahmet III Fountain, Valens Aqueduct, Istanbul city walls, Rumeli Fortress, Beyazit Tower and Leander's Tower. Of course, a visit to Istanbul is not complete without a traditional and unforgettable boat excursion up the Bosphorus, the winding strait that separates Europe and Asia. Shopping in Istanbul is said to be amongst the cheapest in Europe, with a choice of traditional bazaars and modern shopping malls. An example of the traditional is The Grand Bazaar, which is the world's largest and oldest, offering amongst other things, traditional hand-woven textiles and authentic jewellery. This contrast with Nisantasi, which is a modern shopping and fashion centre for Istanbul, offering a blend of historic buildings interspersed with high-end shops offering branded consumer goods and stylish cafes.

Istanbul's local transportation network is best described as a complex network of trams, funiculars, light-rail lines, metro lines, buses and even ferries. The Istanbul LRT is a light rail system consisting of two lines, one of which terminates at Ataturk International Airport, the busiest airport in Turkey. Ferries are the primary mode of public transportation between the European and Asian halves of the city, although there are also many bus shuttle services supporting this service. Istanbul's main bus station is the largest in Europe, with a capacity of 15,000 buses and carries an average of 600,000 passengers every day. Bright yellow metered taxis are also available in Istanbul; visitors should ensure that the meter is turned on. Visitors should consider buying an "Akbil" which is a ticket system valid on all means of transportation in Istanbul including buses, trains, trams and subways.

Car Rental services at Istanbul Ataturk AirportIstanbul has two international airports; the largest is Ataturk International Airport. Ataturk International, is located 15 miles west of the city centre, in 2011, it processed some 37.4 million passengers; this ranks it, by passenger numbers, the eighth busiest airport in Europe. The second airport in Istanbul, Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, opened on the Asian side of the city and is 28 miles east of the European city centre. Sabiha Gokcen is dominated by low-cost carriers, with destinations to and from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. In 2011, the airport processed 12.7 million passengers. Travellers should note that Turkey has a strict policy on all drugs, therefore if travellers have prescribed medication, which you need to be taken into Turkey, then a a doctor's note and/or a copy of the prescription will need to be taken.

You can drive in Istanbul (and the whole of Turkey) with EU, US or International driving licence. However, you should have your driving licence, your passport and insurance documents of the vehicle with you in the car at all times, as you will need it if you are involved in an accident or stopped by the Police. All of the major international car rental companies, as well as a number of local ones, have offices at airports and all major centres. Driving in Turkey is on the right, as in continental Europe. Turkey has a good network of well maintained roads and Turkish road signs conform to the International Protocol on Road Signs. Archaeological and historic sites are indicated by brown signs. Driving in Istanbul can be challenging, with 2m, of the 6.5m registered cars in Turkey situated in the city of Istanbul.

Istanbul winters are warm and wet, summers hot and dry. The climate is tempered by warm Mediterranean winds which counter frequent Black Sea cold fronts. Temperatures vary moderately between day and night, and from season to season. The summer season is approximately 90 days long, while winter is 80 days long. Snow falls for an average of 7 days in a year. Temperatures in July and August averaging 28°C, by contrast, in January and February temperatures average just 4°C.

 

Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The country is encircled by seas on three sides: the Aegean Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north and the Mediterranean to the south. Turkey has a geographic size of 783,563 km (302,535 square miles) making it the world's 37th-largest country in terms of area.Turkey is divided into seven census regions: Marmara, Aegean, Black Sea, Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, Southeastern Anatolia and the Mediterranean.

The top 20 largest cities by population are Istanbul 13,301,345; Ankara 4,338,620; Izmir 2,783,866; Bursa 1,704,441; Adana 1,609,790; Gaziantep 1,376,352; Konya 1,073,791; Antalya 964,886; Diyarbakir 875,069; Mersin 859,680; Kayseri 844,656; Eskisehir 648,396; Gebze (Kocaeli) 545,229; Sanliurfa 515,199; Denizli 511,751; Samsun 500,995; Adapaazan (Sakarya) 429,331; Kahramanmaras 428,724 and Malatya 419,959. An estimated 71% of the population live in urban centres.

Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with an ancient cultural heritage. Turkey has become increasingly integrated with the West through membership in organisations such as the Council of Europe, NATO, OECD, OSCE and the G-20 major economies. Turkey began full membership negotiations with the European Union in 2005, having been an associate member of the European Economic Community since 1963. The Anatolian peninsula, comprising most of modern Turkey, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited regions in the world. It is also the home to the remnants of the Ottoman Empire and to Mount Ararat, the legendary landing place of Noah's Ark.

Turkey has a total of 56 passenger airports which are a mixture of local, regional, national and international and include; Adana: Adana Arpt (ADA), Adiyaman: Adiyaman Arpt (ADF), Afyon: Afyon Arpt (AFY), Agri: Agri Arpt (AJI), Ankara: Esenboga Arpt (ESB), Ankara: Etimesgut Airport (ANK), Antakya: Hatay Arpt (HTY), Antalya: Antalya Airport (AYT), Balikesir: Balikesir Arpt (BZI), Balikesir: Merkez Arpt (MQJ), Bandirma: Bandirma Airport (BDM), Batman: Batman Arpt (BAL), Bodrum: Imsik Airport (BXN), Bodrum: Milas Arpt (BJV), Bursa:Bursa Arpt (BTZ), Bursa: Yenisehir Airport (YEI), Canakkale: Canakkale Arpt (CKZ), Dalaman: Dalaman Airport (DLM), Denizli: Cardak Arpt (DNZ), Diyarbakir: Diyarbakir Airport (DIY), Edremit/Korfez: Edremit/Korfez Airport (EDO), Elazig: Elazig Airport (EZS), Erzincan: Erzincan Arpt (ERC), Erzurum: Erzurum Arpt (ERZ), Eskisehir: Anadolu University Airport (AOE), Eskisehir: Eskisehir Airport (ESK), Gaziantep: Gaziantep Airport (GZT), Isparta: Isparta Arpt (ISE), Istanbul: Sabiha Gokcen Arpt (SAW), Istanbul: Ataturk Arpt (IST), Izmir: Adnan Menderes Arpt (ADB), Kahramanmaras: Kahramanmaras Arpt (KCM), Kars: Kars Airport (KSY), Kastamonu: Kastamonu Airport (KFS), Kayseri: Kayseri Airport (ASR), Kocaeli: Cengiz Topel Arpt (KCO), Konya: Konya Arpt (KYA), Malatya: Malatya Arpt (MLX), Mardin: Mardin Arpt (MQM), Merzifon: Merzifon Airport (MZH), Mus: Mus Airport (MSR), Nevsehir: Nevsehir Airport (NAV), Samsun: Carsamba Arpt (SZFSamsun: Samsun Arpt (SSX), Sanliurfa: Sanliurfa Arpt (SFQ), Siirt: Siirt Arpt (SXZ), Sinop: Sinop Arpt (SIC), Sinop: Sinop Arpt (SQD), Sivas: Sivas Arpt (VAS), Tekirdag: Corlu Arpt (TEQ), Tokat: Tokat Airport (TJK), Trabzon: Trabzon Arpt (TZX) Usak: Usak Arpt (USQ), Van: Van Arpt (VAN), Zonguldak: Zonguldak Arpt (ONQ).

General information:

Turkey is a huge and diverified country featuring incredible landscapes and natural wonders bordered by four different seas. It is a popular destination for relaxing beach holidays and some of the world's most important ancient monuments. Turkish hospitality is renowned and they have a delicious and varied national cuisine. Whilst is easy to get seduced by the popular resorts of Oludeniz, Kusadasi, Antalya, Calis, Dalyan Fethiye, Bodrum and Marmaris it is important to remember that Turkey has plenty of other world class attractions that deserve mentioning such as the Greco-Roman cities of Ephesus and Pergammon; and the thermal waters of Pamukkale. Turkey is best visited during the periods April to June and September to October when the weather is warm without being too hot. According to the Ministry of Tourism, some 2,582,054 British nationals visited Turkey in 2011 with few reported incidents.

Tipping is very much a way of life in Turkey and it is customary to leave some small change for most services or a small percent of the bill. In larger hotels and restaurants if a service charge is not added to the bill, it is customary to tip between 10 and 15%. For taxi drivers it is normally sufficient to round up the bill (always try to find a registered yellow taxi). Smokers should note that there is a smoking ban on all forms of public transport (trains, ferries and taxis) and in outdoor venues (including stadiums, playgrounds, cafes, bars and restaurants). You risk being fined if you are caught smoking in a designated "smoke free" area.

Family is very important to Turkish people, and you will find that children are welcomed everywhere. The most popular sport in Turkey is soccer. Turkey's top teams include Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Trabzonspor. The official language is Turkish, but English and German are widely spoken in major cities and tourist resorts. Most Turks welcome the opportunity to practise their language skills and will go out of their way to be helpful. Turks have compulsory ID cards which they must carry with them at all times. Foreign visitors are also expected to carry ID with them, which means that you should keep your passport with you at all times. ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas with English instructions. Local currency can also be obtained from banks, larger hotels and exchange bureaux, known as DOVIZ in Turkish.

If you wish to drive in Turkey, you are required to have either an International Driving Permit issued in the UK or a notarised copy (in Turkish) of your Driving Licence. When driving in Turkey you must travel with your drivers licence (or permit), passport and insurance documents at all times.Turkish road travel is on the right side of the road and road signs generally conform to the international protocol. Archaeological and historic sites are indicated by yellow signs. Turkey has a good network of well maintained roads. There is a 50 km per hour speed limit within urban centres and 90 km outside urban centres. Petrol stations are fairly easy to find and on main highways and many are open 24hrs. You should take particular care when travelling by road throughout Turkey given road conditions can be poor. Road traffic accidents are common and are mainly due to either poor or careless driving, particularly at night.

An 'A' category standard motorcycle licence is required to hire motorcycles over 50cc in Turkey. An 'A1' category 'light motorcycle' driving licence is only suitable for motorcycles below 50cc. It is against the law not to wear a crash helmet and any failure to do so could result in a heavy fine. Do not drink and drive. The Police conduct regular road side checks and they will breathalyse those they suspect of being drunk and if over the limit, will fine the driver on the spot and immediately confiscate their licence for six months.

Planning your Trip

Things always seem to go better when they are carefully planned and flying to another destination is no exception. Plan well and all things being equal, you should have an uneventful trip with less stress. Here are the top tips:

Before you leave

  • Ensure that you have your airline tickets, vouchers for hotel bookings, car rental and/or airport shuttle transfers, your passport, visa (if required), money, credit cards and travellers cheques. If you are renting a car at your destination, make sure you have your driver's licence (paper and photo) and, if necessary, an international drivers permit. These items should all be kept in your hand luggage.
  • Familiarise yourself with the 'banned item' list, these change from time to time, but it is important to know what can go in your hand luggage, what must go in the hold and what you simply cannot take with you.
  • Avoid wrapping items such as gifts or presents because these may be opened by security at your departing or destination airport.
  • If you are taking essential medicines, ensure that that they are in their original packaging and, if they are prescription drugs, try and get a letter from your doctor confirming that these have been prescribed for you. Also remember, that is some countries, certain drugs are banned, even if you have been prescribed them by your doctor. If in doubt, check with the airline and/or embassy.
  • Make sure that you choose comfortable clothing, especially if it is a long journey, also be cognisant of the weather at your destination, which may influence your choice of clothes.
  • Check the weight of your luggage. Most airlines have a strict policy on exceeding baggage limits and airport surcharges can be very expensive. In addition, some airlines will not allow you to pay in excess at checkin, which could lead to delays and inconvenience.

Heading for the airport

  • Always remember to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. As a general rule, if you are taking an international flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For local or domestic flights, at least one hour.
  • Make sure you know what terminal you are departing from, some airports are very large and the distance between the terminal buildings can be considerable.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Road maintenance often happens at night, and this can occasionally lead to unexpected road closures, so check before you travel and allow ample time for your journey. If you are travelling during the day, then traffic may become your curse, once again, check on travel information sites and allow extra time for unexpected delays.
  • If you are driving to the airport yourself, it is advisable to book your airport parking in advance. Many websites no offer this service and it can be much cheaper than attempting to find parking on arrival.
  • If you are using public transport to get to the airport, then make sure you have booked advance tickets and also, that there are no planned maintenance (in respect of railways) or anticipated road works in the case of coach travel.
  • If you are travelling by hire car and intend to leave it at the airport, make sure the rental company has facilities to allow you to drop it off. Not all car rental companies have airport facilities, many are located just outside.

On arrival at the airport terminal

  • Since 2001, airport security has been tightened considerably and, on occasion, additional security measures are employed at very short notice. As a consequence, the amount of time taken to go through airport security has lengthened considerably and it can also be unpredictable, especially if additional measures have been introduced.
  • Make sure you are familiar with what you can take through security, particularly in relation to banned items and liquids. Remember, even if you have purchased something at the airport (such as drinks), you may not be able to take it through security and/or on the airline.
  • You must keep your baggage with you at all times. In part because of the security issues at airports, but also because it will almost certainly contain your essential travel documents and you would not want to lose them or have them stolen. You should never look after the belongings of other people or agree to carry anything onto the aircraft on their behalf.
  • Once you are through passport control and security, make sure you keep a close eye on the 'departure boards', many airport no longer make verbal announcements and you need to know which gate number your flight is departing from. Also consider the amount of time it takes to get from where you are to the gate, some airport are very large, such as Heathrow and it can take up to 30 minutes to get to the gate.

On the plane

  • If you are going on a long journey, then try to relax and get some sleep. For shorter journeys you may want to read a book, watch a movie or listen to music on your MP3 player. So make sure you have packed laptops, tablets and/or music players into your hand luggage.
  • It is advisable not to eat too much on long haul flights, because this can lead to an inability to sleep or indigestion. Move around the aircraft as much as you can to keep your circulation working. If you have flight socks, then consider using them.
  • Avoid too much alcohol, but drink plenty of other beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • Even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car. 
  • When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.
  • If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 
  • Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.
  • If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost! 
  • Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  
  • Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you remove the identiying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car. 
  • One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal. 
  • Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you don’t, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel. 
  • Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative. 
  • Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.
  • Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines

Guide to common rental car definitions:

These definitions are provided only as a guide and it essential that you refer to the terms and conditions of your rental agreement for specific terms relative to your hire.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), also referred to as: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
If the hired car or any of its parts or accessories is damaged other than by theft, attempted theft or vandalism, while on rental, CDW limits your liability to the amount of the non-waivable excess, if any, which applies in each country, provided that you have adhered to all the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. CDW does not cover any damage caused as a result of theft, attempted theft or vandalism.

Theft Waiver (TW)
It is an insurance offered by the car rental firm limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of theft of the vehicle. This does not over negligence, if for example you can't return the ignition key, or you left it in an unsafe place, you could be liabel for the full cost of the vehicle, as would be the case with most domestic car insurance policies.

Third Party Liability Protection
Offers protection against any third pary liability such as damage to another vehicle or personal injuries to an individual not travelling in the hire car. TPLP typically does not have an excess or deductible amount to pay.

Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
Covers tyres, roof and windscreen.

Personal Insurance (PI) Insures against the cost if you accidentally kill yourself or a passenger. (Also see ALI below)
 
Personal Effects Cover (PEC)
Covers property that has been stolen from a vehicle.
 
Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
This is an optional insurance that protects the hirer and other other authorised drivers against claims made by third parties for personal injuries, death and property damage caused by the use of or the operation of the rental car.

 

The top 20 tourist destinations around the world for British nationals are as follows; 1. Spain 17m, 2. France 14m, 3. USA 6.5m, 4. Ireland 3.579m, 5. Italy 3.5m, 6. Greece 3m, 7. Germany 2.372m, 8. Portugal 2.254m, 9. Turkey 1.920m, 10. Cyprus 1.3m, 11. China (including Hong Kong) 1.212m, 12. Egypt 1.202m, 13. UAE 1.1m, 14. Thailand 812k, 15. India 734k, 16. Australia 670k, 17. Canada 650k, 18. South Africa 451k, 19. New Zealand 300k, 20. Pakistan 285k.

The coveted, top 10 most visited countries in the world are; 1. France 75.5m, 2. United States 50.9m, 3. Spain 48.2m, 4. Italy 41.2m, 5. China 31.2m, 6. United Kingdom 25.2m, 7. Russia 21.2m, 8. Mexico 20.6m, 9. Canada 20.4m and 10. Germany 19m.

According to SkiHorizon, the top winter ski resorts were Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The French preferred, Val Thorens, Les Deux, Avoriaz, Les Arcs 1800, Les Menuires, The village of Les Coches, Saint Sorlin d'Arves, Risoul, Tignes Val Claret and Plagne Bellecote. For the British, it was; Morzine, Les Arcs, Saas Fee, Serre Chevalier, Avoriaz, La Plagne, St. Anton, Megeve, Puy St. Vincent and Alpe D'Huez. Whilst the Dutch opted for Risoul, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Saint Sorlin 'dArves, Menuires, Les Deaux Alpes, Avoriaz, SFL, Arca and Oz.

Although France leads the league table in terms of visitor numbers, the top spot in terms of revenue earned from tourism goes to America (World Tourism Organisation figures for 2010) of $103.5bn. 2. Spain $52.5bn, 3. France 46.3bn, 4. China $45.8bn, 5. Italy 38.8bn, 6. Germany $34.7bn, 7. United Kingdom $30.4bn, 8. Australia $30.1 bn, 9. Hong Kong (China) 23bn and 10. Turkey $20.8bn.

The worlds safest roads based on the estimated number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 of population are; 1. Netherlands(49), 2. Sweden (53), 3. Norway (56), 4. United Kingdom (57), 5. Switzerland (69), 6. Germany (71), 7. Finland (72), 8. Denmark (74) 9. Japan (75) and 10. Iceland (79).

The top selling cars in Europe in 2011 are; 1. VW Golf, 2. Ford Fiesta, 3. W Polo, 4. Opel Corsa, 5. Renault Clio, 6. OFord Focus, 7. Opel Astra, 8. Peugeot 207, 9. Fiat Punt0, 10. Renault Megane, 11. VW Passat, 12. Nissa Qashqai, 13. Fiat Panda, 14. Citroen C3 and 15. Skoda Octavia.



The Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism has been named Europe’s Leading Tourist Board at the World Travel Awards 2012.

Turkey’s minister for culture and tourism said: “We are thrilled to have won this prestigious travel award during a year which has seen a number of awards for Turkey and unprecedented press coverage.

“It is also a year in which Istanbul is the European Capital of Sport and when the city became one of three short-listed cities for the 2020 Olympics.”

The awards also recognised Turkey’s hotel sector, with awards for Europe’s Leading Luxury Hotel (Mardan Palace, Antalya), Europe’s Leading Luxury Resort (Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa, Belek) and Europe’s Leading New Luxury Hotel (Angel’s Peninsula, Marmaris).

Turkey is one the top developing tourist destinations in the world, now ranking 6th in terms of the number of foreign arrivals, with a total of 31.4 million overseas visitors in 2011. Some 2.58 million of these originated from the UK.

As a holiday destination with widespread appeal, Turkey combines interesting culture and culinary delights with great weather, spectacular scenery and welcoming hospitality.

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Luxury holidays are plentiful in Turkey, with Bosphorus views and great cuisine available at countless venues in the city of Istanbul.

Many hotels throughout the county also offer sizeable suites, private infinity pools, spas, butler services and so on, with most focused in the tourist areas fn the Aegean and Mediterranean seas which includes Antalya, Cesme and Bodrum. These resorts have a significant number of 5 star facilities, with the focus being on inexpensive luxury. Luxury facilities can also be found in converted cave dwellings in Cappadocia in the east of the country.

Sailing

The natural, 4,800 mile long Turkish coastline offers magnificent charm, 352 Blue Flag Beaches and 19 Blue Flag Marinas, in addition to being the 2nd highest manufacturer of luxury yachts internationally. Turkey also rates amongst the top sailing and cruising spots in the world.

Sailing enthusiasts can take pleasure in a custom of regular international boat races and festivals throughout the year, whilst the more easygoing can discover the serene ‘Blue Cruise’ on a classic wooden boat taking in a breathtaking coastline which is onlyaccessible by water.

A large number of anchoring points offer wonderful settings for snorkelling, swimming and diving, as well as the possibility to discover secret bays, local fishing villages, lively resort towns and the many archaeological sites scattered around Turkey.

Golf

The sophisticated resort of Belek in Antalya is Turkey’s most significant and Europe’s fastest developing golfing destination.

The courses are outstanding – such as those created by Sir Nick Faldo and Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie – with the vast majority of hotels being 5 star and all inclusive.

Thermal Springs & Spas

Turkey offers the ultimate relaxation and spa experience, highlighting its distinctive geological and historic make-up where over 1,600 thermal springs are readily available and, where hammam and therapeutic massage treatments have been mastered over thousands of years. A large variety of luxury hotels, Turkish baths and spa-centres provide visitors the best spa experience.

A spa getaway with its pampering; health and beauty treatments might seem like a fairly new phenomenon, however the health giving properties of Turkey’s natural springs have been legendary since antiquity.

Countless hotel spas also continue Turkish tradition by integrating modern versions of Turkish baths into the spas, some with new twists such as those suitable for couples hammams or unique types of massages and treatments available.

Shopping

Nowadays Turkey has its own roster of cutting edge and home grown designers; with those in the know choosing to visit Istanbul for its unmatched shopping. Luxury Turkish brands are available in the Galata and Nisantasi regions and at shopping malls situated all over the city. The savvy usually head to Istinye Park, which is in the direction of the upper reaches of the Bosphorus.

Istanbul and Ankara have annual shopping festivals, providing discounts and 24 hour shopping.

Luxury New Hotels

Noteworthy new hotel openings include a completely new Raffles hotel in the award winning Zorlu Centre in Istanbul, the first Le Meridien hotel in Turkey in Istanbul’s Etiler district and the D-Hotel Maris luxury resort on the Aegean coast’s Datca Peninsula.

Forthcoming are Thomson’s fifth Sensatori hotel, near Side in Antalya, and the appearance of the high-class Mandarin Oriental group in Bodrum in 2014.

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Pegasus Airlines’ network extends to 57 destinations worldwide, with its second destination in Georgia: the seaside town of Batumi; and Lviv, the third destination in Ukraine Pegasus continues to expand its flight network both within Turkey and internationally. Georgia’s Black Sea coastal town of Batumi; and Lviv, our third Ukrainian destination after Kharkiv and Donetsk, will be introduced in October.

FLIGHTS TO HOPA LAUNCH ON 8 OCTOBER FROM BATUMI, OUR SECOND DESTINATION IN GEORGIA.  Followıng Tbilisi, our second destination in Georgia, Batumi, will launch on 8 October, departing every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with tickets available to purchase now.  Flights depart from Sabiha Gokcen at 11:20 and from Batumi at 15:10.

Due to a special agreement between both countries, guests can fly to Batumi or to Hopa via Batumi. Batumi and Hopa passengers will all arrive into Batumi Airport. Hopa passengers will be picked up by Havas buses from the Batumi Airport Apron to clear customs and will be transferred to Hopa on 1 and a half hour private bus journey. For the return, passengers will check in at Hopa before returning to Batumi airport again by bus.

No passport necessary for Georgia’s holiday destination: Batumi Following an agreement with Georgia and Turkey, Turkish Nationals are permitted to enter Batumi without a passport and only using their National I.D. Card; to enjoy the coastline of the Black Sea, the casinos and the interesting history of this easily reachable destination. From Batumi, guests can enjoy travelling to Pegasus’ 14 international and 17 domestic routes via Istanbul.

The historic city of Lviv is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site… Chosen as ‘the best city to live in Ukraine’ in 2009 by a Ukrainian magazine, characterised with exceptional architecture and a richness of art and culture, the city of Lviv is a UNESCO World Heritage Site waiting to be discovered. Having served as a busy crossroads throughout years of changing culture and religion; this fascinating history is visible across the city. Also appealing as an alternative destination to all tastes in all seasons with its numerous cafes and shopping centres, Lviv is a fantastic new destination in our ever-growing flight network.

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