Let's Talk (Ancient) Turkey
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Q. My husband and I want to visit Turkey and are interested in the history and archaeology of ancient Troy and Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey." Any recommendations regarding a reputable agency to book such travel?
Barbara J. Murphy, Ashburn
A. We always thought Iraq was the cradle of civilization, but, no, Turkey also claims the title, with more Greek ruins than Greece, more ancient Roman sites than Italy.
The right tour guide can make all the difference in exploring them. The Turkish Culture and Tourism Office (877-367-8875, http:/
For a shorter stay, Key Tours in Fairfax (703-591-3550, http:/
For a high-end but tempting tour, take a look at Peter Sommer Travels (011-44-1600-888-220, http:/
My wife's passport expires in August. We're taking a cruise in July and will be visiting Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Croatia. I've heard that some countries deny entry if your passport expires within six months after your visit. Is this correct?
Jim Fitzpatrick, North Potomac
Unfortunately for your wife, yes.
Regular readers know that our official mantra is "Get a passport" -- even if you don't think you need one. Our lesser-known, corollary mantra: Renew it at least six months before it expires. That's because of the widely differing rules among foreign governments regarding passport expiration dates for visitors. Because countries can change entry requirements at any time, the U.S. State Department has no effective way of keeping track of the rules.
As for the countries you'll be visiting, we checked with their embassies regarding their current entry requirements.
· Germany: Your passport must be valid for one day after the last day of your stay.
· Spain: Six months.
· Italy: Three months.
· France: Ninety days.
· Croatia: No expiration date requirement.
Details: National Passport Information Center, 877-487-2778, http:/
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