Monday is the travel day. At the beginning of the week you will arrive ready to start the course on Tuesday morning. At the end of the week you will be resting and getting ready for the return flight. There will normally be no class on the last Monday morning.
Bodrum/Milas airport (BJV) has flights arriving from various UK airports including Gatwick, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Also from Düsseldorf and many other places. Most charter flights to Bodrum from the UK are on a Monday - this is why we start all our courses on Tuesdays. Tickets (May - October) are between £154 and £198 return as a rough guideline. At the last check for June the range was £154 - £379, and for early September Easyjet was more expensive than Turkish Airlines, and that's without any baggage or meals included! The least expensive that we have found recently are on Thomas Cook or Pegasus. There is a great variation of price throughout the season so booking early is advised. Turkish Airlines fly twice daily to Bodrum changing at Istanbul.
Most nationalities need a VISA for entry to Turkey. Since April 10th 2014 a system of e-visas has been introduced which has virtually replaced the old system of getting the visa on arrival. Now you buy it online at the cost equivalent of $20.
Here is the link to the relevant website: www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
It is still possible to get the visa from a desk near passport control on arrival, but it costs more and it means queuing up twice.
Also, beware of fake Turkish visa sites! Only use this official one or you may end up paying twice.
From Bodrum/Milas airport to Gölköy is about 45 minutes by road. A safe and reliable taxi service runs from the airport at any hour. You will see a list with a fixed price for Gölköy village just outside the terminal exit doors (155 Turkish Lira = about £26 or €29). Either show the map or say the name of the village and hotel. We always try to organize people to share a taxi with other course participants.
The Babana hotel can also organise a transfer from airport to hotel for 140TL (about £23).
During the daytime there is a ‘Havas’, or 'Muttas' airport bus service which meets Turkish Airlines and Pegasus flights and takes you into Bodrum (15TL is about £2.50 or €2.80). Then you would take a minibus to Gölköy (5TL: £0.83, or €0.94). If your flight coincides roughly with a Turkish Airlines or Pegasus flight you can take this bus.
The current bank exchange rate is 6.04 YTL per pound sterling, 5.33 per Euro (the tourist rate is a bit less). There are several cash machines at the airport, but they are outside the domestic terminal. There are 5 cash machines in Gölköy and many in Türkbükü. Now there is also a bank in Gölköy where you can change money. In Bodrum banks are open till 5.30 and exchange offices (Döviz) are open till late in the peak season. Taxi drivers are happy to take foreign currency as well as Turkish money.