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START HERE for information about Central Europe including Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
Inside you'll find the answers to most of the common questions of the region
Edited by: Irene_Adler
Since joining Thorntree I have been delighted to read so many wonderful trip reviews.These are most often full of the small details so important and useful to independent travellers.How sad then that in time these slip down the forum pages and get lost or forgotten about.All that help…all that typing!So I have trawled through the last 12 months and collated all the trip reviews and,after equal amounts of bullying and flattery,Zabba(mmwwahh!)has agreed to make this a sticky,so it will now be at the top of the Turkey forum page,easily found(even for us computer dimwits!) with no need to trawl around the site.
Please check through and see that I have added yours,if I haven’t then please accept my apologies and add it on.If you notice others that are missing add those too.(I'm only human!)
If you owe us a review to repay the help and advice received from the forum then get typing now!... more »
This was been copied from my partners blog, at http://www.kirazlivillage.com/wordpress/?p=2577
To ignore what is happening in Turkey right now and to post pretty pictures and paragraphs of purple prose would really be equivalent to fiddling whilst Rome burns, not that Turkey is burning, but it would feel both disrespectful to those standing up and protesting and disingenuous to the travellers due to come and visit this amazing country.
Yesterday (Monday 3rd June) we waved good bye to some lovely guests who were heading back to Istanbul and said hello to new guests coming to us from Cappadocia following a rather stressful day in Taksim last week.
The guests leaving for Istanbul had changed their hotel reservation from Beyoglu to Sultanahmet although they said rooms were getting scarce in the old city and prices were rising as a result. They had planned to take the metro from the... more »
Has anyone travelled from Turkey to Armenia by bus lately? The official sites say the border is closed but there are bus schedules! Looking to go from somewhere like Diyarbakir or Kars or Yerevan.
Hi everyone. I have my visa support documents and I'm now in the process of filling in the electronic visa application form. I just have a couple of questions:
1. On my visa invitation document, apart from cities i'm going to, the website I got the document from said to list "Trans-Siberian" as one of my destinations (as I will be doing the train journey). Should I include this in the itinerary section of the visa application form or just actual places I'm going to?
2. If I include the Trans-Siberian in the itinerary section, in the section for hotel details where I'll be staying, what should I include for the Trans-siberian entry (as I assume i need to include accommodation details for all the places on the invitation?
My boyfriend and I are planning to live somewhere in central or eastern Europe later this year, and as of right now we are leaning towards Olomouc after considering several options and doing research....mostly because we want to be in an affordable and attractive mid-sized city, that is not overly homophobic as we are a gay couple.
Would you guys recommend Olomouc? Or another Czech city (besides prague due to the size/affordability factor), or any other mid-sized central/eastern European city for that matter?
Do enough people speak English that we'd be able to communicate?
Thank you SO much! All comments/recommendations would be very appreciated.
Kia Ora, we are a New Zealand couple planning to travel from London to Cyprus, landing in Larnaca (Rep. of Cyprus), and then flying out of Ercan (Northern Cyprus) landing in Kayseri, Turkey. I believe there is no problem doing this, but would appreciate any advice on issues regarding returning to the Rep. of Cyprus at a later date, when we have no departure record from there.
I'm a paranoid person, and was hoping for some reassurance. How often are student visas for Russia denied? I don't know why I would be denied...and I went there last year for the same reason and had no problems in getting it, but I guess I'm just always thinking of the doomsday scenario haha. For some reason I woke up in the middle of the night and all I could think about was not getting the visa. I applied for a 90 day student visa through the Consulate in NYC with an invitation from Herzen University.
I will be travelling to Turkey with my family for three weeks in July/August. We will fly to Antalya and spend the better part of 2 weeks on the coast, relaxing and diving. We would like to spend the third week in the interior of the country. Can anyone recommend a destination or a circuit route that would provide an interesting contrast to our beach experience? We will have a car, but would like to stop and explore one or two sites, rather than spending most of our days driving.
Thanks for any advice.
I'm flying into Dalaman in September. I will be heading to Kabak and Kas, but my flight lands quite late so I plan to stay in Fethiye on the first night. Can anyone recommend a pension or bed and breakfast for one night?
South east and eastern Turkey trip report
Flew into Urfa airport and got the Havas bus (10TL) to the city centre. Got off the bus at the roundabout, wasn’t quite sure what I was doing but just followed the majority of other passengers who luckily walked in the right direction. As Urfa was my first destination I had my only pre-booked hotel of the trip at Hotel Arte on the main road going into the city centre. Stayed there for 2 nights (60TL per night). The room had 2 beds so if there are 2 of you travelling it would have worked out cheaper (the same goes for all of the hotels I stayed at, all hotels were either a double bed or had 2 single beds). The hotel was clean, modern and a good location. The breakfast was decent, all the usual stuff; eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, bread, jam, honey etc. I ... more »
I think there must me some interesting information about my trip from Slovenia till Kosovo..
SLOVENIA: u can do lake Bled in a day coming from Austria....(obviously it is a good place for hikes and relax that could keep you there longer).
Ljubliana is possibly one of the cutest and most interesting capitals of the Balkans..
CROATIA: I did just Zagreb and I enjoyed the various museum options, see the museum of naif art and museum of broken hearts....nice place to spend more than a couple of days...
SERBIA: I stopped in Sremski Karlovci for 2 days cause of wine culture,also great as historical and cultural destination even for a day...Belgrade, is sold as a party place but has some interesting but not great sites to visit...my highlight maybe was art podrum that was a great wine bar.....
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: I crossed it visiting only Sarajevo and Mostar, from Belgrade to Sara... more »
I'm austrian citizen and want to travel trough azerbaijan. on the website of azerbaijan's ebassy i wrote about a voucher you need to get a visa.
the problem is, that i want to travel round with my camping-van and don't want to book a hotel (also because i don't know yet, when i will arrive in azerbaijan because i will go to turkey and georgia first). does anyone know how to deal with this?
We are going to camp in the Durmitor national park in August. We are coming to Montenegro by airplane, so we will need to buy liquid fuel in Podgorica and we need to be sure that it will fit to our stove. We know three types of liquid fuel cartridges: pierceable, clip-on and screw-in. We have a screw-type stove so we need screw-in cartridges.
- Do you know a shop in Podgorica where camping gas / stove fuel is sold?
- Do they sell screw-in cartridges?
- What is their street address? We will not have much time so we'll need to find the shop quickly.
- What are their hours of operation?
Thanks in advance :-)
I am looking to travel from London early July for 10 days around Europe finishing in Prague. As anyone any advise, where to go/stay and how to get about?
I was hoping to take in at least 3 of the following prague, krakow, vienna, budapest & bratislava but as my subject says saving Prague for last.
Any advise would be great, thanks
Hello! I am a citizen of Russia living in Pakistan. If i go to the Sost border between Pakistan and China, will the Chinese authorities give me visa on arrival? How much is the fees?
Folks, in August I will fly into Istanbul arriving at 23.05 and leave at 18.00 the following day. I intend to check in to a hotel/hostel when I arrive and am just looking for some advice on where to go.
I have seen the Han Hostel close to the airport, which seems fine, except that I will have all morning and early afternoon free and there does not seem to be a whole lot in that area. Is it worth getting the metro into the city and checking in somewhere there, so the next morning, I can wake up and be in the centre?
I have been to Istanbul once before, on another layover, but I didn't have to spend the night. It was enough time to visit a few places. I am not intending on going on a mad sightseeing blitz, but I was hoping to be able to spend a couple of hours in a part of the city with a good atmosphere, cafes etc. But I am a bit reluctant to be trekking into the city at that ti... more »
Hi all travel enthusiast!
As a passionate traveller, and inspired by all your posts, I cam across an idea to start this thread which will be general, but -hopefully - with useful information as well.
So, the main idea is to answer the question - Why I love Croatia?
... and I will start...
... I am not a tourist there, but rather a traveller... with its uniqueness, Croatia always unveils its hidden gems like best-kept secrets...
South Dalmatian islands...
Gorski kotar woods...
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