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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
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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 »
I am travelling around Croatia for around 10 days. I start in Pula and then want to head down to Hvar. I'm travelling end of August - early Sept. Cost is an issue so I was thinking a £46 Croatia inter-rail ticket. I know it is a long stuffy train from Pula to Split but I was wondering if it is cheaper buying on the day or even a bus ?
I am also travelling from Split to Zadar for a flight back so the inter-rail ticket would also cover that.
Obviously I have to get from Split to Hvar and I don't really fancy swimming so what are the options for boats ? I have looked on the internet but the timetables and options are confusing me and I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on it! I was thinking, night train from Pula to Split then early boat across? Do not know how feasible that is but I would be happy to stay a night in Split.
Also is it possible to get from H... more »
Hi, flying to Split for one night on 11th June then want to spend a week visiting Brac, Hvar and Vis before meeting up with mates near Dubrovnik. I've booked my hostel in Split but didn't want to book anything else so I can go with the flow and keep options open if meet anyone to travel with, also don't know which is best order to do islands i.e. can you get ferries between all? Brac is closest to Split so would seem sensible to do that first.
Do I need to book at least my first few nights after Split before I go? I know you can get lodgings in June easy but wasn't sure if same for hostels? Didn't want to have to stay somewhere too expensive or the other way, not very nice!
Any advice greatly received.
Witch is the better rout?
Riga -Vilnius - Kaunas - - Warsaw
Travel by BUS.
I have been told by one of my sons friends that he would never drive in Istanbul - any comment
(Son's friend married and lives in Turkey so cant be simply ignored)
I didnt get to ask about the rest of Turkey
Any comments from anyone
On the 7th July I am embarking on my first ever travel experience! Rather excited!
My itinerary is Montenegro (podgorica & Kotor), Croatia(Dubrovnik & Zagreb), Hungary (Budapest),Romania (Sighsiroa, brasov and Bucharest) and Bulgaria (still in planning but flying from Sofia!).
I'm staying in each country 4-5days and was wondering if anyone is in the areas same time as me???
I will be visiting Moscow and St. Petersburg next month -part of my three country trip that also includes Lake Baikal, Mongolia and China. I am trying to decide how much cash to carry with me and so I was wondering how widespread credit card usage is in Moscow and St. Petersburg? Do most places of interest in both cities (Hermitage Museum, Kremlin, etc.) accept credit cards for the entrance fee? What about the hydrofoil to Peterhof? Can I pay with a credit card for that? I am just trying to get an idea of whether credit card usage is widespread in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
It's a silly question, but do all those border towns have ATM or should I exchange necessary amount of local currency in previous countries?
Hi All! Hope everyone is doing well.
Have a question. What are/are there any small budget airlines that fly to Tbilisi from hubs in Europe? I am aware of Pegasus from Istanbul. Are there similar airlines from other countries?
Thank you so much!
After spending a week in Romania, I plan to arrive in Veliko Tarnovo by bus at 10:30 on Sunday 9 June.
After spending the day walking around Veliko Tarnovo, I would need to take the night train with sleeping couchette departing VT station at 19:16 so that I can arrive in Istanbul on the next morning of 10 June..
While I am in Romania, I can easily buy a train ticket with sleeping compartment from Bucharest to Istanbul. Can I use that ticket to board the train in Veliko Tarnovo instead of beginning my train trip in Bucharest?
Does anyone have other ideas to help? Although it would be easier to take a Hunturturizm bus from VT to Istanbul, I would pre... more »
On our recent trip to Russia we went to Suzdal from Moscow. As we were unable to get good information on doing this, I thought I would post how we did it. We took the Moscow Metro to the last stop going North on the Dark Blue line. When we exited the Metro station, we walked up to a bus that was sitting there (8:40am) and showed the bus driver a piece of paper that said "Next Bus to Suzdal Please" in Russian as they don't speak English and we don't speak Russian. He motioned for us to pay his assistant (300 Rubles each) and to take a seat. The bus left the station at 9am, made a couple of very short stops to pick up folks and one 10 minute stop after two hours to let folks us the facilities, smoke, etc.. The bus was OK comfort and non smoking. After about 3 1/2 hours total, the bus stopped and the driver came back an said Suzdal and pointed to the door for us to get off. When w... more »
I am thinking of taking the Transsiberian from Vladivostok to Omsk in June next year. Having done research into where to stop off and visit along the way, I have not seen mention of any rural places or smaller towns that may be of interest. Cities may be more exicitng, but I love the countryside, and would love to stay a couple of days in a less bustling part of Russia. Any suggestions for stop-offs on this route? Also, are there any 'touristy' or 'off the beaten track' type experiences to be had in this region (farmstays, horse riding etc) that anyone can recommend?
I am planning to travel for 4-5 months later this year, ending in Russia early next year. This means I will be out of my home country (New Zealand) for more than 3 months before I reach Russia. I am not currently planning to spend more than 3-4days in any place (apart from Malawi or Uganda) on my travels. I will be spending a few days in each of London, Paris and Berlin prior to traveling to Russia.
Before I start booking flights I am keen to understand my chances of getting a visa, given those constraints. Can anyone tell me if this is possible, or if I am dreaming?
This summer my husband and I will be backpacking around Central Europe (Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, and back to Austria). Our plane tickets are booked from July 2nd to September 5th, which gives us a little over 2 months.
My interests include ancient sites, architecture, and art, while my husband enjoys the outdoors and relaxing. I've tried to mix the two, and while it seems like a lot, the only place I think I will feel rushed is in Greece, but I'm ok with that. It is worth it to me to be able to see all the sites. We are both young and athletic.
We are flying into and out of Vienna and plan on using public transport, staying in hostels and camping, and eating like locals.
I have already subtracted the time spent for traveling, so these times are for purely exploring the cities.
Please let me know if... more »
Is it easy to get to Deniz Lake (located in Kackar Deglari Milli Parko) from Yusefeli? Can one get to the lake and back in one day or is it an overnight trek there and back. How would I get there from Yusefeli? Thanks.
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