Europe - Eastern Europe & the Caucasus
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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 »
Anyone intending to visit Turkey from April 2014 please be aware that there is a new visa rule coming into being as from April 10th 2014.
Currently a great number of people are able to buy a tourist visa on arrival at the Turkish border.As from the above date visa on arrival(VOA)will NO LONGER be available.You will have two choices-
a)buy an e- visa in advance online which you download and print off.
b)apply for a visa from the nearest Turkish Consulate in your home country.
The e visa is the cheapest option but some nationalities do not have this option right and must apply to the Turkish Consulate direct.This link lists visa requirements for each country-
Please check this to see if you need to apply to the Consulate or whether you can apply for an e visa.
If you are eligible for e visa application then you can... more »
I’m in need of help with my Turkey itinerary. My boyfriend and I (both mid 20’s) are travelling to Dubai, Greece and Turkey over 6 weeks from 13 June 2014 until 24 July 2014. We will be spending the last 3 weeks in Turkey and I would really appreciate any suggestions on places not to be missed, how best to make it around and also the amount of days we should allow for each place. We will be arriving into Kusadasi, Turkey by boat as we will be coming from the Greek islands.
Please see my rough itinerary below. We will mostly taking buses to each place.
Day 1 – Arrive into Kusadasi, take a bus to Ephesus and spend the day there.
Day 2 – Travel to Pamukkale
Day 3 – Pamukkale
Day 4 - Travel to Dalyan to visit the mud baths and turtle beach.
Day 5 – Travel to Fethiye
Day 6 – Fethiye
Day 7 – Fethiye
Day 8 – Antalya
Day 9 – Antalya
Day 10 - Travel to Konya
Day ... more »
Anyone who could recommend a reliable and dependable travel agency? Can you give me their complete address, contact numbers and email.
Sometimes too many choices is not a good thing. I need to spend Jan 16, 2014 to Feb 28, 2014 in non-Schengen countries. How difficult and expensive would it be for me to do the Balkan trip as suggested in Lonely Planet (Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro)? Would I need a Eurail flexi pass or should I rent a car? I'm not a great snow driver, is that a concern? I have been traveling for almost six months non-stop, should I just pick one of these as my base and take overnights to the must see spots? I am not a night life party girl, but I do like to have a choice of decent restaurants and I love towns of about 20,000 give or take a few thousand.
I can figure out places to stay,etc, the advice I'm looking for is whether this trip can feasibly be done in the dead of winter and the best way to go about it.
I am currently in Croatia, have been here for a month, woul... more »
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I am planning a trip to Slovenia and Austria in June 2014 and am wondering how easy it is to get from Bled to Villach in Austria? It seems very close on the map so I would imagine it is possible but my question is how? Can you take a train direct or would it be a bus? Alternatively can you travel right through to Vienna from Bled? Or Klanganfurt?
Any advice would be useful and much appriciated.
I have a friend going to Turkey and he will have a day to spare in Ankara.
I know the museum is currently under renovation,but i have read that part of it is still open.Unfortunately the official website is almost all in Turkish...and i can't read it ;-)
Has anyone been there recently? Is there still much to see? Does anyone know when the renovations should be finished?
Alternatively,is there anything else worth doing in the city to pass a day? Ethnology museum for example?
I'm going to Prague with my boyfriend for a few days over new year. I'd love any tips or recommendations for things to do and places to go, that I won't find in a guide book/ mainstream tourist website. Especially tips about where to go on new year! Thanks!
I'm going to Budapest with my boyfriend from Boxing Day for a few days. I'd love any tips or recommendations for things to do and places to go, that I won't find in a guide book/ mainstream tourist website. Thanks!!
My original plan was to drive West to East in Turkey and then travel armenia and Georgia.
With current situations in Syria is driving Eastern Turkey safe? Has anyone been in this area recently?
I am planning to visit Plitvice Lake in mid-December. Has anyone ever visited the place alone before?
Is it safe to hike alone there? How long does it take to visit all the major sites?
Thank you for your help!
My family and me want to plan a 8-9 day vacation from New York - first to Turkey (Istanbul) and then to Greece. We have not finalized which islands in Greece but we would love to visit Athens and either Santorini or another island. How many days do you think we should spend in Turkey and how many in Greece? Can someone help me plan this trip.. We want to plan it in the most time and money efficient way possible. Do you guys know about any ferries from Istanbul to Greece? Any help would be greatly appreicated. Thank you!
I have been to many hamams thruout Turkey but will be visiting lots of places on my next visit and would appreciate if anyone could advice some traditional non touristic hamams I could add to my hamam repertoire to visit. I really enjoy visiting hamams and going thru the process as it is something very unique to Turkey and have been exposed to it since I was a kid but miss it dearly whilst in Oz.
I will be accompanied by my inlaws from the Gaziantep to Aydin part so if you could also recommend some thermal places I could take my father in law in those areas listed below would also be great.
The places where I will go on my upcoming trip are as follows:
3 days Ankara
3 days Yozgat
1 day Konya
2 days Nevsehir - Goreme, Urgup, Avanos
15 days Istanbul
1 day Gaziantep
2 days Sanliurfa
2 days Mardin - Midyat
1/2 day Batman - Hasankeyf
4 days Antalya - Alanya
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I want to share with the community the photos of my trip to Slovakia
To see my photo gallery click on the link below
I visited: Bratislava
To visit the old town ( Stare Mesto ) is necessary only one day ( 2 days if you choose to visit some museum or a maximum of 3 days if you choose to visit the suburbs and parks ); Bratislava I think overall is a nice city for tourism and the prices are very cheap. Do not miss the view of the city from UFO Observation Deck !
I want to point out the major tourist attractions :
- SNP Novy Most UFO or New Bridge ( is a bridge over the Danube with Panoramic Observatory at 95 meters in height shaped UFO )
- Castle of Bratislava ( Bratislavsky Hrad ) also viewpoint
- Slovak Radio Building ( SlovenskY Rozhlas ) in the shape ...
Since not all roads are well maintained in Romania, take a look to this map before start.It is from Nov. 2013
38 years after my first, and 12 years after my last visit, I am happy to finally return next week to Prague,
Can anyone suggest and/or recommend nice places which serve vegetarian dishes ( not strictly veganist, I eat/drink dairy products ), at reasonable prices ? Would be convenient if located in the city centre, but not too distant 'outskirts', such as Smichov, Žižkov,... are fine, if easily reached by public transportation.
Thank you for your suggestions,
Mark, Antwerpen, Belgium
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