Europe - Eastern Europe & the Caucasus
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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!)
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I have found that online visa applications are possible for Azerbaijan, but it seems with this method hotels must be booked for the entire stay. This would be difficult for anywhere outside Baku I think, especially in remote regions I wish to visit. Does anyone know of how to circumvent this? Also is it necessary to have a letter of invitation, and again, how to get around this. I am from New Zealand, and plan to be there about 10 days...
thanks in advance
Back again for you words of wisdom. Planning second visit to Turkey next month (June) and will fly into Dalaman and I am seeking your recommendations of where we should head for. I have 2 children aged 13 and 5. We have 14 days and would prefer to spend it in 2 places.
Last year we spend 2 weeks in Cirali. Yes I know! We loved it and had a day trip to Kumluca and Phaselis and a few local ones. I loved the boat ride too. Other than that we just spend our time relaxing by the beach, the hotel pool and in the village. In the evenings we would sit under the hammocks. We enjoyed lots of good food at our hotel and in the village too.
Considering what we enjoyed which place would you suggest we go to near Dalamani? 2 hour transfer max. I have looked at Olu Deniz which comes highly recommended for families in most places but having looked I can't seem to find hotels that really draw me... more »
Could anyone who has been rafting in the Kaçkar Mountains please share a bit?
Are organized, multi-day excursions offered? We've previously enjoyed some quite wild white-water rafting in the western U.S. and Costa Rica as well as wonderful, mainly lazy floating in the Ozarks. Given those experiences would you consider rafting in Turkey worthwhile?
Presuming that the cease-fire with the PKK holds with the chances of being in the wrong place at the wrong time no longer elevated, is there anything of particular note (cultural, scenic, historic) in the extreme southeast (say S of Van and E of Mardin?)
I'm beginning to plan our fall adventure and this is the only area of Turkey we haven't toured. I'm thinking of a two-week or so road trip revisiting the SE (from and to Şanlıurfa). Any good mountain drives in the extreme SE? I don't mind what many would call "tiny, bad, dangerous roads where you're lucky to make it into 3rd gear" but we'll probably be in a passenger car so any gravel sections must be reasonably well graded.
My friend and I will be staying for one night in Pag in mid-August. Does anyone have any tips for accommodation, or whereabouts on the island it is better to stay? We are hoping to see some nightlife so are really just looking for a comfortable place to crash. Thanks!
I am planning to return to Blatonfured in around a month or so. On my first visit there, I had pleasantly memorable experiences at a particular hotel and restaurant. I have the current version of Lonely Planet's Eastern Europe, but am pretty sure that neither the hotel nor restaurant are any of those listed for Blatonfured in this edition.
I think that both the hotel and restaurant were listed in the 8th edition of Lonely Planet's Central Europe (the one with the horse statue on the cover) and the Eastern Europe guide of roughly the same period (as Hungary is one of the countries placed in both regional guides.)
The hotel was a couple of streets back from the lake and to the east of the ferry pier, probably just outside the boundaries of the map of Blatonfured in the current Eastern Europe guide (page 421). In the earlier regional guides, I seem to remember it stati... more »
So I have just discovered the online visa application for Azerbaijan. However it seems with this method I must have a hotel booked for the duration of my stay, which will be quite difficult, as hotels outside Baku are not likely to be online to contact and/or speak english, and obviously travel plans in these places are not so fixed. Does anyone have any ideas of how to circumvent this? Also it seems a letter of invitation may be required, is this the case. Also I should note that I am New Zealand citizen...
Thanks global team!
i m planning to go from kusadasi to istanbul
according to my info we might find either a bus than a train in the night from izmir to istanbul
do u have an idea about the timetables and where can we buy the tickets if we wanna go by bus?
thanks in advance
we found this good rate on line:
but we checked all around the web, even on TA, any info about this hostel and we didnt find anything.
also no reviews on other sites
do u thnk we can trust it and book it?
never seen a hostel without any reviews anywhere
do u know it?
received an e-mail from kenn borek air stating they don't have an aircraft in the area anymore;
pegasus airline doesn't answer to my mail;
& vanilla sky requires a passwordd (!) to enter their webpage...
HAS ANYONE FLOWN THIS AIRWAY ROUTE RECENTLY?
thank you very much!
Does anyone have any recent experience acquiring visas for Azerbaijan? Is it true they are no longer available upon entry? Is it possible to obtain one in Armenia or Georgia, and does it take long? If not, are electronic visas, or visa applications possible online?
Thanks in advance
Going to Bulgaria with kids (5 and 8)
Arriving in Sofia, do you recommend changing money at the Airport or in town, bank or change office?
Travelling by train in July (within Bulgaria); can I buy the tickets the same day at the train station or do you recommend doing it a day or two before?
Easiest Way to get to Rila Monastery?
What about Taxis in Sofia? Taxis in Bulgaria generally? I've heard to use the OK Taxis?
Anyone know what is the best option for changing money in Istanbul, in terms of getting the best rates commission-free?
- post office
- street beside/outside the Grand Bazaar ( I don't know if there is a specific street where to do this, as advice on internet says "in the back of" or "inner side" of the bazaar, whatever that means)
- in another market area not so touristed (where?)
My boyfriend and I will be in Kamchatka from the 8th August 2013. At the moment we don't know how long we'll stay but it will likely be for approx. 2 weeks. I could really do with a helping hand with the following questions:
- Can you recommend a local guide that I can contact in advance of our arrival to discuss itineraries/cost? If not, what's the best way to find a trusted before getting to Kamchatka? (We want to hike to volcanoes predominately such as Tolbachik and Shiveluch volcanoes and avoid helicopter tours as we can't really afford that)
- Do certain tour agencies pool together tourists to make a trip more affordable for all? Do you know of any tour agency that does this?
- I'm concerned that as August is peak season we'll struggle without advance arrangements for guides/hotels etc - should I be or is this rarely a problem?
- Finally, If there's anyone ...
My wife and I will traveling to Croatia/Austria in the month of July. Our current itinerary is as follows:
Zagreb - 2 nights
Plitvice - 2 nights
Split - 2 nights
Dubrovnik - 2 nights
Vienna - 3 nights
We will be renting a car and driving through these cities and spending our nights in them. Our idea is to use some of these cities as bases for us to see other areas such as Hvar from Split.
Is this itinerary too ambitious, too hectic or are we missing out some areas that would be must sees?
Thanks for your help!
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