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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 »
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 »
I have travelling through the south-eastern part of Turkey as I make my way to Iran. Sipping tea in caravan serai-turned-cafes, sampling local food and above all basking in the warmth of welcome. For many who are hesitant to visit the south eastern part of Turkey perhaps this post will help. Forgive the long post and enjoy the hospitality albeit vicariously.
It started with my arrival in Sanliurfa. I had wandered into a shop in search of an alarm, was invited to have tea and started talking to the owner. He bemoaned the fact that he rarely got to practice his english. Not only did we practice his english, but he introduced me to his friends, invited me to meals. I was introduced to the "regulars" at the local tea garden in Gumruk Hani and greeted like a local each day I went there. On hearing that I wanted to visit the ancient site of Harran near the Syrian border, he decided to ... more »
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 »
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 »
What are the pre-booking options for tickets, especially for admission to Aya Sofia & the Topkapi Palace?
eg. can you buy tickets in Istanbul the day before you wish to visit the sights and where from?
Or is via the internet the only option, and if so what website(s)?
BTW, we don't wish to buy the 72TL bulk-discount card as we are not visiting enough sights to justify its cost.
I'm planning to go for a short Bosphorus tour on Saturday. If I understood well, this tour brings you to Istinye and back.
I wanted to combine this with a visit to Besiktas and Ortakoy.
I thought about doing the tour early morning and having the afternoon the explore Besiktas and Ortakoy.
Now, I came across the ferry timetable which mentions departure at 13h30 from Eminonu and 13h50 from Ortakoy.
So, now my plan is to do Besiktas and Ortakoy in the morning and them hop on the ferry to Istinye and back to Eminonu.
- Does this seem feasible to you?
- How long does it take to get to Istinye?
- How long does the ferry halt in Istinye?
- Will it still be light enough to enjoy the views on the sites between Ortakoy and Eminonu on the return?
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Here is a nice thing about to start which may be of interest to anyone visiting the south coast of Turkey soon-
From 20th to 30th June at Mersin east of Antalya and just a little west of Adana.This years games should have been held in Greece but due to their economic issues they were unable to take it on so Turkey stepped in to the breach.Beautiful new facilities have been built in Mersin especially for the games so if you're along that way maybe call in.
Using the search engine I came up with 2012 info. I am flying in tomorrow and I am seeking current info. If it helps I am staying in Orhaniye Cad.
Simple question, hope somebody can help. Aside from a possible "look" or two, what's the social stigma attached to tattoos in Turkey? My traveling partner and I have visible tattoos which would be tough to cover up in the summer (I have one on my back calf and a half-sleeve on one arm, while he has a full arm sleeve).
I know pants are required to visit inside the mosques, but would a tattoo on an arm necessitate a long sleeved (to the wrist) shirt?
Hi! After two days in Olimpos, we have another couple of days to go with our baby to another beach before going to Serigerme or Dalyan.. Where can we go? In Kas I think that there isn't beach, Kabak maybe is like Olimpos?, Kalkan I think there isn't beach right the village, Oludeniz maybe to many tourists in August? Patara too many mosquitos?
Thank you for your help!
Our 5 week trip planning is well underway, thanks to great input from amazingly helpful people here.
I've looked the up temperatures but I'm still finding it difficult to get an accurate idea for the following.
Kars and Van in mid-September, around the Sanliurfa area late Setember, and in Cappadocia early October?
I am in Turkey from 21-26 July.
21/22 July in Ephesus and the rest in Istanbul.
I've heard that some tourist attractions like Hagia Sophia could be closed on some days during Ramadan. Anyone have any tips/advice?
Earlier this evening(c.20.00 Saturday 16th)police moved into Taksim Square and gave several warnings to protestors to vacate the park and then began to empty the square by herding people into the roads leading from the square.There has been some use of water cannons and tear gas but not as severe as expected.
Once these roads leading to the square had been sealed off and the area had been cleared as much as possible teams of police and council workers moved in and began to clear tents,banners,etc.etc.,and bulldozers are clearing what is left of the barricades.
There is still some fighting in side streets between police and members of certain groups and organisations.
Anyone in the city now do NOT go to Taksim this evening and probably avoid it tomorrow too as there is the chance that groups may re-gather and try to move back into the park.
Hopefully after the weekend the area wi... more »
What alcohol sales have been banned between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.? Is it package sales? By-the-drink? Both?
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