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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 »
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.
My 25 yo daughter and I, will be arriving in Istanbul on 16th August at 6.30am to join a 3 week tour of Turkey. We will be transferred to our hotel (Hilton Parksa, Macka) and then have the rest of the day free. We will have free time on the 3rd day also til 3.30 pm when we leave for Ankara. I have been to Istanbul before ( albeit , briefly as a day and half stopover on a cruise) and I went to Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Galata tower. The tour will also cover Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome so we are looking to spend our free time exploring on our own. As our hotel seems to be outside the main tourist area, I have been researching how we can access the other areas of the city and just need to confirm a few things. We would be happy to walk or use public transport but prefer not to use taxis, if possible.
On the first day, I thought we could walk? to Dolmabahce Palac... more »
We are Canadians and have booked a flight to Istanbul, arriving a day before cruise, then a cruise of the Greek islands and mainland (with stops on Turkey Coast).
when we return, we are doing a separate land cruise. The way I read it we will each need a $192 multi entry visa.
Does anyone have any comments on this?
I will be spending 3 days in Istanbul. Is it worth it to be on visits to the sights with a guide, or do most museums and attractions have information one can read in English? What would be the best museums to see in a few days? Does anyone have any hints as to how to organize the days?
This will be the first time I visit Istanbul. I am looking to have a superb Turkish bath and massage and would love to do it while I am there.
Can anyone recommend the best place to go?
Really looking forward to our holiday at the beginning of July.
Any advise is much appreciated.
I'm looking at a flight with a 24 hour connection in Istambul (!)
If I take it, will we have time to see a few things before the flight out (at 18.50) or is it not worth the hassle? (It'll be early Sept, and we'll have a 6-month old baby, although she'll be breastfeeding so no bottles to messa bout with)
Any idea if Turkish Airlines will provide accomodation, food etc? I've received mixed messages...
Our original plan was to leave Egirdir to Konya, see the Mevlana museum, stay overnight and bus to Goreme the next day. But now we are keen to see the Ihlara valley, and were wondering if we could somehow leave egirdir tomorrow morning, leave our luggage at the Konya bus station, quickly see the museum with a taxi, and then get to Ihlara via, Aksaray. It sounds like the day tours from Goreme are rushed and not for us. Otherwise we may skip the museum and just head to the gorge tomorrow. Thanks for any help.
We will be driving from Savsat for 2 days in Karagol Sahara NP, and then onto a circular route back to the Savsat area and Trabzon. Can anyone tell us if there are accommodations along Routes 955 West and South from Savsat, then Route 060, East, and to Route 010 North. Ideally, we would like to have a halfway point around Penek (a town almost directly south of Savsat on 955. As we are traveling in June, and wonder if in this part of the country reservations are needed. Thank you.
I am traveling from the USA. Does anyone know if I should do the visa paperwork electronically prior to arriving or should I just wait until I fly into ataturk? How about if Canadian citizenship?
Do most of the Hammams (Istanbul) have lockers in which to put items like a passport, cash, etc?
Just curious how secure they are or should leave this stuff in the hotel?
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A buddy and I (both mid-20s males) are traveling to Istanbul in early July. We fly into Istanbul the morning of Monday, July 1st and head home in the early morning of Sunday, July 7th. This basically gives us 6 nights and 5.5 days in Turkey.
We would like to spend much of the time in Istanbul, but thought it may be possible to do a side trip to either Antalya or Cappadocia for a day or two.
My first question: do you think it is possible and worth it to do a side trip in this situation? Second Question: Would you choose Antalya or Cappadocia? Third Question: how would you split the timing of the trip up between Istanbul and this second destination?
Thanks so much for your help -we really appreciate it!
We spent 24 days (21 April-14 May excluding travel days) flying into Izmir Airport (direct flight from Stansted) and out of Van with Pegasus Airlines (for the final itinerary we should have flown out of Kars but we hadn’t planned to make it that far when we booked the flights). We didn’t visit Istanbul on this trip as we had been previously.
Overall a great trip although I could have happily spent 3 times as long in Turkey and still not visited everywhere I would have liked to!
Weather – ranged from hot (30 degrees C) to chilly and wet in some places in East Turkey (Kars, Dogubayazit).
Buses – generally excellent even in East Turkey but hard to find the timetables in advance as there are lots of bus companies (no problem for frequent routes). We brought most bus tickets on the day (at the otogar or at bus company offices) and overnight buses the day before. Dolmus/minibuses ... more »
We have 3 days, 2 nights in Cappadocia and are travelling as a family. We thought we might do the green tour to see some of the things of interest to us (underground city, cave churches etc). One of the things that we would love to visit is a caravanserai. These don't seem to be included in the green tour. Does anyone have any suggestions on easy ways to visit a caravanserai from Goreme (is public transport an easy option (we have 2 children)), the budget is limited so booking private tours/driver for the 4 of us probably won't be feasible judging by the prices I have seen on line so between 80-100 E per person for a day.
Dear fellow travellers
I will travel through Istanbul at the end of July, and need to change flight from Atatürk to Sabiha Gökcen. My flight will arrive at 13:45 and depart at 0:55 so have a couple of hours to spend in this beautiful city. Could you please recommend what to see from Istanbul in such short time (I remember Sultanahmet was quite easily accessible from Atatürk)?
Also I read that many people asked in previous threads about how to get to Sabiha, and there were many concurring opinions about it, so I thought it is worth to ask you again (especially that my flight departs in a very late hour).
I would prefer public transportation avoiding taxi (low cost option) and read something that Havas does not operate its airport shuttle buses at the moment (?), and also read something about the combined travel of ferry (Kadiköy?) and bus E9 - but could not find any schedule ... more »
do u have an idea how much woulda ride on a baloon cost in cappadocia?
and if so, can u suggest me any?
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