Europe - Eastern Europe & the Caucasus
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We will arrive in Istanbul after a long flight from Oz round 2pm on 30 April, and currently plan to leave early the next morning by ferry/train for Izmer, departing from Yenikapi.
From what I can see most good accom options are in other parts of town and we will probably go through to Sultanahmet, where we will stay on return to Istanbul later, and get up early for the ferry departure. Can anyone offer advice on this? We will probably just crash for most of the time between flying in and catching the ferry, so if there is a reasonable option handy to the ferry terminal at Yenikapi that might be good: but only if it's comfy and quiet.
I really hate dealing with the metro, especially pickpocketers. So my question is, is it safe to walk with my rolling luggage from Prague stock exchange to Praha Florence bus station?
We have been to St. Petersburg before and have visited most of the major sites. We will be in St.P. in early June and would like to organize
a car and driver (through a tour agency) and drive through the countryside to some villages stopping as we please.Any recommendations or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We could spend up to eight hours touring including getting back to the ship. Thank you in advance billm60
Hi, we will be arriving in Istanbul in early to mid September for a few days then heading to Goreme. We will be in Turkey about a month. At that time of year is it possible to just arrive and find decent accommodation (AUD80/double) in both these places or would you suggest pre-booking. Is there plentiful accommodation.
I will have about 20 days to travel in Turkey in July and was wondering if it looks like this line-up sounds feasible to do:
Day 1) Arrive Istanbul
2-3-4) Train or bus to Dogubayazit on the eastern border via Erzurum & Kars
5-6-7) In the area around Dogubayazit
Day 8) Bus to Van
9-10-11) Around Lake Van area
12-13) Bus or train to Goreme via Kayseri
15-16) Bus or train to Ephesus
18) to Troy
20) Bus or Train to Istanbul
Do this sound realistic? And is there a train Istanbul to Erzurum and a train Van to Kayseri?
How much would a train and / or a bus cost Istanbul to Dogubayazit via Erzurum & Kars?
How much would a train / bus cost from Van to Goreme? And from Goreme to Ephesus?
My wife and me are planning on a 9-10 days in Croatia and Slovenia in middle May (10-19.5).
We have a rough plan and I'll appreciate your comments and suggestions before making any reservations. We interested mainly in nature and short hikes, and the main idea is not try and see everything but to make the most from anywhere we go to, so although we will rent a car we dot plan to drive around too much.
Our plan goes as follow:
Day 1: landing in Zagreb in the late morning. Getting an hotel and spend an easy day it the old city.
Is there a place we can check in to in the morning after a night flight
Days 2-6: rent a car in Zagreb and drive to Bohinji area. find some accommodation there and use it as a base to visit Bled, Kobarid and around lake bohinji.
what are the best day trips in the area? There are so many options...
Day 7: we think on maybe going to Venice, Ital... more »
Going to Finland late August. Want to take side trip from Helsinki to Moscow for 3-4. Tour companies, what to see ( interested in communist era), tips, etc. ?
I'm planning to go Prague - Budapest - Vienna in mid May, spending average 3 days in each city...
Need some help with the following:
1) I believe I can travel by train from 1 city to the next one but can i buy the ticket when i'm there cos' i do not have a confirmed date yet.... or i need to purchase the ticket earlier via online?
2) If i need to book online, please let me have the website address...
3) Generally, how much does a 1 way ticket cost to this city?
4) Are the train stations near to the city centre?
Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks!
We are struggling to find a band to play at our wedding in Dubrovnik on June 3rd. All the local bands seem to have a swing and blues sound which is really not to our taste. After looking around on the net, it seem's like all the bands have this particular sound.
We are looking for anyone travelling through Dubrovnik around the time of our wedding who might want to earn a bit of cash. Unfortunately if you are travelling, you are unlikely to have a guitar or drum kit stashed in your backpack so hiring the instruments may be an option.
We have in mind, male vocals prefferably with acoustic, bass and drums etc, your usula set up. We are from the UK so are looking for a soft rocky sound with such songs like Oasic, Kings of Leon and all the ones people know....
Please don't hesitate to contact me even if you are one person or travelling in a group. Wedding bands are expe... more »
I found that a Belarus transit visa is 48h, but I want to know the rules, the exact duration of it, the exact "deadline" (they do not have this information at the embassy).
I plan to cross the Poland-Belarus border at Brest by foot at 1pm Minsk time, and spend as much time as legally allowed in Minsk, and then exit at the Russian border by train to Moscow. my 2 questions:
- do they put the hour of entry on the passport? (how could they know I spent 48h and not 49h?)
- when is the exact "deadline"? the moment when we board the exit train, or the moment when we cross the Belarus-Russian border? (at which there is no control)
these questions are important because I expect corrupted policemen to exploit my ignorance to extort bribes, so I need to know the law (to know if I should pay them or not). more »
Im Andrew and here is my short info for those who would love to go to Ukraine.
More on my blog FEEL UKRAINE
First when you go somewhere, you read a lot about that country, then you think about weather and prices. Here I wanna tell you and show some basics that you need for Ukraine and no more.
1) PASSPORT, ID - sometimes police can check it. You never know when, where and why!
2) We have FOUR SEASONS, so check the weather and pack light.
3) CURRENCY is hryvna and you have to exchange your money in a bank. You need passport for it (so have it in your bag, pocket). Currency rate for now you can find HERE CURRENCY.
4) SPOKEN language - Ukrainian, Russian, and mostly student age people speak English (in a big cities). In smaller towns or villages its a bit harder to comunicate on English, its getting be... more »
does anyone know if there are any Easter Day services in Zadar that are in English? Alternatively, any celebrations / processions that might be happening? I know it's a long shot but am travelling with an elderly mother who I know would love to attend a church service.
Planning a trip along the trans Siberian rail this summer- planning to do the trans Mongolian route. We will unfortunately arrive in UB a few days after the Naadam Festival is scheduled though.
We want to get off in Mongolia and see UB and perhaps go and stay in the yurt tents. Other than this, we plan to stay on the train with no more stops.
We have done lots of research and read a lot, but if anyone has any advice or recommendations based on personal experience I would love to hear it.
- Do you know if we should get off before UB to experience the yurt tents and see the nomad living, and then take a local train the UB?
- What do you think the train will be like leading up to Naadam? Will it be absolutely packed?
Thanks in advance- would love to hear about your experience and ideas!
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I am looking for inexpensive accommodations. I would prefer to stay in hostels so I will have a chance to meet other travelers. I am going to start in Prague and will be able to fly anywhere for little to no expense. I was told Vilnius is beautiful. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
Going to Istanbul 13 Sep - 19 Sep
Were to stay, (asian side or european side ) go ,see etc .... Any advice would appreciated !
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