Europe - Eastern Europe & the Caucasus
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Starting to plan a 2 week trip for this May to eastern Europe and would like to get some opinions on our proposed itinerary to see if it’s reasonable. The travelers are myself and my girlfriend, we’re early 50’s/late 40’s, good health, active and seasoned travelers.
Fly from USA to Budapest and stay in the city for 2 nights.
Take a train to Brasov Romania rent a car and explore Transylvania for a few days, traveling to Timisoara the last day and dropping the car.
Take a train from Timisoara to Zagreb and spend the balance of our time in Croatia, visiting Split, taking a ferry to one of the islands for a couple days, 2 days in Dubrovnic then fly to Zagreb and home to the US.
We don’t have any particular things we want to see on this trip, just want to get a feel for the countries and possibly come back on another trip to spend more time in one place if we want.
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Okay, so we stayed over our allowed 90 days in the Schengen.
I was told we have to leave the Schengen now for 6 months minimum.
Question: Does that mean we have to go back to our home country or can we just leave the Schengen such as Ukraine?
Also, and assuming I do go to Ukraine for 6 months, can I just cross back over the boarder with no issues into Schengen again?
Any help is appreciated.
I am looking for information about visiting Abkhazia from Georgia.
1)I understand the crossing is over a bridge near Zugdidi. Will the Georgians let me cross over and come back after a few days?
2) Is it necessary to arrange the Abkhaz visa in advance (via Internet I suppose) or is it possible to get it at the border? From what I´ve read elsewhere the cost is $ 20.
I'm looking for a tour operator for Azerbaijan - anyone who can do a bit more than the usual booking of hotels and guided tours.
Thanks in advance for any tips.
just wondering if it's possible to arrive domestically at 10.30 to Aturak airport and be able to get a bus to Safranbolu the same day ?? I am looking at a wednesday in September, just planning accomodation etc and would prefer not to have to overnight in Istanbul.
I see Ulusoy do a bus at 13:00 but I have no idea where their bus station is in relation to the airport and if it's possible to get from A to B in 1.5 hours ??
or............are there any early, like 6 or 7 a.m. buses that head off to Safranbolu ???
- Lonely planet says Safranbolu is a bit congested at weekends with tourists....how bad is it really ?? and will it be that way in mid September ???
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Hi, I was just wondering wether you can keep your backpacks and stuffs in a locker of some sort in Bansko...Im planning to trek in the Pirin National Park for few days and it would be very difficult to bring the backpack along.
are there any lockers for rent in bansko? where? what is the rate for them? or are there any other means to store baggage ?
thank you :)
We (1 man, 1 woman) are planning to visit Georgia later this year, and have a question about safety. We'd like to do some hiking in the mountains, including to Svaneti and Kazbegi and would plan to use public transport and camp. Are these areas safe enough? And is Georgia generally quite safe beyond the usual petty crime?
hi, Has anyone stayed at Studio Karolina, (not residence karolina) booked through Praguebedandbreakfast.com? I can't find any mention of them or reviews on the net. thanks for any info.
Hello fellow Croatian travelers,
My husband and I will be flying from Colorado to Istanbul in early May. We plan to stay in Istabul for 6 or 7 days before heading off to Croatia. We are still trying to anchor down some plans for the 6-7 day Croatian leg of the trip. After a busy city like Istanbul, I think that we are looking for more italian influenced small town appeal... wine, long dinners, swimming? (if it's not too cold.) However, we have begun to realize that flying into Zagreb and trying to make it down to Dubrovnik all within a week would be less than layed back. So I feel like we need to pick a "region" so that we don't spend our entire time in Croatia on a bus
Here are some options we have considered:
(1) Fly into Zagreb and visit Plitvice on our way to spending time in the northern Croatian area like Rovijn.
The kicker..... we need to fly to Paris from Croatia...... more »
Does Moscow have something like Tatar quarter with shops and restarurants? I have seen a lot of these restaurants across the city but I am looking for authentic ones and shops selling Tatar music and food.
I will be in Prague in March and I am looking at possibly going to a Sparta Prague game. Are these games generally safe for foreigners or is it overrun with hooligans and skinheads?
I have been looking on www.rzd.ru for the timetable and prices for the #1 Rossiya from Irkutsk to Moscow in the middle of March (within the next 45 days).
The site is showing prices for first class and kupe, but not showing prices for platskartny. The other trains are showing platskartny prices for other trains but I would prefer to take the faster Rossiya.
Is there something I am missing to show platskartny on the site, or could it be that this time of the year there are simply no platskartny carriages?
Hi everybody :-)
I'm a young traveller and I would like to travel in Eastern Europe during two months in the next summer using hitchicking and CouchSurfing.
I'm now trying to put together as may information as I can to avoid commun mistakes due to my inexperience.
My question is: Should I travel with a phone connected to Internet?
Why? Because I realised that with a phone connecte to Internet, it is easy to contact some couchsurfer in the city I plan to sleep in, to find schedule of buses/train/whatever and any other information that are hard to get without beeing connected to Internet.
Of course, I can use an internet cafe (a shop in which you pay to get access to Internet), but I don't know if it is easy to find in Eastern Europe...
In an other hand, is there a way to get Internet on a phone whatever the country I'm in?
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After visiting Urfa we plan to head by bus along the Med. ending up in Antalya. To make this road trip more exciting we want to add more than just the sights and towns located directly on the coast.
The Halfeti-Rumkale boat trip sounds perfect but my question for this is: are we better off doing this as a day trip out of Urfa or once we are on the road trip? Where should we stay overnight? Birecik? Anyone have details on how to best arrange this trip? We will be there in April.
Any suggestions for other great, short stops along this route? We are thinking of a day trip to Kozan, north of Adana. Has anyone been there?
Don't want to miss something that is right around the corner from us. Our overnights will probably: Adana, Kizkalesi, Anamur and Side.
Any suggestions are welcome!
Does anyone know where can I find information regarding this? I can't find information regarding this on the Russian embassy's website...
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