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Crossing Syria from Jordan to Turkey: 20 & 21 Dec 2011 from poster bcfarley, post #272 in the previous thread (much appreciated btw), is the most recent on the ground report I noticed so for anyone not wishing to read through all the other posts...
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Several Thorn Tree members have had trouble in the past securing a visa to travel to Iran.
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How to get an Iranian visa
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This was a question posed by a friend.
Hello, I arrive at midnight at Tel Aviv international airport and I would like to go by bus maybe at the same day to Eilat. Do you know where I find a timetable for busses and if there are night busses or when the first bus will leave?
we are currently in Istanbul and have a problem getting a visa for Iran without reference number. However, this number is difficult to obtain at the moment. We are two Germans and want to cross into Iran beginning of June and we are travelling by motorbike. One visa we have already.
Is there anyone from Teheran who could write an invitation letter for us and bring this letter to MFA in Tehran? We would send you a passport copy by email and with that done we could get our visa easily here.
Your help would really be appreciated !
You can contact me here or through www.asiabike.de (this blog is in German language).
Hello, I am planning to go to Socotra next october I will like to make a "group" to split cost, if some one is interesting please send me an email. Thanks
Can someone guide me, if a transit visa is required at Dubai airport for the stopover?
Arrival in Dubai Terminal 3 by Emirates from Mumbai, travel to US destination by Delta Airlines from Terminal 1. (I understand that transfer from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 is possible inside the airport and takes 20-30 min). Further, airlines being different, baggage collection from terminal 3 (Emirates) and baggage check in at Terminal 1 (Delta) will be required. Stop over is less than four hours at Dubai, Indian Passport holder, ticket through online travel agency.
First of all, I would like to mention that all prices are wrong - hotel rates, taxi, buses, entrance tickets, etc. On the one hand it's not the fault of the writers & editors as dollar went up in Iran, so now the rate is 35,000 rials per 1USD (instead of 14,000 rials per 1USD when the book was published). Meanwhile local prices are still approximately the same in local currency, that's why accommodation & taxi are usually 35-60% cheaper in dollars in comparison with what you can find in the guidebook. For example I took a taxi from Kashan to Esfahan with a stop both in Abyaneh and Natanz for 35USD (instead of 80USD mentioned in the book). Ok, editors couldn’t predict the exchange rates. But I indeed can't understand why almost all working hours of sightseeing don't correspond to real working hours, why some metro stations mentioned in the guidebook as functioning don't exist at all... more »
I am a fairly well-traveled person...have been to China 3x and India 2x in the past few years. I am planning on taking a big trip to India around Christmas time, but could squeeze in a 6-10 day trip in the summer, and I am thinking of Egypt, and Cairo in particular.
My main interest is photography and street scenes and architecture and markets. I am assuming Cairo would fit this well, right? I have a few specific questions. I have not done much specific research yet, so I apologize if these are pretty basic:
1. Cairo is suitable for lots of good street photograpy right? In other words, there is lots to shoot around Islamic Cairo and Old Cairo, right?
2. I dont have a strong desire to see the pyramids, but should I? To give you a reference, when I went to India for the 1st time, I didnt have a strong desire to see the Taj, but liked it.
3. How many days ... more »
As most of you know Bahla Fort is now re-open since the last quarter of 2012, after 25 years of renovation. It is now open only on Fridays (08:00-11:00 or 11:30) and on Saturdays (08:00-16:00). It is a truly fantastic fort, well worth a visit. But, it is crammed with small bats.
Al Hoota Caves is closed untill further notice. The reason is a little bit unclear, for maintenance and/or a dispute between the company who manage the caves and the Ministry of Tourism.
The fort in Rustaq is still (May) closed for renovation untill further notice, according to guide books it should have been ready in 2012.
I'm travelling from Madaba in Jordan to Israel on a saturday next month after the end of a 7 day tour of Jordan. I'm planning to travel overland over the Allenby bridge, I've heard very mixed things about that!
I'm a 34 year old Kiwi guy travelling on a budget (hostels, backpack etc)
I'm staying at Abraham hostel in Jerusalem.
Looking for advice on the allenby crossing, especially considering it will be a saturday... A bit nervous about my luggage/passport being taken by somebody else in the confusion i hear about... is this a real risk? If i head off early (7am) from Madaba to the bridge will i still be fine for a saturday crossing?
Also wondering about getting to Masada from Jerusalem... should i take an organised tour here, or is it easy enough to get there by myself?, other places i'm considering are Jericho & Bethlehem.. maybe a trip to Hebron?
Nightlife in jerusalem... more »
I am planning to go to Iran in June. I wonder if anyone has real experience renting a car in Iran. Europecar seems the only choice as far as I find out .
I'm traveling to Asia via Dubai, and have a 15hr layover, not nice. I was wondering if its at all possible to obtain a short stay visa upon arrival so I can check in to a hotel and get some sleep.
At the end of my trip I will be traveling back home again from Asia via Dubai, I assume I'll need to apply again for a 96hr visa due to another long layover that I'd rather spend sleeping in a hotel close to airport.
Must this type of visa be done prior to departure or can I just do it upon arriving in Dubai? If so, is the an info desk in arrivals for visa enquiries, etc?
Anyone, please advise if you know the correct procedure.
I was wondering how hard it is to cross the Jordan-Israel border on Saturday. I've heard the border closes early and there can be long delays. My flight arrives around 10 am at Queen Alia. Will I have enough time to get a visa at the airport, get a taxi to the border, and cross before the border closes in the same day (on a Saturday)?
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It doesn't seem like it is necessary to have a guide if you go the south route in June... Am I missing something?
Is it necessary to have a guide in order to get the permit?
Do all the polour huts have food available to purchase?
How do you book huts in advance?
How much would a taxi cost to the first camp from tehran?
we arrange a trip from 4 to 8 jun to Arbil. if anyone have good suggestion which can help in Visa and settlement pleas let us know it.
Heading to Muscat for 8 nights in November as I'm in Dubai for work.
Hiring a 2wd, just wondering if anyone has advice on my planning so far.
Muscat ( 2 nights )
Muscat to Nizwa ( 2 nights )
Wahiba Sands ( 1 night )
Al Hadd ( turtles, 1 night )
Sur ( 1 night )
Back to Muscat for 1 night, via Wadi Shab
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