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I am looking for a relaxed but cool hotel that is not super expensive in Tel Aviv. I am still in the air about if Tel Aviv or Istanbul is the place to go, I will only be there for 5-6 nights.
Any other tips would be great.
I will be going with my girlfriend and we both work crazy hours, so a place with a little luxury at a decent price would be ideal. Failing that, a place near a nice Hammam or something similar would be great too.
Thanks for the help
I'm planning to do a middle east trip by car. I would like to visit Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan and to cross the border from Iraqi Kurdistan to Iran. Iran, however, requires a Carnet de Passage to enter Iran by car. Apparently you need to pay a deposit of 6000 EUR, which is not an option for me.
However, I've been looking on this forum and there seems to be something like an 'transit permit' for 10 days. However, I can't really find much information about this. And if this isn't possible, can't I just pay the import duties at the border?
At the border crossing why do israeli personeel ask some many question (including unnecessary ones) and also repeat them many times, i've read this discourages some tourists?
I have read they usually keep waiting (for long periods of time), some people from the same group/family of Palestinian origin and discriminate foreign muslims...why is this other then the obvious?
Security check - I've read can normally take 3 hours maximum (true?), why are people kept waiting 10 hours?
Can any israeli staff or anyone experienced advise on the above to increase ones understanding and help increase tourism in this area?
I will be visiting family in Israel from November 26-December 2, 2012. If anyone is interested in meeting up, let me know. FYI-I'm a pretty straight up guy from NY (currently living in Miami), and just interested in meeting cool, interesting, and down to earth people who like to have a good time. Thanks, Alan
Recently came back from travelling in the Yemen.
Stayed there in total for just one month, went to Sana, Aden, Taizz, the coast (Al-Hodeida, Mokha etc.), and also did some hiking around Kawkaban and Manakha etc.
Absolutely stunning country - in my opinion one of the most beautiful and exotic country that I have visited in the Middle East so far!
Did part of the trip on my own and part of the trip with the help of a driver from a local travel agency. That was all very flexible though Important as I tend to spend hours taking photos - as I get to draw my own plan/itinerary and the driver was merely someone who hangs around and wait for as long as I take to visit each site.
I have posted up the practical + safety information here at my blog:
Thanks to fluffy_bunny for providing some useful a... more »
This December im gonna travel from India to Teheran over land. Im gonna take train/bus from Lahore to Quetta to Zahedan to Isfahan to Teheran.
Im from Denmark (but dont have blond hair). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark dont recommend that i, as a danish person, travel through Sistan-Baluchistan and Kerman.
I cant be identified as a danish person, except from my passport. My trip is only tourism.
Would there be a higher risk for danish people travelling thorugh Southeast Iran than other nationalities?
I not gonna tell where im from, except then people ask (which i heard Iranians do alot, a way of being freindly), should i try to cover up my nationality in any way?
I've pretty much settled my itinerary thanks to all the existing posts on this forum - great info here.
My question to you is what road should I take whilst making my way from Sawadi Beach Resort to Jebel Shams/Al-Hamra/Nizwa? We've hired a 4x4, and I am guessing I need to drive toward Rustaq (on road 11) then onto road 13 (as google maps shows it) but then somewhere along this road, about 15km after Rustaq, I will need to be making a right. Are there any signs along the road? Will the turnoff be easy to spot and likewise will the remaining journey (on unsealed road I think) be easily enough to navigate?
Greatful for your thoughts on this. If you think of a better route or indeed a scenic one (I'm a keen photographer) please do let me know.
Thanks as always for your help!
In a few weeks I'll be flying Delhi-Riyadh-London on 1 ticket on Saudia. I have a 10 hour connection in Riyadh. Is it possible to leave the airport and visit the city? I am male and have a British passport.
I read somewhere that it was possible to leave the airport on transits of less than 18 hours without a visa - you just leave your passport at imigration. Is that still true? Has anyone tried it?
Alternatively, now that I've got my tickets booked, is there a possibility of getting an actual transit visa from the embassy in Delhi?
I imagine this will probably be my only chance to "visit" Saudi. I have a lounge access card if all else fails and I'm stuck in the airport the entire time.
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I have a packed 11 day trip through Iran in end-Nov covering Tehran (2 days)-Shiraz(1)-Persepolis-Pasargadae-esfahan(2)-Yazd-Kerman(1)-Tabriz(3)St Thaddeus, St Stepanos.
With the current state of restoration going on - would you recommend that I skip Kerman-Bam and instead go to Ardabil or Soltaniyeh? all are UNESCO world heritage sites but in your personal opinion which of these 3 places do you consider as must-see? or do you recommend any other sight such as takht-e-soleyman?
Your chances of facing anti-Western or violent sentiment as a traveler are Zero , Iranians are very interested to say hello to you or meeting you and talk to you , Iranians are peace full and they don't have any enmity to the travelers . welcome to Iran .
Before departing home to Iran my friends and specially my father and mother told me that you are crazy , between many safe countries you are going to IRAN !!! A majority of travelers said .
I believe that Iran is very safe for travelers from all around the world and everyone is welcome .
it is not my imaginations, i'm speaking from experience it is my job to guide travelers and plan itineraries everyday .
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Hi there....I just had a very interesting talk with a French Tour Conductor, 20 years in the business with over 50 countries visited, saying he found the Jordanians very rude to him and his group. I was in shock and I would like to know if anyone else has heard anything like this? I was so surprised I was apologizing to him. He is now in Madaba, and he stated that in Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum, he was feeling that they were not really wanted and no one was smiling or caring of their needs. My jaw dropped as he told the stories and I assured him that this is not the norm. I suggested that he write to the Jordanian Tourist Board and I do not think he will, unfortunately. He has a small group of 8 French pax and he states he was disappointed compared to what he had read about Jordan. I agreed that 8 or 80 pax they should be treated the same and I could not think of one reason for t... more »
Sorry if this is a repeat topic. Which is the best way to book domestic air tickets in Iran, from abroad?
Should I contact the tour agencies, or are there reliable ticketing agents in Iran whom I can contact? Any pointers will be appreciated.
We traveled around Iran between 28 Sept and 22 Oct and compiled some information and advice we would like to share. It includes transport, accommodation, food, sights, route, money exchange (where and how), etc.
Read the whole report - http://www.travelphotoreport.com/2012/11/05/travel-report-first-time-visitor-guide-iran/
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Good evening one and all. I will be leaving for Jordan,Israel,Egypt, and Turkey next week for a couple of months
I always try to travel with carry on luggage only so need to know I I need to pack a sleeping bag ? I will be staying hostels not hotels
Thanks in advance
Has anyone travelled overland from Kuwait up through Iraq? Or does an any one have ideas?
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