TURKEY TRIP REVIEWS
Replies: 116 - Last Post: May 19, 2013 10:41 AM Last Post By: sarikanarya
Nov 8, 2012 11:50 PM
Trip review by forum member Little Dave,October 2012.Istanbul,Van,Doğubeyazit and Kars.
Nov 10, 2012 7:55 PM
My wife and I are in our late 50,s and have traveled about. We are going to Istanbul and onto Venice / Rome.We arrive in Istanbul on the 16/5/2013 and have 7-10 days to get to Venice/Rome. We thought of 3-4 days in Istanbul, and 5 -6 days to get to Venice/Rome. Have you any suggestions on how to travel e.g Istanbul - Kusadasi - Mykonos - Venice or Rome?We like doing our own thing but unfortunately our times of roughing it are behind us. 3 star travel has to be our minimum.
John and Shayne
Nov 10, 2012 11:46 PM
92Welcome to the forum John and Shayne!Could I ask you to repost on the main Turkey forum page.That way it will get seen(and answered)by more forum users. We try to keep this particular thread just for trip reviews so your post could get lost in it.
I've asked TT to move the post but in case they don't then you can repost and simply delete this one yourself.
Nov 22, 2012 8:27 PM
More a technical question but it's in anticipation of my next trip review coming up next year and the answer may help others posting.
When I dropped my "Word" file (for my 2010 trip) into this thread it eliminated the spaces between paragraphs and didn't show bold headings. So I had to go back into my thread post and manually change the formats. Not an easy task with 14 days and many paragraphs.
Anyone know how to retain the Word formats when transferring a file into this thread?
Nov 27, 2012 4:32 AM
A am a newbie and want to share my last holiday with you. Getting started was easy as my wife booked a surprise holiday to Turkey online with Travel Monster. Hotels are our thing and as it was my 40th birthday we spent a little more (or should I say she spent more of my hard earned cash). We stayed in a superb all inclusive Travel Monster package at the Cornelia Deluxe in the lovely Belek. This was our first time in Turkey and I have to say it was a fantastic break during the peaceful off peak season in early April. We were greeted by the friendly staff on arrival with champagne and I have to say that we were spoilt with first class service during our week. The food was great with the asian restaurant being my favourite but there was any amount of dishes to cover all tastes. Nightly entertainment kept us out late a few times and we spent most days around the pool and beach where we ate and drank to capacity. My wife had a day of pampering in the spa while I caught up with my emails in the foyer. I had a great time and the only downfall was that we had to go back to Manchester. Thinking of booking my wife a surprise holiday next year for her 40th.
Dec 7, 2012 8:48 PM
95It's been two weeks since I have returned from Istanbul. And so the guilt of not reporting has finally over ridden the jet lag. There were some great prices for flights from Chicago to Istanbul available a short while ago. Some were with Turkish Air starting as low as $ 525 US
Mine was slightly more with KLM and a two day Amsterdam layover. Weather was seasonal there. My stay was at a christian hostel on the edge of the red light district.
On Friday 15 Nov.2012 i was on a flight to Paris and then onto Istanbul. Won't do that again. I had to go thorough Paris customs and immigration after going through the same at Schiphol Airport.And almost missed flight to Istanbul 2 hours was barely enough for transit.But fortunately the airport was fogged in and that delayed boarding.Return was a week later.
So I took the metro and tram to the Sultan Amehet area. I used an Istanbul travel card which was a little confusing at the airport terminal. It was a short walk to the family hotel near the Blue Mosque/ Fours Seasons area. At the tram stop there are a lot of street hustlers waiting for tourists. Most accept " No thanks" and no further conversation. There are tons of tourist lodging there and restaurants. My stay was at the Med Cezir Hotel. It's a family run operation and they are helpful in suggesting tours.And bring ear plugs or begin your day at sunrise prayer call. My prayers were for quiet which were eventually answered. The buffet breakfaast there was plentiful.Most days I didn't eat lunch
There is enough within walking distance to easily fill two days worth of touristing which is what I did.. The Hagia Sophia and the Topikani Castle are right there. A llittle further is the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market. A little further Suleman Mosque and Sinan Masque and old city walls nearby. This is all in the Golden Horn area with great tram service.
On Monday 19 Nov. was a flight on Atlas Air to Izmir since some of the sites are closed on mondays. They offer bus rides to different areas. I chose SelCuk to stay in. It's about an hour bus ride south of Izmir which is included in the price of the flight. That price was $62US. Drop off is right in front of town hall on the main street as is pickup. There are a number of ancient sites in town or nearby. All are walkable or bikeable or busable .My stay of two days was at Jimmy's Place near town center. They have a range of accomodations . Mine was a large room with balcony overlooking town center and mosque. That afternoon it was an easy walk to see
a number of local sites. There are the remnants of an aqueduct running through town. In season storks nest there.
On Tuesday 20 I rented a bike and headed to the Aegean Sea and returned by way of Ephesus. Rain had chased most people out.
There are a number of restaurants at the entrance, so I waited out the rain. The place was essentially empty when I entered. And so I had at least one/half hour of easy touring before tour bus crowds returned.
Later that evening I experienced a Turkish bath. It seemed a bit more genuine than the ones near the Blue Mosque and much less expensive. It was a bit of a challenge since I speak no Turkish and no one spoke much English. My skin loved it. And it helped my appetite for dinner.And I slept like a baby.
Dec 8, 2012 6:18 PM
96Need some help. I am flying with my family into Piraeus, Greece and leaving from Istanbul,Turkey. We plan to do mainland and Peloponnese first in Greece, do some Greek ferry island hopping and end up in Turkey by way of Samos to Kusadasi, then travel up to Istanbul and see all we can before our departure there. But, because we are traveling during Christmas break we are having trouble finding a ferry system that travels the seas this time of year.
I see that not even cruise ships are on the Mediterranean nor Aegean at that time. Why?
Please, do any of you have info for "off season" travel to and from Greece and Turkey's Islands?
Dec 8, 2012 10:49 PM
Dec 11, 2012 8:15 PM
98Continuing on from 104 One of the unexpected things with the Turkish Bath was a couple entered while I was lying on the hot middle rock. When i attempted to print an early flight boarding pass it was refused. Only credit cards with the micro chips are allowed. But it was a quick process at the airport the following day..
Wed 21 Nov. the museum in town was closed for repairs so I wandered the town for the morning. Bus pick up was 11;45 for a 14:00 flight to IST. He arrived on the spot exactly. The trams up and down hill are part of the public transit system.That night I walked from Taskim Square To the Tower
(Galatta?) There were tons of police at one of fancy hotels. the pedestrian street( Iskital Caddessi ?) was filled with people and lost of shops for all interests were there. and since the end is getting near, I browsed for scarves.
Thurs.2 Nov. this was a drizzly day ans so I took a boat tour on the Bosphorus Canal. and while walking through ine of the underpasses found a pashimina vendor to my liking. And bought a bunch for family members on return.
Fri.23 Nov. Return flight to Amsterdam was at 5:55 AM. The public transit starts a 6 so a shuttle bus arrived at 3:30 and we arrived at the airport by 4:00AM. No crowds at that time so passing security was quick and easy. IN Schipol Airport there was lots of security. On passports were inspected as we left the plane and a few more times before connecting onto Detroit. But I had enough time to travel. Again on arriving in Detroit was several security points to pass. And the luggage was twice inspected there. Next time I"ll watch for Turkish Air to have their non-stop sales.
It became almost 24 hours of travel to get home outside of Chicago.
Summary. Weather is the south on the country was mild for me.So October/November season worked well for me.
In SelCuk it was shorts and short sleeved shirts during the day and a light jacket at night. In Istanbul the weather was a bit cooler and wetter. Over all I want to return so see other parts of the country and things settle.
Dec 11, 2012 10:16 PM
Dec 18, 2012 10:48 PM
Trip review by forum member Maggiemae.Istanbul,Selçuk and Izmir.November 2012.
Jan 20, 2013 9:38 AM
A superb photoblog by forum member Hennopsrover.30 days September 2012 covering Istanbul,the Aegean coast,Pamukkale,Med.coast,Cappadocia,Amasya,Amasra,Safranbolu.(at the right hand side is a list of all the places visited).
The start of the blog shows a route map for the month,all of it covered by intercity and local buses!
Jan 25, 2013 4:46 AM
Jan 25, 2013 6:07 PM
103We are hoping to travel to the Kackar mountains in northeastern Turkey in September. We'd like to do some trekking and maybe stay in some of the small towns and take day hikes. If anyone has done this, please post some information. BTW, I haven't had any luck opening any of the saved trip reports, I'm not sure why. Thanks for your help, Carol
Jan 25, 2013 10:19 PM
104Hello Carol,as you may know TT was shut down for a few weeks.They are still combing through archive material and slowly re uploading it,this could be why some(many!) of the links currently won't open.
We try to keep this thread just as a dedicated one for trip reviews,so please could you repost onto the main Turkey forum page,this way your post won't get lost or overlooked-and you'll get more answers :)
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