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Since joining Thorntree I have been delighted to read so many wonderful trip reviews.These are most often full of the small details so important and useful to independent travellers.How sad then that in time these slip down the forum pages and get lost or forgotten about.All that help…all that typing!So I have trawled through the last 12 months and collated all the trip reviews and,after equal amounts of bullying and flattery,Zabba(mmwwahh!)has agreed to make this a sticky,so it will now be at…

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I have almost planned my holiday from Tbilisi > Istanbul > Alexandroupolis (Greece) but have a real problem getting the bus/coach tickets from Istanbul to Alexandroupolis and back again. Everything else is booked so I have set dates I need to do for everything to match up. BUT the bus sites like MetroTourizm and KamilKoc only accept Turkish visa cards!! I have tried with both my Georgian and UK visa cards and they just error!

I am fairly sure I should be able to get the tickets I need when I…

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Hi all.

I got a few reports about police harassing people taking photos in Istanbul for taking photos of roads and common buildings. But those are third hands reports and I don't know how much trust to put in them.
As I'm the kind of guy who like to travel to take maybe just one photo of a famous building and tens of normal places, I'd like to understand if -avoiding sensible targets like police stations or muslim women, obviously- the situation is really so grim or if I can go around…

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Hi.
I need to go from Ataturk airport to Sabiha Gokcen airport. Do anyone know how to do this by public transportation? Or is it any buses that go direct from airport to airport?

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Hi all! I am new to the Turkey forum (I have spent some time in the Tanzania one which seems a little quieter, mainly people asking confused questions about safaris) and I wanted to say hello :) I am coming to Istanbul this weekend for my first visit to Turkey and am very excited to see this beautiful city!

Sarah

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Wherever in Turkey you will visit there is sure to be something special happening.Here are a few-
http://www.dailysabah.com/food/2016/08/24/your-guide-to-turkeys-best-grape-harvest-routes
https://www.everfest.com/e/sunsplash-music-festival-bodrum-turkey
2/3/4th September Aydın Çine Motorbike festival.
1st-7th Sept.Dalyan Köyceğiz International Street Festival.
1st-30th Sept.gaziantep Pistachio Culture Festival.
21st-25th Sept.Düzce International Baja (Motocross)Rally.

Sure to be plenty more but…

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Hello,

I'm planning to pass through Turkey on my way to Iran this November.
So, I've done Eastern Turkey a few years back and this time my goal is to spend as little time as possible to reach the Iranian border, so I have more time in Iran.

The plan: Take the high-speed rail from Istanbul to Ankara, then the Dogu Express from Ankara to either Kars or Erzurum, and a bus or dolmus to Dogubayazit before hitting the border in a dolmus or taxi.

Questions -

  1. I've just realised the Dogu…

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I am leaving for Turkey in one week. I went to buy some Euros (Goreme/Cappadocia run on Euros, it seems, and cash gets a discount) from my Chase Bank in NYC today. The teller told me to be sure to talk to a banker about registering my Chase Visa/ATM card for international travel so that when I use it abroad, Chase will approve the transaction. I sat with a banker and he told me that due to Turkey's high rate of credit and ATM card fraud, Chase will not approve any Turkey-based transactions on my…

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Is it ok to assume that 6 hours ( 7pm to 1am) are enough for airport change (Sabiha Gokcen to Ataturk) by private transfer? The connecting flight is with a different company so if I'm not making on time to Ataturk I'd lose the rest of my journey.

Many thanks in advance for all the answers :)

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More ongoing strife in eastern Turkey. Although tourists specifically were not targetted I would advise against travel to this part of the country for the time being. http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/turkish-bombing-kills-14-hurts-hundreds/news-story/8df9484d32ada788bb24fc638bfc72e6