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IMPORTANT VISA RULE CHANGE FOR TURKEY.

Anyone intending to visit Turkey from April 2014 please be aware that there is a new visa rule coming into being as from April 10th 2014.
Currently a great number of people are able to buy a tourist visa on arrival at the Turkish border.As from the above date visa on arrival(VOA)will NO LONGER be available.You will have two choices-
a)buy an e- visa in advance online which you download and print off.
b)apply for a visa from the nearest Turkish Consulate in your home country.

The e visa is the…

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TURKEY TRIP REVIEWS

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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New novel by Katharine Branning about Seljuk Hans

I've just discovered that Katharine Branning - creator of the The Seljuk Han of Anatolia website - has written a novel about the hans - Moon Queen

I've just ordered it.

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Hostel/hotel in Antalya

I plan to stay overnight in Antalya between a flight in and a bus to Kas. Can someone recommend an inexpensive hotel or hostel either very close to the airport or the bus station? I'll arrive at the airport at 10 PM and will leave fairly early in the morning and want to keep things simple. Thanks in advance!

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Assistance with itinerary!

Hello! I am going to be travelling to Turkey in May for 1 month. I have (possibly too many) places I am interested in going to. I was thinking of an itinerary along these lines (I will probably join tours here and there):

As we've already locked in one trek along the Mediterranean, I started panicking about how I was going to get to all the other places in the most efficient way, other than air, which would make the trip a lot more expensive.

I figured that I will absolutely need to fly to…

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1 week in Turkey - Itinerary help

Hello

I'm thinking about spending 1 week in Turkey over Easter and would like to hear any comments on whether my itinerary is reasonable. I think that 1 week is probably too long for us to spend in Istanbul alone so we would like to take in two sites - the Cappadocia region looks interesting and unique and is easily accessible by cheap local flights. The main reason for visiting Turkey would be to experience cultural / geographic attractions which are unique to the country (we are not…

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No Sarikanarya for a few days.

Just a quick message in case anyone was looking for me.My computer has crashed so I'll be offline for a few days...grrr.I'm using a friends just now to type this and will be back soon-I hope.

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Seeking itinerary advice

Hi All,
I am hoping I can get some assistance with planning my trip to Turkey. I have worked out a tentative itinerary, and I would like to get your thoughts about it. First, about me. I like almost everything. I enjoy exploring, wandering, archeological sites, hiking, nature, museums, visiting small towns, and touring cities. I hate shopping, however, and I am not a sun worshipper or one to spend hours lounging on the beach. I am a 50ish year old woman, and I probably will be travelling…

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Eastern Turkey sleeping

Hi - for a trip to Eastern Turkey in Sept/Oct., are the mid-range and budget hotels set up so that you don't need to travel with a sleeping bag? I've been looking at historic weather reports for Kars, Diyarbakir, Konya, Sivas, Van and thereabouts, and by mid-October nighttime temperatures routinely hit zero and below. Daytime warms up nicely, but a drafty room with inadequate blankets is going to get you attention. Generally speaking are places warm enough, or would you be wise to carry a…

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Turkish Cheese

As a big cheese fan, I had sampled many types of cheese in Turkey. It was very delightful experience but I really liked 2 types the most, The Ezine Keci penyir (Penyir is the Turkish word for Cheese, Keci means Goat, Ezine is a town in Turkey) and Van Herbal cheese are the ones I liked the most. You will find all types of cheeses similar to feta. Labneh is also very popular (aka Greek yogurt in the USA). String cheese and kaşar ( new and aged ) are good.

Let me know if I am missing something…