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Turkey in April
3 years ago, January 14th 2016 No: 1 Msg: #194888  
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Hi there,

I am going to Turkey solo in April for 15 days please suggest some places, hostels, transportation, food etc.
I would appreciate your help.

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3 years ago, January 16th 2016 No: 2 Msg: #194916  
Hi There
Turkey is a huge country so it would depend on which area you are planning to visit and whether you want to see the more touristy sites or the off the beaten track routes. The bus system is very good and cheap and runs with connections throughout the country, internal flights are also cheap. Hotels can vary in price but a basic 2 star is usually ok and within most peoples budgets. I would advise you to check the foreign office websites as currently there are regions that would not be a good idea to venture into, Istanbul is also problematic at times. Feel free to have a look at the blogs I have written about Turkey.
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3 years ago, January 17th 2016 No: 3 Msg: #194935  
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ok some trips for Istanbul get Istanbul card for travelling by bus,metro tram,ship .
then Istanbul Arastirmalari Enstitusu free visting exhibition gallery in Taksim
Erol Tas cafe Cankurtaran/Sultanahmet
Fatih Carsamba bazaar open market in Fatih every wednesday
Findikzade open market every friday in Findikzade
Balat /Fatih church sinagogue and mosque all together in takes 1 day in there
walls from Edirnekapi to Topkapi and to Zeytinburnu city gates to visit too.
Cicek Pasaji /Taksim
Cukurcuma antique streets /Taksim Reply to this

3 years ago, January 17th 2016 No: 4 Msg: #194936  
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Cappadocia
Safranbolu
Ephesus Sirince (you need to see) Selcuk Bodrum Koycegiz Dalyan Akkaya
Trabzon
istanbul
Konya
Gobeklitepe Harran Hasankeyf Nemrut mountain Reply to this

3 years ago, January 17th 2016 No: 5 Msg: #194937  
In response to: Msg #194936
A range of brilliant places to visit, please be advised however that travel is not currently recommended by the British Foreign Office to the Şanlıurfa province and surrounding area which includes Gobekli Tepe. Reply to this

3 years ago, January 18th 2016 No: 6 Msg: #194946  
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In response to: Msg #194937
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Just you can search in internet
and please check Sultanahmet travel agencies to go to Göbeklitepe they have some contacts

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3 years ago, January 23rd 2016 No: 7 Msg: #195015  
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Thanks everyone. Reply to this

3 years ago, January 23rd 2016 No: 8 Msg: #195016  
B Posts: 26
In response to: Msg #194916

Thanks
I would like to visit both tourist sites specifically historical and off the beaten track routes (if they are safe to travel now) can you please suggest some?

Since this would be 1st time to Turkey i googled some blogs about it and come up with following sites, please add or advise.

Ephesus ,
the ancient wonder of the Temple of Artemis,
Aphrodisias.
Pamukkale for the thermal springs.
Cappadocia

Istanbul have following places to visit:

Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia
Basilica Cistern
Blue Mosque
Dolmabahce Palace
Taksim Square
Beylerbeyi Palace


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3 years ago, January 29th 2016 No: 9 Msg: #195072  
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In response to: Msg #194916
I would like to visit both tourist sites specifically historical and off the beaten track routes (if they are safe to travel now) can you please suggest some?

Since this would be 1st time to Turkey i googled some blogs about it and come up with following sites, please add or advise.

Ephesus ,
the ancient wonder of the Temple of Artemis,
Aphrodisias.
Pamukkale for the thermal springs.
Cappadocia

Istanbul have following places to visit:

Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia
Basilica Cistern
Blue Mosque
Dolmabahce Palace
Taksim Square
Beylerbeyi Palace Reply to this

3 years ago, January 29th 2016 No: 10 Msg: #195081  
In response to: Msg #195072 All of the places you have looked at are in areas that have no particular problems at present.

If you plan to visit Ephesus it might be good to go a little further down and take in Troy as well. Reply to this

3 years ago, January 31st 2016 No: 11 Msg: #195106  
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In response to: Msg #195081
thanks can you also suggest me the order of the following?
My trip would start from Istanbul: 5 days in Istanbul
Following sites in Istanbul:
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia
Basilica Cistern
Blue Mosque
Dolmabahce Palace
Taksim Square
Beylerbeyi Palace
Please add if you may in the above list.

Rest of the days would be spent as follow: Can you please tell me the order, which should be first and so on, also if i should fly to selcuk or train?
Selcuk and Ephesus
Priene-Miletus-Didyma
Nemrut Dagi
Pamukkale
Cappadocia
Then i want go to Romania then back to Istanbul. Reply to this

3 years ago, February 1st 2016 No: 12 Msg: #195117  
In response to: Msg #195106

Your Istanbul list looks great and certainly doable in 5 days. To cover the rest, could be done by bus or plane with internal flights depending on how long you plan to spend in the country. You could fly or bus from Istanbul to Izmir and base there to see Ephesus etc and then either bus or fly to Isparta and use that as a base for Pamukkale and Cappadocia or bus to Konya and use the day trips offered there to cover both of them. Nemrut is very close to areas that the British Foreign Office are advising to avoid the option being to fly to Mardin (which I personally would avoid currently) and bus from there, Nemrut is a very long way from everywhere else you wish to visit.

I have no idea how you would include Romania within you journey and the information I give is purely based on my knowledge of covering large distances in Turkey and knowing that busses and planes are brilliant and cheap.

Hope some of this is helpful. Reply to this

3 years ago, February 2nd 2016 No: 13 Msg: #195125  
B Posts: 26
Thsnks.
Someone from another blog suggests following: April 2 to April 15

2-7th Istanbul.
7th leave istanbul by flight for izmir, go to selcuk, see ephesus that day. stay in selcuk.
8th,  go for PMD tour , come back in the evening. If PMD tour is not available, you can see it by bus yourself.
9th, go to Pamukkale in the morning. Leave your luggage at the bus station. See Pamukkale and hierapolis. Come back in the eveing to the bus station, pick up bags and take a late night bus to Cappadocia(you can book the bus with Metroturizm, you can do that while you are in Selcuk, they have an office). 
10th, REach cappadocia, stay for 10,11th night in cappadocia.
12th evening, leave for Malatya by bus.
13th morning , reach malatya. You can bok the 1 day-night tour with <snip>
you'll come back by 14th afternoon, stay in malatya for the night.
15th, take a flight with pegasus back to istanbul. 

So i already booked flight to Izmir from istanbul. You are right its hard to go to Romania even for a day. May be some other time when i plan europe tour.
Can you please suggest some off the beaten routs?
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3 years ago, February 3rd 2016 No: 14 Msg: #195157  
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In response to: Msg #195125 It seems your program is already packed, but Ayvalik is a small town that doesn't get many foreign visitors. It had a Greek population until the 1920's and still has many houses intact from that time, some restored, some quite rundown. The Cunda island just outside town (you can go by a 10 minute ferry) is also worth visiting, it is quite picturesque and there are many cafes and restaurants, a popular holiday destination for Turks, although in April it would not be so busy. One day is plenty, there isn't much to see really. Izmir is an interesting city, there is an archaeological site from the time of Alexander the Great, nicely restored. Izmir sea front is great for people watching and strolling.

In Istanbul I recommend taking the ferry up to the Black Sea, it leaves in the morning and it is a really beautiful trip taking in the villas along the shore. At the end is a small village where you can have fish and seafood. Do not miss the Grand Bazaar even if you don't plan to buy anything, fascinating place, and despite what people say the shopkeepers are nice guys. Reply to this

3 years ago, February 20th 2016 No: 15 Msg: #195347  

3 years ago, April 22nd 2016 No: 16 Msg: #196093  
We hope you will blog about your trip. Reply to this

36 months ago, May 4th 2016 No: 17 Msg: #196369  
Well there is a simple solution that will solve your trouble. You just need to make a contact with your local travel agency because they can provide you good solution on it as tour package. Also you can get all kinds of services in one package. However one of my friend had a Turkey tour from canada. He had booked a local travel agency as "Citadeltours" and with help it he had a safe and stress-less trip. Reply to this

34 months ago, June 13th 2016 No: 18 Msg: #196916  
I would love to use the new high-speed railway. Especially as I don't like flying any more. Reply to this

34 months ago, June 18th 2016 No: 19 Msg: #196993  
In response to: Msg #194888 Dear @TorGuy.

If you are going to stay 15 days i would highly recommend you to visit Istanbul 3 days, Cappadocia 2 days, Antalya 3 Days, Fethiye 3 days, Pamukkale 1 day, Ephesus 1 day.

I hope you will have a great time in beautiful Turkey.

Regars. Reply to this

31 months ago, September 29th 2016 No: 20 Msg: #198224  
If you like to relax visit uzungol Reply to this

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