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a VirtualTourist member from Athens asked on Oct 19, 2015

Middle East

Travelling to the countries close to Turkey

Hello everyone!I will be on erasmus on February and i am thinking after that to travel on the countries surrounding Turkey(of course apart from Syria).Are there any suggestions etc?Thanks in advance!!!!



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answered on 10/19/15 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Definitely go to Cyprus, both the North and the South (flying to the North will be very easy from Turkey). It's a lovely island stuffed with beautiful landscapes and historical sights and sites:

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I'd also suggest you explore a bit of Bulgaria. I've not visited that country yet but many VT-ers have. Again, there's a huge amount of history and landscape variety to enjoy. Have a look at the Bulgaria travel guide and then click on some of the locations on the right. Everything is written by VT locals and visitors:

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If you're happy to fly some distance (Syria is in the way) then Jordan is absolutely wonderful, with superb scenery and magnificent ancient sites. Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, Madaba, diving and snorkelling in the Red Sea at Aqaba, the Dead Sea.....plus a decent bus network which can get you around.

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www.skyscanner.net is an excellent tool which will give you all carriers (both budget and mainstream) on routes from Turkey for your dates, and usually fares as well. Book on the airline's own website.




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answered on 10/19/15 by
a VT member from Brussels

What sort of suggestions? You can see which countries surround Turkey... ! If the relevance of being "on Erasmus" is that you have an EU nationality, then as well as Cyprus and Bulgaria, you can of course visit Greece without visa problems - in particular, various Greek islands from the ports of Bodrum, Marmaris, Kuşadası and Çeşme - and you wouldn't need a visa for Georgia or Armenia.




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answered on 10/19/15 by
a VT member from Minsk

Georgia is awesome, but not Middle East.

Iran is easily the friendliest country on Earth, but depending on nationality, visas can be complicated.

Iraqi Kurdistan is shockingly safe, and rather unexplored (the Lonely Planet author asked me for advice)




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answered on 10/19/15 by
a VT member from Athens

Thanks everybody!i am greek so... no greek islands haha I would like to visit Iraq,Iran and Georgia by train or bus, i will be on a pretty low budget plus i think id live the experience better like that.Anyone that has done a tour on the area??




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answered on 10/19/15 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

Consider Jordan as it is full of archaeological sites, castles Dead Sea, Aqaba for snorkeling and diving, friendly people. Providing you consider this to be surrounding aTurkey




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answered on 10/19/15 by
a VT member from Germany

You can travel in Georgia easily on a budget by minibus (marshrutka) and even cheaper on trains, if available. Have a look at some of the travel pages about Georgia here on VT to get some ideas.

In June 2015 I entered Georgia from Turkey by bus and minibus. My route started in Kars from where I went via Ardahan and Posof to the border of Georgia. My first stop in Georgia was Akhaltsikhe from where I continued to Borjomi. I have just uploaded a VT page about Borjomi here:

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answered on 10/19/15 by
a VT member from Germany

..the more common route to travel from Turkey to Georgia by bus is from Tarbzon via Sarp (border) to Batumi at the Black Sea coast of Georgia.





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