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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 10, 2016
Bus times and prices  (3 Answers)

I am looking for buse times and prices from Antalya to Fethiye

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 08, 2016
how long does it take to go through customs at Ataturk airport?  (13 Answers)

we arrive at 12.20 and our flight out is at 01.15am so we have almost 11hours to find a hotel and rest for some hours.
how long does it take to go through customs at Ataturk airport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 21, 2016
Weather in first week of October?  (6 Answers)

Looking to book 10 days in Turkey leaving around 29th September, seen conflicting reports about how hot weather is, can anyone clarify if its hotter the further east you go ie Belek or Side...or ok still in Olu Deniz or Sargieme? Quoting around 20 degrees but is it actually any hotter? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 11, 2016
Resident Permit  (13 Answers)

Hi, I am relocating from the UK to Turkey next month with my husband and 3 children. Will we be able to apply for a resident visa to stay long term? Should we do it before we leave for Turkey? what are the requirements?
Can we do day trips to Rhodes to renew our 90 day visa?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2016
Antalya, Fethiye or Bodrum?  (8 Answers)

We have 5 days to spend holidaying after our business in Istanbul. Where is the best place to go?
We are 2 females 40+ years old and not into the club scene. Just looking to chill at the beach, sightsee and shop.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2016
Cheap balloon ride in kapadokya?  (4 Answers)

Hi, I need a cheap hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia. There is not less than 180 euros I can find. Anybody has information about this?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 27, 2016
Possible Istanbul Solutions  (5 Answers)

I am supposed to go with my wife and in-laws to Istanbul on Turkish Air in the middle of June. We were flying to Athens first via Istanbul with a few hours layover in Istanbul. We were then supposed to fly from Athens to Istanbul and stay there for five days and then take a flight from Istanbul back to the States. They are not comfortable with traveling through/in Istanbul--which is understandable give recent US travel alerts etc... My trip insurance does NOT cover travel alerts, warnings etc.. It actually takes an terrorist act less than 30 days prior to departure to get a refund. To change flights to Greece would cost us 700$ per person and no refund. I am proposing that we still use Turkish Air on our original flight to Greece where we land for a few hours in Istanbul and then fly onto Athens, but on the return flight we were supposed to stay in Istanbul for five days and then back to the US. I was going to propose to my group catching a few days later flight from Athens to Istanbul (90$) per person and then catching the original flight out to the US a few hours later--again not leaving the airport. Can I hear some thoughts or suggestions on this? If I "miss" the Turkish Air flight from Athens to Istanbul will they cancel my reservation on the flight from Istanbul back to the US five days later? It is a separate flight

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 19, 2016
Taxis in marmaris  (1 Answer)

How much is a taxi from sensimar marmaris hotel to the centre of marmaris

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 08, 2016
Security presence at popular tourist sites  (10 Answers)

For anyone who has RECENTLY been to Istanbul... Hello. We will be visiting Istanbul June 9-13. We planned this trip in December, then sadly so many terrible things have been happening. I am now very worried because all of the countries have issued travel warnings, the US military just pulled the families from the bases, and they are advising people to avoid large crowds and tourist sites. Now I am fearful to even go see the Blue Mosque! I assume security is very heightened. Can anyone describe for me what the security at these popular sites is like? Police, metal detectors, etc.
Thank you!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 23, 2016

My wife and I are planning to go from Selcuk to Canakkale, spend the night there and next day take a tour of Troy and Gallipoli which drops us in Istanbul. there are some end-to-end tours from Selcuk-Canakkale-Troy-Gallipoli-Istanbul. However these are working out slightly expensive. Is there a possibility of going by Public bus from Selcuk to Canakkale on one day and on the next day, taking a tour which will do Troy-Gallipoli and end in Istanbul. If this is feasible what are the buses available between Selcuk and Canakkale. Any links please? Also, any suggestions on the tour agencies?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 11, 2016
Spring Flower Festivals  (6 Answers)

Does anyone know exact 2016 dates of Lale Festivali in Istanbul / Emirgan Park?
Are there tulip festivals / spring flower festivals elsewhere in Turkey within the month?
Thanks for any info

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 19, 2016
Tourist Safety  (10 Answers)

I saw a tweet regarding threat to Tourists in Turkey, anyone know if this is true?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 19, 2016
Choice between Izmir/Pamukkale and Cappadocia  (8 Answers)

Visiting Turkey in May. What should I choose between Izmir with Pamukkale and Cappadocia. dont want to do both as we are travelling for maximum or ten to twelve days and dont want to travel too much within that time.

Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 24, 2015
Van area safety  (5 Answers)

Is Van province considered safe for travel? I'm considering going there with just myself (male) and adult daughter. Is renting a car and traveling around that area on our own without a guide a reasonable thing to do? Thanks so much for any relevant information.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 16, 2015
Transit Visa details  (2 Answers)

I am travelling from Sweden to India on visa on arrival. I have a layover time of 3 hours in Istanbul, Turkey. Will i need a transit visa. I will have to board a different flight in Istanbul to India.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 01, 2015
Safety in Izmir, Turkey  (5 Answers)

I am travelling to Izmir from 8 to 13 December. Please advise how safe Turkey is as Terrorism Aspects?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 26, 2015
Turkey 2Dec to 11Dec 2015  (7 Answers)

I'll be traveling to Turkey from 2 Dec 2015 to 11Dec 2015 with families of 8 including 2children from Singapore. After the breakout bombing news, this is really a concern to me.

Is it really safe there? Can somebody from Turkey really advise me how's the real situation there? I dont want a turmoil just want to enjoy ourselves without fear. Pls help... Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 24, 2015

We are wanting to do a Bosphorus Cruise in the late afternoon. Is there any such cruise that we can take from Kabatas at about 5:30 or 6 PM and then return to Kabatas / Eminou at around 10:30 - 1100 PM. What would be the best options available? We are not so keen on dinner etc, however commentary or at least an audio guide would be a must. Thanks in Advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 26, 2015

My partner and I plan to visit Turkey next year possibly in mid may. After some study, I have created an itinerary which we propose to follow and which is given below:- Day 1 Arrive Istanbul, Ataturk airport early morning; catch flight to Kayseri or Nevsehir. Night at Goreme. Day 2 Cappadocia day tour 1 Day 3 Cappadocia Day tour 2 Day 4 Flight from Kayseri / Nevsehir to Izmir; Night halt Kusadasi Day 5 Day Tour to Ephsus and Selcuk Day 6 Day tour to Pammukale Day 7 Day at Kusadasi Day 8 Pergamon, Troy, Gallipoli Tour day 1 Day 9 Pergamon, Troy, Gallipoli Tour day 2, ending in Istanbul Day 10 Istanbul Day 11 Istanbul Day 12 Istanbul Day 13 Dep from Turkey (Ataturk Airport). Please comment on the above. Any suggestions especially as to connections as indicated are most welcome. Also recommendations as to tour agents especially for the Troy / Gallipoli Tour (Kusadasi - Istanbul) are solicited. TIA

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 25, 2015

For a trip to Turkey, I plan to book hotels and domestic air tickets on the internet. (not hiring a car). Is it possible to join a tour from a travel agency only for the following stretches ; (a) Day travel from Cappadocia to Pammukale / Kusadai with a visit to the essential sights in Konya on the way. Do not wish to take the night bus (b) From Kusadasi to Cannakale, tour of Gallipoli and on to Istanbul. Is it feasible?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 22, 2015

We are planning to be in Turkey for a fortnight in 2016. Would be visiting Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pammukale, Ephesus and Gallipoli. We would like to plan our trip at a time when it is neither too hot nor too cold and temperatures averaging between say something like 20-25 degrees C everywhere. Based on many reviews I feel, the month of May would meet my requirement. Any suggestions on which would be the better 14 days to pick up in May. Am I right in selecting May. If May is not the month meeting my requirement, then when? Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 17, 2015

I am planning a trip to Turkey with my wife next year. I am rather confused about where to stay. I have three questions please.
(A) I feel inclined to book a hotel close to Istiklal Street so as to be able to spend time here after the day’s sightseeing. However, we plan to move around in public transport (using the Istanbulkart pass). What would be an ideal location in/around Taksim Square or Istiklal Street?
(B) Should we choose to stay in Sultanahmet area what would be an ideal location for us from the ease of use of public transport point of view?
© Views on the location (though I know enough has been written on it earlier), however in view of our specific requirement any suggestions please.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 04, 2015
Buses safer  (12 Answers)

After reading much about means of transportation in Turkey, can I assume that it is much safere to use public buses and also a lot cheaper

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 22, 2015
False questions and false answers - ignore them  (5 Answers)

Expect a lot more of these since there's a slump in tourism due to the political climate (and Russian tourists something like 25% down in the Antalya region, etc). It might even get worse, but Turkey is definitely a cheap destination if you're up for it (exchange rate favourable and lira fuel prices have actually dropped, road trips are now a good option) - and haggle massively.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 11, 2015
Has anyone experienced this???  (5 Answers)

ok, so yesterday I was on Turkish airlines website looking to buy a ticket to get to Greece, I wanted to take Turkish air due to it being a star alliance airline and you get to get a free trip to Istanbul if you have a long lay I then put off the purchasing the buying of the ticket of instead of yesterday today, price yesterday per person (there are 3 of us) is $1342.30pp and then today jumped into more than $1600.00 pp, I was mind boggled that I did not jump into buying it yesterday so I went to a third party and only paid 1342.30pp, ok so was happy again and bought it before the price jumps up again....ok then I went back to Turkish air site and guess what????? price is back to the original price of 1342.30, after I have already purchased it on,,, ok, what is this, do they know that I am so eager to buy this ticket that they are playing tricks on passengers, just curious if this has happened to anyone, I think they are aware of who ever is looking at their site and eyeing an exact flight and they figure in desperation they will jump into the big hike in price, I don't think that's cool.....any input on this experience of mine?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 10, 2015
visa for 3 hours  (21 Answers)

will take a lay over tour for just three hours, do I need a visa for that?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 06, 2015
turkey vacations  (4 Answers)

We(me & my wife) want to visit turkey from 13th Sep till 20th, we will be traveling from Amsterdam,

so far the plan is to land in Istanbul and take a flight for Antalia and travel to pamukkale,alanya, antaliya and after that back to istanbul,

we are looking for one more place near by antaliya for a day trip.
we want to know what activities can be done in all these places and also what is the best way to travel, should we rent a car or use public transport? any tips and suggestions are welcome,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 01, 2015
seasons in the black sea region  (6 Answers)

how is the weather in Zonguldak for exploring in October

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 31, 2015
Kadikoy Turkey  (7 Answers)

-is kadikoy balloon still there and how can i reach it
- is there is any night life in kadikoy
- mention type of activity we can do in kadikoy

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 14, 2015
Aegean base for 3-4 days: Bodorum, Marmaris, or Fethiye?  (5 Answers)

I’m traveling with two smart curious girls, ages 13 and 16. We take the overnight train from Istanbul getting into Izmir at 9AM on a Tuesday. The following Sunday we’ll take the ferry to Rhodes from Bodorum, Marmaris, or Fethiye.

We know we want to see Ephesus either the afternoon we arrive or the next morning. (How much better is it to start early to—in theory—avoid the crowds?) That means one or two nights in Selcuk or nearby.

Then we want to base ourselves in one town. And my main question is what are the benefits from being based in Bodorum, Marmaris, or Fethiye (to make getting on the ferry easy) or perhaps a smaller town?

I don’t think we’ll have a car for the whole time. We’re happy to take the buses and minibuses when it works. But we might rent one (or hire a driver) for a day or two.

Our ideal trip would mix seeing some more ancient sites, a bit of nice countryside/geography, and a museum or two. We like to explore interesting towns that are not totally overrun by cruise passengers and package tourists. We may spend a bit of time at the beach, but we’ve got a lot of beach time in Rhodes.

As for antiquities, how would you rank the relative interest of Pergamum, Aphrodisias, Priene, Miletus, Didyma, Xanthos, and whatever I’m missing in this general area?

Thanks for your advice

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