on Aug 08, 2014 @ 10:32 pm


I am planning to take a trip to Turkey.
Has anyone been there ?
Any tips , any insight ?
Experiences ? Please share. 

8 Replies

:) on Aug 08, 2014 @ 10:34 pm

Hotels or rental places info would alone be appreciated.

Oops on Aug 08, 2014 @ 10:35 pm


Turkey on Sep 12, 2014 @ 05:43 am

Hey! I have lived for the last 6 months in Turkey and I can give you some info.

Planes :
We used to travel with Flypegasus, being the cheapest and easiest one to find tickets all the time. Also : Atlasjet, Onurair, Borajet, Sunexpress.

Busses :
Cheap and easy way to get around. You can book them online and also at the Otogari, which is basically a buss stop.

Small buss, very cheap, that can take you in between places in the city.

This one was for me a death. Turkish food is absolutly delicious!
Iskender - a type of mixed meat, sliced very thin, over a bed of bread with tomato sauce and butter sauce.
Kebab - Adana kebab - spicy one(served also with a table full of salads!)
Kumpir - a baked patato that they mix with cheese and butter, and after you can add whatever you please on top - meat, corn, olives, salads, etc
Mercimek - lentil soup. It sounds not so good, but trust me, I would go right now if I know I could eat it somewhere close.
Gummy cheese - I don't know how to describe this, they have this cheese with a different texture, it's the best this dairy wise!

Sweets :
Baclava - famous for it
Kataif - different kind of baclava, better in my opinion.
Kunefe - must try, I don't even know how to describe it.
Locum - also specific, you will see that Turkish people are so nice and kind they will give you to taste eerything!
Ice-cream - turkish icecream, also gummy like, it a must. And they also provide some funny joke with it!
Muzlusut - a kind of shake made of banana and milk

Hotels :
We booked only from booking.com. Prices are low, but look for reviews because they are quite well done and helpful. I'd say don't go for the lowest prices, try somewhere low-middle.

My best options would be: Dalyan, Fethiye, Olympos(beautiful area, worth going for at leat 4-5 days, rent a bungalow, and just enjoy the peace and quite. Also you can go on the mountain and see the fire coming from the earth) - for some peaceful pleaces and nice, natural views. If you want more fun - Bodrum, Side, Antalya.
Turistic atractions -Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale and of course, Istambul.

Wow on Sep 12, 2014 @ 10:48 pm

Thanks for all the info. Irina18_10
That's so detailed and insightful.
Will definetly use the tips :)

A few insights on Oct 25, 2014 @ 06:34 am

Irina gave you some great info! Just a couple of additional notes...

* Take clothes for the time of year/places you are headed. Turkey's interior (Cappadocia/Ankara region) can get very cold. Canada cold. However if you go to Fetiye or Bodum on the Med, it's temperate.
* If you go to Cappadocia, do the hot air balloons over the fairy chimneys. The mainstream companies are pretty well run and the scenery is amazing! Once in a lifetime awesome views
* I loved the ancient rock churches and underground cities of Cappadocia.
* Honestly you are safer buying a Turkish carpet at home... there is about 95% fraud in carpet sales in Turkey
* I agree with Irina about using booking.com... used it while I was there for 2 spots... and was really happy with both.
* I loved the ruins at Perge (though it's a little out of the way) if you don't want to be trampled by the busloads of tourists that go to Ephesus. But I love Ephesus. (Don't bother looking for Artemis' temple (Wonder of the ancient world) because there is nothing left of it other than about 2 stones - Ephesus area.)
* Troy was a disappointment - not worth the trek out unless you are nearby.
* Pammukale is gorgeous - ruins, swimming, and views... but take sunblock (full sun little shade) and once you are in there is only one resto complex.
* If you go to Istanbul, do the tourist stuff...it's worth it. Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace, Bospherous cruise, cisterns, spice markets, and of course the jumble that is the Grand Bazaar. Try some local foods and soak in the ambiance.
* Keep a scarf handy to cover your head in some places.
* Best place to exchange money was in Istanbul in the money changers near the Grand Bazaar - they were fair, better prices and no fees

Have a great trip!

Wow on Oct 25, 2014 @ 07:58 pm

Wow Turkey sounds anazing- especially the food!

PS on Oct 26, 2014 @ 08:00 am

Just thought of this... we booked hotels which were mid-priced (not cheapest and not highest) and were able to get some great reasonable places many included breakfast. They often had good internet - many wireless. We used bookings.com and cross-referenced with Trip Advisor. I have backpacked in Turkey as well - staying at pensions and home-stays but that was too long ago for the info to be relevant - you could try Air B&B. The info above is from Oct '13.

Not sure if this will work, but here's our hot air balloon trip:

:) on Oct 30, 2014 @ 09:57 pm

thanks everyone ! Great info

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