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Romantic Greece and Exciting Turkey : 2011 Trip Report

Holiday in Turkey

We returned a few days ago from a 16-day trip of Greece and Turkey. We were accompanied on this tour by another friend couple of ours, so we made a happy foursome. We are a couple from India, in our early 50's, avid travelers who have galavanted across the globe, but never to these countries. During this trip we visited the following places:

Athens - 2 nights
Paros - 3 nights
Santorini - 2 nights
Nafplion - 2 nights
Cappadocia - 3 nights
Istanbul - 4 nights

The trip was preceded with much planning as usual, which I enjoy as much as the travel itself, and DW is more than happy to leave all the preparations to me. We extensively used the Lonely Planet guidebooks of Greece and Turkey, and made full use of this Fodors forum (as always). Numerous questions were posted here, and reading through the threads on this forum, our planning was pretty much immaculate.

All four of us were vegetarians, which did limit our choice of food somewhat in these two countries, but finding delicious vegetarian food was not much of a challenge in either Greece or Turkey. I plan to post an exhaustive trip report in several installments, as much for our own records as for the benefit of readers at this forum. So here goes the first salvo :

Day 1 (Friday, June 24th) : ARRIVAL AT ATHENS :
We had a long day ahead of us, as the flight connections were bad. An early morning Turkish Airline flight at 5:15am out of Mumbai, which pretty much ruined any chance of sleep the preceding night. A boring wait at Mumbai airport from 2 am onwards, where the ladies did catch a few winks of sleep. Fortunately, the flight was mostly empty, and we could each stretch out on 3 seats apiece, and manage some sleep. It was over a 6-hour haul to Istanbul, which we reached at 9:30am local time. We had over 7 hours to kill at Istanbul, as our flight to Athens was only at 5pm in the evening !

Oxford University Press A Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey
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TRAVEL TO GREECE & TURKEY

by PastorBud

First Baptist Church, 301 Walker Road, Dover, DE, will be hosting a 12-day land tour to visit the places where the apostle Paul travelled, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Destinations to include cities throughout Greece and Turkey, including: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Colossae, Laodicea, Hierapolis, Ephesus, Athens, Corinth, and more!
For complete information (full itinerary, costs, and reservation materials) contact the church office (302-674-1980)
Date: Aptil 9-20, 2012
Cost: $3198.
Early reservation discounts are available!

Anyone a traveling expert of Europe?

by debdab

I'm going to Europe, and a little bit of Africa, maybe Asia, for a few months this summer and fall. Anyone from Europe, or anyone who's done a LOT of traveling there have some tips on how best to get around? Like the best times to travel to certain countries, and whether to take a train, bus, or a plane between them? I'd love to pick your brain if you have lots of tips! Or if you know of any helpful websites, a local who lives around where I'm going (Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Italy, Germany and probably a few other places around there) it would be much appreciated! I've been surfing the internet but there's so much information out there and I know it's hard to find the best way to get between countries, and when to book tickets (I've you should book plane tickets early, but like in France, bus/train tickets are cheaper/just as cheap to buy when you're there)

Traveling across Europe from Turkey

by hazeymaze

Hey everyone,
I have some questions about traveling from Istanbul, Turkey to London, England via train/railway. I have noticed that there does not appear to be a rail connection from Istanbul to mainland Europe. This is a concern of mine because I would be traveling to Turkey from Italy via Airplane and I would hate to be stranded in Turkey without a connection to Greece or Bulgaria (which appear to be the bordering countries on the European side). I would be open to traveling by boat, bus, etc., if trains are not an option. My question is: Would I be better off exploring Turkey as its

Imaginative Traveller

by zzs

I've travelled a lot in small groups and alone. I actually really like to travel in small groups and stumbled onto this company way back--it's located in Great Britan. They do trips all over the world, small group--8-12 people. I like them because they're VERY inexpensive, (though now they have more expensive, higher grade trips,) they tend to see the best, you have a lot of freedom, and you have people you can hang with or not. And, you are rarely travelling with Americans, you get to meet people from all over the world.
I've been to Egypt, southeast Asia, Morocco, and Greece/Turkey with them

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FAQ

Tristar
Independent travel or packaged tour for Turkey?

We're planning to visit Turkey this December. A packaged tour would be more expensive but it could save us a lot of hassle. Travelling independently would give us more freedom and I believe it's more fun too. We don't have a lot of time though - 10 days for this trip. I've always preferred travelling independently but this time we might be able to cover more attractions if we join a tour. Is it easy to get around in Turkey? Which option is better? Please advise! Thanks.

Hi I'm Turkish and I can definitely tell you that a packaged tour might be more useful considering the fact that it is quite difficult to get around, especially in the bigger cities like Istanbul and Izmir I guess it depends on when you're going. However there are always many many tourists that travel by themselves. In general the people in the hotels and even the ones on the streets are quite helpful and with a good book It will be quite easy. However like I said if you're up for it and would rather do independent travel then go for it cos there are so many people that do that plus it…

Tristar
Independent travel or packaged tour for Turkey?

We're planning to visit Turkey this December. A packaged tour would be more expensive but it could save us a lot of hassle. Travelling independently would give us more freedom and I believe it's more fun too. We don't have a lot of time though - 10 days for this trip. I've always preferred travelling independently but this time we might be able to cover more attractions if we join a tour. Is it easy to get around in Turkey? Which option is better? Please advise! Thanks.

Traveling in Turkyie (Turkish spelling) in December is not the best time of year, Istanbul, Ankara etc are the 2 largest cities you and most tourists visit, it snows, it's cold and messy!! They don't plow like here in the states. Globus Bus Lines thru any trl agency has all Mercedes diesels with bathroom , serves tea on board etc. 10 days in country? or 10 days round tip from home? If you are only going to be in country for a 7 day trip, I recommend a tour, that way you get a nice hotel, food, and travel, Yes, you get good bus travel between cities, also railway system is good and…

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