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Cruise Or Ferry Istanbul to Athens.

by Mikebb

We will be in Istanbul late Sept early Oct'2010. We are taking a 15 day coach tour which starts and finishes in Istanbul.

Thinking of taking a 4 or 5 day cruise Istanbul to Athens including some Greek Isles
Ferry from Istanbul to several Greek Isles, finishing in Athens


Possibly travel overland Istanbul to Athens, by coach tour.

Would be pleased if VT members provide information/ guidance on each of these options.

We had 3 night stays on Santorini and Rhodes last year, very enjoyable, but open as to how we journey to Athens.

Your experience & recommendations appreciated together with any web page links to service providors.


Re: Cruise Or Ferry Istanbul to Athens.

by max_stirner


What you are looking for does not exist.


Re: Cruise Or Ferry Istanbul to Athens.


Hey there,
There are departures from Istanbul but i am not sure if it is for 4-5 days. I know one Including Istanbul-Mykanos-Patmos-Kusadasi-Rhodes-Crete-Santoroni and Athens.

Please contact , Such reputable company and few friends of mine enjoyed their cruises.Perhaps they also have few deals.

Enjoy your trip !

Re: Cruise Or Ferry Istanbul to Athens.

by Mikebb

Thanks for your info. If we cannot find a ferry , I know I can fly Agean to Athens and connect with flight to many islands. Some time to decide as we will be in Istanbul late Sept , early Oct.

Re: Cruise Or Ferry Istanbul to Athens.

by max_stirner

There is no ferry.


Re: Cruise Or Ferry Istanbul to Athens.

by Mikebb

Thanks for your replies.

Searching the web I have found ATB Holidays have the cruise I was looking for. Cruise starts in Athens and travels overnight to Istanbul where they have said we can join the 7 day cruise (6 for us). Cruise boat Louis "Cristal" and cruise titled 3 Continents & Istanbul (7 nights).Arrives Istanbul 10th October.


Re: Cruise Or Ferry Istanbul to Athens.

by max_stirner


Well, this are not cruises from Istanbul to Athens.


Travel Tips for Istanbul

Go to the Blue Mosque, it's...

by Jo-Condon

Go to the Blue Mosque, it's one of the most breath taking buildings I have ever seen! Some might not find the inside as impressive but for one that has the ABC syndrome, it's a nice change from the ornamental cathedrals of most European cities! Feeling so clean after having a Turkish bath! Highly recommended, although be prepared to get your kit off for it.

Istanbul Beaches

by mehbos37

Istanbul has many many beautiful beaches that you may enjoy if you are visiting during summertime..
The Bosphorus line is not very recommended to swim,however there are many alternative beaches ...
The beaches of Kilyos,Uskumrukoy are located in Black sea coast of Istanbul,where you can reach within an hour from Taksim Square..
Ypu can also reach Princess Islands by ferry from Eminonu and Kabatas ports... My favourites are:

BURC BEACH -Member's only but if you name a member,they let you in..Admission is 15 $
SOLAR BEACH A private beach club for everyone who pays $ 15 :)

and the beaches of Princess Islands..

Beware of area codes

by muratkorman

Istanbul has 2 area code for fixed lines. You have to dial 0212 for European side locations and 0216 for Asian side locations. If you call from a local phone, you don't need to dial the area code if the number is in the same area. Mobile numbers have different codes such as 0532, 0542, 0505. If you are using roaming, all calls should start with +90 following the area code and the number itself.

Train ride (NOT the Orient Express)

by aaron60

One of the most interesting things we did was take a trip on the banliyö (municipal train) from Sirkeci station to Yedikule, a fortress built by the Turks incorporating part of the old Byzantine city walls. Not many tourists manage to get there. You have to walk from the Yedikule train station to reach it, but it's not far and you can see the towers from a distance so you can't get lost. If you're not afraid of heights, be sure to climb the stairs (caution: no handrails) and walk atop the walls for the views of the city and the Sea of Marmara. One of the towers has a grisly history, it was used for executions. A very minimal entrance fee is charge to enter the 'museum' (the fortress itself), which like all museums is closed on Mondays.

The ride on the banliyö itself would probably be offputting to most tourists, but we found it fascinating in its own way -- it gave us a glimpse of life as most ordinary citizens experience it. We even got a 'show' along the way -- at each stop, peddlers got on board; as the train started to roll, they launched into well rehearsed routines hawking various wares, e.g. the infamous 'slicer-dicer' gizmos, demonstrated using actual vegetables. The best part was the reaction of the passengers -- the most vacant, catatonic stares you could imagine. I guess if I had to put up with that on a daily basis, I'd do the same...

Take your time

by PierreZA about carpets

The most important tip I cold give is to take your time. There are so many carpets and shops, that you should look around before you buy. It is worth to talk to the sellers, and compare what they tell you about the types of carpets etc.
It is difficult to say what a good price would be - rather decide what the specific carpet is worth for you, and what you would pay for such a carpet.


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