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october 15-22

by baileyboy

Hi ...we are arriving in istanbul by train on the 15th and would like to get to ephesus then up to goreme returning to istanbul on the 22.... would like to spend couple of days in goreme .....realise there are great distances between but am having trouble finding how best to get around given the timelines ...any info would be helpful....thanks

Re: october 15-22

by Donna_in_India

Hi - we flew from Istanbul to Kayseri (rented a car and drove to Goreme), then flew from Kayseri to Izmir (rented a car and went to Ephesus, Selcuk, Pamukkale, etc.), then flew back to Istanbul. We flew Turkish Airlines/Sun Express. The earlier you book, the better the fares. They were definitely inexpensive. The driving was easy as well. Allowing a week for all of that is perfect since you can do day trips too. There is alot to see in Selcuk aside from Ephesus. Fantastic trip - well worth the effort!

Re: october 15-22

by baileyboy

thanks!! ...???if didnt want to hire car are there buses a good option....beth

Re: october 15-22

by baileyboy

thanks!! ...???if didnt want to hire car are buses a good option....beth

Re: october 15-22

by Donna_in_India

Hi - we didn't take any buses outside of Istanbul but check VT member balhannah's Turkey pages. I believe she did the whole route by bus.

Re: october 15-22

by stevemt

You can go anywhere in Turkey by bus, and it is relativly inexpensive as well. The coach lines generally provide tea, coffee and snacks as well.

Bus stations in Turkey are Otogar's.

Re: october 15-22

by nicolaitan

just a few miles from goreme, there is a major bus station in urgup. the most important city in the region is nevsehir. try those in your trip planning as well.

Re: october 15-22

by al2401

Donna's itinerary is good - the buses in turkey are good and inexpensive as are the flights - maybe a combination of plane, car and bus.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

Not everyone speaks English

by irvbur

Do not assume the cab drivers speak English. Have someone at the hotel desk write out your destination(s) in the local language on the back of the hotels card. Write the same thing in English on the front of the card. Use a separate card for each place you want to visit. Show the card to the taxi or bus driver. Make sure you have the name & address of your hotel written in the local language. Keep the cards, they make great momentos.


by tini58de

Only few cities in the world are as exciting to discover as Istanbul:

Istanbul bridges Europe and Asia; blends East and West, the present and the past. Today as a thriving metropolis, it combines ultra-modern amenities with the splendours of the history in perfect harmony.

Istanbul offers easy accessibility from anywhere in the world by daily 208 international flights and can be reached only within 2-3 hours flying time from Central Europe.

Istanbul is a treasure trove of sightseeing possibilities and options for special events. The list of possibilities extends as far as your imagination takes you...

A very helpful website to me was:

My two favorite words in the Turkish vocabulary...

by Lunamagica

... have got to be "Estagfurullah" and "Efendim", as, in my opinion, they exemplify beautifully the Turkish way of extremely polite verbal communication.

"Estagfurullah" (the 'g' is silent) is an expression that roughly means "Don't mention it".. It's used to convey 'modesty' when accepting a compliment. Its original Ottoman meaning was... "I ask the pardon of God".

"Efendim" is the polite way of responding to someone's address/call. A polite man/woman would typically answer the phone by saying "Efendim". Its literal meaning is.."My Master".


by oyabes

after walking around the historical places,you might prefer to take breath in a peaceful environment. choose Emirgan forest to take a rest and have a breakfast or lunch across the lake surrounded with colorful flowers.

Nuruosmaniye Library

by traveloturc

Part of the complex of the Nuruosmaniye Mosque in Caðaloðlu, this manuscript library constructed in the Baroque style was opened in 1755. It contains collections belonging to Sultan Mahmud I (1730-54) and Sultan Osman III (1754-57). Of its 7600 volumes, 5052 are manuscripts (919 Ottoman Turkish, 3667 Arabic, 466 Persian). It is subordinate to the Süleymaniye Library.


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