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Jan 6th, 2004, 08:15 PM
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free travel suggestions?

I am leaving shortly to spend 4 months studying in the Middle East (Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Greece, Italy). In early March I have 9 days of free travel in Israel.

Does anyone have any suggestions for interesting but preferably non-touristy destinations for this time? It will probably be a group of 4-5 hoping to each keep a $50 a day budget. We are thinking maybe Turkey but don't know a lot about the transportation/lodging situations. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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Jan 7th, 2004, 05:08 AM
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If you are interested in visiting Turkey during thattime, go into any Israeli travel agency and they can put a package together at whatever price you want.

Travel between Israeli and Turkey goes every day and Isreali's travel there regularly, so this shouldn't be a problem.

But do pick-up a guidebook on Turkey to decide which areas will be of particular interest to you. Of course, you'll want to spend some time in IST, then maybe go over to Izmir for a visit to Ephesus which is near Kusadasi. And the weather should be warming by then, so a few days along the Aegean coast towns would be a good idea. Here you'll find beaches, but also plenty of sites.

If not the Aegean coast, you can go further south onto the Mediteranean to Antalya with beaches as well as sites. And if you can manage it, a day or two in Cappadoccia with the wildest landscape and underground cities - amazing.

However, since the best way to get between IST to IZM to ANT to CAP would be via air (and usually have to transit via IST), the airfares might increase your budget, but dont forget to ask for "student" fares if you all still qualify as "students". As to accommodations, you should definitely be able to find reasonable clean places; food is inexpensive. If "students" there might also be discounts available on entry fees to those sites that charge.

Don't forget your Student Cards, if you have them (for all travellers) and advise the travel agent of all your requirements.

Have fun - the area in the Middle East you will be visiting is filled with amazing history, as does Turkey. Have fun.
 
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Jan 8th, 2004, 11:24 AM
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Since your budget is tight, keep in mind that the Turkish visa for US passport holders is $100.

But it is well worth the money.
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