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inexpensive independent packages to Turkey

Mar 30th, 2002, 07:24 AM
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julie
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inexpensive independent packages to Turkey

Does anyone know if there is a reliable agency that offers really good prices on airfare and several nights lodging in Istanbul? Somtheing similar to what GoToday offers? I know sometimes package deals can be better than just buying separate airfare. Or, does anyone know of an agency that specializes in discount airfares (maybe charters)? We are in Minnesota but can always get cheap fares to Chicago if that would be a starting point. We are not tour group people and have travelled independently in Romania and the Czech Republic by rental car so aren't apprehensive about tackling ar area on our own. Thanks.
 
Mar 30th, 2002, 07:54 PM
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Hi Julie, Try checking out www.pashatours.com. They only do Turkey and can arrange as much or as little as you want. We used them last summer to book airline tickets within Turkey and some accomadations. They are very reliable and have an office in NYC. I know they have great package prices, but we like to do stuff on our own. Their web site is very good and I'm sure they have an 800 number.
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 02:57 AM
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you can easily travel independantly in Turkey. Pasha Tours and Maramara are the 2 big operators in Turkey. It can be reassuring to travel through a tour but they offer a pre-conceived view of Turkey.

Turkey has a comprehensive bus network that goes everywhere you want so transportation is not a big deal.
If you have the budget to rent a car I wouldn't hesitate a second.

As for accomodation, you will find everywhere nice pensions/hotels and local people will always pay attention to your concerns and will do their best to help you.

Regarding safety Turkish people as I said above are very helpful and current political developments will not affect your trip in Turkey.

Feel free to ask for more details or help.

Isabelle
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Apr 4th, 2002, 04:06 AM
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Are you talking about Pacha Tours? If not, pachatours.com has good prices for flight and Istanbul hotel packages for independent travel.
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 05:25 AM
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Dear Kathy,

yes and no. I was thinking especially to group tours organized by operators during 10 or 15 days where you have to follow the group and depend entirely on the group.
Of course I admit that these operators offer a cheap way for a first visit in Istanbul. It can also be more efficient if you have a short time.

Otherwise I think that Turkey can easily be visited alone with more freedom & autonomy that give opportunity to meet local people...

Isabelle
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 08:24 AM
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Julie, we are planning an independent trip in late May and if we weren't using frequent flyer miles we would have probably opted to use Pacha Tours fly/drive option as their escorted tour looked like a little too much togetherness for us.

You might also have a look at www.flyturkish.com under specials, it looks like there is a decent fare on Turkish Airlines for Chicago before the end of May. They've really been pushing Turkey the last couple of months in the Chicago media so there should be cheaper airfare out there somewhere.

Although you can still drop quite a bit of money on accomodations in Turkey, I've found a whole bunch of reasonably priced hotels in Istanbul via the internet ($50-$75 USD per night), most of which include breakfast, some which include airport transfers and other meals. Most of the hotels have direct websites and there are a bunch of hotel discounters out there. I've booked my Istanbul hotel directly through the hotel via internet/email as well as my $18 per night hotel in Goreme (Cappadocia).

Inter Turkey flights appear to be monopolized by Turkish Airlines and appear to cost about $90 one way between cities. We are flying from Istanbul to Kayseri (Cappadocia), driving to Antalya and then flying back. You could also do the Aegean side, drive down through Ephesus and then fly back from Bodrum or Antalya.
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 08:39 AM
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Have stayed at the Ayasofya in Istanbul twice..most recently Nov 2001. Great price and wonderful staff. It has a rooftop patio with waterview. I recommend it highly as a base of operation. Great location. Check them out at http://www.ayasofyahotel.com/english.htm
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 07:38 PM
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Thanks all for the advice. We always do okay on finding affordable lodging; its the airfare that always seems to be the killer.
 
Apr 5th, 2002, 02:57 PM
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Julie--
Try Bestfares.com for airfare to Turkey. If you flexibility in flying they have some incredible deals if you get to them early enough. I just returned from a ten day stay in Istanbul and it was a piece of cake in getting around without having to follow an organized tour. I prefer not to do the group thing but there are special tours once you are there if you decide to do so.
 

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