Turkey in February

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Oct 8th, 2008, 12:52 PM
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Thanks everyone! I have been in super-hyper vacation planning mode...and driving hubby crazy I'm sure! I am looking into hotels for Istanbul and perhaps around Selcuk/Ephesus on the coast, although we haven't narrowed that portion of the trip down yet.

I admit, I'm nervous about the weather. In the end, though, I couldn't get excited about the possibility of Spain or Morocco because I had Turkey on my mind...so bring on the weather!

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Oct 8th, 2008, 03:36 PM
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Here's another weather website for most of Turkey cities/towns; in some cites/towns, you can get a monthly forecast. Hope it helps.
http://www.weather.com/common/drilldown/TU.html
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Oct 8th, 2008, 03:42 PM
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It has been been very challenging for us to prepare for our October-November trip e.g., no direct flight between cities, difficulty placing bus reservation because of language barrier, an Istanbul hotel compromising our credit card hence, issuance of another, then updating previous reservations. It helps a lot that Murat (see his previous posting above) did some reservations for part of our travel. This is a first time for us in our 20 years of independent travel. We're getting ready for our trip and cannot get more excited to see this fascinating country and people.
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Oct 9th, 2008, 04:59 AM
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NYC, thank you for the link and for your thoughts. I was a little concerned about the flights, but I found Pegasus Airlines and they seem to have flights between Istanbul and Bodrum in February. However, it is a more limited schedule and we will have to tweak our itinerary to fit the available flights. We plan on renting a car once we get to the coast; hopefully we won't have an issue with that.

I've never used a tour guide or agency to help us book our trip, but I'm wondering if I would benefit from one with Turkey. I do want a local tour guide for some of the sights along the coast and perhaps for some of time in Istanbul. How did Murat book your hotel for you? Did he give you a list of hotels that he recommended?

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Oct 9th, 2008, 05:05 AM
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Oops...forgot to ask! Gina and Jill, how is your trip planning going? I know each of you are going to Italy and Germany/Switzerland respectively...and super excited I'm sure! Jill, where are you going to be in Italy this time around? I watched a travel show on Bologna a few days ago and must admit that my travel itch for Italy came back, and Bologna is a place I have yet to visit. Sigh...just add it to the ever growing list!

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Oct 9th, 2008, 06:04 AM
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Hey there -
Besides the fact that my sister in law backed out of the trip, all is well.

We've made reservations at all 3 hotels we need for Germany.

2 nights in Pfronten - Gasthof Aggenstein

4 nights in Berchtesgaden - Hotel Bavaria

1 night in Munich - Hotel Uhland

We'll be narrowing down some of our day trips soon. I like to leave open some time just to wander around and take it all in.
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Oct 9th, 2008, 06:08 AM
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Gina, your Germany trip is formed nicely. You will have a fab time! I too like to leave my days open for whatever whim comes our way. There are tons of great things to do in and around Berchtesgaden, for example...you won't be bored!

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Oct 9th, 2008, 06:20 AM
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I know - I can't wait. I'm sitting here imagining myself eating a huge buttery croissant or a berliner while sipping a wonderful cup of strong coffee.....while staring at the snow-capped Alps in the distance.

So far I think our day trips from Berchtesgaden will include:

Salzburg
Eagle's Nest
St. Gilgen (maybe)

Hallstatt looks great but it might be too far this time.
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Oct 10th, 2008, 06:55 AM
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Tcreath, Istanbul to/from to any where else is fine but once your departure is other than Izmir, then most probably you'll have to connect with long layover. I originally planned to depart from Dalaman Nov. but cancel the plan as the fare is exhorbitant (about $250 OW). Most of Murat's hotel is at the high end/boutique but he can also place a reservation for you for hotel of your choice no more than if you place it yourself. We usually stay at mid-range, small hotels during our travel. As I mentioned earlier, we are independent travelers and this is the first time I am using a travel agency (partly). Hopefully, everything is going to be smooth from now on. FYI, Gate 1 is offering a promotion for Feb/March 13-day package tour for $1199. Try to search for trip reports as someone on this forum posted a Gate 1 trip report just Feb. of this year. She had a good time eventhough the weather did not cooperate.
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Oct 10th, 2008, 09:16 AM
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I'm glad to hear you decided to go. You will have a wonderful time.

Honestly I don't remember hot cocoa, as much as I remember all of the desserts. Sweets seemed to be an area where all of the hotel buffets tried to out do each other. And the neighborhood pastrie shops as well.

NYC, I'm flattered, I did the GATE1 post. I always hope people find it informative, entertaining and a little memoriable.

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Oct 10th, 2008, 10:01 AM
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I did look into the Gate 1 trips but unfortunately the dates were not right. I'm an operations manager and there really is only about one week of the month that I can ideally take off for vacation in between deadlines. Not my favorite aspect of my job, but it is what is.

We found n/s flights on Pegasus to Izmir and Bodrum. I think we will probably fly into Izmir and out of Bodrum, or vice versa, and spend 3 nights sightseeing between those two points. I looked into a couple of other locations and ran into long layovers or no flights at all, so I was surprised that the flights to Izmir and Bodrum are readily available and very cheap.

No hot cocoa is okay...I'll take hot tea. The sweets are what I am really looking forward to!

Diane, I too read your report and it helped add to my Turkey bug. Sounds like you had a fantastic trip.

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p.s., Gina I think you picked some great places for daytrips. You may be able to get Hallstatt in there, although St. Gilgen is also gorgeous and will give you that Salzkammergut feel. And don't even get me started on the croissants...I have a not-so-secret addiction to those buttery gooey chocolate croissants that we found everywhere in Bavaria. Biting into one is pure heaven...

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Oct 10th, 2008, 01:43 PM
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Tcreath, flight from Denizli is also available and low, 104 TL, just in case you decide to visit Pamukkale.
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Oct 10th, 2008, 01:47 PM
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Diane, you're welcome. You're my kind of traveler.... just going with the flow and enjoying whatever the circumstances are. You're report was one of the reasons why I still decide to go inspite of some roadblocks. Here's waiting for your next adventure!
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Oct 16th, 2008, 04:03 PM
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My wife and I are recent "empty nester's" who have started travelling again. We were cautious on travelling in Turkey, so we did research on tour companies and found one that was great in communications, took into consideration our preferences for 3-4 star hotels, matched what areas we wanted to see, and did so in an affordable manner. Since we already arranged our flight reservations, this was a land-only tour. The company we went with was Kaletur Tourism, www.chevvytours.com, Address: Cankurtaran Mey. No:9 D. 2 , Eminonil - Istanbul. Phone +90-212-517-8115 / 8116. The travel consultant was CHEVVY NORATLI, and he gave us his private cell phone number in case we had any questions or difficulties. This company is approved by the Turkey Tourist Ministry and was fantastic! Every item on our itinerary was met and fulfilled. The tours were a mix of standard and private tours (we did the Seven Churches of Revelation). We are airlines employees and have travelled a bit. We usually don't take standard tour packages, but this one was just great. We will probably go back again, and we will go with this same tour operator.
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