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where to stay on Turkish coast, in Istanbul?

where to stay on Turkish coast, in Istanbul?

Apr 3rd, 2006, 01:34 PM
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The Ephesus site doesn't really require more than one day. And, agree with others above that it's best to stay a bit away from Kusadasi. This is where all the boats/ships/ferries dock and is full of tourists and touts. Sirince is a good option.

Have you considered the means of transport between these locations? Kusadasi/Ephesus to Istanbul and then to Cappadoccia?

As far as IST and CAP - you have to fly from IZMir to IST and then from IST to Kaysari (a small closer airport than ANKara) where you'll need to rent a car to explore the CAP area. Then fly back to IST for your homebound flight.

Turkey is a very big country and most every flight connects thru IST.

Apr 7th, 2006, 02:12 PM
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Hi JK1234,
I was actually in Foca today. I am travelling between aegean and mediterranean to update my hotel database and service providers. Foca and sirince are two different subject & palces. Both nice. Foca has sea and small town. With many seafood restaurants too. Sirince is a hilltop village close to Ephesus. Nature is great and stroll around the village is nice. As I said depens what you want to do both would serve to keep as base.

happy travelling, greetings from Izmir, tomorrow cesme, next day, kusadasi & bodrum etc. etc....;-)
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Apr 7th, 2006, 02:21 PM
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Foca is fantastic! Not overrun with tourists, either. We stayed two nights at Focantique Hotel on the sea last October..really charming rooms in a restored stone sea captain's house. The owners, a young couple, are lovely. I recommend this very highly. If you need more info let me know. All the best!
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Apr 7th, 2006, 02:22 PM
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Istanbul hotel - would highly recommend Empress Zoe - stayed there in October 2001 and was very pleased - google for the website - To me the photos of the web are a very faithful representation of what you will find. It is very close to the Blue Mosque and we could see Aya Sophia from our room and heard the morning call from the Blue Mosque - extra bonus for us was Jasper - very hospitable and friendly - if you go pass on my best regards
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Apr 7th, 2006, 06:39 PM
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Can't believe that a year has gone by since our trip to Istanbul. We stayed at the Sari Konak Hotel in the old city, within walking distance to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and just about every other attraction. LOVED the hotel which, by the way, cost us a little over $100/night with the most wonderful breakfast I've ever eaten in ANY hotel (fresh cheeses, fruits, vegetables, olives, breads, etc. - I'm salivating too much !!). The hotel is family run, about the size of 2 brownstones, and every single person working there, from father to son, couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. It's in the same neighborhood as the Yesil Ev and about 5 minutes from the Four Seasons but you feel like you're in a real neighborhood with small stores, grocery shops, etc.

By the way, although our room faced the street and came with a balcony, don't worry about hearing the calls to prayer. They are broadcast over a very LOUD loudspeaker and you'll be able to hear them even with the windows closed !
Apr 7th, 2006, 08:41 PM
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Turkish Airlines now has a direct flight from Kayseri to Izmir (doesn't stop in Istanbul).
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Apr 8th, 2006, 07:16 PM
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In reading all of the Turkey threads I have yet to see anyone mention the "white cliffs of Pamukkale"!
This, and the fairly close (40 miles)ruins of Aphrodisia offer a great one-two punch, not to be missed. Had the absolute best, bar none, massage and steam bath at a Pamukkale hotel spa a few years ago.
And as for hearing the call to prayer in Istanbul, I've recommened to several OP's, that one should go to the Pierre Loti Cafe high above the Golden Horn..at close to 5 pm...sit on the delightful terrace with a glorious view, have a tea or beer and just wait for the call...slightly out of sync, emanting from every mosque in the city..pure spiritual drama!
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