Turkey Journals

One Week in Turkey

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An August 1998 trip to Turkey by xine

Quote: By taking advantage of the convenient overnight buses in Turkey, we were able to visit Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, and Cappadocia in one week.

One Week in Turkey

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Experiencing the Turkish Bath. Visiting the covered bazaar in Istanbul and haggling for kilim. Exploring the ruins in Ephesus. Relaxing on the beach in Kusadasi. Wading through the calcium springs in Pamukkale. Seeing the frescoes at the Open Air Museum in Cappadocia. Sipping wine and watching the sunset in Cappadocia. Quick Tips: In August, it gets pretty hot during the day and is sunny, but the air is dry enough so that it isn’t too bad. Evenings are quite cool so bring layers! Make sure you bargain hard at the bazaar. Do not pay more than 50% of the offered price. Inspect items carefully and don’t always take the vendors word that things are genuine. Ask for a certificate ...Read More

Turkish Bath and First Day in Istanbul

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We arrived in Istanbul on a night train from Sofia, Bulgaria. This made two night trains in a row. The evening before we had ridden from Romania to Sofia. Desperately in need of a shower, we headed to a Turkish bath to get ourselves cleansed. For $20, we got the works—soaped, scrubbed, exfoliated, massaged, and bathed. Definitely one of the wisest $20 I have ever spent. The bath we went to was single sex, but there are co-ed baths if that’s your thing. This is how it works ... The bath people give you a key to your own private room with a bed and you strip and leave all your belongings there. Wrapped in a towel, you walk out and are greeted by a wrinkled old obese woman. (Guys, perhaps ...Read More

Ephesus and Kusadasi

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After a full day in Istanbul, we boarded the night bus for Ephesus. The bus was non-smoking, air-conditioned and stopped every few hours for bathroom and stretch breaks. The service was good and the ride was surprisingly comfortable. In the morning, they handed out coupons which you could redeem at the rest stop for a breakfast of cheese, jelly, butter, tea, olives and bread. Edible if you’re very hungry. The bus actually dropped us off in Selcuk, outside of Ephesus, where we transferred to a smaller bus (free of charge) that took us to Ephesus--definitely worth a visit. We spent about half the day exploring the ruins of Ephesus—the forum, marketplace, etc. An English-speaking guide who took us...Read More

Pamukkale and Cappadocia

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We booked with Pamukkale Bus Co. for a morning bus to Pamukkale where the calcium mineral springs are. I’ve heard Pamukkale isn’t as amazing as it used to be, but we still had a great time and recommend going there for a day. After getting off the bus, we had to pay an entrance fee to get into the area where the calcium mineral springs are. You’re not allowed to get into the pools anymore except to wade, but it’s still fun. At the top of the hill, there are ruins you can explore as well as the Pamukkale Motel where you can go for a swim. Since it was a hot day, we went for a swim in the thermal pool. The water is bubbly and gassy like Bon-Aqua (the mineral water we drank throughout our trip), bu...Read More

Back to Istanbul

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I slept well on the overnight bus with Goreme Bus Co. from Cappadocia to Istanbul. There was air-conditioning, reclining chairs, a Turkish movie, and snacks. We arrived in Istanbul in the morning and met up with our friends at the Yucelt Interyouth Hostel in Sultanahmet near the Aya Sofya. The water temperature and pressure in the showers there were a bit unpredicatable, but the hostel offered a lot of services—laundry, newspapers, magazines, movies, tours, travel service. Dorm beds were $8/person, triples and quads $9/person, $10.90/double. An all-you-can-eat breakfast was included in the price. Food isn’t great, but edible. At night, the hostel has music entertainment and can get quite loud ...Read More
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I was in Istanbul for 3-4 days and saw quite a bit, but could have easily spent 1 week there. Plan half a day for Ephesus and then spend the afternoon on the beach in Kusadasi. Visit Pamukkale for a day to check out the calcium mineral springs and swim in the historic thermal pool. Cappadocia is doable in one very packed day with a tour company, but allow at least 2 days if you don’t want to be rushed.