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1. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

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Is it difficult to find a transportation in cities/towns in Turkey? Do you take a bus or train or else to go places and what about going around a city?

Where can I see whirling dervishes and try Turkish bath? not the expensive ones please...

How do I reach Oludeniz, Ephesus, etc.?

Thanks in advance!

Z

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Why don't you go to Greece and the Greek Islands, and also to Turkey? That way you get to see both a bit of Europe and Turkey.

However I do believe that the western side of the Bosphorus River in Istanbul is technically "Europe" and the east side is "Asia". So, if you go to Istanbul you can go to Turkey, Europe and Asia all in one go.

It's hard to say which is better, just keep in mind that Turkey is a lot cheaper than Western Europe.

3. Posted by canan (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

hi zags,

Not the train but busses are very efficient in turkey. You can easily find reliable and ver comfortable bus companies such as varan, ulusoy, metro and too many.

Whirling dervishes, their hometown Konya, a big city in the middle of Turkey, Central Anatolia. The real festival time is in december. You can also watch them in Istanbul too, i think more convenient for you. Galata Mevlevihanesi is the place you can watch them, but do not know the adress, let me try in the net or you can ask the conciarge in your Hotel, most probably close to Galata tower.

I also advice you to take a boat trip by the Bosphorus. You can take the boat from Eminonu ( but not the private ones, they are are expensive)it is about 2 hours maybe a little bit more to reach the last point Anadolu Kavagi, a beautiful small village between Marmara and Black sea, take a stop and a break there to have a cold beer and turkish style panfried mussels. Whole journey you'll see the beautiful, old summer houses of wealthy people by the sea. Some of them are like gems.

Ephesus is very close to selcuk but you can reach there from Kusadasi too. Ephesus is one of the greteast ancient sites of the world, you may take daily tour, it is easier.Do not spend so much time in Kusadasi, cause it looks like a city more than a resort, very crowded English colony) You can reach Kusadasi by bus from Istanbul, i think it is about 9 hours. Oludeniz is close Fethiye, again by bus from Istanbul(aprox. 13 hours) or Izmir (closer than Istanbul). Oludeniz area is very beautiful.

Hamams (turkish bath) i think in every city you can find. In Istanbul Cagaloglu and Cemberlitas hamams are very beautiful, tourist friendly and safe. May not be that cheap but it is worth. These are very old, a few hundred years age. very close to the old city (sultanahmet).

Have a great time in Turkey, it is very beautiful country with warm people.Do not hesitate to ask if you have further questions.

4. Posted by tankut (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

Transportation in Turkey is easy, safe and quite cheap. As Canan says, it is predominantly based on buses, though trains are available for certain routes. At the more touristic locations as you seem to prefer in your post you won't have language issues, most anybody you'll meet will speak english after a fashion.

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