I’ve been enjoying the forum and looking forward to my trip. I have some questions and appreciate your help.
First time to Turkey. I arrive Oct 24 for 10 days. I especially enjoy museums, culture, history, and great scenery.
I welcome suggestions on places to go and things to do. I’ve got a couple of guidebooks, but prefer first hand information.
I’ve reserved a hotel (Kafkas Hotel) in Istanbul for the first 3 nights, but haven’t finalized a decision on where else to go. I also plan to spend the last couple of days in Istanbul, maybe doing day trips. Ideally I would like to see Cappadocia and Ephesus both, but don’t want to spend a lot on airfares or spend lots of time in transit. I also can’t sleep on buses so try to avoid overnight bus trips.
Right now I’m leaning towards Cappadocia (Gerome). Has anyone rented a small motorbike -100cc or 125cc there? That seems like it would be a great way to get around and see that area on my own. Easy to rent? Cost? Any problems?
Can anyone advise on what I could expect to pay if I wanted to fly Istanbul – Cappadocia, then Cappadocia – Izmir (for Ephesus?), then Izmir – Istanbul? One of the guidebooks suggested waiting until arrival in Istanbul before booking plane tickets so I’ll be purchasing a few days before flying.
How about Bursa for a day trip or overnight from Istanbul? Worth doing?
Since most hotels quote prices in Euros, do they expect payment in Euros or dollars? I am coming from Thailand (my current home) so will have to exchange money into Euros or dollars, and then exchange any unused currency back when I return if I need Euros or dollars. Will the hotels accept lira? Do they use a decent exchange rate for converting their prices to lira? I would like to use atms to withdraw lira as I go to pay for everything. If I use a credit card for hotels, will they make the charge in Euros or convert it to lira?
Will the holiday on the 29th make travel difficult? Will most sights, museums, etc be open?