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I have been to Turkey several times. They (Turkish Airlines) are somehow able to consistently be one of the lowest cost and decent airlines.
It is a shame that the country under Erdogan (current leader) does not have better relations with Israel.
I do NOT wear a kippa in Public in Turkey. (I wear a hat/cap)
Even with a hotel for a few nights Turkish Airlines can beat many airlines in terms of price.
I stayed at a decent hotel in Istanbul for about 50$/night.
They have fares to Israel for about 704$ in May of 2015.
Ukraine / Russian airlines are cheaper sometimes but I don't think they are great ..
How does Turkish airlines do it?
The only things I can think of : lower fuel costs? Lower wages? govt subsidies?
The airline is quite ok and Turkey is one of the few Muslim countries that flies to Israel with four or more flights per day on average...
This is not meant to be an Ad for Turk Air....but it is in interesting ::) phenomena....

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #140 on: January 15, 2022, 08:45:26 PM »
Are there currently any kosher meat restaurants in istanbul?

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #141 on: January 16, 2022, 03:52:21 PM »
Are there currently any kosher meat restaurants in istanbul?

Yes, Café Eden

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #142 on: March 02, 2022, 06:37:22 PM »
Thanks for all the informative posts here. Question for the Turkey experts here. Hope you can help me. I will IY”H be arriving in Turkey March 20 in the evening and leave Turkey on the 29th at night.

I was thinking of covering 3 areas:
1)Izmir (jewish sights), Selcuk, Ephesus/Kusadasi and Pamukkale in 3 days
2) Cappadocia 2 days then I have shabes
3) Istanbul 3 days.

Which of these 3 areas should I choose for Shabes? Option 1 fly to Istanbul Friday afternoon, but that only gives me 1.5 days in  Cappadocia and 4 in Istanbul. Option 2 stay in Cappadocia for Shabes and fly motzei to Istanbul. Option 3 When I arrive, instead of going to Izmir I should head to Cappadocia for 2 days. Then to Izmir area and be shabes in Selcuk or Kusadasi and go Motzei to Istanbul (or still can go Friday instead).

What do you think? Thanks.

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #143 on: March 03, 2022, 10:14:01 AM »
Thanks for all the informative posts here. Question for the Turkey experts here. Hope you can help me. I will IY”H be arriving in Turkey March 20 in the evening and leave Turkey on the 29th at night.

I was thinking of covering 3 areas:
1)Izmir (jewish sights), Selcuk, Ephesus/Kusadasi and Pamukkale in 3 days
2) Cappadocia 2 days then I have shabes
3) Istanbul 3 days.

Which of these 3 areas should I choose for Shabes? Option 1 fly to Istanbul Friday afternoon, but that only gives me 1.5 days in  Cappadocia and 4 in Istanbul. Option 2 stay in Cappadocia for Shabes and fly motzei to Istanbul. Option 3 When I arrive, instead of going to Izmir I should head to Cappadocia for 2 days. Then to Izmir area and be shabes in Selcuk or Kusadasi and go Motzei to Istanbul (or still can go Friday instead).

What do you think? Thanks.


Cappadocia is really nice place to be for Shabbos. Just beautiful and relaxing.

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #144 on: March 03, 2022, 11:16:23 AM »

Cappadocia is really nice place to be for Shabbos. Just beautiful and relaxing.

Thanks for input. I know from your trip report that you stayed in Göreme . Is that the location you recommend? Also, any guides you used in that area that you can recommend?

Thanks.

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #145 on: March 03, 2022, 01:25:16 PM »
Thanks for input. I know from your trip report that you stayed in Göreme . Is that the location you recommend? Also, any guides you used in that area that you can recommend?

Thanks.

Yes, you definitely want to be in Goreme.  I booked everything through the hotel we stayed at

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #146 on: March 13, 2022, 02:40:21 PM »
Which Hot Air balloon Co did you go with inn Cappadocia? Were you happy with them?

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #147 on: March 14, 2022, 03:59:47 PM »
Which Hot Air balloon Co did you go with inn Cappadocia? Were you happy with them?

Our hotel arranged it for us, we went with Turquaz. I'm sure there are cheaper options, but we were happy to pay a bit more and know that we're getting a safe, full service excursion.

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #148 on: March 15, 2022, 09:56:46 AM »
i may be able to stop over in iST for a few daytime hours with kids
how much time is needed to leave airport and go somewhere (safe) where do u recommend?
any idea how much an hourly van with driver might cost?

lastly, how does turkish airlines compare w the european carriers (are they rigid, too?)

thanks!!

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #149 on: April 04, 2022, 10:33:01 PM »
Thank you very much for your help especially @ponash123. I’m not a big writer. I will just write some bullet points. Hopefully some people can get some iuseful info from it.
Day 1 Izmir Jewish tour/ synagogues/cemetery/roman ruins-with tour guide
Day 2 Pamukkale/Hierapolis/Kaklik cave-rented car and drove there
Day 3 Ephesus- with tour guide
Day 4 Cappadocia- Hot air balloon/Uchisar castle/lookouts/ pteery shop/Goreme open air museum/sufi whirling dervish show/Turkish night dance
Day 5-undergrund city/Zelve open air museum/ Greek village/carpet shop/imagination valley/
Day 6 shabes
Day 7 Istanbul-Haiga Sophia/blue mosque/ Topkapi Palace (moses stick, Muhamad’s beard. Lol)/ Spice Bazaar/Galata bridge
Day 8-Grand Bazzar/galata tower/Istikal street/ Taksim Square/ferry from Karakoy(European) to Kadikoy (Asian) (dolmoboce palace closed on Monday-miscalculated)
Day 9-Jewish tour synagogues and cemeteries
Tip-Buy a museum pass
I am in love with Istanbul. That place has energy.

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #150 on: April 05, 2022, 09:42:11 AM »
Sounds amazing!

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #151 on: April 29, 2022, 12:51:13 PM »
Way to be visas in seconds

https://entri.io/articles/turkey-evisa