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Transportation to/from Foca in April

London
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Transportation to/from Foca in April

We are staying in Foca in April and wondering how easy it will be to do day trips to Ephesus and Pergamon by public transport or if we should be brave and hire a car to venture out onto Turkey's roads!

Any advice or shared experiences would be very welcome!

Thanks in advance!

London
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1. Re: Transportation to/from Foca in April

Well I can now answer my own post! We hired a car and it wasn't nearly as diffcult as some sites would have you believe! It's true Turkish drivers aren't generally as careful as those in the UK but this is tempered by the fact that outside of the cities and towns Turkey seems to have far fewer cars than the UK at least! We didn't see any accidents in more than a week of driving in Turkey whereas we were held up by two in as many hours driving to the airport in the UK! It is however, worth purchasing additional car insurance to cover any excess at very little extra cost, since the standard car hire insurance is third party only. Petrol is also more expensive than the UK but if you want to see a lot in a short time, or if public transport is limited where you are staying it is definitely worth the price.

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2. Re: Transportation to/from Foca in April

Oh dear Razzy!I am so sorry your original post somehow slipped in under the radar and went unanswered.Local DE,Dande,was away for quite a while and it went unnoticed by the rest of us.Sorry :(

Anyway at least you had a good trip and saw plenty.I must also say a shamefaced thank you for being courteous enough to come back to the forum and give us this info which will be useful to future travellers.Hope you come back toTurkey again one day !

London
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3. Re: Transportation to/from Foca in April

Hi Sarikana!

Please don't worry, it's OK! And yes we plan to return to Turkey next year! We had a great time and an extra week, (courtesy of the volcano). Turkish people are so friendly and hospitable, especially away from the very commercial sites. Well............maybe not quite so much when driving ;)

When we were stranded there and the news was full of stories of travellers charging high prices our Turkish accommodation owners actually volunteered for us to stay for whatever we could afford!! Can't wait to come back and wouldn't hesitate to drive again, if we need to.

London, United...
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4. Re: Transportation to/from Foca in April

Hi

Could you let us know about prices and itineraries?

Thank you

Dan

London
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5. Re: Transportation to/from Foca in April

Hi Dan!

We flew into Izmir using Thomas Cook who fly from Gatwick, Manchester and some other UK airports. Ex-pats who we met in Foça told us they often use Turkish Cyprus Airlines. The price of flights varies drastically according to season and we found it was half the price out of school holidays! You have to pay £10 each on arrival for a 90 day Turkish visa.

We needed a medium sized family car so searched the various companies on the internet and eventually chose Carhire4less to pick a hire car and it happened to link to a Turkish company called Almira Rent. I think it was about £200 for the week for a fairly basic Hyundai Accent which was fine for us. The company rep will meet customers at the airport and take them to the car so it's hassle free. I think this is standard practice in Turkey where you are still served at petrol stations and your windscreen cleaned while filling up. Although most things are much cheaper than the UK unfortunately petrol is not! Also take your own instant coffee. Everything else is cheaper! Internet cafe is about 60P an hour!

As the standard insurance is third party only, for peace of mind, my husband paid £22.80, (for 12 days), for an extra 'Excess Reimbursement Insurance Schedule' policy with Worldwide Travel Insurance Services Ltd. I think he got this info from the Which Consumer Magazine. We downloaded Turkey for our Tom Tom satnav system and it certainly made travelling on the main roads easy. When travelling on the minor roads it's best to consult a map and head straight for the nearest main road. There is a lot of military land around Foça and the satnav tried to take us through it at one point. Luckily the guards on duty were understanding!

For accommodation in Foça we also searched the internet and settled on a small letting agency called 'John's Flats' which have several properties in the area ranging widely in size and price,, (from small town centre flats, (from £250 off peak ) to larger properties with swimming pool, (£500 off peak without pool, £650 May with pool). Those details are from memory but you can search the site. We found both the agency when booking and the on site rep really welcoming right from the start when we found she'd put some things for breakfast in the kitchen. The rep also gave us lots of local information and advice. Also we were stranded there due to the volcano and they could not have been more helpful in tracking down the nearest Thomas Cook rep and making sure we were OK.

We felt very at ease in Foça but it is definitely not a place for tourists who like to spend their holiday on the beach amongst fellow countrymen. Nor does it have the souvenir shops, bright lights, night clubs and bars of the large resorts such as Kusadasi but rather a place to experience a laid back atmosphere of a pleasant & modern Turkish community. It's speciality is fish restaurants and they are quite popular with Turkish visitors especially at the weekends. Average meal for a family of 4 was about 60-80 Turkish lira incl drinks. That's about £27 to £36. We also visited the Tuesday very good value fresh produce market and fish market to get fish to BBQ at the house.

Trips within easy drive are Pergamon, (via Bergama), 1 1/2 hours and Ephesus, (via Selcuk which is worth visiting in it's own right), 2 1/2 hours. Entrance to the sights is about £9 an adult, free for children under 13 and concessions for students 13+.

From May there are lots of boat trips which run out of Foça and a ferry to the Greek Island of Lesbos.

Izmir is 1 1/2 hours by bus, (we didn't drive that one). You do need to change at the main out of town bus station and take another bus into the city so it's quite a long day trip but the fares are very cheap.

Parmukkale is about 4 1/2 hours from Foça so really it's best to stay there one night. We stayed in the Venus Hotel (about £42 for large family room), which has good reviews on Tripadvisor. On route back to Foça we went via Aphrodosias and I'd really recommend that as that site has a very peaceful and relaxing atmosphere as it's off the usual coach party trail!

Next time we visit the Turkish coast we're thinking of flying into one airport, (maybe Fetiye) and out of Izmir to catch some more sights up the coast, (e.g. the so called ghost village of Karakoy.

Hope this is of some help and inspires you to take what you like the sound of and put together an itinerary to suit your own tastes.

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