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anyone tried the route that avoids Istanbul in Turkey

We would like to go the eastern route in Turkey then accross the ferry. has any one tried it before. around canakke??

following the galippoli area?
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Definitely you can avoid Istanbul (but it is a big compromise and sacrifice in many ways) and the route towards Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy and then East is also a very rich experience. A loop from the shores of Aegean and Mediterranean as well as a straight inland line towards East have their own unique flavors and tastes. From geographical and topographical point of view yes you can easily avoid Istanbul to go to East of Turkey but I'd recommend to go to Istanbul on your way while you're in Turkey. On the way back at least.

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agree with cozcan. there wont be any difficuties crossing canakkale to avoid istanbul. however, if you visit Turkiye, you should see Istanbul.
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We would like to go the eastern route in Turkey then accross the ferry. has any one tried it before. around canakke??

following the galippoli area?
Of course, the Istanbul route is well worth doing as mentioned above but if you absolutely don't want to go near the big city then I think your idea is a great one. You can cross from Canakkale to Eceabat by simply turning up and driving on to the next available ferry. It's a fairly short crossing with a tea shop/cafeteria on board.

The peninsula is beautiful in summer and a very moving place to visit.
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Istanbul

Perhaps jumping to conclusions, but I'm in Istanbul now and it's a great place. Rode in early morning, parked the bike at a place near the blue mosque and it's quite manageable to see the great main sites on foot and transit from there. Would definetly not miss it if you have not already been here. If you have, enjoy the other route. I've seen a few bikes, just passed GSA and Strom parked outside the four seasons. I'm sure they were at the hostel across the street but liked the lighting in front of the hotel.
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Again ?



Who knows if you will have a chance to see such a beautiful city once again?

Don't miss it...
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Hi Andy

We have just returned to the UK from a trip to Turkey in a Land Rover I agree with the other replies you must visit Istanbul, we camped near the airport & used the local bus to visit the center, we then drove through the city to troy, then onto the ferry to the peninsula before heading back home

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Hi all we are just strapped for time but will visit Istanbul when we have more time we are off through greece then border crossing close to alexandra it is quieter we are now at Sakar Hills Touring Park wonderful campsite and right on the border. the owners are from the UK and are fantastic. well worth a visit

from troy down to family in Feteye then off to Iran around the 20th Sept.
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Well you are bringing the rain to Istanbul than, Thank you....
Seriously we had very little rain for past summer. And starting today it is raining.
Great for nature but be aware of slippery roads since this is the first rain to hit the asphalt in months.

Beside that you should enjoy cooler temperatures.
If you need land rover parts or support drop a note. There is an organised LRO group based in Istanbul.

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Turkey weather in October?

Hi, were planning to start off at the end of this month, to see Turkey on our way to Iran.

We´re from Finland, so were used to traveling in not-so-warm temperatures.. but how is it in Turkey in the beginning- to mid-October? See, Ive never been there, though I wanted to go there a long time, Im sure its beautiful! And I know its a very big country, so will probably depend a lot on the region as well. At the moment we plan to first visit the Mediterranean coast, then while going east, head further north as well, to avoid the areas near Iraq. Will probably cross into Iran at the northernmost border with Turkey.

What are the "normal" daytime temperatures in, say, Ankara, in mid-October... and someone said that if you take the main road east, it´ll go on a mountain plateau for a long time, thats likely to be considerably cooler because of altitude, I would think?
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Depends on which route you will travel. I got some data from Turkish State Meteorological Service for October.
From 1975-2006,

For Ankara, Average temp. is 12.9 C, Max Avg. Temp. is 19.7 C Degrees and Min. Avg. Temp. is 7.3 C. Max. recorded Temp is 32.2 C (at 1999) and Min. recorded Temp is minus 3.4 C (at 1977) Temp. Avg. # of Rainy days are 7.3 Days.

Nearly for all mid-anatolia region avg. temps are same. May be a few degrees more or less.

For East anatolia region It is lower. Like Erzurum in Mid-Oct. Avg. Temp is 7.5 C, Max Avg. Temp is 15.3 and Min. Avg. Temp is 0.7 C. Max recorded Temp is 27.0 C ( at 1981) and min recorded temp. is minus 14.1 C. (2003) Avg. # of Rainy days are 10.7

If you prefer southernly route, the temps go higher. If you prefer a route from Black Sea, be prepared for lots of rain.

This year was a really hot year for all of Turkey and if it goes like that, i assume october would be hot too.

You can reach all these data from METEOROLOJİ GENEL MÜDÜRLÜĞÜ - Ana Sayfa. You can view the site in English or Deutsch. But the data are not complex as I wrote. In turkish part, at the lower left part of the site you will see "Tahmin icin il adi". Write down the name of the provinence you would like to see and press "Gor". A new page will open. In the below part of the new page you will see all the data I wrote.

I wrote the Turkish-English translation of the data you need. To view page properly, use "UTF-8, Unicode".
"Ortalama Sicaklik = Average Temp.", "Ortalama En Yuksek Sicaklik = Max. Avg Temp", "Ortalama En Dusuk Sicaklik = Min Avg. Temp", "Ortalama Yagisli gun Sayisi = Average Number of Rainy Days", "En yüksek Sicaklik = Max. Temp", "En Dusuk Sicaklik = Min. Temp" "Ekim = October"

I hope this could help.

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OK, thats a very comprehensive answer, certainly gives me some idea, what to expect when I get there. Thank you!
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