U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 04-18-2010, 10:42 PM
 
507 posts, read 601,952 times
Reputation: 363

Advertisements

I'll be going to Armenia in May/June, and I would like to travel overland from Istanbul to get there. I am wondering if anyone here has traveled overland through Turkey or Georgia (I am thinking about taking a bus through these countries). I am also wondering if there are any safety issues I should know about. I'm a female traveling alone, so I just want to be cautious.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-18-2010, 10:59 PM
 
9,830 posts, read 19,605,111 times
Reputation: 7605
There is an adventure motorcycling website called advrider.com that has a lot of trip reports about people that have biked from Istanbul across Turkey through Georgia and Armenia and on to other places. If you do a search on the trip report section on that website you should be able to find a lot of info and pictures. I know you want to take a bus but some of those trip reports were rather informative about the area with lots of pictures.

The impression I got was that there are still some issues in Georgia due to the Russian invasion and ransacking of the country and that Turkey may not be the wisest place for a single female to be wondering around in.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-19-2010, 12:18 AM
 
Location: rain city
2,958 posts, read 11,369,868 times
Reputation: 4909
Caution would be good.

Eastern Turkey is relatively untouristed by foreigners and doesn't have the visitor infrastructure of western Turkey. There is unrest on the Turk/Iraq border and other hotspots. Turkey is 96% Islamic and eastern Turkey is rural and very conservative. These are not good times in rural eastern Turkey. And in these more remote parts of the country do not expect to find many English speaking people (how's your turkik?).

As a woman traveling alone you should be well covered at all times. I cannot say you would be unsafe in any way, but as an American woman traveling alone in the rural backwaters of Turkey you will stand out and attract attention--no matter what you are wearing. Be careful, seriously. Turkish men have a view of western women that may not coincide with your view of western women. The cultural divide is large.

My experience with long distance Turkish buses is good (all in western Turkey). Clean, efficient and with nice snack service and rest stops and generally friendly. Eastern Turkey may be a whole nother story......

Never been to Armenia. It is not a muslim country so may be a little easier. Georgia has areas of current political unrest but is not generally unsafe.

There are border problems throughout the region. Be prepared with all the necessary visas in advance, and have ready cash in the event that passport control palms need to be greased for entry/exit.

In all these fairly remote and untraveled areas be prepared to find a dearth of English. Pocket translators are a godsend. Get one.

And finally, none of these countries share a common currency. Therefore you must get rid of all currency before leaving a country as you will not be able to use it in the next country. This is an area of shysters. Be prepared to get ripped off in any currency exchange transaction.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-19-2010, 12:30 PM
 
507 posts, read 601,952 times
Reputation: 363
Thanks for the replies. I'm trying to find the cheapest way to get to Armenia, and most flights I've found to Yerevan are pretty expensive. I just discovered a long distance bus from Istanbul for around 50 bucks (round trip flights from Istanbul are much cheaper), so that is why I'm even considering this. Thanks for all of safety info as well, I definitely need to look into that more.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-05-2010, 07:16 AM
 
14 posts, read 143,506 times
Reputation: 24
I wouldn't advise to come overland as it can be pretty much of a hustle. Two of the borders with turkey and azerbaijan are closed so there's only georgian border left which is a pretty long ride in the mountains. You should come by air and travel in the country overland..haha
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top