(Closed) Any couples spent their Honeymoon in TURKEY? Please share your experiences

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I LOVE TURKEY!!!!  its one of my favorite places, I think its underrated πŸ™‚ Everybody was really friendly, we learned a lot from the locals.

I went for a study abrod in 2007 and just loved it, and would love to go back one day! Great choice so many places to go in Turkey.  I started in Istanbul and traveld around the coast.  You could always travel to Bodrum, there is a really nice all inclusive place to say, its beautiful and then take the ferry over to the Greek Islands like Rhodes. 

Turkey is beautiful and there are so many places to go it is also a place that is easy on the wallet.  Have so much fun, one day I will make it back and would love to take my Fiance and even my parents πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Turkey isn’t the best place to visit right now. I have friends that just cancelled their trip due to safety issues (especially because one is Jewish.) They were told it was very unsafe in some areas. Just do your research before you go right now as Turkey has been involved in Middle Eastern turmoil.

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@subtatar:  Um, I beg to differ.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/02/02/192187.html (just as one example)

There were many issues, specifically since the new year regarding this new relationship along with many citizens of Syria who are fleeing to Turkey. The U.S. hasn’t issued a travel warning but you should be aware of this, because yes, they are forging a relationship with the Middle East. It’s a great country and you’ll probably be fine, but do your research (especially now) as there are some areas you just shouldn’t go to.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been to Turkey and I’m going to offer a negative opinion. If you’re based in the UK, Turkey is always a cheaprer holiday than anywhere else. Even compared with places like Spain that are closer. I’m sure there are exceptions but in general, standards are lower and you should expect less. It’s good value for money but I’m not sure it’s a great honeymoon destination unless you’re really going all out. Certainly avoid places like Marmaris and Ichmeler. We had a crap time, and we went with low expectations…men are sleazy….I really want to say there are exceptions but I never met any. It’s a bit of a joke in the UK that Turkey is the ‘chavvy’ option. I realise I’m about to ruffle some serious feathers by saying that, but it’s true.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Turkey is a part of the European Union. They don’t deem themselves as ‘middle eastern’ country. I honestly think in a tourist resort, you’re a safe there as anywhere else. Having said that places in the middle east that i’ve been e/g/ Kuwait and Dubai left me feeling far, far safer on my own as a single female than being with my Fiance in Turkey ever did.

Post # 12
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1104 posts
Bumble bee

Darling Husband and I spent two weeks in Turkey doing this Intrepid tour:

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/trips/ERKP#itinerary

Some of the places would be great for a honeymoon, depending on what you want to do. We’d never been keen on Turkey or tours for that matter (MIL wanted to go and paid for us to go with her – couldn’t say no!!) but had a fantastic time. There are some security fears for Turkey but my understanding is a) those are mostly confined to the eastern areas of the country and b) there are security fears everywhere if you look hard enough! Do your research and have a great time πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’ve been to Turkey twice: I spent 2 weeks in Bodrum with my OH in 2007, and a week in Marmaris with a girlfriend in 2009. I am not a fan, and am going to agree with ticatica: a lot of resorts are quite ‘chavvy’. I found the resorts were mediocre (I would NEVER go all inc there ever again; and if you go self-catered/B&B, you’ll need to eat pretty much every single meal out as IMO the supermarkets have quite limited stock), and I hated the hassle you got everywhere. It was bad enough when I was with my OH (restaurant touts hassle you SO much; everywhere else I’ve been a simple smile and ‘No thanks’ does the trick; here, they would follow you, etc), but when I went with my female friend we felt very very uncomfortable and unsafe: men would swear at us if we didn’t go to their bar/restaurant, strange men on the street made lewd comments, and on one occasion, we were both physically assaulted by a restaurant tout.

Now, there are nicer parts than the parts I visited; but it is honestly not a country I would return to, and not one I would recommend. Yes, there are some places with nice scenery; but there are many many other places in Europe with nice scenery.

If you want to honeymoon in Europe, I would suggest looking at Italy, Madeira, or parts of Spain, Greece and France; Croatia is also supposed to be nice in parts.

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I’ve only ever been to a coastal town  as a stop on a cruise. There was a huge market and it was pretty cool to go through, except the men who run the stands harass everyone who walks past. I know thats to be expected in a lot of places, but I’ve never had it nearly as bad as it was in Turkey.  I was with all women, so maybe it will be different if you are with your husband. 

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