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starKyyz
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Posted 1 year ago

Hey everyone hope you guys are doing well , I have booked a family 21 days trip to Istanbul but would love to explore more of Europe which includes Italy and if possible Dubrovnik. Would love to hear you guy’s travelling recommendation and the cheapest way to accomplish this journey!

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MisterSteve
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replied 1 year ago

Problems in order of seriousness:

Dubrovnik has no railway and although in Croatia is not easy to reach by road - even from the rest of Croatia - without passing through Bosnia. Bus is likely to be the only land option. There is a ferry connecting Bari in Italy which might be useful in at least one direction https://www.jadrolinija.hr/

Direct trains out of Turkey are extremely limited, from within Turkey they are at least easier to reserved than at the other end. see https://www.seat61.com/Turkey.htm for more detail

You don't say what your nationality is but visas may be needed. The eastern side of Europe is mostly not part of the Schengen zone so each country needs checking for their own rules.

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starKyyz
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replied 1 year ago

I am travelling from Canada if that helps

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MisterSteve
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replied 1 year ago

Where you travel from isn't relevant, it's the country name on the passport that affects visas. If yours says Canada then you don't need a visa for the Schengen zone - but you are limited to 90 days within 180 days for the whole zone. Bulgaria (definately in the way for a train journey from Turkey) and Romania have yet to join so you need to check their rules. Serbia, Bosnia (and southern ex-Yugoslavia states) are not members and have no current plans to join so also need checking if you want to go that way. And Turkey definately requires a visa for a Canadian passport.

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nltrainer
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replied 1 year ago

In short and blunt: for THISarea of the world/EUR forget trains-they are mostly a nuisance or some plaything for dedicated train-aficionado´ś
Seat61 is the best site for general planning and info.
TR has dozens of quite cheap low-cost airlines-but if you think of using them and are not used to it-DO read up and inform yourself very thorough-it might be quite different of the tipical NAFTA experience.
Why is it that so many people cannot apparently understand what is imprtt to ener some foreign country?

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argon
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replied 1 year ago

Serbia and Bosnia are Visa-Free , but only with a pass is valid at 6-months at least and with have a blank visa page .