Thanks for the link. From what I have understood, Çanakkale is the nicer place to stay with respect to Eceabat, and it is probably more practical for going to Troy, too, so I'm inclined to stay there. Now I am enquiring for tours of the war zones, but my priority is Troy anyway. After Hattuşa for logistic reasons, I am also renouncing to Edirne, because I think I simply do not have enough time to do so much with calm, and Çanakkale is already far enough from İstanbul (I'm not going to do a Nan-like exhausting daytrip as described in his review :-D). So my very trivial and laid-back plan could look like this:
4/12: early arrival in İstanbul
6/12: transition day, probably with at least half a day in İstanbul
7/12: Çanakkale, war zones/Troy
8/12: Çanakkale, war zones/Troy and possible transfer back to İstanbul
9/12: afternoon departure İstanbul
I have already visited İstanbul well many years ago, and took a walk downtown this summer, but I still have things on my to-see list and I will want to be a little more relaxed in terms of activities. Also, it is a pleasure for me to return there.
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As regards İstanbul, I was doing some research about its TWHSs, and would like to ask if anybody has some updated information about the Yıldız palace, for which reviews of 4 years ago reported restorations. I'm finding unclear pointers about its permanent closure: Wikipedia says so
, but it cites an old article; a page on the (official?) museums' website
does not seem to exist any longer, nothing at all; from the directorate of national palaces it seems that the tile and porcelain factory
is open, but the chalet isn't; other sites do give opening hours for the museum. So I was wondering what exactly is going on, if anything at all is visitable (the mosque? the park?), and why it seems so difficult to find precise information.
PS: The bridge between Gelibolu and Edirne I was referring too is not so new, it's the Uzunköprü :-) But as said, it is no longer on my radar.