1 pointYou're right Göreme, the website isn't up to scratch! As Ken says, you can buy a ticket at the Izmir otogar as buses do generally go every 30 to 40 minutes, or phone them for same. I haven't used the route for almost 2 years so there may be some "viral" changes. If you're planning to return via the same route, be sure to make a phone booking for the Çeşme-Izmir leg as it's often crowded during tourist season. But if you want to go straight back to Istanbul, other bus companies such as Ulusoy, Kamil Koç or Metro depart from Çeşme direct (so you won't have to change buses at Izmir on the way). Hope this helps...
1 pointIt should take a little over an hour, but allow one and a half hours to be on the safe side. When I went from Izmir to Çeşme I never went from the Izmir bus station, I went to a terminal on the Çeşme side of the city. As I recall that took around 50 minutes from there, because once you get out of Izmir, it's a mostly a straight highway to Çeşme. The bus makes a couple of stops on the outskirts of Çeşme. Then it goes to a bus stop in the middle of town, then it goes to a Migros grocery store which is the end of the route and the main bus station of Çeşme. See the map: You can see from the map how close it is to the harbor. Move the map down a little so you can see the long pier where it says "Çeşme TR-Chios GR," that's the ferry port.
1 pointThey sell metal detectors in Turkey, so they're not illegal. Also, their not on any restricted list on the customs website, so it should be okay. It is illegal to use a metal detector around ancient sites. Also, if you find, are given, or buy any antiquity in Turkey and try to take it out of the country, it's illegal, and you could even go to jail for it. That includes any antiquity, even a coin, and even an old carpet. If you want to take something out of Turkey and you're not sure if it's an antiquity or not, you must go to a museum and get a letter stating that it's not an antiquity before you take it out of the country.
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