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1. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 315 posts) 37w

Hello All,

Visiting Turkey has been a longstanding dream of mine and it looks like I will FINALLY get to it this May. This is a request for you folks to offer any input on my travel itinerary. Any input would be helpful. Here it is:

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul

Day 2: Istanbul - Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Yerabatan Cistern, St Savior in Chora Church

Day 3: Goreme: Fly to Nevshehir - Open air museum of Goreme, Rock city of Uchisar

Day 4: Goreme: Day tour covering Goreme, Derinkuyu, Ilhara Valley followed by the monastery; Potentially a visit to Village of Guzelyurt

Day 5: Goreme: Hot air balloon ride, Hike through the valley, Live performance of Whirling Derwishes- followed by an overnight bus to Pammukale

Day 6: Pammukale

Day 7: Morning bus to Selcuk - afternoon/evening trip to Ephesus

Day 8: Bodrum:

Day 9: Bodrum

Day 10: Fly back to Istanbul

Day 11: Istanbul - Topkapi Palace, Sogukcesme Sokagi, Grand Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise

Day 12: Istanbul - Camlica Hill, Egyptian Spice Bazaar, Village of Ortakoy

Day 13: Istanbul - Princes Islands

Day 14: Istanbul

Day 15: Istanbul

Day 16: Return to New York City

Any thoughts on the above? Am I spending too little time in one place? Is my time an Istanbul an overkill? Any thoughts on what I should cover in my two extra days in Istanbul towards the end?

I am a vegetarian so any recommendations on restaurants that are vegetarian friendly at the destinations I have listed above?

Any recommendations for places to stay at the above destinations?

Thank you in advance.

Regards,

Pranav

2. Posted by Alain13 (Full Member 58 posts) 37w

Hi,
I would stay one day more in Cappadocia. So awesome and a lot of sights. May be you can replace one day in Istanbul by an additonal day in Goreme.
And do not forget there is very interesting ancient sites between Selcuk and Bodrum: Milet, Didim
Enjoy your trip. :)

3. Posted by tgogrichiani (Inactive 33 posts) 37w

16 days tour :) wow awasome

4. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 315 posts) 37w

Quoting Alain13

Hi,
I would stay one day more in Cappadocia. So awesome and a lot of sights. May be you can replace one day in Istanbul by an additonal day in Goreme.
And do not forget there is very interesting ancient sites between Selcuk and Bodrum: Milet, Didim
Enjoy your trip. :)

Thank you so much. What sights/attractions would you recommend for the additional day?

5. Posted by Alain13 (Full Member 58 posts) 37w

I remember a very nice walk in Soganli valley, also with carved churches.
and another underground city at Kaymakli.
I am sure you will be more confortable with 4 days

6. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 315 posts) 37w

Quoting Alain13

I remember a very nice walk in Soganli valley, also with carved churches.
and another underground city at Kaymakli.
I am sure you will be more confortable with 4 days

Awesome..this sounds great...but any chance I'll be doing more of the same? Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

7. Posted by Alain13 (Full Member 58 posts) 37w

Zelve is also a very nice place with both chimney rocks and churches. I don't know if it is in your plan.
You know I was there in 1991. i don't remember all ! The best is you look at Cappadocia tourism web site to adjust your trip.
Enjoy

8. Posted by mrv (Budding Member 2 posts) 36w

hi,
"Day 12: Istanbul - Camlica Hill, Egyptian Spice Bazaar, Village of Ortakoy "
this day will be very hard to do ... the places that you picked is not so close. istanbul is a very crowded place so i suggest you to pick the places closer to each other. for example historical area asian side european side etc.

and you can go to kadıköy and the sea side till caddebostan also in asian side. there is a traditional food brand Çiya . you can find vegetables (ciya.com.tr)
in karaköy there is a place called Fasuli. (http://www.fasuli.com.tr/) it is a traditional kitchen of black sea side. you can find vegetable meals there.
nearly every where (especially restaurants that you can drink ) you can find " meze"(aperatives with drink) and vegetables food made with olive oil. nearly all kebaps are made of meat but sometimes you can ask. (you can find "pide" in these kind of places. there is a lot pides that made of cheese, mushroom etc. you can select.
you can try turkish breakfast ( in namlı (karaköy next to güllüoğlu (the famous baklava place)) for cheaper in beşiktaş (they are located in sinan paşa mah.)
in eagean side... there is a lot of places :)
may be you can try . alaçatı, dalyan, ölüdeniz, kalkan, kaş ... but you have to rent a car ... may be next time :)
i think you can pick the places closer otherwise you be tried of roads.
bests
merve

9. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 315 posts) 35w

Quoting Alain13

Zelve is also a very nice place with both chimney rocks and churches. I don't know if it is in your plan.
You know I was there in 1991. i don't remember all ! The best is you look at Cappadoccia tourism web site to adjust your trip.
Enjoy

My sincere apologies for the delayed acknowledgment of your message. It has been a crazy past week for me. I am getting in to Cappadoccia fairly early on my first day. So I am hoping three full days should be plenty.

10. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 315 posts) 35w

Quoting mrv

hi,
"Day 12: Istanbul - Camlica Hill, Egyptian Spice Bazaar, Village of Ortakoy "
this day will be very hard to do ... the places that you picked is not so close. istanbul is a very crowded place so i suggest you to pick the places closer to each other. for example historical area asian side european side etc.

and you can go to kadıköy and the sea side till caddebostan also in asian side. there is a traditional food brand Çiya . you can find vegetables (ciya.com.tr)
in karaköy there is a place called Fasuli. (http://www.fasuli.com.tr/) it is a traditional kitchen of black sea side. you can find vegetable meals there.
nearly every where (especially restaurants that you can drink ) you can find " meze"(aperatives with drink) and vegetables food made with olive oil. nearly all kebaps are made of meat but sometimes you can ask. (you can find "pide" in these kind of places. there is a lot pides that made of cheese, mushroom etc. you can select.
you can try turkish breakfast ( in namlı (karaköy next to güllüoğlu (the famous baklava place)) for cheaper in beşiktaş (they are located in sinan paşa mah.)
in eagean side... there is a lot of places :)
may be you can try . alaçatı, dalyan, ölüdeniz, kalkan, kaş ... but you have to rent a car ... may be next time :)
i think you can pick the places closer otherwise you be tried of roads.
bests
merve

Hello Merve,

I owe you a huge "thank you" for taking the time to put this post together. My sincere apologies for not having acknowledged it earlier. Thanks a ton for the food recommendations. I will definitely check these out. My aunt traveled to Turkey a few years ago and raved about "Pide" - so yes, I am definitely looking forward to trying that. If you have any specific recommendations on where I can get the best variety of Pide in Istanbul, please do let me know. We actually have a güllüoğlu very close to my home in New York. They claim it is the best Baklava in New York. Is "Namli" the name of the restaurants? Please do let me know. Thanks once again for your prompt and helpful response.

Regards,

Pranav