i will be arriving in turkey (istanbul) in mid may and was wondering how much time i should allocate to the country. hopefully two weeks or less would be enough. also any recommeded routes and attractions would be appreciated. also whats the chances of getting a swim that time of year?
That question, about how much time, to spend in a country is impossible to answer. Only u can say, what is right for u. Some people make a plan, and others move on, when they feel like it. It can be an easy soak up the atmosphere type trip, or a make sure every tourist attraction is seen and waste no time trip.
It will likely be warm enough, in May, to swim, unless u are very unlucky, with the weather.
Places to go.
Check out this place to stay. I dont know if it is your type of place, or not.
I reckon you could spend a few months in Turkey, it's a very interesting and varied country.
But 2 weeks should be enough to put a decent itinerary together. Give yourself at least 3 days in Istanbul, 'cause there is plenty to do what with Hagia Sofia, the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, bazaars, boat trips on the bosphorus and some surprisingly really good food.
I would also go to Cappadocia for definite, takes a day to get to from Istanbul on a bus, also I would see some seaside - Olu Deniz is very lovely if rather packed - and some history - Ephesus is a very well preserved Roman city. Olympus, with the treehouses, is a good place to chill out for a few days.
The sea won't have warmed up enormously in May but it will be pleasant enough for a swim, you'll get plenty of sun.
iv been to istanbul several times and STILL never see everything!
id say a week in the city may be enough - I think its the best city in Europe
i stayed in turkey 2 1/2 months and loved it there ..beautiful country with very friendly people albeit the guys always trying to sell you a carpet ...
two weeks is rushing it but still doable ...
3 days istanbul
Pamukalle was nice ..not much to do
cappadocia is a must ........
olympos to chill was nice ...
maybe look into doing the 4 days med cruises if you get the time .. from fethiye to Olympos ....