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1. Posted by tjk (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

We will arrive in Istanbul from the west coast of the USA on May 20th. We had originally planned to stay our first 2 nights and our last 3 nights in Istanbul because we thought we would be to jet lagged to continue the journey. A friend said we should just fly on to Izmir to cut down on airport trips. What do you think?

Here is our rough draft itinerary:

2 nights Selcuk - Visit Ephesus, Miletus, Priene and Didyma.
2 nights Bodrum at El Vino Hotel
2 nights Kas - Diving and kayaking
2 nights Antalya
1 night Konya (we don't want to drive all the way from Antalya to Cappadocia)
3 nights Cappadocia at Hotel Kelebek
5 nights Istanbul - Apricot Hotel

I would like suggestions on accomodations where we haven't listed them. If you have stayed where we have them listed we would like to hear your opinion. We would like to stay under $50 a night USD when possible. We prefer small pensions over large resorts.

Favorite watering holes (bars, pubs, discos).

Favorite restaurants (on low to medium budget).

Favorite beaches.

Favorite small towns.

We will have a car between Bodrum and Cappadocia and we would like to explore some towns off the beaten path. Any suggestions?

This itinerary leaves us with a couple of float days. Where would you spend more time?



2. Posted by suatulusoy (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Hi Tamara,
Your tour itinerary sounds great.But 5 nights in istanbul might be a bit too much.3 nights is ok for istanbul.So you can use that 2 extra days to go Nemrut Mountain when you arrive to Cappadocia.By this way you could explore south-east of Turkey where Nemrut mountain is.Click link below to get some info about Nemrut Mountain:

About Cappadocia,i dont know what kind of athmosphere you are looking for but if you are looking somewhere silent and peaceful,check out this hotel:

Its around 50 USD per night with excellent,organic open buffet breakfast but no worries i would reduce it so much under 50 USD if you wanna stay there.

For more questions&requests,do not hesitate to ask



[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]

3. Posted by SRUSSELL (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

If I had to subtract, I would subtract a night in Bodrum. It was nothing special to me.

Then I would add a night or two to Antalya. It's a nice city and the day trips are great -- Termessos, Perge, Aspendos, rafting, etc.

There are terrific places to stay in the old town. The food is wonderful. And everything is cheap!

4. Posted by sfrx (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

I would keep my 5 days in Istanbul. There are wonderful day trips on the Bosphorus and also islands on the Sea of Marmara. The Ferries are cheap.

Shopping is also great so you could save a day at the end to shop or just browse the centuries old market for jewelry, or imports from Uzbekistan or wonderful pastries and olives.
How about going to a bathhouse, a very different experience !!!!

There is great public transportation on a trolley that runs thru the old city.

5. Posted by tjk (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

Since I last posted my itinerary I have changed it quite a bit but it still isn't written in stone, nor will it be at any time before the trip. If we fall in love with an area we will stay an extra day or two.

Here it is now!

Arrive Istanbul in the morning and stay 2 nights/3 days.

Night train to Ankara in order to catch the bus to Cappadocia. We are not going to spend any time in Ankara

Arrive in Cappadocia mid afternoon and stay 3 nights.

Bus to Antalya and stay 2-3 nights. Maybe rent a car on our second day and explore the area.

Drive to Kas and stay 2-3 nights

We are not thrilled about Bodrum but we will stay here one night to break up the drive to Selcuk.

2 nights Selcuk.

Fly from Izmir to Istanbul and stay our last 2 nights in Istanbul.

This leaves us with an extra night to spend somewhere. Any ideas?

I think we are only going to book our Istanbul accomodations in advance. 2 days in one hotel on the way in and 2 days at a different hotel on the way out.

6. Posted by Moltov (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

My friend actually suggested to leave Istanbul to the last as you will find yourself appreciated Istanbul more since it is a city that have the combination of the whole Turkey.
I also planning a trip to Turkey around May 05. Will only stay 4 two weeks.This is my rough itinerary.
Arrived in Istanbul then go straight to Ankara(1day)
From Ankara to Hattusa and Amasya(2 days)
afterthat will be Cappadocia (3 days)
Konya (not sure about this)
then a week in Mdeiterranean coast covering from Olympos to Adana.
any critique is welcome,thanks

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Don't forget to check out Pamukkale. I don't have a map in front of me but I'm sure you'll be close enough to it at one time or another. It's definitely worth checking out. Very strange site.

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10. Posted by nads83 (Budding Member 29 posts) 10y

Hey there,
wow I'm so jealous of you! Turkey is such an amazing country, it's so beautiful and everyone is so friendly. I agree with Travel100 make sure you check out pamukkale, it's really cool. It's a shame you aren't going to be staying in Ankara for very long, I used to live there and I really liked it. But I guess there's not really that much touristy stuff to do, especially when you compare what the rest of the country can offer.
Within driving distance of Antalya there's an ancient Greek town called Olympos, I really liked it there. It's not that big but it's right on the beach (of the Mediterranean) and it was really pretty.
also Troy is cool too, there's not as much to see as there is in Ephesus.
I don't remember what the town is called but I know it's near Ephesus (Efes), it's where Mary went after the crucifixion of Christ, so if you're interested in Christian History it might be kind of cool to go there.
And I actually really liked Bodrum, I only spent a day there so I guess I didn't have time to get bored with it, but I liked the castle and the masoleum
anyway have a good trip, your itinerary sounds really good
make sure you take lots of pictures and post them on this website!!