My final itinerary for 13 days in Turkey
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2012 4:14 PM Last Post By: Katles
Jul 17, 2012 3:38 AM
My final itinerary for 13 days in TurkeyHi all, just recently got told about Thorntree by a fellow thorntree member (Sari am sure u'll c this post :-), so giving this a go :-)
I'm off to Turkey next week, travelling from Australia...there will be 4 of us travelling and we have come up with our itinerary....will be in Turkey for 13 FULL days
Now a few questions to make it easier as we travel....
Firstly will we be safe booking accomodation as we go as we haven't looked into anything...we aren't 5 star travelers, just something clean with air con :-)
We will be staying in Istanbul for 2 and a half days.....have been told to stay in the Sultanahmet area, so we will. Can someone give me the heads up of where out of this area we can get a good feed, away from the touristy area....have read enough about it to know what sights to check out...Is the Bosphorus cruise a must???
Then planning on catching an overnight bus to Canakkale for Gallipoli day tour...have looked up some buses and noticed one leaves at midnight with Truva Turizm...can someone confirm this for me...is that the latest one someone can find?? Will stay overnight here.
Next day will make our way to Izmir by bus (have been told to stay in Selcuk)....will be here for 2 nights/2 days...one day for Ephesus and surrounds and one day for ???? What do u reccommend.....I was thinking just a beach day, if so what beach is best to visit which isn't too far from Selcuk...or shud we base ourself in Izmir for the 2 days for beach and Ephesus?? Only asking because have read about Cesme being close to Izmir...sorry for all these questions, it just gets herd when you read so much about places and you want to go everywhere and you cant :-)
Then looking at an overnight bus to Goreme for Cappadocia, will spend 2 and half days there...
Then will overnight bus it to Antalya...now here we have 4 days to play with to make our way from Antalya to Fethiye (will be leaving Turkey via Dalaman airpport, so need to end in fethiye to make it easier to get our flight from there)....Can someone suggest a 4 day intinerary for this part of the trip???? Will hiring a car be easiest way to do it, or public transport??
So we will be in turkey to explore its history,culture,people and food....and a little bit of partying :-)...so if u know of good party spots/resorts along the way, please add them in.
THANKYOU so much for looking into this, greatly appreciated.....
We are so excited to be on our way to such an amazing looking country!!!
Jul 17, 2012 4:46 AM
1Lots of answers for you in the "Search" facility.
you should go direct as possible Istanbul to Selcuk - (I'd fly to Izmir first) a great fun town and good base for adventures in Ephesus, and surrounding area Kusadasi etc. Then bus to Pamukkale and down to Fethiye via Lake Bafa. Ferry across to Greek island Rhodes -1 hr. each way. From there it's easy to spend 4 days driving through Kekova,Kas, Patara Cirali etc. to Antalya then fly or bus up to Goreme and the amazing sights of Cappadocia and complete the circle flying back to Istanbul. Or vice versa. We used rented cars a lot (www.economycarrentals.com).... driving is best, especially with 4 to share cost. Internal flights are cheap and quick. Enjoy!
Jul 17, 2012 10:06 AM
2Just returning from 3 weeks in Istanbul. For what they're worth, here are my suggestions about an itinerary including Istanbul:
1. Stay away from Istanbul on the weekend - the sites you want to see will be packed with domestic and international tourists;
2. If you're considering visiting the usual suspects, i.e., Topkapi, Basilica Cistern, Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque, then FIRST go to the 3-d virtual tours at http://www.3dmekanlar.com/en/topkapi-palace.html (this particular link goes to topkapi) and decide it these are places you want to invest time, money, and crowded space on. One of these is closed Mondays; the other is closed Tuesdays.
3. If you decide to do Topkapi, then paying the extra for the Harem will be what makes the visit worthwhile.
4. In the Sultanahmet (and Sirkeci) high-tourist areas, most of the food is mediocre and relatively high-priced ... if you would normally like to discover places on your own - then I'd recommend not doing so this time around. Look at the reviews other provide (such as you've already received on this thread) and save yourself disappointment (and money).
4. The peaches and nectarines and cantaloupe - fabulous - and you can get them easily in little markets close by.
5. Skip the Turkish ice cream and instead indulge in the chocolate-chocolate ice cream bars you'll find at many kiosks. Will be a picture of a car on it.
Not everyone will agree with me about the above; it's just reflective of my experience and preferences.
Jul 18, 2012 2:50 AM
3Agree with the others that with 4 of your splitting expenses, a rental may be your best solution. Make sure the auto is large enough for 4 and luggage and has the power to climb hills with the 4 of you in it. For example, look at the Fiat Doblo, it might be about the right size.
If you can rent a diesel or LPG car that may save you some money and diesel and LPG stations are on all the roads. This Petrol Ofisi web site helps you compare regional gasoline prices in Turkey. Use the pull down menu next to "Görmek İstediğiniz İli Seçiniz" to find the location. Click the "Sorgula" button to see prices.
Here are some agencies I have seen recommended. (NOTE: I have never used these, others on ThornTree may or may not recommend some of these)
Before you rent a vehicle, inquire about supplemental insurance and be sure you know what is covered with your rental. Ask ahead of time about the expensive extra fee if you do not return the car to where you picked it up. Ask the agent if they top off the fuel tank or deliver it empty? It is very common for rental agencies to give you a nearly empty fuel tank and then you have to "guess" to bring it back almost empty again. Ask if they will top it off before you start and then you can fill it again when you return. They may not...:-(
Here is a short TripAdvisor commentary about driving in Turkey.
One more site that may be useful is Driver Abroad
Note that pedestrians do not have nor expect to have the right of way in Turkey. Also be aware that usually, whomever reaches an intersection first takes the right-of-way regardless of whether they are to your right or left...
If some maniac (there will be plenty) comes up behind you at a high rate of speed, slow down and get close to or off the side of the road if space permits and let them pass. I drive at a leisurely pace and I do not allow the speed "monsters" to push me into driving faster. Some will honk, others will wave and others will flash their lights, just let them pass as soon as it is safe and you will be just fine.
Do Not Speed! Speed limits are 90 km or below on secondary roads and up to 120 is permitted on the high speed roads (commonly called TEM). There may or may not be a sign for reduced speed limit going into a town or village, do be careful and slow down when passing through villages or towns.
Watch out for speed traps, there are many "fake" police car mockups along the road (no kidding) but I have frequently seen the real thing parked immediately next to one of these mockups. Traffic stops are usually routine checks for registration, insurance, licence, etc. Make sure you have all the rental car paperwork handy along with your passports and driver's licenses. If you are pulled over in a routine road side stop you may get a fine if you are not buckled up. Do not talk on a phone and drive...
Jul 19, 2012 5:00 PM
4You guys are genius's...THANKYOU soooo much for this info!!!!
Tomkat unfortunately you itinerary wont work for us as we already have a flight booked out from Dalaman.....
Sari you are just filld with so much knowledge :-) Do you think we should head straight to Fethiye from Goreme,and not bother with Antalya...we may miss olympus if we do this??? And yes I knew the visa cost went up for us aussies :-(
Mzurie, thanks heaps of the food ideas, looking forward to feastin while we are there
And lastly Hobbittr, thanks heaps for the drivin info..kinda scared me a bit, but will see how we go
One last questions, with so many of u either havin been there, or living there, with the places we are staying can you reccommend accomodation places to look into...I will do a search for this, but just thought I'd add it into this posting.
Jul 19, 2012 5:20 PM
5It depends on how much time you want to spend on the road and how much actually at destinations.Fethiye to Kaş is a little over 2 hours and Kaş to Olympos is just under 2 hours.So you could go by bus from Capp.into Fethiye pick up a hire car and drive to Kaş for a couple of nights and visit Olympos from there before returning to Fethiye for a last couple of nights.
Antalya to Kaş is around 4 hours drive and to be honest this stretch of coast is a beautiful drive to do.So you could pick up a car in Antalya and spend that day tootling along to Olympos and then onto Kaş late afternoon.That would still fit your time scale.
Actually Hobbittr is the best one to comment on this as he's local to Kaş.
What type of accomodation would you like?i.e.what is your budget range?
Jul 19, 2012 5:42 PM
6Here's a tip....last year we did some research and found that with economycarrentals.com we could rent a car from Fethiye to Izmir with NO drop-off fee!. A saving of hundreds of dollars. So we bussed Antalya-Cirali(Olympos) then on to Fethiye ,picked up the car and drove Kas-Ucagiz - Patara - Fethiye- Datca Peninsular-Lake Bafa - Selcuk(Ephesus etc.)-Kusadasi and on up to Foca etc. and returned car to Izmir.
This route "picks the eyes" out of the best parts of the Med. and Aegean Coasts.
Perhaps you can do Antalya-Dalaman without drop-off fee - even get to the Datca Peninsular and stay at Ogun's at Hayitbuku - a definite highlight.
You want to stay in the Old Town in Antalya .Canada hotel at Cirali is good but there are little beach hotels there too. Ucagiz (Kekova )is a must-see stop.
(we drive on the other side but still found driving fine )
Jul 20, 2012 12:07 AM
7The Hobbit agrees with sarıkanarya about the time driving and the beauty of the coastal road. Add an extra hour for stops along the way for tea, looking and taking photos. Whomever is driving MUST keep your eyes on the road or you will end up in the sea :-)
And yes, for the UK and Australian members out there, Turkey drives on the "right" side of the road. The roads are, in general, quite good and signage is accurate.
I would not be scared of driving, be on the alert, expect the unexpected, remember where you are at all times, drive the speed limit, and you will do just fine. I have driven in Turkey for 12 years, no accidents yet!!
Accommodation: In July I would recommend a reservation for the 1st night at least.
There are many pensions in Kaş, most with A/C and Internet connections, but not all of them have web sites. They are the least expensive, from 25 TL UP to ??
Suggest you contact Bougainville or Dragoman travel in Kaş ahead of time for reservations. Make sure you give them your nightly budget and ask for a discount!
The Hobbit has stayed at these hotels, all have web sites.
Budget: Sardunya, Oreo Hotels
Midrange: Club Arpia (on the peninsula) , Aqua Princess
Upper: Medusa, Kale
Jul 23, 2012 6:32 PM
Oct 21, 2012 4:14 PM
9I am also travelling to these places in Turkey next July (2013) so have found all this info very helpful! Thanks everyone!
(4 star Hotel)
From US$162.61 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$133.71 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$15.33 per night