One week in Turkey in March/April
Replies: 23 - Last Post: May 1, 2013 6:27 AM Last Post By: pinkpony
Feb 4, 2013 5:53 PM
15By the way, the fellow tourists we met at Nemrüt Dağı were also from Austria. Really good legs and lungs for the climb up to the summit while our near sea level lungs were working overtime... We met up again in Van despite taking completely different routes.
Feb 4, 2013 11:59 PM
This is my first time travelling alone, and I would love to do the hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, I would also like to do some other exploring while there, any recommendations. Ideally I would like to land on the 16th of March, do a day tour on the 17th(hot air balloon) and depart to Istanbul on the 18th, spend the duration of the week there before departing to Budapest. Am I cutting myself too short a time in Cappadocia?
Feb 5, 2013 12:29 AM
17Welcome to the forum Nerissa!Two days really is the minimum for Cappadocia so you need to plan well to get best use of your time there.
Not knowing what time you would arrive in the area on the 16th it is not possible to say what you could do that day and the same for the 18th,not knowing what time you would leave there.Perhaps you will have some time free on each of those days too.
If you want to do a balloon trip then book it for your first morning(17th)so if there is a weather problem and the balloons don't fly then at least you can go on the next morning,the 18th before you leave.
Taking an organised tour for one day would be an efficient way of using your time,allowing you to see a lot of places in one day.The commonly called Green Tour which takes in Ilhara Valley and Derinkuyu underground city as well as other points is a good tour to do.Thankfully group tours in Cappadocia are almost all small group-10-12 people-so it isn't like being on a big bus with 40+ people,not nice at all!
If you know roughly your arrival and departure times then perhaps we can give you more detailed advice.
One thing I would say is to post up a new thread of your own so information for the original poster and for you don't get mixed up and you can also ask for info about the Istanbul section of your trip on your own thread too.At the top of the main forum page you'll see a green box with 'post a new topic'just click on there and you're ready to start a new thread.
Feb 9, 2013 6:14 AM
18Thank you very much for the Nemrut Dagi suggestion, Mike.
I think we will decide in Sanliurfa whether to rent a car or take an organised tour to Nemrut Dagi.
This is our planned itinerary so far, still need to book the flights though:
Day 1: take a 6:30 a.m. flight from Istanbul to Batman. Visit Hasankeyf, Mar Gabriel, overnight in Midyat or Mardin, travel by Bus
Day 2: explore Mardin
Day 3: Mardin to Sanliurfa by Bus
Day 4: rental car close to Nemrut Dagi, stay in a hotel close to the mountain
Day 5: Nemrut Dagi sunrise tour, back to Sanliurfa, visit Harran and Göbekli Tepe
Day 6: Yucavali homestay
Day 7: return to Istanbul
Unfortunately we won´t make it to Gazianteps mosaic museum, because if we take the evening flight to Istanbul, we will miss our connection back home ;-(
A good reason to come back another time!
Feb 9, 2013 8:23 AM
19One thing here you could explore is flying back to Istanbul from Malatya or Adıyaman airport,i.e. to save Nemrut for the end of the week.This would save the long doubling back to Urfa again.If you take a tour then I'm sure they would be happy to drop you at the airport and equally if you rent a car likewise you could return it at the airport.
Of course this depends on there being suitably timed/priced flights for you from Malatya or from Adıyaman airports.
Feb 14, 2013 1:00 PM
20Thanks, sarikanarya, for the suggestion and especially for suggesting to visit this part of Turkey in the first place.
But we´ve already booked our homestay at the end of the trip, also to make sure we get to the airport in time. We are already very excited and looking forward to southeastern Anatolia!
Feb 14, 2013 10:27 PM
21How lovely to have this to look forward to,I'm sure you'll have a spellbinding time there.I'm sure Alison at the homestay will help you with any organisation at that end for car hire or bus times etc.,.
Once you(sadly)return home it would be nice if you would post up a review of your trip on the trip review sticky at the top of the page.Everyone's trip is different and the details in them are a great help to other travellers....it's the only acceptable payment we ask :)
Feb 16, 2013 8:09 AM
May 1, 2013 6:27 AM
23trip report is up: Trip Review Southeastern Anatolia in April
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