Turquoise Coast via Rhodes or Dalaman Airports?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 8, 2013 11:00 AM Last Post By: dstu
Feb 12, 2013 2:12 PM
Turquoise Coast via Rhodes or Dalaman Airports?We are planning 10-days in Turkey in June and are in a quandary over how to get to the Turquoise Coast (our first stop in Turkey).
Our itinerary is currently:
- 3 nights on Turquoise Coast (Fethiye/Uludeniz/etc) via rental car
- 3 nights in Selcuk/Sirince via rental car
- 3 nights in Istanbul, no rental car
We will be departing for the Turquoise Coast from Rome after vacationing in Italy. We have a group of 2 seniors, 2 adults, and one infant (1 year old).
We are trying to decide if we should fly to Dalaman via Istanbul or Rhodes via Athens. The reason to stop in Rhodes en-route is that we would like to take at least one day trip to a Greek island (Samos, Rhodes, Kos, Chios, etc.) during our stay in Turkey. Routing through Rhodes and taking a ferry to Marmaris would allow for that. We are considering a 1 night stay on Rhodes and reducing our stay at either the Turquoise Coast or Selcuk to 2 nights. Upon arriving in Marmaris we would rent a car and drive toward Feythie for accommodation.
Is 1 night too little to take in any of Rhodes Town? Which of these Greek Islands along the coast of Turkey is most recommended for a day trip?
Feb 12, 2013 10:34 PM
1Welcome to the forum Derek,as well as the ferry into Marmaris there is also a ferry into Fethiye and that would be more convenient for your itinery I feel.You could pick up a car there and use all the way to Selçuk returning it at nearby Izmir airport and then fly from there up to Istanbul.Flights on the route are frequent and very cheap.
You can make good use of 1 night on Rhodes,it is a lovely island so cut a day off Selçuk to do this.
Of course whether to fly to Dalaman or Rhodes really depends opn the price.If one is significantly cheaper then that's the way to go :) and then just do a day trip to Rhodes from Fethiye if you wanted or to Samos from Kuşadası.
I would point out though that whichever island you visited just on a day trip you don't get a great deal of time for exploring,only something like 5 hours which means you can't really get much outside the port towns so an overnighter would be a bit better.
Feb 13, 2013 4:49 AM
Feb 14, 2013 8:32 AM
3Perhaps it's because I've only done day trips, but the Greek islands near Turkey I've visited left me quite unimpressed. The only major differiences I've noticed are pork on menus and higher prices. The landscape is essentially identical and sometimes you can scarcely tell you've left the rugged mainland coastline. The Greco/Roman ruins are also nearly indestinguishable (at least to a non-expert).
Personally I would forget Rhodes or other Greek islands and spend your limited time on the Turquoise coast. Be aware that Ölüdeniz, while beautiful, small and isolated is utterly overrun with British package tourists and holiday rental dwellers during the summer months (say mid-June - mid-August).
Mar 11, 2013 10:33 PM
4Thank you for the feedback. We've decided to route through Rhodes. Now we're looking for lodging in Fethiye. Something close to the ferry or rental car dealer might be a perk but isn't a requirement. We are looking in the 100TL range. The ideal hotel would be something baby friendly, rental car parking, friendly service that can provide some feedback on local food and sites. We have looked at Villa Daffodil and Hotel Doruk. I notice the the LP guidebook doesn't have a "P" for the Villa Daffodil which makes me wonder if parking would be a challenge. The Hotel Doruk looks okay but a couple of the 10 reviews on Trip Advisor are fairly negative.
Do you have any suggestions?
Mar 11, 2013 11:10 PM
5Villa Daffodil does indeed have parking,see here-
and if it falls within your budget would be a very nice choice.It is only a little way out of the main town centre,close to the marina.They also have apartments too and if these still fall in your budget could be a good option for you as a family having a baby and also seniors who may like a quiet space of their own sometimes.
Do you still intend to drive from there up to Selçuk?And how will you go from there to Istanbul?Fly maybe I guess?For a rental car try economycarrentals.com as they allow remote drop offs,so you'd be able to return it to Izmir airport if you fly.
For 4 adults,plus baby,plus luggage you need to go for a decent size saloon model not a small hatchback and if you can get a diesel model then so much the better as that is a little cheaper to buy than petrol and gives better running economy.BTW,the hire company would bring the car to your hotel so you don't need to worry about finding them :)
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