Turkey Itinerary for 15 days
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Sep 24, 2013 9:45 PM Last Post By: resmen
Sep 5, 2013 7:43 AM
Turkey Itinerary for 15 daysHello to everyone!
I and my wife have planned to visit Istanbul and SE Turkey for 15 days between 18th September and 2nd October.
My plan is to stick to visit to SE Turkey. However because of the planned attacks by the USA on Syria, i have devised a contingency plan.
My plan is
18 Sep - Arrive Istanbul and take night bus to Cappadoccia
19 Sep - Cappadoccia
20 Sep - Cappadoccia
21 Sep - Capadoccia
22 Sep - Kas
23 Sep - Kas
24 Sep - Fethiye
25 Sep - Fethiye
26 Sep - Fethiye
27 Sep - Pamukkale
28 Sep - Hierapolis
29 Sep - Ephesus
30 Sep - Istanbul
1 Oct - Istanbul
2 Oct - Istanbul
I plan to go from place to place by bus.
My main questions are:
a) Am i missing something spectacular in this area?
b) I have included 5 days in the area of Fethiye and Kas. What are the most beautiful places in this area?
And which are the most beautiful beaches?
c) Should i include also Antalya?
d) And if you were in my place, would you postpone the planned trip for SE Turkey in Mardin, Midyat, Hasankeyf, San Liurfa, Harran, etc due to the fact that these are very close to the Syrian border and take this new route which i proposed? Or go there in SE Turkey just the same?
Your comments and suggestions are mostly welcome.
Thanking you in advance,
Best Regards to all.
Sep 5, 2013 8:29 AM
I have just travelled in Turkey for one month. I didn't go to the south coast, so I'm not able to give any advice on Kas and Fethiye.
I would suggest you to stay at least 4 days in Cappadocia and 4 days in Istanbul, but I see that it can be hard with your plan.
However, one day for Pamukkale and Hierapolis is enough in my opinion. You walk on the terraces, and then reach Hierapolis. Also the ticket is the same.
I would count two days only if you want to go to Afrodisia too. We arrived at about 2pm and left the following morning and it was enough. The site close at about 8 (or even later), while the ancient swimmingpool - another ticket - close at about 7 om.
d) We went to Diyarbakir, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Hasankeyf in August and everythink was fine. But I do not know how the situation can change if USA will attack Syria. If I were you, I would try to speak with somebody when I reach Turkey to understand how the situation is.
I also suggest to look for domestic flights. They are very cheap - more or less the same price than long distances bus - and sometimes more practical. For example Selçuk (where you should stay in order to visit Ephesus) is 55 min by train from the airport of Izmir, which is well connected to Istanbul, and you can avoid 10hours of bus.
Enjoy Turkey, I loved it!
Sep 6, 2013 6:39 AM
2I think Kas is a good idea, surely you would take boat tours. Make sure you Kalekoy is among the stops. Also, Beymelek, Demre is a pleasant place to stay nearby. Beymelek Stone Houses offer both economic and authentic accomadation http://www.beymelektasevler.com/?menu=FOTO_GALERI&dil=tr
Fethiye is a convinient stop, but in my experience, Fethiye is not preserved well and touristy. Oludeniz is always worth a visit there. I was keen by the Dalyan area. It offers variety. Ancient ruins, beautiful lakeside tours and nice beach too. BOZBURUN and DATCA are finer coastal areas in my opinion.
Sep 7, 2013 2:29 PM
3I agree with the Pammukale option suggested above. We arrived early morning (overnight bus from Goreme), checked into hotel (they are used to people arriving early so if there is room they may well let you check in around 9am) and then headed up to the terraces. I would suggest walking from the bottom entrance (very easy to find,) as all the tour buses drop off at the top entrances so the top two or so pools were packed (and these are the pools with the worst damage so were a bit of a blerk colour rather than white) and many of them go no further than the top pools, whereas down the bottom there is hardly anyone and it is beautiful. It is a very easy walk to go up and no problems with slipping in your bare feet. We walked up slowly, paddling as we went, then went for a brief walk around some of the ruins (Ephesus is much more complete so we didn't explore too much here) and decided to opt out of the ancient baths as once again it was packed with the tour buses and expensive, and then just slowly walked our way down the hill again. Our small hotel had a pool so we went for a swim there in the afternoon, spent the night and then headed out again first thing down to Dalyan. One day was plenty, don't know what we would have done for another day there.
We spent 6 nights renting a villa in Dalyan and that was great. Very relaxing and a good base for doing things from.
Stayed in Selcuk for 2 nights visiting Ephesus and a water park (we were travelling with our 2 primary aged children). Selcuk has a great vibe and very welcoming. Very good priced accommodation and dolmus's easy to catch to where you want to go. We arrived mid day and went out to Ephesus mid afternoon (very close to Selcuk) which was a great choice as all the tour groups from cruise ships etc had gone by then and there was only a couple of hundred people on site. Got so many photo's with no 'strangers' in. On the day we left we caught the train from Selcuk to Izmir which stops at the airport where we flew out (was very early so we were grateful when the simit seller boarded with breakfast of our last simit which my son had lived on for our 3 weeks in Turkey)
Sep 15, 2013 7:08 AM
4What a sensible schedule! You will have to get up early if you are taking the bus from Cappadoccia to Kas but it can be done. The transfer at Antalya to Bati Antalya, the bus that will take you to Kas, should be less than 30 minutes. (Though that could be said for just about any bus connection in Turkey.)
The only suggestion I would make: IMO Fethiye is not such a great place, the city is mostly one ten mile long main street with shops packed in on both sides. The same bus that takes you to Kas makes several stops on the way to Fethiye, such as Patara and Cirali, that might be more fun to spend the night.
Sep 24, 2013 9:45 PM
5a) Seems like a nice neat plan without too much criss crossing and long journeys
b) Beaches are beaches. Not sure where you are from but in Australia I am spoilt for beaches so prefer to stick inland or minimise my beach exposure whilst in Turkey.
c) Anlatya is more the same same as Kas & Fethiye with the exception of it being a far larget major city.
d) If I were in your place I wouldn't postpone your planned trip for SE Turkey in Mardin, Midyat, Hasankeyf, Sanliurfa, Harran, etc due to the fact that these are very close to the Syrian border. I will be visiting the same places in December this year.
Seeing you're currently in Turkey how did your itinerary pan out to be?
Would you have made any changes?
(4 star Hotel)
From US$162.61 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$689.48 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$115.78 per night