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jsquardjj
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Turkey Itenarary Recs

Turkish airlines is doing a good points deal on business class, so I am just starting to plan a trip for May. I will most likely only have about 10 days on the ground and would like to break it into 2 or 3 areas (I know many people don't like that, but I'm ok with a busy travel schedule for this particular trip. Also comfortable renting a car if needed)

Suggestions on an itinerary that would make sense but cover some contrasting areas? We like just about everything - History, beaches, outdoors, restaurants, etc. All recs welcome


Mr Sausage
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
You are a brave soul.


wiltznucs
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
Do a few days in Istanbul. We hit it last Spring and it was a gas. We hired a private guide for a day tour. Well worth it. Stayed at the Blue House Hotel; very quaint and inexpensive. Easy walk to the big Mosques, Cistern, Monuments and Grand Bizarre. Some of the best eateries in the area are an easy walk from there.


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H2O Tiger
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
We're looking at Istanbul in February for part of a trip. Following this and will report back on what we did if our itinerary sticks


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Big Scrub TX
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
quote:

You are a brave soul.
What are you basing this remark on?


H2O Tiger
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
bullshite


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Mo Jeaux
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
quote:

You are a brave soul.


Yep. We shouldn't ever venture out of Cat Spring, especially to a place where a bunch of mooslims live. OP should just go to Disney.


deltafarmer
Member since Dec 2019
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
Istanbul for sure. We hired a private guide and I highly recommend you do this. You will see what you need to see and stay away from where you don’t need to be. For beach I have been to Antalya and recommend it too.
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Mr Sausage
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
ha. i was kidding, but I can guarantee you there are alot less missiles pointed at Cat Spring than Turkey.


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Big Scrub TX
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
Here's some suggestions:

Drive down to Konya to see the original Whirling Dervishes

Hot air balloon over Cappadoccia

A day in Ankara just to see the highlights


diat150
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
Make sure and see the topkapi palace.


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Tree_Fall
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
I've been to Turkey a few times in last 15 years and know people who go more often. Staying in the Sultanahmet District lets you enjoy ancient Constantinople on foot. Yes, it is a tourist area...Turkish tourists included. Istanbul is a huge city, a guide for the 1st trip is a good investment.

On the Turkish coast see biblical Ephesus and a beach town like Bodrum. The latter has a good shipwreck museum and research center.

In the interior see Cappadocia and Konya. Highways are well maintained, and service stations can be grand.

Wedged between Russia and Syria, Turkey does have to deal with regional tensions in the extreme east and south on the Syrian boarder, It's easiest to just avoid these areas.

Have a wonderful time.


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Odinson
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
Just came back few wks ago. Flew business which was nice. Stayed at Hagia Sophia Hilton Which was great and the location is unbeatable. Two days in Istanbul was enough for me. Good to see once and check it off the list. Just not a fan of that type of food.

Flew to Cappadocia for a few nights which was the highlight of the trip. The place is otherworldly and the balloon ride did not disappoint. Great bucket list destination and highly recommended it once in a lifetime.


kciDAtaE
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
How was traveling to Cappadocia? Domestic flights cheap and effective?

I’ve had a similar trip planned for a few years now but unable to find the right time. Something else always comes up.

Wanted to add Bodrum to your Istanbul/Cap itinerary. Spend 7-10 out there.


Odinson
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
Yeah, cheap multiple straight flights per day there and back to IST. There’s two airports, we flew into Kayseria and rented a car(recommend to explore on your own instead of being at the mercy of a tour).


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Saint Alfonzo
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re: Turkey Itenarary Recs
I've been to Antalya a couple of times and Marmaris once. Marmaris was a cool spot.
This post was edited on 11/1 at 6:41 pm


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