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8 Days in Turkey - Thoughts on my itinerary?

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8 Days in Turkey - Thoughts on my itinerary?

I'm heading to Turkey later this month. I have 8 and a half days, my girlfriend and I are planning on taking overnight buses to save as much time as we can. Our current itinerary is as follows:

Saturday: Arrive in Istanbul in the evening

Sunday: Istanbul

Monday: Istanbul (Bus to Cappadocia)

Tuesday: Cappadocia

Wednesday: Cappadocia (overnight bus to Pamukkale)

Thursday: Panukkale

Friday: Ephesus (Overnight bus back to Istanbul)

Saturday: Istanbul

Sunday: Istanbul

Sunday: Istanbul

Monday: Depart

Any thoughts? We are still in our late 20's and move at a pretty quick rate, but I'm pretty concerned we're trying to do too much. Any input would be great, thanks!

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1. Re: 8 Days in Turkey - Thoughts on my itinerary?

my first thought when I look at your trip plans is use flights for long haul travel rather than the overnight buses

Bus travel for long haul

http://www.varan.com.tr

http://www.ulusoy.com.tr

http://www.metroturizm.com.tr

http://www.kamilkoc.com.tr/

www.pamukkale.com.tr/

www.guneyakdeniz.com/

http://www.suhaturizm.com.tr/index.asp

www.nevsehirlilerseyahat.com.tr/

for shorter distances Turkey has vast system of inter city coaches. ...There are minibuses called dolmus, and you can find out the bus times at the otogar ( bus stations )

Domestic airline carriers in Turkey

http://www.onurair.com.tr/default_eng.aspx

http://www.thy.com/

www.atlasjet.com/AtlasjetWeb/atlasjet.kk…

http://www.flypgs.com/en/default.aspx

www.anadolujet.com/

www.sunexpress.com/tr

you could try these sites for finding flights

www.aerobilet.com/

www.skyscanner.net

Often the cost of a bus ticket is comparable to the cost of a airline ticket..Istanbul to Cappadocia will be around a 12 hr bus ride whereas by plane you are saving time with a 1 hr flight

<<Wednesday: Cappadocia (overnight bus to Pamukkale)<<

you cant fly direct..but buses are available

here is an idea..

arrive Istanbul fly to Cappadocia ( Nevsehir or kayseri airport ) then fly direct to Izmir airport spend time at Ephesus ( stay in Selcuk ) , then bus or train to pamukkale ( 1 night ) and then fly direct from Denizli airport back to Istanbul

another option would be ;

Istanbul fly to Cappadocia..then fly to Antalya airport ( spend a couple days there ) then bus to pamukkale, then bus or train to Selcuk to see Ephesus , then fly from ızmir airport back to ıstanbul

flying will save you more time and give you more time to enjoy the sites..whereas if you take the overnight buses you are losing time

any way you can increase your time in turkey to al least 10 nights ??

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2. Re: 8 Days in Turkey - Thoughts on my itinerary?

Welcome to the forum Kevin!This is tight but doable,I've seen others pack more than this into a week :) Given your short time using overnight buses saves wasting time at airports and saves on accomodation costs for some nights too.

One thing you could do just to ease it a little is to stay the Saturday in Selçuk too.There is plenty there to fill two days and it would give you a bit of a break .

I know this cuts a day off Istanbul but you'd still have 4 full days there and you can do plenty in that time if planned well.

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