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Where to travel to?

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Where to travel to?

Hello, I will be travelling to Istanbul the first week of October for two weeks. I would like to spend a few days in Istanbul to see the sites. Which other places should I check out. I definitely want to try the hot air balloon ride in Cappadoccia! That's top of my list. I would love to see the coast, which town is the prettiest? I will be travelling alone and would rather fly domestic airlines then an overnight bus. Thanks for any suggestions!

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Pamukkale also looks amazing!

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have a look at the Turkey travel Planner web site for helpful ideas..

turkeytravelplanner.com/itin/…index.html

You certainly cannot see all of Turkey within the time frames of 2 -3 weeks but a glimspes of the wonderful areas.

You might want to consider 2 ways to travel. As for the amount of days it is up to you. One can easily spend 10 days just exploring the Antalya coastal areas ( Lycian coastline ) with the vast amount of historical and rural villages with lovely beaches..The entire coastline of Antalya ranging from the city of Antalya to Fethiye is a wonderful way to spend a vacation. And some with spendid beaches and historical areas. Here are some great places to visit south west from Antalya - Phaselis, Cirali, Myra, Kekova, Kas, Kalkan, Xanthos, Patara, Telmessos, Fethiye, Oludeniz, and Kayakoy.

1. Istanbul - Cappadocia - Antalya ( Lycian coast ) up to Pamukkale then Ephesus/Selcuk and then back to Istanbul

2. Istanbul - Ephesus/Selcuk - Aegean coast - Pamukkale - Lycian coast line with highlights in Kaya Koyu and Cirali..- Antalya - Cappadocia and then Istanbul

3. Istanbul - Cappadocia - Antalya ( Lycian coast ) back to Istanbul

2. Istanbul - Ephesus/Selcuk - Aegean coast - Pamukkale

For transport between Istanbul - Cappadocia and Izmir I always recommend flying..

From Cappadocia to Antalya or vice versa either by bus or car..

Along the Antalya coastline..always a car is preferred..

Where ever you decide to go have a super trip. It will be one trip of a lifetime.

You can see my photos and the historicals sights in and around Antalya plus other places in Turkey at these pages;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/canmom/sets

There's a bit of a circuit most travelers do in Turkey. The circuit can be picked up/left off from wherever and can be done in about 2 weeks. Most people either fly into or out of Istanbul.

ISTANBUL - Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, Basilica Cistern, Taksim, Topkapi Palace, Golden Horn, Grand Bazaar, Egyptian Spice Market. Stay in the Sultanahmet area – it’s close to everything.

SELCUK - Ephesus, Bascilica of St. John, House of Virgin Mary, Priene-Miletos-Didyma.

PAMUKKALE

FETHIYE

CIRALI / OLYMPOS – Olympos ruins, 4km beach Chimera Flame.

CAPPADOCCIA - fairy chimneys and underground cities.

back to ISTANBUL.

as you see this is a lot of moving around from place to place..so you will have to pick and choose the places that might interest you the most.

Do you plan to rent a car ?? or use the public bus transportation ?? this will make a bit of a difference as having your own car will give you more freedom...or flying from destination to destination will speed up the travel time between different area.

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

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A note for travelling in the month of october..do be advised that the dates of October 03 - October 08th do fall within the turkish national holidays of "KURBAN BAYRAM"

Kurban Bayramı (koor-BAHN bahy-rah-muh) is the most important Islamic religious festival of the year, and a 4 or 5-day public holiday in Turkey. It will affect your travel plans, so be prepared for it.

I would reserve your accommodations , long haul transportation ( flights, buses etc ) well in advance,

Also keep in mind the day before the beginning of the holiday some places ( local shop keepers ) may also be closed early on that day or during th holiday

All banks and government offices will be closed during the holiday so make sure that you have taken care of any of that business before hand.

at the beginning of the holiday and end transport may be busy as travelers leaving and return home.

you need 3 nights in Istanbul , 3 nights for Cappadocia and then I would divide the remaining nights along the coast from Antalya to Fethiye or Antalya to Izmir

rent a car and drive along the coast from Antalya - Fethiye - Izmir

fly from Istanbul to cappadocia..then fly from Cappadocia to Antalya ..rent a car or take the buses along the coast stopping off in Cirali , Fethiye , Pamukkale and Selcuk..fly from Izmir back to Istanbul

here are my thoughts for around 7 days along the coast

2 nights in the village of Cirali, 2 nights in the Fethiye area, then drive to pamukkale for 1 night , about 3 hrs from Fethiye, then drive to Selcuk from Pamukkale spend 1 or 2 nights and see Ephesus . From there you can drive to Izmir to fly back to Istanbul

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