***I posted this message over a week ago in the general Turkey forum but didn't get any responses so I'll try again here.***
I'm going to be in Athens for 2 days for work and want to tack on some additional travel (perhaps a week) and am looking for suggestions to plan my itinerary.
I've been to mainland Greece before, so I don't really need to spend any additional time in Athens. I have not explored most of Eastern Europe, so I've narrowed into Turkey as a potential destination. I know Turkey is vast enough to spend weeks alone, but I am looking for a good introductory trip to the region and want to visit the key highlights.
I would like to make Istanbul my final stop and would depart from there. I want to definitely fit in some time in Goreme as well and am open to adding any other stops on the way that are considered "must-sees."
Right now I am thinking 1 day Izmir, 1 day Selcuk/Epheseus, 1 day Pammukale, 2 days Goreme, and 3 days Istanbul. Is that a logical route if I am arriving from Athens? What's the best way to map my journey? How can I best get from one town to another? I'm open to both flights and overnight buses/trains. I would not be renting a car.
I am going to be traveling by myself, so I am not interested in spending too much time on the beach and would rather structure an itinerary around exploration and adventure. I am young, well-traveled and am used to jam-packed itineraries. I would like to visits spots that provide good photograph opportunities. I am also 100% vegetarian if diet needs to be a factor when considering destinations.