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Istanbul/Ephesus/Pergamon

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Istanbul/Ephesus/Pergamon

We are planning a Turkey trip for August of this year from Canada. We are considering flying into Istanbul, staying for 3 or 4 days and then taking the ferry/train combo to Izmir to be able to visit Ephesus and Pergamon. (I would have loved a boat option to get us to Izmir, but that doesn't seem possible.) We would then fly out of Izmir after being in the area for 3 or 4 days rather than returning to Istanbul.

We need suggestions for how to handle this second leg of the trip. Should we stay in Izmir and go to Ephesus and Pergamon as day trips from there, or is there a better option for a base? We will not be renting a car, so bus will be the transport that gets us around.

Any thoughts greatly appreciated.....

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You can do a boat for part of your journey.You can take the fast boat from Istanbul(Yeni Kapı I think)to Bandirma.Then take the bus to Bergama and maybe have an overnight stop there and then go down to Selcuk and stay there to see Ephesus.From nearby Izmir you can then catch your outbound flight from Izmir.

The public bus service around the area is excellent,frequent and cheap and easy to use.From Selcuk you will be able to get a bus direct to Izmir easily.

At Ephesus your can either hire one of the TURSAB registered guides waiting at the gates or use one of the audio guide sets.

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