My husband and I are traveling to Greece and Turkey this September for our honeymoon. We have about 6 days to spend along the southwestern coast before traveling on to Istanbul. There seems to be so much to see and do in that area, we're having trouble narrowing it down and would really appreciate any itinerary suggestions.
Due to our Greece plans, we'll be arriving in either Bodrum or Marmaris. From there, we're thinking of making our way to Antalya, where we can get a flight to Istanbul. Along the way, Fethiye, Patara, the Lycian Tombs, and Ucagiz all seem appealing. I know boat tours are popular, but we wouldn't want to spend more than 1-2 nights on a cruise, and a day trip would be ideal.
I'd also really like to include a day trip (or overnight) to Pamukkale and possibly Afrodisias. Is this practical, either by rental car or a tour group?
Our itinerary is flexible. We're in our 30s, not on a strict budget but would like to save money where we can. We'd like to balance our time between relaxing on beautiful beaches, sight-seeing, exploring towns and cities (traditional and modern), and enjoying good food and some nightlife. We appreciate "off the beaten path" experiences. Again, we'd appreciate any advice on the best places to visit and travel/ transport in between.