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Best way to spend 6 days along the Mediterranean Coast?

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Best way to spend 6 days along the Mediterranean Coast?

Hi,

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.

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1. Re: Best way to spend 6 days along the Mediterranean Coast?

Pamukkale is the opposite direction and should be combined with Ephesus if you get the chance.

You can spend a great time going from Bodrum to Antalya. A rented car would be best. Fethiye,Kas,Patara, Ucagiz, Cirali etc. are all excellent. You'd probably enjoy the Olympos tree houses and climbing to see the sacred flames by night. Or you can stay in Cirali which is central. Boat trips are at every port (recommend Ucagiz for this) Enjoy!

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2. Re: Best way to spend 6 days along the Mediterranean Coast?

Great, thank you! I love the idea of the Olympos tree houses.

Any recommendations on how we could include a trip to Pamukkale/ Ephesus? Would it be reasonable to do by car? Group tour? Or just too far out of the way?

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4. Re: Best way to spend 6 days along the Mediterranean Coast?

As said, they are not to be missed if possible. We rented a car and drove it and roads are good, but it is a long way, particularly Pamukkale. I'd suggest you jump on a cheap domestic flight in Antalya to Izmir then Selcuk - a great town with cool little hotels like Jimmy's- is a quick hour away by bus. Ephesus is just a km. away. Organise a bus trip to Pamukkale from there . If you can stay Hotel Venus is great!

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5. Re: Best way to spend 6 days along the Mediterranean Coast?

Please make sure that you do your research in the difference between Olympos and the neighboring village of Cirali..both share the same beach

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PS...There are always many mix-ups between the village of Cirali and the village ( valley ) of Olympos. Here's a bit of clarification on the subject.

Cirali / Olympos is located approx. 80km southwest from Antalya. It is quiet and peaceful village perfect for families, nature lovers and for those wishing to get away from the mass touristic cities or towns.

First the beach of Olympos ( located in the village of Cirali ) is shared by both villages. There are two entrances to these villages located on the main highway between Antalya -Fethiye.

One entrance (Cirali) will bring you down into the village of after 7kms. Here you can reach the beach by car, mini-bus or by foot. Once on the beach ( 4kms long -secluded - clean ) you can walk into the entrance of the ancient city of Olympos visiting the ruins located on either side of the creek.

The second entrance on the main highway from Antalya is the entrance to the village of Olympos ( 12 kms from the main highway ), Cavus Koy, and Adrasan. Here in this village are more accomodations with treehouses, bugalows, pansiyons and small hotels as well.

Olympos is very famous for the '' treehouses'' and offers a bit of a different lifestyle that Cirali It tends to cater to more younger crowd or students including backpackers and budget accomodations. In Olympos there are more bars and discos where as Cirali caters to a quieter crowd with only a few local bars playing live turkish music.

To reach the beach from Olympos village one must walk through the ancient city of Olympos. Depending on where one is staying the walk to the beach can be a few minutes up to longer ranging from 800m - 3 or 4 kms. Staying in Olympos village to visit the flames at night there are group tours with mini-buses that travel back up to the main highway road ( 12km ) and then after 1 km down into the other entrance (Cirali - another 11kms down ). You can walk if you wish through Olympos and then along the beach for 4kms or more to visit the flames. Don't forget to bring your flashlight as the ancient city has no lights at night.

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