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Help with planning a trip to Turkey

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A couple of years ago I posted a similar request on this forum, regarding a possible 22-23 day trip to Turkey in April 2011. Unfortunately, we did not get to do that trip, but we are now planning 26 days in Turkey from 13th May 2013.

We have a general idea of what we would like to see and do but would like to get some feedback on our proposed itinerary. The draft itinerary follows, I'll ask some specific questions below.

Days 1 -6: Istanbul. Our flight will arrive 6:15 am and we are thinking of renting an apartment from the previous night so we can get immediate access.

Day 7-9: Cappadocia. Fly from Istanbul. Possibly rent car for 2 days.

Day 10: Fly to Izmir if direct flights available - pick up rental car at airport - stay night at Salihili

Days 11-12: Denizli

Days 13-16 Bodrum

Days 17-18 Kusadasi

Days 19-21: Somewhere on coast - Cesme? Foca?

Days 22-23: Bergama

Days 24-25: Bursa - drop off car

Day 26: Istanbul, by ferry

Day 27 Cab to airport & fly out

Our interests are fairly general and we certainly want to see historical sights but we also appreciate cultural aspects and scenery. While we are quite happy to do some longer drives to get from one region to another we don't want to spend every day in the car. This is why we have slotted in a couple of longer stays on the Aegean coast. In particular we would be interested in a couple of days at a resort style location/hotel to give us some relaxing time part way through. Any recommendations?

We are Australian and have an interest in the Gallipoli battle locations and memorials and in our first itinerary we planned to drive there but we are now thinking of taking an all day guided tour from Istanbul while we are there. Can anyone recommend an operator?

We would appreciate any recommendations for apartments in Istanbul. I think we would like to be in Sultanahmet. We were quite interested in this one:
http://www.vrbo.com/190876 - has anyone stayed there and can comment?

Also would be very happy to have recommendations for cave hotels in Cappadocia.

I have been having great difficulty working out if there are direct flights from Cappadocia to Izmir as airline websites don't yet go out that far and maybe some carriers only run flights in summer. If anyone knows about this I would appreciate your thoughts. We don't really want to fly back to Istanbul then change planes to get to Izmir.

If the flights don't work out, is it worthwhile to drive from Cappadoccia to Denizli? Google says it would be more than 11 hours but that could be an option if there were worthwhile places to stop along the way. I know Konya is on the tourist trail but the guidebooks don't seem to have much else along this route.

Thanks in advance for help you can provide. Greg

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