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Help with Turkey Itinary Please!

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Hi all,

I'm planning a trip to Turkey with 3 others starting in Istanbul and leaving from Bodrum for the Greek Islands. For the trip we are after a good mix of sightseeing and relaxing on nice sandy beaches. We have an idea of what we want to see but I'm struggling to put it together. The plan was:
24th July - Fly into Istanbul (am)
25th July - Istanbul
26th July - Istanbul
27th July - Istanbul - o/night bus to Cappadocia
28th July - Cappadocia
29th July - Cappadocia - o/night bus to Antalya/Fethiye
30th July - Fethiye
31st July - Fethiye
1st August - Selcuk (or other good base to check out Ephesus)
2nd August - Selcuk (or other good base to check out Ephesus)
3rd August - Catch ferry from Bodrum to Kos

I need to find a way to make this work better as this involved doubling back and there is not enough time when you take into account travel on the Fethiye to Bodrum leg of the trip (ferry from Bodrum on the 3rd leaves at 9.30am).

The reason for wanting to include Fethiye is obviously the beach however it seems to be out of the way for the rest of our plans.

Is there another beach which would be equally as beautiful as Fethiye which would fit our plans better if we were to change the itinary so that we head straight to the west coast after Cappadocia and work our way to Bodrum??

Our travel preference is to keep the costs down by catching busses/trains where possible but we are also short on time so may need to compromise on this?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated :)
Thanks!

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    I think that you may have to replace Fethiye with either Kusadasi (or environs) or Bodrum (or environs) if you wish to spend less time on the road.

    Kusadasi, less than 20 miles from Ephesus is a resort town with some nice beaches to the North (closer to Ephesus) and to the South. The Southern beaches are more scenic but will require multiple minibus routes to Ephesus, whereas some of the beach lodging to the North of the city may be directly on a minibus route.

    Alternatively, you can take your beach time at one of the satellite resorts of Bodrum like Gumbet, Turgutreis, Bitez, Torba, etc. which have some excellent modestly priced accommodations and can be quite scenic; after you take your overnight bus to selcuk from Cappadocia, visiting Ephesus the same day and moving on towards your Bodrum destination that evening.

    In most cases, and especially for the shorter hauls, you should check for busses on arrival at the depot for the trip to your next destination and do not need to reserve ahead of time.

    however, check to make sure that your traveling does not correspond to the major religious holidays when bus travel may become very difficult because of huge demand.

    A final alternative can be taking the bus from Selcuk to Fethiye and then a ferry (hydrofoil) to Rhodes instead of Kos.

    By the way Fethiye itself does not have a beach. You would need to get to Olu Deniz or to Calislar or Kabak for the beach which will be extremely crowded with rowdy Brits. (I guess Gumbet and Bitez and most of Bodrum will be about the same)

    Of'course, you may never need to get to Bodrum and can get a ferry from kusadasi to Samos, thus saving you even more time.
    This may actually give you the advantage of better island connections from Samos than you may get from Kos.

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    Besides Istanbul and Cappadocia, for the other part of your holiday plan; Instead of taking an overnight bus from Cappadocia to Antalya, taking an overnight bus to İzmir, arrive at İzmir in the morning, reserve a clean and budget hotel in the center. In the day visit İzmir city; Kadifekale; the fortress from the Hellenistic Period to have a wonderfull wiev of bay of İzmir while having a cup of Turkish coffee, take a walk on the seaside and proceed to Kemeralti Grand Bazaar; a typical Turkish market where you may find from spices to shoes .. on the same day proceed to Ephesus and other choises as St Mary's House, the Basilic of St Jean and wonderfull museum of Ephesus in Selçuk. On the 2nd day why dont you visit other magnificent ancient sites of Priene, Miletos and Didyma.. which are on the way to Bodrum.. So no loosing time and no further miles and expenses.. Arrive at Bodrum have a nice small hotel and explore this beautiful Aegean harbour town, the castle, underwater museum and wonderfull beaches.. at night bars and clubs.. And if you insist on visiting Fethiye you may have a daily trip overthere.. finally from Bodrum harbour to Greek island.. This is an other idea for your plans.. :) enjoy..

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