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High Level 12 day Itinerary for Turkey; Mountain Lovers and Photographer

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We are starting to plan out a 3-week trip to Italy, Croatia and Turkey for my husband's 40th birthday... He is an avid photographer ( and we both collectively love the mountains out of all landscape... Not that we are not beach lovers, but mountains are definitely top for us... This trip will start with our 5th time in the Italian Alps, Dolomiti, one of our favorite mountain ranges... Then we are planning a short side trip to Plitvice National park in Croatia, before flying out to Istanbul... For the Turkey leg of the trip, below is very high level of what we are thinking based on a quick read of trip reports and posts on this forum... I have not detailed out the days within each region... Just trying to get to an itinerary of number of days in each region and logistics so that we can book our tickets...

Would like your guidance if we are way off... We have the flexibility of adding 1-3 days here and there is needed... Want to make sure that we will not miss out on a gem of a region in we follow the below?? We are looking for mountains, unique landscapes, waterfalls, mountain/ beach combo, architectural sites etc

Should we look into the Pontic Alps/ Karaca Mountains?? Given that we are so much into mountains, that looks intriguing. Of course, that adds one more flight... Just for reference, we have been to Swiss Alps, Bavaria, Austrian Alps, Dolomiti, MOnt Blanc at Chamonix, HImalayas, Peruvian alps, US Rockies and the Canadian Rockies in Alberta... If someone can tell us what are the gems in Pontic Alps, we can look into them to see if we want to squeeze it in there...

Day 1 - Arrive in Istanbul
Day 2 & 3 - Istanbul Sight seeing
Day 4 - AM Flight to Cappadocia; Evening in Cappadocia
Day 5 & 6 - Cappadocia and the region around
Day 7 - Drive to Antalya ; Evening in Antalya
Day 8 & 9 - Somewhere in the region between Antalya and Fethiye
Day 10 - Drive to Pammukale
Day 11 & 12 - Pammukale and in that region uptil Izmir
Day 13 - AM flight out of Izmire into Istanbul and OUT

Your help and guidance will be much appreciated!!

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