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Opinions please- Turkey Itinerary and Blue Cruises

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Hello to all. I would really appreciate your help. My sister and I, both in our 50’s, will be traveling to Turkey in Sept. We like exploring new places both city and natural areas but more the latter. We like to be active, hiking and swimming/snorkeling. Here are the options I have come up with so far and my questions. Definitely want to see Cappadonia (with a balloon ride of course), Ephesus, Pamakkule, and have some time on the coast. Would like to time Ephesus and Pamukkale to be there after the tour buses leave if possible.

Day 0 - Arrive Istanbul late afternoon
Day 1,2 – Istanbul. Maybe fly to Kayseri in pm?
Day 3,4,5- Cappadonia
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OPTION 1:
Day 6- Fly to Anatalya and get to Olympos then blue cruise Olympos to Fethiye Day 7-10
Can we fly from Anatalya without connecting in Istanbul and how to we get to Olympos?
Day 11,12- Drive to Pammukkale and overnight then to Selcuk via Aphrodiasis the next day.
Can we rent a car in Fethiye and return to Izmir?)
Day 13- See Ephesus in am thenevening flight to Istanbul or fly am of day 14
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OPTION 2: Is there are way to shorten this so we could get back to Istanbul a day earlier? For instance could we drive to Pamukkale after seeing Ephesus and see Aphrodiasis on the way to Fethiye?
Day 6- AM fly to Izmir drive to Selcuk/Sirene- Could we see Ephesus this day?
Day 7- Ephesus
Day 8- Drive to Pamukkale via Aphrodiasis
Day 9- Drive to Fethiye then Day 10-13 Blue Cruise to Olympos
Day 14- Transport to Antalya and fly to Istanbul What are the transport options to Antalya?
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OPTION 3: Not as appealing
Day 6- Fly to Dalaman then to Fethiye (transport options?)
Day 7,8,9,10- Cruise to Olympos
Day 11- To Anatolya then fly to Izmir, rent a car
Day 12,13- Ephesus and day trip to Pamukkale
Day 14- Fly Izmir to Istanbul
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Day 14,15- Istanbul
Day 16- Fly back to US

Re Blue Cruise:
In your opinion would it be better to just do some day trips on the water from Fethiye and/or Kas and drive the coast rather than cruise?
On a cruise do you get to snorkel and explore the beaches/ruins along the way or are you just cruising?
Anyone familiar with the V-GO blue cruises between Fethiye and Olympos?
If we do the cruise any suggestions about transport to/from the departure and end points?

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