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Travelling to Turkey with 2 young boys

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I and my husband are travelling from Boston to Turkey with 2 very active boys 4 and 9 (keeping our fingers crossed on the current situation there). We land in istanbul on August 17th around 3 PM and leave Istanbul on the 4th of sep at 6AM. Our plan is to spend 4-5 days each in istanbul and cappadocia and spend the remaining days somewhere along the coast. If recommended with kids, we would also like to add 2-3 days for ephesus/pamukkale.

The information on turkey travel planner and captivating cappadocia helped us get answers to a lot of our questions. We are looking for some personalized suggestions on travelling with young kids - places to stay/visit/eat. I and my 9 year old are vegetarian. Other than the usual tourist sights, we are also looking for ideas/suggestions on something the kids might enjoy and remember other than just pools and waterparks. We hope for the trip to not be rushed and of course we are on a budget.

1. Is sultanahmet a good area to base ourselves in istanbul? Would renting an apartment be the best option for a family? Recommendations? We will do the blue mosque, hagia Sophia, hippodrome and basilica cistern over 2 days, do miniturk on a day, a half day bhosphorus cruise. Topkapi palace – still undecided! Any other recommendations?

2. In cappadocia, We would like to stay in a cave hotel. What are some good places for families that offer sleeping for 4. Most places seem to have only a French bed in the room! Do any of the hotels offer a view of the balloons flying early in the morning that we could may be enjoy from the terrace (while the kids are still sleeping).

We plan to hire a vehicle with driver to take us around for a day or two (what can we expect to pay) and rent a car for the other days. Does this sound like a good plan? Is the car necessary? What can we do/see on our own and what should we do with a local driver/guide?
What would be a good 4-5 day itinerary with kids? I found these two interesting articles but I am still struggling to put an itinerary together.

3. Night bus to Denizli and visit pamukkale/Ephesus. Where can we stay and what are some interesting sights? What is the best way to tour this area?

4. Drive to ?? on the coast. Fethiye, Dalyan, Kas, cirali?? I am so lost on this part of our trip - where to base ourselves in and things to do/ see.
I understand that it probably makes more sense to do the coast first and then go to pamukkale/Ephesus and fly out of Izmir but I am struggling to put it into a working itinerary. Where would be a good place to base ourselves in?

Things we are looking for
1. Breathtakingly() beautiful
2. Soft beaches
3. Not over packed
4. Moderately priced

Other things we would like to do/seemed interesting in our research
1. Hamam
2. Turkish music and dance show
3. Jeep Safari Tour
Where would be the best place to do each of the above?
4. Mud baths -?
5. Thermal pools
6. ATV tours – Are kids allowed on these?

Any other ideas for us and kids to experience the local culture and life?

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