Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Turkey trip, sanity check please

Jump to last reply

I got a lot of help from this forum, lots of questioned answered, lots of ideas - thanks. Now I need a final review and a sanity check for our Turkey trip in early October.

Day 1 - arrive in Istanbul around noon. Get to our hotel, have lunch, relax a little and hopefully take a Bosphorus Turyol ferry - 1.5 hrs. Need to get the Istanbul Card and stay up until around 8pm.

Day 2, Sun - Istanbul - Topkapi, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern
Day 3, Mon - Istanbul - Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Yeni Cami, Suleymaniye Mosque, Rustem Pasa
Day 4, Tue - Istanbul - Chora Church, Dolmabahce Palace and Mosque, Galata Tower

I am concerned about day 1 - we’ll be jetlagged, but Topkapi Palace is closed on on Tue - should we try to move it on Mon, and see maybe the Spice Market on Mon?

Day 5 - early flight to Izmir - see Ephesus, sleep in Selcuk

Day 6 - early flight to Cappadocia, get there around 8:30 am, so maybe 10 am in Goreme. Relax a little, visit Goreme Open Air Museum, hike Pigeon Valley, Love Valley, visit Uchisar

Day 7 - Cappadocia - visit Zelve Open Air Museum, hike Pasabag, Cavusin village, Red and Rose valleys

Day 8 - Cappadocuia - Devrent Valley, and anything that we did not have time for on days 6 and 7

Day 9 - Cappadocia - Green tour with New Goreme Tour (Ilhara valley, Derinkuyu underground city, Selime monastery

Day 10 - fly to Dalaman (via Istanbul), pick up rental car, drive to Kas (with a detour to Dalyan if we feel like it)

Day 11 - Kas - drive loop Saklikent Gorge, Tlos, Pinara

Day 12 - Kas - drive loop Xantos, Letoon, Patara

Day 13 - Kas - boat to Kekova

Day 14 - leave Kas, visit Myra, Demre, Limyra, sleep in Cirali

Day 15 - Cirali - visit Olympos, Phaeselis

Day 16 - fly home out of Antalya

I know the Istanbul days are busy, and I don't know how to shift things around (or what to eliminate) to change that. I guess we'll just have to take it slower in the 2nd part of the trip. Is that better? Any thoughts on the above plan? Thanks

19 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Writers Needed for Mexico
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 24, 14 at 12:19 PM
  • Writers Needed for Georgia Coast
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Rwanda and Uganda
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Posting from Siena-ATM emergency! Help needed!
  2. 2 Trip Report First trip we lost a car, this trip we lose a lady >)
  3. 3 Saint Malo or Dinan?
  4. 4 Copenhagen, Bergen, Stockholm, Estonia and Helsinki Getting Around
  5. 5 Trip Report Sirop and Sandwiches, Normandy, Loire and Paris with our grandsons
  6. 6 Spend the day in Geneva or go straight to Chamonix?
  7. 7 5 days in Florence - how would you do it?
  8. 8 Rethymnon vs. Chania in early October?
  9. 9 Tentative itinerary for Andalucia for April/May 2015
  10. 10 Getting cash in Spain
  11. 11 Keeping it el cheapo in Copenhagen Paris and Barcelona!
  12. 12 Trip Report Thanks to Fodorites for help planning Paris/London trip
  13. 13 Trip Report Stay away from EF Tours
  14. 14 Base for 6 nights between Fussen and Garmisch Partenkirchen?
  15. 15 How to split nine days on Crete?
  16. 16 Trip Report Madrid and London
  17. 17 Will Italy be busier the week of Labour day-May 01st 2015?
  18. 18 Need Advice on 18 Days into Madrid, out of Bilbao
  19. 19 Spain Portugal 2015 schedule
  20. 20 How long in Venice?
  21. 21 Oktoberfest vs Amsterdam
  22. 22 Good Flamenco in Seville
  23. 23 Help w/ rental car arrangements-Pickup in Lisbon, Portugal-Drop in Seville?
  24. 24 Trip Report Amsterdam - My Favorite Things!
  25. 25 Juan Les Pins or Cannes? Heading there this weekend and need your advise...
View next 25 » Back to the top