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Fethiye to Antalya: 1 week

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I'm planning to bring my girlfriend to Turkey for 11 days in May. I have spent a lot of time in Turkey in the past, but it has been a while. She has never been. My plan is to spend a couple of days in Istanbul sightseeing before flying to Fethiye (Dalaman). Once there, we have 7 days to make it to Antalya from where we will fly back to Istanbul.

She really likes beach vacations, I like culture, history and ruins. We both agree we don't want to be traveling "every" day and we're partial to budget near-beach accomodations.

I'm looking for advice on any "don't miss" places between Fethiye and Antalya and perhaps the best towns to stop and stay in hotels along the way. Places on my prelimeinary list so far include Oludeniz, Kas, Olympos, Patara, Butterfly Valley.

Also, I'm debating whether it is better to travel by car, dolmus, and / or take a blue cruise for part. I'm concerned about the blue cruise because I think we'd like the flexibility to stay somewhere an extra night if we like it a lot.

Any advice appreciated!

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    Your list is fine but you may wish to consider alternatives such as, Kaya Koy, Ucagiz, Adrasan, Cirali, Tekirova,

    Butterfly Valley has very few lodging choices and may require a rental car.
    Olu deniz is too touristy and crowded but it should be OK in May.
    Ucagiz has the best access to kekova, simena and Kalekoy and will be cheaper than Kas but has no night life.
    Patara village is rather far from the beach which is usually very windy and can be dangerous. However, the B&Bs are fine and the ruins are excellent.

    Saklikent and Tlos should be visited between Fethiye and Patara. Xanthos is also worthwhile and not far from the highway. Letoon and Pinara are two locations which I like but they are not excavated and are not easy to reach from the highway. Unless you take a tour or two, you will need a rental car for all of these.

    Do not miss Myra. Arycanda is also good. Goynuk Canyon is fine but can be difficult in May. Saint Nicholas Church is interesting. Phaeselis is easy to reach only about 50 k before Antalya.
    Termessos, above Antalya is a big adventure but may take a whole day.

    There are daily gulet tours from Fethiye which should satisfy your urges. Otherwise, I would prefer land travel, but I am very biased as I get claustrophobic on extended boat trips. Try to pick one where they do not have too much drinking and loud music.

    Check some of my trip reports, especially the ones that start with "fumbling family....."

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