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Is July too hot for hiking and/or visiting ruins in Turkey?

Is July too hot for hiking and/or visiting ruins in Turkey?

Old Jan 7th, 2008, 01:28 PM
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Is July too hot for hiking and/or visiting ruins in Turkey?

We are looking at the Peregrine tour into Cappadocia for early July, ending in Antalya. Then had planned on traveling along the coast up to Izmir before heading back to Istanbul. As we are more hiking than beach people I want to ensure we will won't be miserable. My Fodor book suggests daily temperatures around 30C but I've seen Turkey travel sites showing temperatures up to 40C. Comments? Plus what's the humidity like in July? Do we need air-conditioning in hotels to be able to sleep?
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Old Jan 7th, 2008, 01:55 PM
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We ran into extremely hot weather in Turkey last July. I was real glad that we were on a boat for some of the worst as friends of our actually got sick because of the heat on land.

Hiking does not sound like fun ( over 100F) & yes for the a/c ( most places have it).
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Old Jan 7th, 2008, 01:57 PM
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We did see plenty of ruins ( although I almost fainted a few times from the heat).

You have to get up early and finish early or go very late, and spend the heat of the day inside in A/C or in a pool.
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Old Jan 7th, 2008, 02:39 PM
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We visited Turkey in July, too. The heat was terrible, and we don't usually mind it! I would look into a gulet cruise or something very cool instead of hiking. You will definitely need AC in your hotel rooms.
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Old Jan 8th, 2008, 12:44 AM
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As for Cappadocia concerns, weather is dry hot about 30 degrees as you mentioned. Eraly morning and later afternoons are Ok for hiking. As for south coast it is way more hot than here, 40-45 celcius....You definately need A/C but most hotels have it anyway.
Fitting a 3 day gulet might be a good idea.

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We were in Turkey last July and early August as well. We loved our trip but it was very hot. Temperatures reached 46C on some days. Others have suggested a gulet cruise to avoid the heat. We did that too and you may wish to look at my review on Turkey Travel planner. When it is hot, it's hot. Any breeze on the gulet was also very warm-over 40C. Wherever you go, you will need A/C and it is not generally available for more than a few hours a day on gulets-and usually not when you need it!

The heat would not prevent me from travelling to Turkey-it is a wonderful and intersting place. Just be prepared: cover up, take lots of water, travel in A/C transportation if you can and A/C in your hotel is essential.

Be careful in Capadoccia, thoufh it was cooler than the coast we still had some issues. We stayed at tha Anatolian Houses-exqusite cave rooms without A/C. We were too warm so they provided a fan. It helped with the temperature but it also "kicked up" the cave dust. It was not a problem for me but our son and my spouse had allergy problems.
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If you plan to be up at 6 and finished by 11 then say 4 until 9 it will be ok.

If you want to hike around at mid day you need linen and loads of water
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We were there in May and did more hiking than the average person. We thought it was hot in Cappadocia. I commented on this to the owner of our hotel and he said something to the effect of this is nothing compared to summer. If it were me, I certainly wouldn't want to hike there in July. We live in an area of temperature exptremes--right now it is -13F (-28C). In the summer it can get to the mid to upper 90sF (38C). At home when it gets that hot, I have no energy whatsoever to do anything active. I prefer to stay inside in the airconditioning.
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