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Questions about Turkey logistics and planning - 3 weeks

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Its time for my almost-annual request for help for a September trip. This year Turkey!

We are two active adults who prefer to travel on our own than follow-the-tour leader. Here's what we are thinking and would love advice from those who know more than us! Especially with the Turq coast car rental etc...

Arrive Istanbul - 4 nights
fly to Cappadocia - 4 nights (or 3??) want to see usual sites, also get some hikes in.
fly to Antalya - rent a car and explore the coastal towns,etc. (Where to stay? Is 5 nights enough? Dont' mind hopping around different towns. want to kayak, day trip gulet, hike. Which towns and how many nights each??)
drop off car in a ferry port town
ferry to Greek island 5 nights
ferry back, bus or train to Selkuc 1 night ?? have no info on this... how do we get Bodrum or other town to selkuc?
bus to Izmir - ferry/train to Istanbul for last night

How does this sound? Should we stay in an area longer or less? I would like to know the transportation options - where to drop the rental car (Bodrum or other ferry port town) and how we get around to Selkuc when we return. We have not booked flights from US yet - seems more expensive to return via Athens than head back to Istanbul, which also lets us route back and see Ephesus.

Any and all advice is welcome. Thanks Fodorites!

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    After our first trip there in October, Turkey is now one of our favorite countries. We spent three nts in Cappadocia. We would liked to have had longer because we were super busy the whole time, but it was OK because we did not do any hiking. You will need an extra day if you want to hike. We did not rent a car because we had such a short time. we just hired a driver each day through our hotel, and it turned out to be no more than a car rental would have been for that length of time. You might want a car though. Driving was easy.

    We did a hot air balloon ride with Butterfly balloons (highly recommended by another fodorite) and it was fantastic - a highlight of the trip - worth every penny. I would even do it again on another trip. We got up very early and returned to the hotel in time for a very late breakfast, short nap and sightseeing in the afternoon.

    Based on high recs from several Fodorites (who were once again spot on), we chose Hotel Esbelli Evi in Urgup. It is one of my top favorite hotels ever. It is not fancy or lux, but really comfortable and very interesting. I would absolutely stay there again and again.

    Don't miss the underground city and the outdoor cave city.

    We visited Ephesus on a cruise and it is one of the finest archeological sites I've ever seen, so a not to be missed place.

    When we landed in Istanbul, we went directly to Cappadocia. We had only a couple of hours layover and got the flight to Cappodocia without changing airports. It made a long day, but then time in Istanbul was all at the end with no changes of hotels and we didn't have to taxi back and forth from the airport twice.

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