We are 2 adults and a 2plus girl travelling to Greece and Turkey for the first time.
Booked leave to travel from 26 October -7 Nov (14 Days). Not the greatest time to travel to Santorini AND Turkey, i now know.
Need some help with my itinerary especially on ferry services connecting Santorini to Turkey. I know there are no direct ferry to Turkey but only to nearby islands and from there, need to take connecting ferry to Turkey.
Day 1 Arrive Athens and overnight
Day2 Athens then fly to Santorini
Day3-4 Santorini to MyKonos or any other island convenient to subsequently travel to Turkey
Day 5 Santorini to Greek islands nearest to Turkey -Samos was my initial choice but after scouring the web for ferry schedule available online , i have came up nil, hence Kos/Rhodes/Bodrum will do too.
Overnight preferably at Selcuk or Aphrodiasis
Day 6 Ephesus/ Aphrodiasis then travel to Pamukkale
Day 7 Undecided if to travel on to Cappadocia via car (long distance and the advise is to break up the journey and overnight at Konya (7 hrs drive) then on to Gerome (6hrs) or drive back to Izmir and take a flight back to Istanbul then to Kayseri (drive ~4hrs, flight 3hrs 40mins + at least an hour earlier to airport before flight)
** Suggestion is greatly welcome to cut down travel time or should i give up Pamukkale? Travelling with a toddler is the challenge here.
Day 8-9 Cappadocia
Day 10 Fly Kayseri to Istanbul
Day 11-14 Istanbul before flying home
The greatest hurdle i have now is finding the ferry services to connect Santorini to any Greek islands with dependable ferry services to Turkey. I have read of someone travelling via ferry from Santorini to Rhodes around my travelling date in year 2012 and that's about it. Please advise if indeed no ferry services exist beyond mid October. I will have to cancel out Santorini and keep to the nearby Greek islands off the Turkish coast. Thank you.