My wife and I will fly into Antalya from Istanbul and then head down to Kas on the Mediterranean coast. We've reserved a rental car in Antalya to drive to Kas. Is that the best way to get around, including seeing the sites around that area? Also, what suggestions you have to sightsee, including old ruins and nightlife in Antalya and Kas. Know of any inexpensive but reliable local tour operators?
I didn't go to that part of Turkey, but I found the Lonely Planet Turkey book to be very helpful for other areas - so check it out and see what they say.
A good day trip from Kas is the short, daily ferry to the beautiful Greek island of Kastellorizo. We stayed on this island a few years ago; lots of restaurants, hiking, swimming (no beach, but there are ladders in several places to get in/out of the deep water harbor), and a beautiful "blue cave." Another possibility is a boat trip to the sunken city of Kekova from Kas. We haven't done this, and have heard mixed reviews, but I think we'll try it when we're in this area in September.
In Sept. 2011 we rented a car for 8 days to drive from Antalya to Izmir. We spent 2 nights in Antalya. Can't help with the nightlife but we did visit some great ruins in the area. We visited the ancient sites of Aspendos and Side as a day trip from Antalya; didn't have time for Perge. On the way to Cirali where we spent 2 nights we visited Phaselis but didn't have time for Termessos. While at Cirali we visited the ruins of Olympos and sat the Chimera, gas fires coming out of the ground. On the way to Patara we visited the Lycian tombs in Myra and St. Nicholas church in Demre. Patara also has interesting ruins. Pamukkale, which is more inland, has the travertine hot spring pools as well as the ruins of Hierapolis. We did not have time to visit Aphrodisias on our way to Selcuk where we visited Ephesus and Meryemana, the house of the Virgin Mary among other sights. You don't say how much time you have but you can research the above sites to see which interest you. We used the Rick Steves book for Istanbul and Fodor's Turkey for the rest of the country as well as many web sites. Have fun planning.