We are two young Danish students planning on doing a month long Western Turkey trip this summer somewhere in the period between the 2. July to 25. August. This is our first trip to a Middle Eastern country and we hope some of you, who have traveled some of the areas maybe can help us or have some good advice.
We have chosen Turkey(Anatolia) because of the incredible civilizations that have resided there in the history and since we already have visited Rome, this time we'll visit Constantinople(Istanbul), its eastern twin. We are going to use public transport and generally travel budget(lodging in double bed rooms and not taking taxis), but we don't want to skimp on admissions or local food.
We love history(pre 1900AD), local food, nature, culture and bathing such as hamams, beaches and Pamukkale. We won't go drinking or partying.
We are going to take the bus between the destinations.
This is what we have planned so far.
1 travel day: Fly from Copenhagen via Istanbul to Kayseri and go to Goreme.
Goreme 3 days including hiking on foot and a balloon ride.
Night bus to Pamukkale
Pamukkale 2 days including one day to Afrodisias
Izmir 2 days including one day to Bergama
Selcuk 4 days: including Ephesus, Artemis, Sirince, Priene, Milet and Didyma
Bodrum 2 days including a visit to the Bodrum peninsula and maybe also the Datca peninsula
Fethiye 3 days including Kayaköy, Ölüdeniz and a daytrip by boat on the Turkish Rivera.
Xanthos 1 day
Kas 2 days including visiting Kekova and its beaches
Cirali 2 days including climbing mount Chimaera and visiting the Olympos ruins.
Antalya 2 days including Kaleci in the city.
Fly from Antalya to Istanbul
Istanbul 7 days maybe including day trips to Bursa and/or Erdine.
1 day fly back from Istanbul to Copenhagen.
Total 31 days
Does this itinerary sound feasible or would you recommend relocating some of the days or adding/removing some of the destinations such as fx Xanthos?
Any recommendation of whether visiting in July to the beginning of August or visiting from the end of July to the end of August? When is the weather most pleasant?
Should we maybe spend more time in Bodrum to visit some Greek islands like Samos?
Is 7 days sufficient for Istanbul if we want to see it all? Is Istanbul comparable to for example London where one can easily spend an entire week?