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14 days in turkey

Hi- I am sal .
We are a family of 2 adults and 2 teen kids.

We are planning to come to turkey in mid nov for 14 days.
We are keen to go to a few areas outside Istanbul after spending 3-4 days -
Izmir, Ephesus , Seljuk, cesme, Alcati
Gallipoli , Troy, cannakalle

This leaves us with 10 days to explore outside of Istanbul.
Please give us some advise how do we go about doing this trips? Which are the places we can self drive.

Also are there nice , very clean , 5 star boutique hotels with roof terrace to see the blue mosque and galata tower ?
Thank you for your feedback .

Posted by
1502 posts

I’m not familiar with everyplace you want to visit but I’ve been to most.
I’d get a good guide book and research each site.
We did the RS tour and had a great time. Check his itinerary to see if you would enjoy going to where he goes. All roads were good.
I’m not sure what kind of weather to expect but it can get cold.

Posted by
99 posts

This sounds like a great itinerary! We did our honeymoon trip last year in Turkey and visited Istanbul, Capadoccia, spent 6 days by the sea in Alanya, Pamukkale and one day in Cannakkale.

Every place was different but we enjoyed Capadoccia the most. Such a magical place we had a chance to spend 6 nights in.

I have been to Ephesus for the day as well, as it's close to Kusadasi (another city you might want to visit).

For Pamukkale I suggest giving yourselves a day and a half or two.

There was nothing much for us to do in Cannakkale.

There are too many places on your list and only 10 days for all of them. That is not enough time.

For hotels in Istanbul check with or Airbnb. Make sure the reviews are good and it's 8.5 or above rated.

Have fun!

Posted by
16883 posts

Consider flying to Nevşehir, Capadoccia first (expect some cool mountain weather; I have seen snow in spring), then pick up a rental car and possibly drop it in Izmir before flying back to Istanbul. See Turkish airways or Unless you are Aussie or Kiwi, the Gallipoli/Troy/Çanakkale combo is the most likely section to drop. Turkey has a few train lines but bus is the more common form of public transport (several companies).

Posted by
55 posts

All good areas to visit. We really liked the old town in Antalya. As far as boutique hotels in Istanbul. My wife knew a business colleague in Istanbul and she recommended that we stay in the New District which she said has much better hotels. We didn't rent a car so we wanted a central location from where we could walk or take the Metro everywhere. We chose the Georges Hotel and we absolutely loved it. It was about a block from the Galata tower and a short wall to Istiklal Street (a hoppin area where the professional class of Turks hangout). There's also a metro nearby that can take you to Dolmabache Palace or the Old City. Or you can easily walk across the Galata Bridge to the Old City. We chose the panoramic view room which had a large balcony, and queen size lounger, overlooking the Bosphorous. We could also see the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia from our balcony. If you don't mind paying the extra money the panoramic view room is well worth it. My wife would tell you that I'm generally pretty frugal but we were very glad we chose this room and felt like it was a good value. We stayed three nights. If you have a car then you might want to look at hotels northwest past Dolmabache Palace. We saw lots of hotels (mostly chain hotels) from our boat ride on the Bosphorous that looked amazing.