I would offer up the following advice (having never been to Turkey, but having planned and done a ton of research recently on planning our own trip, and getting advice from guides/Tripadvisor etc). So take it for what it is worth (but this is what my wife and I are about to be doing in a bit over a month from now): (1) When flying into IST from USA, I found it much easier (and more efficient) to just immediately fly to Cappadocia from there. That way you get all the flying part over and done with (and don't have to come back and forth to IST more than necessary). Just seems more efficient (and there are flights that probably match up pretty well to do it all one day) (2) As others have mentioned, I think you need more days in Cappadocia to really see it. (3) We also are flying direct from Cappadocia to Izmir, renting a car, and driving to Kusadasi (but just note there aren't many "direct" flights and you need to be careful how you plan that part to catch one of those very few direct flights (4) This is just my personal view (but seems to be shared with others I have talked to online) that having more days in Ephesus/Kusadasi area is worth it, as there is a lot to see, and if you really are trying to drive back and forth to Pamukkale in one day, that I think is way rushed and will be a very long day (and you wouldn't get to see Hierapolis next door. So the way we have planned it, we are spending more days in Ephesus/Kusadasi area, then driving to Pamukkale (and staying overnight there) so that part isn't as rushed. (5) After that we are driving to Antalya (I considered Bodrum and the west coast "resort" areas, but based on many folks opinions, it seemed much more "real" Turkey and other stuff to see (specific to Turkey vs resorts that look like many other resorts in other parts of the world) to go to Antalya. It seems like going there, you can have more options to do "resort" style hotels (if that is what you like) and/or lots of history all around. Then we are flying to IST from there From everything I have seen, there is plenty to do in IST city so any day there I don't think you would miss. So my 2 cents is skip Bodrum totally and consider switching to Antalya (but again that is just what we are doing).