I am considering a trip to Istanbul and Antalya (city and province) and Albania.
Houston to Antalya (change in Istanbul) 4 to 5-night stay.
Antalya to Istanbul 3 to 4-night stay.
Istanbul to Tirana 10-night stay.
Tirana to Houston (change in Istanbul)
I have done Istanbul in the past, as has my traveling companion, so we are looking for something off the usual tourist list. Food, people, history (but not necessarily museums), cultural interactions are all good subjects for us. We are doing Istanbul as it is a required layover on the way Tirana from Antalya.
All I know about Antalya is what I have read. A lot of help needed for 4 to 5 nights stay. Best places to stay in Antalya? Antalya (city) or Side or ???. Things to see and do in the region?
Day trips are okay in Turkeay, but no overnight trips. This is supposed a laidback trip and I would prefer not to do a lot of traveling.
Albania will be maybe 5 days of sightseeing and 5 days of fishing. The fishing can either be near Valbona or near Berat so the days of sightseeing need to work with one of the two locations. Suggestions? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE6X7RvkexU
Date? Dependent on borders remaining open, health advisories and risk assessments. For seasonally applicable responses, let’s say September/October or May/June. If its May/June I will run the trip in reverse to put me in the mountains of Albania when it’s cold which works better for the fishing; and that puts me on the beach in theoretically warmer weather.
I always travel with Medical / Evacuation Insurance, and it does cover COVID. I will decide on the date by monitoring: 1. the consulates of the proposed destinations 2. the airlines serving the proposed destinations (Turkish Air / Air Albania) 3. the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html), 4. the WHO (https://www.who.int/news-room/articles-detail/updated-who-recommendations-for-international-traffic-in-relation-to-covid-19-outbreak), 5. the US State Department (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/schengen.html)