Seriously considering taking our first Rick Steve tour of Turkey in fall of 2015. I am a planner hence the reason for the early questions. My wife and I have travelled with Rick Steve Guide books over the years, and never to overseas without it (France, Belgium, Netherlands 1993 : Italy 1996 : Portugal 2002 : Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany 2008 : Spain 2010 : Croatia, Montonegro, Boznia-Hercegovina 2013) so we are more than used to planning and travelling on our own, via public transports, trains or our rental car. However, when it come to Turkey, the comfort level is not there, so we are considering a tour.
The best of Turkey 13 day is covering most of what we want to see. However, we would like to spend another week at the end of this tour in the Turquoise Coast area. Bodrum and Marmaris seem a little too developed for our taste, but the Dalyan and Fethiye area appear to have interesting potentials for beach, history, and day excursions. R&R I guess after a tour that sounds a like it has a busy schedule, covering a larger territory.
From what we read buses are the way to go in Turkey. Then if we venture off to Rhode from there, hydrofoils from Fethiye sound like the way to go. Our concern is that we are looking at fall visits, and everything we read seems to indicate that public transportation reduces significantly come September, October.
So my questions are:
How difficult is it to travel on buses in the Turquoise Coast in late September, early October?
Would this be a smart choice, are the distance, transfers, cost reasonable?
We speak French and English, will it be difficult for us to get information in languages we understand for public transportation?
We have read that the best way to visit the Turquoise Coast is via Scooters, but we also read that driving in Turkey is not the way you want to go (dangerous drivers)? These appear contradictory, which is true?
End of September, early October do ferrys, hydrofoils still fun from Fethiye to Rhode? Daily? Weekly?
Early October, if we need to go from Rhode to Athens, would you recommend flying or ferries?
If time permits we are considering stoping for an overnight in Mykonos, that is assuming ferries are the option?
We live in east coast Canada and flying options are limited and expensive so, our flights in and out will be from Canada/Athens.
Thank you, your comments are more than welcome.