Please suggest itinerary for 8 to 10 days in mid nov (after 15th).... what places should one do or avoid based upon the relative winter season.
I have been in Turkey during mid to late November a few times and that includes the last few years. Central Turkey like the Cappadocia region will be rather chilly. Istanbul is usually very nice, weather wise...cool evenings and coolish days. I recommend going anywhere on the southern Aegean coast and the Mediterranean Sea coast. Dalyan, Göcek are beautiful. Fethiye, Antalya, are beautiful as well. Having said that, the high season for both areas I mentioned will be over. In Göcek and Dalyan, many restaurants and shops will be closed by then for the season... but some do remain open. I have been swimming in Ölüdeniz in mid November. We were THE only ones on the beach! Water was cool but not freezing.
November is the ultimate opportunity to visit Turkey before cold winters strike. However, the best time to visit Pamukkale and all the archaeological remnants. Visit the Cappadocia, Zeugma, and the ruins of Phaselis this November.
Hello from Wisconsin,
On our two trips to Turkey we did this. We arrived in Istanbul a day or two early then took a 13 day guided ride around a loop of western Turkey. It was jaw dropping each and every day on the trip. Our second time we spent two weeks in Istanbul, not Constantinople. We spent a third of the time on the horn (Eminonu), not far from the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia. Actually the place was called Hotel Side. The second third we spent near Taksim Square (actually Beyoglu), and the final third we rented on the Asian side of the city (Kadikoy). Each part of the city has its own personality just like any large city.
What we found were many tourists on the 'hot spots' but if you got one or two blocks away it was pure Turkey.