HI! My husband and I are planning a 9-day trip to Istanbul in September, and I need some help planning our itinerary. First, I should mention that we are young (late 20s), travel internationally pretty frequently, and we're pretty high-energy - we don't mind limiting our time in each destination to several days, so we can explore more places.
Here's where I'm stuck. We'd like to spend 3 days in Istanbul, and 3 days in Cappadocia. But after that, I'm not sure where we should spend our 3 remaining days. I've read great things about Kas and Olympos, and the idea of spending a couple days on the Mediterranean sounds lovely. However, we're also intrigued by Ephesus, and Izmir seems like a pretty easy place to fly in and out of. We've seen Pompeii, the Acropolis, and some other ruins on Greek islands, so I'm curious about whether Ephesus is worth fighting the crowds, or if we're better of seeing another part of Turkey. Likewise - is Pamukkale worth the trip, or is it touristy/overrated? Where would you recommend staying to explore Ephesus, Pamukkale, and the area?
The other option would be to go to Oludeniz, Kaz, or somewhere else in Antalya and relax on the beach a couple days. I've read that paragliding near Oludeniz is really cool. But is that area less accessible? We don't want to spend too much time flying and driving.
Sorry, one more question! How is driving in Turkey? Should we rent a car in Cappadocia and Izmir (or Antalya)? We've driven in England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Italy, but wondering if the language barrier and different driving rules would make driving in Turkey exceptionally hard.