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Angela Greco

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8 full days in Turkey! Where to go besides Istanbul?

My girlfriends and I are venturing to Turkey this summer, and we'd like to hit up a beach town after visiting the city for a few days. My questions are the following:

1. How many days do you recommend staying in Istanbul?

2. What coastal cities would you recommend (we will probably only choose one, but I want to investigate our options). 

We love food, culture, fun... we want to be safe, but super huge party/tourist spots are not that big of a draw for our group. Beauty and beaches and some sites are probably what most of us are looking for.

 Thanks!

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  • Tony Carne

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    Istanbul is a pretty amazing place. I wouldn't do any less than 3 days to cover of some of the sites, try some great food in a beautiful atmosphere and some aimless wandering. Check out the newer part of town around Beyoğlu as well as the historical area of Sultanahmet. Catch a ferry over to Uskudar and maybe go for a meal at Çiya Sofrası and catch the ferry back to Eminönü around sunset past the Maiden's Tower. Maybe go and have a meal with a family or try a street food picnic to taste the real food the locals love. (Disclosure: I'm the General Manager of Urban Adventures).

    For beach towns, my absolute favourite is Kas. Because it is equal distance from the airports at Antalya and Fethiye, it is just out of reach of the package tourist hordes (thankfully). It has managed to keep its charm but still have enough interesting eating, shopping and sites. As there is a group of you I'd recommend renting and apartment. Check out Tripping.com for the quickest way to see most apartments that are available in the area.

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      i live Uskudar very nıce i can help · (0 likelikes)

    • Angela G.

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      Thank you, Tony! I will definitely be checking out your suggestions! · (0 likelikes)

    • Courtney R.

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      Great suggestions! · (1 likelikes)

    • Caroline E.

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      Fethiye and Kas are lovely! · (0 likelikes)

    • Mesut S.

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      Greate · (0 likelikes)

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  • Agnes van Duffelen

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    Dear Angela, First of all congratulations with you excellent choice of going to Istanbul this summer. I would recommend staying 3 full days in Istanbul ( if you only have 8 days in total) and then the other days go to the coast, There is a beach nearby Istanbul too. Which is clean and safe. If you realy want to go to a beachtown then I recommend Bodrum which offers nices beaches and nice nightlife too. There is just too much in Istanbul itself. Expolore the area near Galata Tower too and catch a boat to go to Ortaköy Cami, which offers nice Bosporus side cafés and stroll around. The tourist area near Sulthanamet is nice for the highlights like Topkapı Palace and Blue Mosque the shopping around that area is very tourist and you girls will be hassled by Turkish guys, see it as fun and enjoy the attention, they don't mean a thing it is all part of the Ottoman Theatre ;-) Have a great time!


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      Thank you for the info! I'm going to pass it on to my friends :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Steve Rushton

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    We made a trip last year to Turkey where I have visited around 15 times over the last 25 years ( some just work!). We stayed in Istanbul for 4 days and to get a true flavour of the city I think you need a minimum of 3 nights to get under the skin of the place. In addition to places already mentioned we visited the İstanbul Modern and had a fantastic time there ( great restaurant for lunch with a terrace overlooking Sultanahmet

    We then took an overnight bus to Cappadocia and finally an overnight bus to Kaya valley which is located just above Fethiye and very quiet, beautiful with excellent restaurants. To enjoy the coast take a boat out for the day from Fethiye. We took a boat with Mohammad and his family who cooked a great BBQ fish lunch on the back of the boat and we swam in the sea all day and then sailed back ( no motor - just sailing) on his small Gulet - all for about £130 for the whole boat for the day.

    You won't go far wrong reading Lonely Planet's Turkey book. Transport easy, buses have wifi & air conditioning and internal flights also easy.

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      Is Mohammad a guide who you found? This sounds great! · (0 likelikes)

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      Actually he is a boatman (he and his family make a living from taking Tourists on the boat) - but its very authentic. You can fin him moored in Fethiye - the boat is quite small ( there were 5 of us). sailing back across the ocean without a motor, just listening to the wind and the sea was amazing · (0 likelikes)

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      Ephesus shouldn't be missed! Once a very important seaport, it was a destination for many historical people including Mary whose house Popes have visited. The large library and many structures can be imagined from the many ruins. · (0 likelikes)

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  • vehbi eray

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    Dear Miss,

    First I'd say 3 full days would be enough for Istanbul to see around , shopping, enjoy historical and night life. But you should wake up early an be at streets by 09 am. :) Rest of you holiday I'd recommend you to go to Fethiye, which you'd feel yourself as if you are in Maldives or Bahamas. I'd also advise you to take 12 island tour moonlight tour and cleopathra bath tour. For more details you can contact me directly whenever you wish to. All my recommendations are based my birth place is Istanbul and I have a downtown home at Fethiye. Thank you and wellcome both of you:)


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    We stayed in Istanbul for three nights. We saw all the big sites (we are pretty quick sightseers), but felt that we could have had another day just to sit at cafes and absorb the culture.

    We spent three nights in Cappadocia, which was more than ample time to see the sights there.

    Missed Ephesus and Pamukkale.

    Then four days city hopping on the coast. We flew into Antalya and rented a car. First night, we stayed at Olimpos Şaban's Tree House in Olympos. It was very low key, rustic and incredibly relaxing when we were there (mid May), but you could tell that the town also can turn into a party destination a bit later in the year. Great beach that you can walk to (about a quarter mile) and there's a fun hike in the dark to the eternal flame. Wish we'd stayed two nights to unwind. Beware: the hotel is very informal so booking is a bit of a leap of faith. Everything worked our great though.

    Then on to Kalkan House where we stayed at Villa Mahal for two days, which felt a bit too high end for our tastes. But it was very quiet and relaxing.

    In Fethiye, we stayed at Oyster Residence & Restaurant. The hotel was very nice and had a great little courtyard with a quiet pool. The beach however was a bit overrun with tour companies and party boats. We took one of the day cruises and wished we'd stayed on shore. Personally, I would skip Fethiye.

    Our last night we spent in Gocek before heading to the airport. Villa Danlin Hotel Göcek was small, but clean. There's a cute little pedestrian shopping district and some good restaurants, but not much else.

    If I were to do it all again, I would spend 2 days at Olympos (a trip highlight) and then 2 days in Kalkan (for relaxation). There are also tons of small towns to stop in as you drive up the coast.

    Hope this helps!

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      How did you find the driving along the coast road..we are coming from australia.. R)hand drive..what didnt you like about the day cruise? · (0 likelikes)

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    In Istanbul, if you like steak, Nusr-Et Steakhouse is the best steakhouse of the town. But there may be a bit expensive, 100 dollar per person.

    If you try nice local food. My first recommendation is Ara Kafe https://foursquare.com/v/ara-kafe/4b4efc8af964a5201ff826e3, then Enstitu Restoran (Istanbul Culinary Institute) http://www.istanbulculinary.com.tr/tr/. The both places are near Taksim area.

    Saffet Emre Tonguc, is the most famous tour guide of istanbul. He has really nice tours in istanbul. I strongly recommend you. Mail them for detail info. http://www.saffetemretonguc.com/index.php?pg=2014turlarim

    And here is cool guide for istanbul. http://turkey.dailysecret.com/istanbul/en#axzz31d1Rn3rl


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      Thanks!! · (0 likelikes)

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    3 days in Istanbul is plenty!

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    Hi, Usually 3 days in Istanbul are ample, including the first night after landing in Istanbul. On the second day, walk around the Old City and visit the Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern. The next day visit the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar. Day 4, you may want to take an early flight from Istanbul to Izmir, where a day trip can be arranged for your group to be met with a van for a guided tour of the ancient site of Ephesus. The van could drive you to either Bodrum or Marmaris, where I suggest, to really enjoy beaches, the beautiful Turkish coast and waters, to try a 5 day Gulet charter. Either out of Bodrum or Marmaris, there are ancient sites to visit, great beaches, and lots to see and do. At the end you can fly back to Istanbul from either Bodrum, or Dalaman (for Marmaris)

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    Please read the comment I wrote here, it might give you a an idea too. http://www.trippy.com/question/Istanbul-Design-enthusiast-spending-4-days-in-Istanbul-in-September--October

    For a coastal visit I wil recommend you Bodrum and Kas.

    Antalya will be probably too hot in summer. They are expecting 53 degrees this weekdend :(((

    If you have questions let me know =)

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    Hi, for istanbul you should have at least 1 week to have all the joy of Istanbul. to see historical places go to shoping malls, taste foods and the night life, you need to have big time space. My opinion is for you to stay at the European side of Istanbul and choose a hotel at Taksim or Şişli area. Taksim is the most interesting place to go ( food, social life, night life and shoping). Also very near to Nisantasi which the most attractive and elegant area of Istanbul.

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    Alanya is an amazing city to visit Angela, it is steeped in history, has shopping to die for, a bustling harbour area. A very laid back cosmopolitan town where many foreigners settle as a second home. In Alanya, there are many contemporary coffee shops and restaurants as well as traditional cuisine on the local Lokantas. We recommend a boat trip (Brothers Five is one of the best), breakfast on the mountains overlooking Alanya, Sapadere Canyon and the Floating Restaurants in the Dim Cay Valley. Whatever you loke doing - Alanya has it!


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  • Yuksel Tasdemir

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    Hello Angela,

    1. 3 Days would be enough time to see and visit Istanbul

    2. Aegean coast will be perfect for you because the sea is clean cities are safe , I can recommend you to stay in 'Kusadasi. It's very close to Ephesus ancient city, house of Virgin Mary and Pamukkale (Hierapolis) ancient city. From this region you can try and taste cultural food and drinks. Night life in this region is very popular

    3. If you need any proffesional help you can contact Ada Vegas Travel for additional info (www.adavegastravel.com)

    Have a good holiday

    Yuksel


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    Kalkanis perfect. It's still a bit of a hidden gem on the coast - a pretty, quaint, hilly town on the beach with great buzzy nightlife and restaurants. There are also 2 luxe beach clubs on either side of the town. I would rent a villa with a pool as close to town as possible.

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