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I am planning a 10 days trip to Turkey. What places / cities I cannot miss?

I want to start with Istanbul, then go by bus to Cappadocia (3 days in total including road trip...is it enough time?) then Pamukkale and Anatolia. What should be the order of visit in order to make the best of it (while keeping on budget)?

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  • Levent Aşkan

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    Hey Diana

    Istanbul and Cappadocia are great in October. As I live in Istanbul; April, May, September and October are great time to visit. After Istanbul Cappadocia will be so nice. 2-3 days are ok. Except Pamukkale, you can go to Ephesus which is so nice. The route can be like Istanbul - Cappadocia - Ephesus. If you have any questions about Istanbul, here to assist.

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    • Diana C.

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      Thanks a lot, Levent! Do you know whether going by train it's a good option? I was thinking to go to Ankara by train (as it's faster) and then take the bus till Cappadocia. · (1 likelikes)

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      According to your number of luggages, you can prefer going by train. However the train station in Istanbul is actually far away from center. Hard to go there without a car. So it depends on where you stay and your luggages. · (0 likelikes)

    • Diana C.

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      Hello Levent! Istanbul and Cappadocia was on my list in my trip through Turkey and they both left a profound impression, and I also wrote about it here: http://www.wheretwogoto.com/istanbul-a-millennial-fusion-of-cultures-and-ethnicities/ http://www.wheretwogoto.com/a-walk-on-the-moon-in-cappadocia/ · (0 likelikes)

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  • Gaia Zol

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    Ciao Diana!

    Pamukkale, Cappadocia and Anatolia are perfect picks. If you are going late-spring or during the summer, Antalya Antalyais a very pretty town with a typical historic city center and it is not crowded in June. Also, consider Fethiye, where you can go paragliding and where you can explore the Sea and the valleys thanks to cheap boat tours.

    I hope you'll enjoy Turkey: I loved it!

    Safe travels!

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  • claus andersen

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    Cappadocia is fantastic and highly recommended.

    Pamukkale is very touristy and can be a little dissapointing but some people love it, but I would personally prefer other places.

    When you say Anatolia then this is a very broad concept as this is 97% of the turkish land mass :)

    But I would highly recommend Istanbul and if you are interested in ancint sites then Ephesus is very scenic and so is Aspendos if you decide to hit the south coast.


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  • Missy Johnston

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    Hi, unless riding on the bus is of interest to see the countryside, you may want to check flights on the Turkish Airline Pegasus, which, if booked early enough, and not choosing the ad on's such as meals, seat assignment etc., can be just a little more than a bus ticket for some legs, such as Istanbul to Cappadocia, and could save you a lot of time on a 10 day trip allowing you to see more. It is a long way from Istanbul to Cappadocia by bus. Flights are sold one way. Perhaps fly from Istanbul to Cappadocia one way, and then take the bus into the rest of Anatolia. I think Ephesus is well worth adding , if you have the time.

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  • Eda Sökmen

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    Hi, I would do 5 days in Istanbul, 2 nights in Cappadocia and 2 nights near Ephesus. Feel free to contact me if you need hotel booking and private tour arrangements. 10 days is a good amount of time, enjoy! Best, Eda

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    Hello!

    You should spend as much time as you can in Istanbul, it is a great city.

    Also, the régions of anatolia ans cappadocia are really large and there are nice views, but nothing else.

    To me you should start with Istanbul then Anatolia, then Pamukkale and then Cappadocia. But it will depend on where you are staying exactly.

    Bus are not too expensive there and you can travel by night. but again, it is a large country ;)

    Have a nice travel ;)


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  • As Chin

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    I just returned from a 12 day 3000 k tour of Turkey last week, and would agree it is a large country so you might want to fly into Cappadocia and then take a bus back to Istanbul for your return flight home. You should try and see the Whirling Dervishes while in Capadoccia and a balloon ride, although pricey is worth it.

    If you are looking for historical sites you really should go to Izmir because Ephesus is pretty amazing.

    As some of the comments mentioned, Istanbul has a lot to do and see, so you could easily spend many days there and not take it all in.

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      But flying directly to Cappadocia and then returning from Istanbul is definitely much more expensive, so I might exclude the option. Could you tell me what is the price for a balloon ride? I see various prices on the internet, one including a balloon tour for 99€ including pick up at the hotel, is it reasonable? · (0 likelikes)

    • As C.

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      That is a good deal, we went with Kapadokya ballons that were great and highly highly recommended but more money · (0 likelikes)

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