Hi! We're going to Turkey for about 8 days. We want to spend some time in Istanbul and Cappadocia. How much time should we spend in each?
Where else should we go? The Lycian Tombs look cool. Any other suggestions?
We'd like to stay in nice but affordable places (under $100US/night would be ideal!). Any recos? In Istanbul we'd like to stay in the old quarter, and in Cappadocia a cavelike hotel would be amazing.
Also: Do you think it's safe overall? We'll be traveling in spring next year -- I know a lot can happen in that time!
Thanks for your help!
After days of exhausting traveling and sightseeing you should come and visit Bodrum. Spend some days here and relax on the beach or go one day on a boat trip on a traditional turkish Gulet.
The boat will take you to some of the most beautiful Bays in Bodrum, most of them only accessible by boat.
Savour the gentle breeze and enjoy swimming in the clear turquoise water.
Enjoy the Bodrum lifestyle and spend a day on Bayside & Tora Boat Trips
Turkey is a wonderful country but 8 days not long! Can recommend Hanedan Hotel in Sultanahmet area of Istanbul for amazing value. Fab roof terrace for breakfast or escaping with a beer (BYOB) after day sightseeing with views over Sea of Marmara in one directions and the domes of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in the other. Easy walking to all the main sights. Could do one day seeing Topkapı Sarayı, Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque and Aya sofia and for second day would take a walk down over the Galata Bridge (maybe call into Spice Bazaar on way), pop in to the İstanbul Modern to get a contrast with old Istanbul, then up to the Galata Tower to take in the views and back via the Basilica Cistern. Be sure to have a fish sandwich from the boats on the West side of the bridge. Save time by taking overnight bus to Cappadocia (12hrs - we bought tickets form the travel agent on corner opposite Hanedan Hotel and they will minibus you to bus station). We stayed at the HOLIDAY CAVE HOTEL( old Flintstones Cave Hotel) in Goreme (previously called Flintstones and ask for a cave room). Nice pool. Take a minibus tour taking in the The Ihlara Valley and the Churches of the Ihlara Canyon and Underground cities (can book Andromeda minibus tour through hotel - great way to see most in limited time and felt authentic). Eat at the Dibek Restoran in town. Second day explore the Pigeon Valley on foot walking to Uchisar (path starts right by Flintstones Hotel). Be sure to take tea at Hasan's makeshift tea garden near the top. Would be easy to walk on by but don't! http://www.captivatingcappadocia.com/cappadocia-pigeon-valley/ Take another overnight bus to Fethiye(12 hrs) and either stay here or take a taxi/dolmus up to Kayaköy Köyü. Sight of the ghost town which inspired Louis de Bernieres book Birds without Wings which I would urge you to read - better than Captain Corelli! Beautiful peaceful oasis with wonderful restaurants. Can explore the Lycian way on foot to Oludeniz. Take a boat trip from Fethiye if you can. Can take a flight from Dalaman back to Istanbul if you can't face anymore bus trips although the bus service is excellent. More details at https://uk.pinterest.com/sarahwck/travelling-in-turkey-with-family/
Enjoy your trip. Perfectly safe when we went after the Taksim Square troubles in 2013.
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You will also need a day to travel between the two places.
And you will be totally safe in Turkey. The conflict in Syria is not affecting Istanbul and Cappadocia. It's only the border region to Syria that has some problems because of the thousands of refugees that are fleeing Syria at the moment.
Hi, I would fly into Istanbul, rest for the first afternoon, and then spent 2 more days in Istanbul to see the Old City sites such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, the Roman Cistern and the Topkapi Palace, and the Grand and Spice Bazaar, perhaps taking a boat ride on the Bosphorus to see the summer palaces, and maybe visiting the oldest Hamam in Istanbul for a Turkish Bath.
Day 4 you should fly to Cappadocia in the morning, and spend two nights in Cappadocia seeing Goreme, and the catacombs, perhaps enjoying a hot air balloon ride very early am on day 5.
Day 6 fly to Istanbul and on to Bodrum for night 6 and 7 and visit the castle and the Underwater Archeology Museum and fly out of Bodrum to Istanbul and home. The inter Turkey domestic flights can be very reasonable, check Pegasus, however flying is really the best way, I think, as Turkey is very mountainous, so driving can be very time consuming.
On certain days there can be a flight from Cappadocia to Izmir, Turkey, where you could rent a car and visit Ephesus, only 45 minutes away and then drive on a super highway for part of the way to Bodrum, which is about a 2.5 hour drive, and then you would have a car in Bodrum to drive to the beaches. You could drive back to Izmir, and there are international flights out of Izmir, without needing to return to Istanbul. The only hotel recommendation I can give is Hotel Su in Bodrum.