Post # 1
We’re planning our honeymoon in Turkey and would love advice! Has anyone been? Have a travel agent that specializes in the area? We’d like to fly into Istanbul and stay for a few days, then stay in one of the cave hotels in Cappadocia. From there, perhaps south to Antalya and a Blue Cruise from Olympos to Fetiye and then back home to NYC (maybe with a stop in Bodrum on the way, if we have time)? The logistics are blowing our minds! Any advice would be welcome!
Post # 3
We went to Turkey last year and it was totally amazing! We stayed in Istanbul the whole week so I don’t have any advice on logistics with Cappadocia, etc., but if you are interested in our Istanbul pics and faves we blogged about it at http://patrinadoestheglobe.blogspot.com/
Post # 4
I went to Turkey last May and I stayed for three weeks. I went with my college roommate that is from Istanbul. For 2 weeks we stayed in Istandbul and she showed me a lot of the tourist type things. For the last week she took me to some of the vacation areas. We went to Izmir, Bodrum, Antalya, Ephesus, Troy and someplaces inbetween. Turkey is very beautiful and there is a lot to see. I enjoyed the vacation areas more than Istanbul. Here is a link to my blog from my trip. I also have 3 or 4 albums on facebook from the trip if you want to see them!! 🙂
Post # 5
Yay, you’re going to my home country!
I think you got a pretty good itinerary already…Just make sure you have enough time for all that. The blue cruise itself takes about a week, and Cappadocia is in an entirely different part of the country, so it can be pretty exhausting if you’re trying to do it all at once. I second Istanbul, Troy and Ephesus if you’re into history, Fethiye and pretty much all the Aegean-Mediterranean coast is just beautiful and relaxing. Bodrum is a big party town, but has its share of natural beauty and history as well. I’m partial but I say you can’t go wrong whatever you do 😛 And you will eat some amazing food! I’m jealous…
Post # 6
We booked our honeymoon in Fethiye and I’m super, super excited! We’re staying at the Hillside Beach Club for 7 nights, type A room with terrance, the hotel is full board. It has it’s own private beach and known for their food. We got a great deal on the room from http://www.fethiyeresorts.com. Our contact is Hakan Yaver. Hakan’s a great guy, he always answered my emails promptly, just be aware that he is far from pushy – so you will have to ask for payment information and whatnot.
I was really hesitant about booking with an agent in another country especially since their business practices are a little slow but I realized that’s the Turkish way – that if he was more agressive, and rushed me for instant payment, it would mean he’s shady, and after 11 emails back and forth, I actually do feel like I know the guy, and I recommend him! Hakan has successfully booked our stay (I confirmed with the hotel before booking flights).
I also checked TURSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agencies) and their license is legit.
My advice is:
- Check Thomas Cook because they have packaged deals that come with flights that fly out of London Gatwick. Flying into London from the States might save you money.
- Check Turkish Air they currently have a sale on all flights within Turkey.
- Check Trip Advisor to see the best reviewed hotels in each city, there’s a little green number on the top right corner that signifies the hotel’s review rank.
- Check OTTI Travel’s sites for their room deals they have one for a few main cities but they are all under the same agency. If you decide to go to Fethiye, I recommend Hakan Yaver. http://www.fethiyeresorts.com
Post # 7
Here’s some of my Fethiye related links:
http://www.pbase.com/dosseman/fethiye Great pictures of the historic sights nearby.
http://www.fethiyeairporttransfers.com/prices.html The airport transfer we’re using from Dalaman.
http://www.ok.co.uk/posts/view/17671/Spa-Review-Hillside-Beach-Club-Fethiye-Turkey A recent review on my hotel by OK! Magazine
http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/tourop/index.html It provides some info on Turkish travel agencies.
Post # 8
Yay, you’re going to have so much fun! I’m Turkish-American (born here), and my Fiance is from Izmir .. we went to Kapadokya a couple of years ago and LOVED LOVED LOVED it … do you already have a place to stay? If not, PM me and I’ll send you the place where we stayed – it was a restored cave hotel with wonderfully decorated rooms and WiFi 🙂 The thing with Kapadokya compared to the other parts of Turkey that you’re visiting is that you’ll need to rent a car to see everything in a convenient manner. There are a lot of amazing hikes around there, so be sure to bring athletic clothes! Also, what time of the year are you going? Antalya can get really hot in July and August, like over 100 F. You can’t really go wrong in Istanbul, there is so much to do there. One of my favorite things is to take the ferry to the end of Istanbul, where the bosphorus meets the black sea. You’ll have an amazing tour of the bosphorus, and at the end you can take a short walk uphill to a fort/castle type structure that was built like 1000 years ago (sorry my history stinks on a monday morning!) and see this view:
Have fun! It’ll be amazing!
Post # 9
@peanutlovespumpkin – Merhaba 🙂 I’m Turkish and live in LA too, maybe we’ve crossed paths before?
@Vitsippa – Hillside, my favorite resort in the whole world!!! 🙂 I’ve been there several times, the most recent being in September, and that’s where my Fiance proposed! It was his first time in Turkey and he fell in love with it too. You’re going to love it. It’s got pristine nature, beautiful water view rooms, crystal clear water, and the food is out of this world. I think they pride themselves in having something like 85 desserts every night. We both ate ourselves to oblivion there 🙂
Post # 10
We spent 10 days in Turkey a few years ago and loved it! We did Intrepid Travel’s “Turkish Delights” comfort tour – if you look on their website you can see the itinerary which was similar to what you’re planning (minus the blue cruise). It was fantastic (and I’m *really* not a tours person – Mother-In-Law took us). I kept a very detailed blog which I’d be happy to send you if you like. Have fun!
Post # 11
@meliss, now I’m more excited than ever! Thanks so much for posting!
Post # 12
My fiance and I went to Turkey a few years ago and loved it. We didn’t use a travel agent, but had a lot of help from this site. http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/
We did Istanbul, Sirince, Ephesus, Dalyan, Cappadocia, Kas, Antalya and Konya (just a night as we drove from Antalya to Cappadocia) in 2 weeks. It was a lot to see, but we didn’t know if we were ever going to get back to Turkey again – and there is soo much to see.
We rented a car and drove most of the route, although we flew from Cappadocia to Istanbul, which was our last stop.
Antalya was one of my least favorite spots, along with Dalyan (lovely and very cool to see, but overrun with Brittish tourists). Istanbul and Cappadocia are fantastic – truly unlike anywhere I’ve ever experienced. Ephesus is a must-see. Kas was lovely – on the med – and largely filled with locals or Turks on vacation (we avoided some of the other more popular coastal towns because of tourist issues).
It’s a big country so it’s probably best to decide your intent – is it to relax on the beach, or to see the sites. Maybe you can do both!