Anyone been to Turkey for Honeymoon/Vacation? Tips & Suggestions

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Worker bee

I’ve only been once bt it was amazing! We stayed in a resort in the south west near Bodrum. We took a lot of day trips to see some sights, took a few boat trips to go snorkeling, etc. But mostly we hung out at the resort because it was kind of int he middle of no where. That said, why not do a few days on Istanbul and then maybe a few days on the coast somewhere? 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I went to Turkey for two weeks for work and spent all my time in Izmir. I thought it was an amazing city! It was nine years ago so I don’t remember where we stayed. But all the restaurants I went to along the water were excellent!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I loved visiting Pammukkale and thought it was well worth the trip  (I don’t want to lecture somebody who’s lived in Turkey for 5 years, but if you haven’t heard of it, it’s a UNESCO world heritage site with hot springs and beautiful white cliffs).  It was such so gorgeous and I’ve never seen anything like it before, or since.       

Post # 6
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Worker bee

I have been to Istanbul but have always wanted to go to Antalya. Istanbul was very nice, you have the famous Blue Mosque as well as the Hagia Sophia which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can jump on a boat and go over the Asian side. Antalya is by the coast line, so there are beaches and it is very pretty. It might be a bit chilly in October though. Even though it is a coastal town there are some spectacular sites and things to do in Antalya or closeby. you could check out http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g297962-Antalya_Turkish_Mediterranean_Coast-Vacations.html 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Me!!  I went to Turkey last November for 16 days.

I think our itinerary was:

1st day : fly to Istanbul and immediately catch connecting flight to Kayseri (Cappadocia region)

3 days in Cappadocia (Goreme, specifically)

The big thing to do in Cappadocia is take a hot air balloon ride but I am afraid of heights.  We did a horseback ride through the Rose Canyon instead and it was spectacular.  Selime Monastery was also one of my favorite things here.

Fly to Dalaman airport and then 2 nights in Fethiye – we went to Oludeniz during this

Bus from Fethiye to Denizli and then Pamukkale – 1 day in Pamukkale 

Train from Denizli to Selcuk – 2 days in Ephesus/ Selcuk

Bus from Selcuk to Bergama – 1 day in Bergama

Bus from Bergama to Canakkale and then to Troy – 1 day at the ruins of Troy

Bus from Canakkale to Istanbul – 4 days in Istanbul

 

I loved all of it but it was a packed itinerary.  If you want a slower paced vacation I would cut some of those destinations.  Turkey is a big country so it’s hard to get from the center to the Med coast to Istanbul, even in two weeks!  Since we went in the fall we spent less time on the coast since it wasn’t beach weather, it was still beautiful though.

We did hotels the whole time, just went with the top ranked ones on Tripadvisor in our price range and they were all nice.  The Yacht Classic hotel in Fethiye had private balconies with hot tubs.  The Kybele Hotel in Istanbul was super romantic and cute.  And we stayed in Melrose House, kind of a B&B in Pamukkale, and oh my goodness… their little onsite restaurant had some of the best food we ate in Turkey.  Simple but delicious!!

We went to the Seven Hills rooftop restaurant in Istanbul, which has amazing views of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.  The food was good, not great, but I would recommend it to anyone just for the magical view.

 

We budgeted $5k for it and I think we spent about that all together, but we did splurge on a few hotels and we did do quite a lot of traveling in the country, so I think it’s possible to spend less than that.

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