(Closed) Anyone else honeymooning in Turkey?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Istanbul is such a magical city; you’ll love it! Definitely go to Cappadocia and do a hot air balloon ride, go to one of the underground cities, and check out the open air museum. If you have the time, go to Pamukkale too. Send me a PM if you want hotel recommendations! 

Post # 4
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Oooh, Turkey is one of my favourite places on earth!!!  I LOVED it when I was there!  It wasn’t for my honeymoon but it was still awesome.  There is so much to see in Istanbul – obviously don’t miss the main attractions (Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cisterns) and just spend some time wandering around the markets and trying food from various little hole in the wall places (if they’re crowded with locals, they will have amazing food, guaranteed).

I didn’t get to Cappadocia, although it looked pretty awesome.  We went down the west coast, stopping to see Gallipoli (the Australian/New Zealand equivalent of our Normandy beaches, just from WWI though).  It really is an interesting place and quite moving to see.   I’d skip Troy, that was fairly boring and touristy.   Pergamum has amazing ancient ruins – and as opposed to Troy, they’re actually still in fairly good condition, especially the ampitheatre.

Further down the coast, Kusadasi is a lovely beachside city and a great jumping off point to get to Ephesus, home of the most amazing ancient ruins.  The library at Ephesus is one of the wonders of the world if I’m not mistaken.  Anyway, it’s amazing and well worth a visit if you can get there.   

From there, we headed off into the Greek Islands so I can’t answer for any other parts of Turkey, but to sum it up – it’s an AMAZING country!   Fascinating culture, amazing history, gorgeous sites, lovely people, excellent food, and pretty cheap prices for most things.   You’re going to have an awesome time – enjoy!

Post # 5
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was going to say the same as a pp. We visited kusadasi and ephesus was amazing. Definitely rivaled many European cities for how we preserved it was and how before their time they were. They even depicted the world as round in 1bc!

Post # 6
611 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

ooh ooh me! We’re not 100% sure, but we’re leaning towards a 2-week trip to Greece and Turkey… right now I’m trying to reel in my itinerary a little bit so we’re not jumping on a bus or ferry every stinking day. I’m definitely going to check back in on this thread!

Post # 7
4327 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I went to Ephasis, but I think that might not be in the same region you intend to hit up. But it was lovely!!!

Post # 8
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

That sounds so fun! I’ve never been but people who have loved Turkey. 

Post # 9
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

Turkey is my favorite place on earth! I love Istanbul so, so much. I can’t wait to go back someday. I second the other pp’s who said the Mosques (like the Blue Mosque and Haggia Sophia) and Tokapi Palace. I also recommend doing a cruise along the sea during the day. There are some amazing buildings that you can see on the coast. Also, the food! So yummy!

Post # 11
2406 posts
Buzzing bee

I spent 2.5 weeks in Izmir back in 2005 and LOVED it. Ephesus was great. And the coastline is just beautiful. 

Post # 13
23 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

All of the places you are planning to visit are great! There’s so much to see here and I know it can be hard to whittle the list down!

Are you doing all of the planning yourselves? I ask because you can get really cheap domestic air tickets, especially if you book early. For example, there are a few direct Antalya – Kayseri (near Cappadocia) flights going for less than 20USD in June 2012. I depise travelling by bus because it takes so long (8 hours from Istanbul to Izmir or 12 hours to Fethiye or Antalya).

My top places from your list would be Istanbul, Izmir area (for historical Ephesus and the beaches at Çesme), Cappadocia region (worth renting a car to really explore because the area is so spread out; don’t miss ones of the many underground cities, hiking the Ihlara Valley, seeing the Göreme Open Air Museum and staying in a cave hotel) and also a Blue Cruise (Mavi Tur).

The Blue Cruises are my favorite! You can spend a few days on a gulet, stopping at hidden swimming coves, tiny islands, cute towns on the shore and amazing historical sites. You can do the Mediterranean or Aegean or even both if you have a lot of time. Jumping into the middle of the sea, sunning and snoozing on the top of the boat, eating really yummy, fresh foods and just enjoying the beautiful backdrop of distant mountains are such wonderful experiences. If you charter for a day, it will be hard to visit many places. On the other hand, if you join a cruise with others you won’t have complete privacy – but there will only be 6-10 others (depending on the boat size) with you.

http://www.bluecruisesturkey.com/Cabin_Charters/Fethiye-Olympos.html (this is a link to give an idea of a route; it’s also a company I’ve used twice before – I’m sure there are better/cheaper ones but I had great communication and experiences with this one)

Sorry for the long post, but I love Turkey (I live here!) and wanted to chime in. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I’ll be happy to help. 🙂

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