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Greenvale, New York
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Greece and Turkey

We are trying to plan a trip tomgreece and turkey for September or October

We have 12 - 14 days

We want to spend some time in Istanbul, Ephesus, capadocia,

And see Athens and Greek islands

Would consider a cruise but since we really want to experience the people and food, we are hesitant. But we do want to have all transportation between islands arranged

Any advice?

Devizes, United...
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1. Re: Greece and Turkey

Hi there

Given your relatively short time and the fact that you want to see so much within that time, then maybe a cruise is the best option? You really can't fit in any quality time anywhere with so much on the agenda in 12-14 days.

Assuming you do this off your own back, you will waste the better part of a full day every time you change location. How many islands do you intend seeing? You need two full days to see the major outdoor sights in Athens, three to be thorough and more if you want to include any of the superb museums. You can easily spend a whole day in the National Archaeological Museum and still not see all on offer.

The easiest way to access Turkey from Greece without backtracking to Athens for a flight is to make your way to one of the Dodecanese island, Rhodes, Kos, Chios, Samos, etc all of which have regular ferry links to the Turkish mainland but once there, you still have the logistics of getting to the places on your list.

Really, you need to choose one country or the other, 12-14 days is enough time to visit Athens and 2 or at a stretch 3 islands but leaves no time whatsoever for Turkey.

New York City, New...
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Hey and welcome Leslie P:-) Have to agree that with 12-14 days, either Country on it's own would be best for a quality vs quantity experience;-) Unless you're flying from Istanbul, the trek to Cappodocia can take up to 12 hours on a bus.. no train service! Both the Cities of Athens and Istanbul can easily take up another 3-4 days each! Am guessing you're looking to fly into one Capital and out of the other?;-)

You've got a full plate with that time allotment.. am also assuming here that the 12 days means 11 nights (you're not counting that first day which is all travel getting you into either Athens or Istanbul the following day!) Even with 14 days.. would first start with omitting something.. If, for example, you fly into Athens and spend 3-4 days there, you fly or ferry to one of the Dodecanesse isles.. Samos is a good call since there are ferries taking you over to Kusadasi for Ephesus.. from where you can head to either Cappodocia or Istanbul.. and fly out of Istanbul for the States! This would involve visiting just 1 Greek isle.. if you omit Cappodocia, you may have time to add another is you have the 14 days (2 weeks).. you'd need to read up on the various isle groups.. but most especially the Dodecanesse since they offer transport over to the mainland in Turkey.. and go from there;-) Although not impossible, it will be a hectic journey;-) Up to your tastes, pref/priorities, travel style! You're coming the distance and can understand trying to take in as much as possible.. plan accordingly.. and EnJOY!

Greenvale, New York
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3. Re: Greece and Turkey

Thanks so much. You've confirmed what I thought. One,or the other


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4. Re: Greece and Turkey

Our pleasure Leslie:-) Let us know how the planning..and choosing goes;-) Keep enjoyin'!

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5. Re: Greece and Turkey

Have a look at the websites of Explore and Exodus, two companies that offer small group tours (or tailor made if your budget runs to it).

I believe Explore and Exodus both have tours taking in all the places you mention in Turkey, so you would not have to worry about organising your own travel between these places which are very distant from each other. These companies also ensure that you have as 'authentic' an experience as possible, staying in small local lodgings, eating local food and experiencing local culture.

If you choose Greece, I think both companies also offer caique cruises around the islands - Explore certainly do these and probably Exodus too.

Greenvale, New York
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HI all..

This is our plan as it stands now for a two-week trip:

Fly to Istanbul and spend 4 days

Fly to Cappadocia and spend 2 days

Fly to Ehephesus and spend 1 day

Now...to get to only one Greek island (leaning toward Rhodes) from Turkey. Can we fly from Ephesus to Rhodes or ferry to Rhodes...and spend 3 days

Then to Athens for two days

Back to US


Washingon DC area
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I'm exhausted just reading your plans, though I think they are doable. But since you're going to end your Turkey part of the trip in Ephesus, why not just ferry over to Samos for a few nights before going to Athens? Samos is worth a couple days itself, and if the ferry schedule works, you might even have the opportunity to spend a day in Patmos.

Birmingham, United...
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Still far too much and ignoring travel time. You are left with 4 days for Greece and that includes the travelling to/from the 'one' island.

That will be 2 days on one Greek island before zooming off.

The closest to where you are going to in Turkey is Samos. To get to Kos or Rhodes would require an extra day.

Athens is eliminated due to time constraints and going from the Greek island back to Athens.

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Hey again Leslie P:-) Am assuming here when you say '2 days', you mean 2 overnights which in turn gives you a full day?;-) Nonetheless, would check to see if you can fly from Ephesus area near Izmir (believe there's an airport there.. Adnan) down to Dalaman airport which is close to Marmaris .. from there it's an approx hour ferry ride over to Rhodes;-) Otherwise, you'd need to ferry over to Samos from Kusadasi and ferry down to Rhodes from there.. if the flights work out, you may be saving yourselves some time but have no clue how far/how long it would take to get to Adnan from Ephesus/Kusadasi.. but something to consider.. worth checking out;-)

From Rhodes, keep an eye out on www.aegeanair.com/ www.olympicair.com/ for flights to Athens..sign up now for their email alerts.. flight takes barely 45 min.. if you find an afaternoon flight, you'll have about a day and half to explore some wonderful highlights in Athens before heading home;-) Keep us posted.. keep enJOYin'!

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