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Roadtrip Istanbul to Dalaman

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Roadtrip Istanbul to Dalaman

Hello all,

We're going to Istanbul for 5 days in September and then spending a week on the coast near Bodrum. Instead of an internal flight, we'd like to drive down (picking the car up in Istanbul and dropping it off at Dalaman airport). We're keen to go off the beaten track and see some pretty towns and villages and then break the journey up by spending the night roughly half way.

Does anyone have any route suggestions and also good places to stay? Would like to try and avoid as many tourist traps as possible.

Many thanks in advance.

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may I ask you first of all why you do not drop the car off in Bodrum or at Bodrum airport?

The secondly, I can just recommend a road trip, it is my favorite way to get in Istanbul (from near Fehtiye). We usually spend the night in or near Afyon as for us ,t is about half way, so that nicely cuts the trip in two.

The problem is a bit, as you mention you want to stay away from tourist areas, is that where are no tourists there is normally no request for accommodation so hardly anything available unless in a certain sized town.

Personally I love to stay in Güral Harlek in Ilice, just north of Kütahya and near the Phrygian Valley. I think the Phrygain valley is a stunning place and on nobody's list to visit.

And then depending on where you drop off the car, you either drive over Burdur, Fethiye to Dalaman. Or via Muğla to either Dalaman or possibly Bodrum. Muğla is another lovely town to spend a night. There are only a handful of hotels. The town has a very lovely old part, not big but big enough to enjoy it. It is a typical modern Turksih town where you will not meet many foreigners.

Hope this helps for a start, if your plan comes more clear I would love to help out if I can!

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