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What part of Turkey is best for family

London, United...
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What part of Turkey is best for family


I hoping to get some information about where is the best part of Turkey for myself and my 4 year old daughter to go to. I don't want to go the party scenes area its for the Middle of August. And if anyone could recommend hotel that dose all inclusive.

Thank you for your help...!!!!!

Cape Girardeau...
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1. Re: What part of Turkey is best for family

Your desire for all-inclusive essentially limits you to resorts along the southern Aegean and western Mediterranean coasts.

If the major purpose of your holiday is to vegetate on the beach at a resort hotel then I daresay that it doesn't make any difference what town/city/area you choose. Use Trip Adviser to carefully screen potential resorts offered by tour agencies paying particular attention to experiences of travelers with young children. Even Gümbet on the Bodrum Peninsula which has become in large part a "party 'till you puke" place for young people has some resorts well suited to families with young children.

If you are price shopping for the cheapest place do not have high expectations!

If you are interested in taking in some historic/cultural tours outside the hotel I suggest Küşadası, Antalya or Ölü Deniz.

El Paso, Texas
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2. Re: What part of Turkey is best for family

Arrival at Ataturk International Airport (IST) means spending a bit of time going through passport control/customs, but it is quite efficient, as good as, if not better than, going through any other arrivals/departures zone.

This was the first time we (I was escorting my 84-year old mother) had ever entered this fine city (largest population in Europe)/country and went out through the secure departure hall. Here were many persons, all bearing a sign with the name of an expected person. I could have arranged this through the Sultan Hostel, but did not; instead, we obtained an expensive taxi ride to the hostel. It was worth the expense ($25usa) and time (<2 hours) because it helped us get our bearings and delivered us to exactly where we needed to be.

However, now that I have the experience and knowledge, a greatly less expensive transport is by the outstanding public transit system.

After arrival/processing/clearance at IST, proceed downstairs to the lowest level and leave the terminal. You will enter a great hallway and see a store. That is where I made small purchases, something to obtain Turkish Lira cash—small notes/coins needed to obtain a jeton pp(4TL; 2TL=$1usa; JUN-JUL2015)), the necessary token to board the Metro. This is the terminus for the red line; take it 6 stops to the Zeytinburnu stop, where you will need to disembark, purchase another jeton, then board another tram, T1, and go 15 stops, deboarding at Sultanahmet. The tram is crowded, but my mother was quite well respected and always given a seat. Our total transit time is about 2-2.5 hours, and the view is quite good.

From this stop, your total walktime will be some 45 minutes, beginning by paralleling the tracks on Divan Yolu to Atmeydan (turn right) to Kabasakal/Dalbasti (turn left) . Route levels off, pass through marvelous park\square, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia. Continue downhill trek to Seyit Hasan to Utangac (turn left) to Teykifhane (turn right) to Kutlugun (turn left) to steep Adliye (turn right) to Akbryik (turn left). Midway along this street is the Sultan Hostel on the left; enter through the restaurant, go up a few steps, around a corner, down a few steps to reception.

After much research on Tripadvisor and HI-AYH, I concluded that this was the best location for us, although it is NOT wheelchair friendly as well as a bit challenging for my cane-using mother. Using this fine hostel in the heart of Istanbul for our base, we extensively explored the area, using the inexpensive public transit.

Istanbul was the hinge in our odyssey; we spent June going West, by Atlas Air, to LotonUK. From there, we slowly returned to the Sultan primarily by train, but also used walking, cabs and ferryboats. We re-entered Turkey via overnight ferryboat from Piraeus(Athens) to Chios, then another shorter/hour-long ferryboat to Cesme. There is no train in Cesme, so we took a bus to Izmir, then another bus that connected to another bus to Selcuk. Once there, Atilla's shuttle took us to his hostel, Atilla's Getaway. This is another absolutely fantastic hostel I had researched, choosing it because of the proximity to the World-famous Ephesus as well as the amenity of a spring fed pool. In fact, there is a short gravel hiking path leading to Efes, but not for elderly using a cane! The best time was visiting this site (similar to the Parthenon without such a huge climb), because the pm was spent resting in that fabulously clear, cold water.

Getting to this highly recommended site/hostel by bus took no less than a half-day. Short on time, we decided to return to the Sultan/Istanbul by air. Atilla's shuttle took us back to Selcuk, this time leaving us at the train station. We bought tickets to the Adnan Menderes Havalimani, which is a fabulous new airport and train stop. (I was a bit concerned--if you've ever been on AMTRAK, you have an idea of how slow the train can be.) It took a half day to finally enter this magnificent airport and purchase one-way tickets to IST. We then spent several hours waiting at the gate for the assigned flight.

We were now quite experienced and had no trouble returning to the super Sultan. We had upgraded our room to a much more expensive en-suite, away from the bar but still up one flight of stairs. Like most travellers, there was far too much to do/see/engage, so my return is inevitable. And I know exactly where I'll be staying!

United Kingdom
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for Sharm El Sheikh, Red Sea and Sinai, Side
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3. Re: What part of Turkey is best for family

Check out Side & hotels like Barut Arum, Barut Hemera; great for all ages. Side has a lovely, long beach & promenade into the Old Town. Thee are many shops & the Roman ruins are all around. You can walk in (50 or 40 mins from those hotels) or catch a dolmus (small bus) from the front of the hotels. Shops & bars along the prom as well as outside the hotels.

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4. Re: What part of Turkey is best for family

There are some lovely resorts on the Bodrum Peninsula that would be great for your family. Of course you will be restricted if you are looking at AI because some of the nicer resorts don't have many Ai hotels in them but there are still some nice hotels you could look at.

Antalya, Turkey
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5. Re: What part of Turkey is best for family

Also browse the Antalya forum. Lots of AI hotels and some regular contributors to the forum that are very knowledgeable about the hotels.

Selcuk, Turkey
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6. Re: What part of Turkey is best for family

Mid August will be very hot. Perhaps a place like Kusadasi would be better - as it's a little further north.

Aquafantasy with its pools and water slides might be OK for a 4 year old.


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