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help planning trip to Turkey/Greece

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help planning trip to Turkey/Greece

Hi. I am trying to plan a trip to Turkey in early July and would welcome any advice! We want to start in Istanbul, enjoy history, nature, going off the beaten path, and don't want to spend all our time running around. What do you suggest, and how do we get around without driving and without taking a tour? Another thought is to head to the Greek Islands after Istanbul, but again, I have no idea where to start. We have about 8 days. Thanks so much.

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1. Re: help planning trip to Turkey/Greece

Hi Becca,

You can plan a trip on your own with out the need of a tour.

In Istanbul, you can get around on your own by taking metros, trams and taxi’s. There is a lot to see and do. You can have 8 full days of history sight seeing, nature and going off the beaten path in Istanbul.

If you plan to combine both (which is a very tight timeline), from Istanbul you can take a flight through Olympic Airlines to the Greek Islands, there are no direct flights so you will have a transfer flight in Athens.

The only flights out of Greece to the US is through Athens, so you will need to spend your last night there if your last stop is Greece. Some of the more popular islands like Santorini, Mykonos and Crete have international flights to the UK during the summer, if your transatlantic flight is through London you can plan a flight out from the islands to London.

What islands are you looking into? Santorini is probably the most beautiful one of them all.

Hope this info helps a bit with planning your trip.

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2. Re: help planning trip to Turkey/Greece

we went to istanbul, then flew to antayla, then drove up the coast. we took the ferry from kusadasi to samos, patmos and symi...enjoy

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3. Re: help planning trip to Turkey/Greece

Hi Becca3,

It really will depending upon where you might be interested in travelling and to what regions. There are so many places to visit that are worthwhile. have a look at a few of these previous posts in regards to various itineraries as they might be helpful.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293969-i367-k1119…

tripadvisor.com/…6422508

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The entire coastline of Antalya ranging from the city of Antalya to Fethiye is a wonderful way to spend a vacation. Here are some great places to visit after Antalya - Phaselis, Olympos, or better yet Cirali, Myra, Kekova, Kas, Kalkan, Xanthos, Telmessos, Fethiye, Oludeniz, and Kayakoy.

Good luck and have a great trip

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4. Re: help planning trip to Turkey/Greece

Hi Becca,

If you have only 8 days I would suggest first of all at least 3 days in Istanbul, then take the nightbus down the Agean, a very nice place to stay is Foca, a fishing village just above Izmir.

Check out if there are ferry's to Greece, I am not sure about it.

Then go a bit more down to Selcuk and visit Ephesus. From Kusadasi (I would not recommend to stay there) you can surely visit Samos, a very nice Greek Island.

There are so many more historic sites all over Turkey but also in this area you will have enough to do and not spend too much time travelling, that would be a shame if you have a short time only.

From every large place you can find a bus back to istanbul, that is if you fly back from there.

Enjoy your holiday!

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5. Re: help planning trip to Turkey/Greece

Hi Becca: here's a helpful link from Turkey Travel Planner for ferries to Greece. 8 days is not a very long time to see Istanbul and then the coast since you say you don't want to spend your time running around. Good Luck and Happy Travel, LemonLady

turkeytravelplanner.com/trans/Ship/GreekIsla…

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6. Re: help planning trip to Turkey/Greece

Thanks to all for your replies and links to similar topics. Since we are exploring many options, does anyone have recommendations for a tour from Istanbul to the coastal area/ruins, one which would have some nature component to it and be a little adventurous? Thanks.

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7. Re: help planning trip to Turkey/Greece

Hi again,

You can certainly try Insight Travel and Rina the American owner will be extremely helpful in organizing your personal needs. They have very good recommendations on this forum.

http://www.tour-turkey.com/index.htm

info@tour-turkey.com

CanMom

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