Help! I'm panicking!
We are a family of 4 (2 older teenaged boys). I have all of our tickets bought and hotels booked for a trip next March/April 2013.
At the advice of people here on TA, I opted not to do Antalya/Olympos/Fethiye and all of that coastal region because the weather would be iffy at that time of year, and it was "too much" to try to fit into our "7 true days in Turkey" travel time. But now I'm thinking that we're not seeing ENOUGH!
The first part (Cappadocia) I think is OK. We arrive late at night in Cappadocia (from the USA, so a heck of a long day of travelling) on Thursday March 28. We have 3 full days in Cappadocia March 29-31, and then most of the day on the 1st before we fly back to Istanbul. That part of the trip I am happy with, as we like to hike and explore and Cappadocia sounds like a wonderland to explore!
We have 4 full days in Istanbul, and honestly we are not that much of "city people". I am afraid we will see most of what we want to see in a 2 days, and then feel like we could have added more in or gone someplace else. Which then makes me wonder, COULD we? I've looked at Bursa and the other easy daytrips (even the Princess Islands) and they all made me think "meh". None of it looked very exciting to us. Now I'm wondering if we should take a 2 day tour to Gallipoli/Ephesus/Troy?
Is Gallipoli an interesting place to visit for those who are from countries that weren't involved? We've been to the D-Day beaches at Normandy and of course with boys those are VERY interesting, but I have to admit we don't really know the history of Gallipoli.
Troy SOUNDS like it would be really cool, but then it's not really very excavated yet, is it? And I think it is a long way to go from Istanbul just for that.
What we would REALLY love would be a place along the coast with beautiful scenery and more of a small town or village atmosphere that feels friendly and Turkish and would give a different bit of scenery than Cappadocia and Istanbul. Hiking, natural beauty, history.....since we're going in April, it won't be beach weather. But someplace that is fairly easy to get to. I'm OK buying more plane tickets, but don't want to waste a lot of time in travel.
Does such a place exist that would fit into our itinerary?
Or do we just need to plan to amuse ourselves for 4 days in Istanbul?