14 days in Turkey

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14 days in Turkey

Post by Andyz_25 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:56 pm

We are 2 of us who plan on a backpacking (budget) trip to Turkey. I need some suggestions from the fellow experienced travellers here on the forum.

Our plan is -
3 days - Cappadocia (Stay Garden Cave Hostel or similar) (Fly to Izmir from Kayseri)
7 days - Izmir - Ephesus - Secuk - Kusadasi - Pamukkale (Fly to Istanbul from Denizil)
4 days - Istanbul

Should we add any other location?
I am considering to add one of these locations Bodrum, Fethiye, Marmaris. Not sure which one is worth it. Can you help?

What are the must do things in the above locations?

Please do give your suggestions.


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Re: 14 days in Turkey

Post by turkeytom » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:18 pm

You don't mention when you'll be going to Turkey. It may make a difference. In the meantime, here are some ideas:
Our plan is -
3 days - Cappadocia (Stay Garden Cave Hostel or similar) (Fly to Izmir from Kayseri)
You can take a bus from Cappadocia (Nevşehir) to Konya, see the Mevlana Museum and other sights, and take the sleeper train to Izmir. It's fun and you save a night's lodging cost:

http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/tran ... _tren.html
7 days - Izmir - Ephesus - Secuk - Kusadasi - Pamukkale (Fly to Istanbul from Denizil) Should we add any other location?
I am considering to add one of these locations Bodrum, Fethiye, Marmaris. Not sure which one is worth it.
You can go to Bodrum from Ephesus on a day-trip or an overnight. It's easier to get to than the other places you mention. Lots to do on the Bodrum peninsula.
What are the must do things in the above locations?
They're all detailed on their TTP pages:

Cappadocia: http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/C ... appadocia/

Ephesus Region: http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/Aegean/Ephesus/

Pamukkale: http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/Aegean/Pamukkale/

Istanbul: http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/Istanbul/

Cheers,

Tom Brosnahan

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Re: 14 days in Turkey

Post by David Morgan » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:12 am

turkeytom wrote:take the sleeper train to Izmir.

Tom Brosnahan
That's a good idea. I see the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) website is a lot better than it used to be.

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Post by turkeytom » Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:13 pm

As a website designer myself, it's been interesting watching the progress. In the Old Days (before the late 1990s), the TCDD published paper-book schedules that were simple to use. Their first website was crude but useful. Then somebody convinced them to go database-crazy and it was virtually impenetrable. About that time I discovered that if I went to Sirkeci (Istanbul) station, I could simply photograph the train schedules they had on big posters and put these on TTP. Back to simple!

In recent years the TCDD website has gotten much better and, wonder of wonders, you can even try to buy a train ticket online without a Turkish Citizen Identification Number. Sometimes you even succeed.

For the record, France's SNCF website used to be horribly complicated and virtually unusable by those who did not already know the system. No it is one of the best. The USA's Amtrak website has been pretty good, simple and easy to use for most of its life.

It all comes from leaving website design to gearheads without seriously considering the actual information needs of the traveler.

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