TURKEY....travel suggestions please!

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    Feb 12, 2013 5:12 AM GMT
    I'm planning to visit Turkey for about 9-10 days in late May/ early June and would like to hear any suggestions/ places to go.

    I fly into Istanbul, spend 3 nights there, everything else is kinda open.
    Looked into Cappadocia and that seems worth a visit.

    I know everyone says this, but I prefer not seeing other tourists. icon_eek.gif

    Thanks.

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  • UncleverName

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    Feb 12, 2013 11:48 AM GMT
    Definitely go to capadoccia for a a day or two. Fairy chimneys are awesome to see, you can stay in a hotel made in one, you can do a guided quad tour of the area, there's multiple underground cities, and the hot air balloon rides are awesome. Also, go to a hammam if you can. Especially an older one. Unforgettable experience.
  • bfirbs

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    Feb 12, 2013 1:13 PM GMT
    Do a boat trip up the Bosphorus and see all the mansions from the Ottoman empire
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    Feb 12, 2013 3:14 PM GMT
    Thanks guys ;)
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    Feb 12, 2013 3:51 PM GMT
    If you don't want to see other tourists, it's probably the last place you want to go but Ephesus should not be missed!
  • Nayro

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    Feb 12, 2013 3:52 PM GMT
    I lived in Turkey for half a year. Lots of things to see! Istanbul, cappadocia, pamukkale... great country!
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    Feb 12, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    Have fun, it's all gravy.
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    Feb 12, 2013 4:06 PM GMT
    My favorite place in Turkey is Bodrum (on the Aegean Sea). There is an archeological underwater museum, golf, tennis, swimming, a great spa, scuba diving - - or you can just sit by the pool and gaze out across the city to the yachts on the bay. A cheerful, sunny place to get away from the world - and the tourists.
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  • SkyMiles

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    Feb 12, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    Istanbul = definitely! Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia. Topkapi Palace. Grand Bazaar. It's magnificent.
    Cappodoccia = a must see. Do the balloon ride.
    Nemrut Mountain = very cool and all, but it's way out the way.
    Pamukkale/Hieropolis = very cool white mineral bath and worthwhile historical ruins. Also one of a kind.
    Troy = a very historical pile of rocks. Skip.

    Have fun. Turkey's a great place icon_smile.gificon_smile.gif
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Feb 12, 2013 6:10 PM GMT
    I live in Bodrum and soon will move to Izmir.

    Istanbul is perfect in May and 4 days will be fine to see the sights.
    Cappadocia is great and will be hot at that time also Pamukkale the hot springs is also worth a visit. You can visit Pamukkale then after The rock formations of Cappadocia. Bodrum is a Seaside resort.

    Michael
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    Feb 12, 2013 6:21 PM GMT
    I've hear that Izmir (the third largest city) is worth seeing, as are the more resort-oriented cities on the mediterranean.

    The capital, Ankara, is reputedly stuffy and boring. Avoid.

    (I have several Turkish friends back in Toronto... that was their advice, should I ever go to visit)
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    Feb 13, 2013 4:03 PM GMT
    For those that picture only the minarets of Istanbul when they think of Turkey, the geography of that country is amazing and full of surprises.

    The Byzantine mural encrusted caves of Cappadocia are set within some of the most amazing Flinstone-y geography I've ever seen:

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    As are the calcium wading pools of Pamukkale:

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    cliffside at the foot of some of the most amazing and archeologically significant ruins I've ever seen at Hieropolis, which has among other things multicolored hot springs (1st pic), a Jewish cemetery (2nd) and a Greek ampitheatre with a rare intact literal fourth wall (3rd):

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    Feb 13, 2013 4:04 PM GMT
    If you are a woman meeting guys you met on line and leaving your kids and husband home.....its not a good place to visit.
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Feb 13, 2013 4:20 PM GMT
    Kusadasi especially Ephesus