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Is this a decent itinerary for ~ 14 days in Turkey?

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I need some seasoned travelers to let me know if this is a good itinerary for ~14 days in Turkey. Though only 12 days are noted, There are still a few extra days we have to throw in, especially since some of the stops are really, really short. Any guidance or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
10 years ago, April 1st 2010 No: 1 Msg: #107757  
Here is what our travel agent recommended for our available 14 days. in Turkey in late May/early June. My concern is that we are visiting some places for only a few hours, then back on a bus to the next destination. Anyone have insight as to the viability of such an itinerary and input on whether the timing for each location is good/bad or needs some changes? I've never been there, but interested in your insights. Perhaps you have a recommendation on new places to visit instead of the ones recommended by our agent. Our agent for this is goreme.com.

Thanks,
Jason

Day 1
Arrive in Istanbul
Overnight: Lady Diana or similar

Day 2
Optional: Byzantine and Ottoman Traces (Full Day)
Overnight: Lady Diana or similar

Day 3
Optional: Golden Horn and Bosporus Cruise (Half Day - Afternoon)
Overnight: Lady Diana or similar

Day 4
Free day to explore Istanbul
Overnight bus to Ankara departing Istanbul

Day 5
Free time to explore Ankara
Afternoon bus to Goreme
Overnight: Sultan Cave Suites, or similar based on availability

Day 6
Optional: Rose Valley Hike
Overnight: Sultan Cave Suites, or similar based on availability

Day 7
Optional: Turkish Cooking Class (please see below for a detailed description
Overnight: Sultan Cave Suites, or similar based on availability

Day 8
History and Adventure (Full Day) – includes underground city
Overnight: Sultan Cave Suites, or similar based on availability

Day 9
Morning bus to Konya
Free time to explore Konya
Bus to Pamukkale by own arrangement
Overnight Melrose Hotel or similar based on availability

Day 10
Optional: Pamukkale Tour with drop off in Selcuk
Overnight: Hotel Bella or similar based on availability

Day 11
Optional: Ephesus Tour
Overnight: Hotel Bella or similar based on availability

Day 12
Transfer to airport
Flight: Izmir to Istanbul Reply to this

10 years ago, July 1st 2010 No: 2 Msg: #114576  
This is a very classical itinerary, however you are right that there will be not much time for the sites. You need to go for a more in depth tours, or better, a custom tour with a great guide. Reply to this

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