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How We Toured Turkey in 2 Weeks

How We Toured Turkey in 2 Weeks

How We Toured Turkey in 2 Weeks

Turkey was one of my favourite trips, this country was so amazing to visit.  Considering we planned it last minute, the trip ran very smoothly.  Turkish people are so friendly and helpful and the transportation is very efficient made it easy to get around (though not always the most comfortable!).  I loved the beautiful, busy, chaos of Istanbul, the history of Selcuk, relaxing along the coast in Fathiye, sea kayaking in Kas, mountain biking to the eternal flame in Cirali and hot air ballooning in Goreme…and eating delicious food wherever we went!  This trip had it all and I would love to go back there someday.  To see how we toured Turkey in 2 Weeks, check out the links below.  They link to each day of our trip – what we ate, where we stayed and what we saw.  I highly recommend…everything!  *For more detailed reviews of the hotels we stayed at you can check out my Trip Advisor profile.

HOW WE TOURED TURKEY IN 2 WEEKS

Day 1 – Istanbul

Day 2 – Istanbul

Day 3 – Istanbul

Day 4 – Selcuk

Day 5 – Pamukkale

Day 6 – Fathiye

Day 7 – Oludeniz

Day 8 – Kas

Day 9 – Kas & Kekova

Day 10 – Cirali

Day 11 – Olympos & Antalya

Day 12 – Goreme

Day 13 – Goreme

Day 14 – Istanbul

Day 15 – Karakoy

I’m happy that my boyfriend and I picked this country as our first “big” trip together.  We’re an outdoorsy couple who love to eat and explore so Turkey was a perfect destination for us.  If you’re looking for a little bit of history, a big dose of interesting culture, loads of good food, some relaxation along with an amazing adventure, then I highly recommend you visit this beautiful country! 

How We Toured Turkey in 2 Weeks. Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

How We Toured Turkey in 2 Weeks. Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

If you have any questions about our trip to Turkey, please comment below!

Turkey In 2 Weeks – Day 11: Olympos & Antalya

Before leaving Cirali, we wanted to check out the ruins of Olympos, an important Lycian city taken over by the Romans.  The ruins are scattered throughout a deep valley that follows the Ulupinar Stream and covered with vines and flowers, seemingly undiscovered.  I loved exploring Olympos, the site was so peaceful and wild, I felt like I was in the jungle uncovering this ancient city.

"The monumental tomb of Lyciarh Marcus Aurelius Archepolis" - Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

“The monumental tomb of Lyciarh Marcus Aurelius Archepolis” – Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

"The Sarcophagus of Antimachos" - Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

“The Sarcophagus of Antimachos” – Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

"Mozaikli Yapi" - Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

“Mozaikli Yapi” – Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Temple in Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Temple in Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

"Alkestis Sarcophagus", Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

“Alkestis Sarcophagus”, Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Later that afternoon, our host from Hotel Canada graciously drove us up the mountain and back to civilization.  We hopped on a bus Antalya, the largest city in Turkey.  We only had a few hours to kill before our bus ride to Goreme so we headed straight to the historical main square for dinner.

Famous charcoal grilled chicken from Parlak Restaurant - Antalya, Turkey

Famous charcoal grilled chicken from Parlak Restaurant – Antalya, Turkey

We had a delicious roasted chicken dinner at Parlak (just as good as Swiss Chalet! ;).  The owner was so sweet and gave us a complimentary fruit plate when he heard we were from Canada.

Fruit plate at Parlak, Antalya, Turkey

Fruit plate at Parlak, Antalya, Turkey

Clock tower in Kale Kapisi main square - Antalya, Turkey

Clock tower in Kale Kapisi main square – Antalya, Turkey

Kale Kapisi main square - Antalya, Turkey

Kale Kapisi main square – Antalya, Turkey

Antalya seemed like a bustling, interesting city and I wish we could have spent at least a full day here, but I was also excited to get to Goreme.  As the sunset over this pretty city, we headed back to the main bus terminal to catch our overnight bus.

Election Campaign - Antalya, Turkey

Election Campaign – Antalya, Turkey