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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 amazing 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: Ölüdeniz – Day 7

The next morning we headed out on a small boat cruise along the Turquoise Coast. There are many excursions you can choose from along the marina in Fathiye, and they’re all pretty similar in price.  We took the Fulya10 for $25, which didn’t include snacks, drinks or tips on the boat so approx $55 total (with no alcoholic drinks).  The tour departed from Ölüdeniz, a beach town 15km from Fathiye.  The boat cruise had a bit of a party boat vibe, but it was still relaxing to be out coasting along the sparkling, clear, waters – though I would have preferred a cruise that didn’t have loud music blasting the whole time.

Turquoise coast boat tour from Ölüdeniz

Turquoise Coast boat tour from Ölüdeniz

Our first stop was Butterfly Valley, a gorge that in theory would have been filled with diverse species of butterflies had it not been for the loud tour groups.  The short hike through the gorge was still nice though, and it was fun to climb up the gorge near the end (some good water/hiking shoes like Keens are recommended!).

Butterfly Valley, Ölüdeniz

Butterfly Valley, Ölüdeniz

Butterfly Valley, Ölüdeniz

Butterfly Valley, Ölüdeniz

Butterfly Valley, Ölüdeniz

Butterfly Valley, Ölüdeniz

Butterfly Valley, Ölüdeniz

Butterfly Valley, Ölüdeniz

The next stop was the Blue Cave, where we all jumped into a cold spring that is supposed to take five years off your life.  Refreshing in any case!

Blue Cave, Ölüdeniz

Blue Cave, Ölüdeniz

We cruised through Aquarium Bay and ended up at Gemiler Island, also known as St. Nicholas Island where archaeologists believe was the location of the tomb of the original St. Nicholas.  If you’re in the mood for some more ruins, the short hike around the island is very picturesque, or you can just relax and swim off the small beach near the boat dock.

Gemiler Island aka St. Nicholas Island, Turquoise Coast

Gemiler Island aka St. Nicholas Island, Turquoise Coast

Gemiler Island aka St. Nicholas Island, Turquoise Coast

Gemiler Island aka St. Nicholas Island, Turquoise Coast

Gemiler Island aka St. Nicholas Island, Turquoise Coast

Gemiler Island aka St. Nicholas Island, Turquoise Coast

View of Turquoise Coast from Gemiler Island aka St. Nicholas Island

View of Turquoise Coast from Gemiler Island aka St. Nicholas Island

Gemiler Island aka St. Nicholas Island, Turquoise Coast

Gemiler Island aka St. Nicholas Island, Turquoise Coast

Chocolate and banana gözleme (Turkish crepes) on the boat

Chocolate and banana gözleme (Turkish crepes) on the boat

They were making fresh Turkish crepes called “gözleme” on the boat – a perfect afternoon snack after a relaxing day on the water.

Tomb of Amyntas, Fathiye

Tomb of Amyntas, Fathiye

In the evening we went for a long walk through the town, and past by the Tomb of Amyntas, an Ionic temple facade carved into this rock face in 350 BC.

Election campaign, Fathiye

Election campaign, Fathiye

The election campaign was taking over Turkey while we were visiting, and Fathiye was no exception.

Shopping in Paspatur Old Town, Fathiye

Shopping in Paspatur Old Town, Fathiye

The shopping area around our hotel was a fun, lively area to stroll through at night.  I wish we could have stayed a bit longer in this charming seaside town.

Shopping in Paspatur Old Town, Fathiye

Shopping in Paspatur Old Town, Fathiye

"For all seasons", Paspatur Old Town, Fathiye

“For all seasons”, Paspatur Old Town, Fathiye

Turkey in 2 Weeks: Day 6 – Fathiye

We departed Pamukkale super early the next morning and hit the coast.  Bus transportation was fairly easy as we made our way through these small towns.  Since our trip was so last minute, having the flexibility to book our tickets on the go was really nice because we never felt rushed, and the buses were very reliable so our travel was pretty stress free.

After a busy first week, it was the perfect time to explore the Turquoise Coast starting with the pretty little town of Fathiye.  We stayed at our fanciest hotel to date – The Infinity City & Boutique Hotel.  My review is on Trip Advisor, but basically it was the most spacious and modern, with a big breakfast spread and great service.

View of Fathiye from the Infinity Hotel

View of Fathiye from the Infinity Hotel

Breakfast at the Infinity City & Boutique Hotel

Breakfast at the Infinity City & Boutique Hotel

The hotel was located right across from the marina, so we went for a relaxing walk along the water and took our pick of the many patio restaurants that lined the boardwalk.

Fresh fish for lunch, Fathiye

Fresh sea bass for lunch, Fathiye

In the afternoon we hopped on a minibus to Kayakoy, the buses run pretty frequently and can be caught a few blocks from the hotel.   Located about 9 kilometers south of Fethiye, Kayakoy used to be the Greek town of Levissi which was deserted during the population exchange.  Now all the remains is an eerie ghost town of 4000 + abandoned stone houses.

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

We spent a quiet afternoon wandering through the ruins and exploring the endless maze of stone houses.  It was a nice change from the crowded site of Ephesus and we only ran into a few couples the entire time.

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

This day was one of the highlights of the trip so far, so peaceful, quiet and haunting.  We hiked all the way to the top and it was a pretty impressive view to see the abandoned town from up high.

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

As dusk set in, we made our way down capturing the town at magic hour.

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

There were a few animals hanging out among the ruins, we found some sheep and the white horse above looked like a magical unicorn in this mystical setting.

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

Greek ghost town of Levissi, Kayakoy

We had dinner at the charming Levissi Garden restaurant located beside the entrance.  We enjoyed a delicious lamb shank as the sun set over the ghost town.  Marinated in red wine and slow cooked for four hours, it was fall-off-the-bone delicious and the perfect end to our relaxing adventure.

Lamb shank, Levissi Garden, Kayakoy

Lamb shank, Levissi Garden, Kayakoy