Touring western Turkey - How would you do it?
Posted on Jul 02, 2013 by
Hi, After a taste of Greece and Greek islands this June with an OAT small ship, I am ready for more of that region. However, OAT discontinued its western Turkey and eastern Greek Islands' small ship tour, and I am not very enthusiastic with the itinerary of OAT's remaining Turkey and Gulet tour, so I am looking for help and suggestions from this group to plan a western Turkey trip. Personally, I prefer historical sites over geological wonders. I wish to cover Istanbul, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus and one or two lovely seaside towns along this route (Izmir? Cesme?) I think I can do Istanbul independently but am looking for an organized tour to go outside of Istanbul. There are quite a few local tour companies organizing this kind of tour but many use over-night coaches for the longest distance and some I read put customers on public bus to go back to Istanbul. Not very good service but maybe because they do not expect return customers. I'd like to hear your recommendations. Thanks.