Kicking off the Beaches & Ruins Road Trip!

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Steve's breakfast at Istanbul aitport. No, don't adjust your monitor...the meat really is bright red.
It may seem like we have really seen a lot of Turkey, but we are not done yet! Today was just the beginning of our Grand Finale…a road trip from Izmir to Antalya. We will cover two of Turkey’s major coastlines: the Aegean and the Mediterranean (aka the “Turquoise Riviera”). We will see: beaches and ancient ruins. Oh, and lots of other tourists, I’m sure. It’s high season.

Because I want this to show up correctly on my map and we will be covering several towns each day, I am going to make separate entries for each town. It might seem choppy, and I may abandon the plan, but we’ll see how it goes for now.

The itinerary looks like this:

19 July :  fly from Istanbul to Izmir, pick up a rental car and drive to Selçuk. Visit Ephesus. Visit Sirince if time.

20 July : visit Priene, Miletus and/or Didyma (all have ancient Greek ruins). Drive to Pamukkale.

21 July : visit Pamukkale. Visit Aphrodisias. Drive to Dalyan.

22 July : Take boat ride to Kaunos and Istuzu Beach. Stay in Dalyan.

23 July : Visit Pinara, Latoon, and/or Patara. Drive to Kas.

24 July : Boat ride to Kekova Sound. Stay in Kas.

25 July : Visit Olympos and Cirali. Stay in Olympos.

26 July : Visit Termessos. Lisa flies back to Minneapolis :^(. Steve and I stay in Antalya.

27 - 30 July : Diving and visiting the area around Antalya.
See ya in Izmir!

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