I've spent countless hours planning trips for with my two children and I'd love you to be able to experience these itineraries -please steal!
I've always dreamed of going to Turkey, but somehow thought it might be a bit, well, dangerous...I'm happy to report, nothing could be further from the truth (Cairo, on the other hand, was a different story - see my "Pyramids to Petra" itinerary). We met so many wonderful people who helped us make the best or our time in the country. From the mosques in Istanbul (Sultanahmet "Blue" Mosque above) to ballooning in Cappadocia and to one of the most beautiful beach settings on the Mediterranean Sea, I can confidently say that Turkey is a great (and safe) trip for adults and children!
Countries: Turkey/ Greece (optional)
Continents: 2 (Europe/Asia)
Number of Days: 9
Fly in/out: Istanbul/Fethiye
Major sights: Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye (Solomon) Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Cappadocia, Oludinez "Blue Lagoon," Lycian Way Rock Rombs, Kaymakli Underground City
Activity Level: 5 (Active) - hiking, water skiing, scuba, kayaking
Kids Ages: My kids were 16 and 19 and not only did they have a great time, but it was also fantastic mix of historical sights and activities.
Day 1 – Begin the Journey
Day 2 – So Many Mosques, So Little Time
Day 3 – Grand Bazaar & Spice Market
Day 4 – Avoiding the Eyes of Medusa in the Basilica Cistern
Day 5 – Travel to Cappadocia & Sleep in a Cave Hotel
Day 6 – Ballooning over Cappadocia
Day 7 – Hiking the "Fairy Chimneys" & Tombs Built into Cliffs
Day 8 – Exploring the hidden Underground City of Kaymakli
Day 9 – Water Skiing, Scuba or Side trip to Greece
If you’ve been dreaming of a trip to the either Petra or the Pyramids, this trip is for you! This 9-day adventure combines the history of both the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt and Petra in Jordan. The trip is full of wonder and discovery at both of these sights.
Italy is truly the country of dreams - I combined the history and awe inspiring sights of Rome and the Vatican with a beach holiday on the Amalfi Coast. This trip is great for kids as well - you can temper the museums and history with lots of fun activities and a beautiful beach to boot!
Turkey seems to still fly a bit under the radar with US tourists, but it's one of safest, most beautiful places we've been. We went to Istanbul for the history and mosques and then to Cappadocia for the underground cities and balloon rides and finished up in Fethiye at a beautiful beach resort.
Great view on our hike above Oludinez!