@Csarica: Taxi counts as public transport to me IF it's reasonably priced. 20km in Turkey I don't even preplan ;)
There is no xmas or xmas holiday in Turkey. So everywhere should be open unless they are closed because of COVID. New Year Eve and January 1st are official holidays but most museums are still open on that days.
On the official page, most show "open all year". :)
Ezine and take a cab from there. You need to bargain with cab to go there.
That was the plan. not a fan of travelling past a location.
Turkish economy is really fucked up right now. You pay 0.2 euros per km and opening fee is 0.3 euro. Ezine to Troy is 25 km. For Istanbul, it is 5.3 euros. But taxis are more expensive in smaller cities in Turkey and more difficult to find. You can offer 15-20 euros from Ezine to Troy for a single trip. You may not find a taxi in Troy, so consider bargaining for a round trip. Don't bargain on euro, bargain using turkish lira, otherwise they will try to charge you 10 times more compared to the locals.
Always dealing in local currency for sure. Will make a note to agree on return trip.
Answer to your question is 100% Assos. No doubt.
Great. Decision taken :)
Again without a car, or a private driver this part of the trip is challenging.
As mentioned above, taxis are fine. And I assume hotels can arrange sth when in need. Will work itself out.
Izmir is an amazing city. It was, of course, far better before the islamic government but still very beautiful.
Curions in how they fucked it up? Will probably not have much time, but a little strolling will be done.
I visited Laodikeia, Denizli, Akhan, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale and Hieropolis in a single day with a rental car. The distances between them are really close.
Will have to check what a driver would cost. Generally, I plan for Kaunos on NYE so not in a hurry here.
Gocek, Fethiye, Oludeniz, Kalkan and Kas are all nice cities. If it was summer, I would say Gocek. But for winter I have no idea. I haven't been in this region in winter before.
Will try to get as far east as possible and probably tick off Xanthos already on January 1st. Because...
Limra is a very nice lycian city.
Myre for St. Nicolas is a must. Heard about him in school. No way I will miss that during XMas season.
Yes, the ancient cities in Antalya worth a visit, particularly Thermesos, Perge and Aspendos. Yivli Minare is not that interesting though.
The bus connection isn't working. WIll have to go on Jan 2 in the evening. I don't think I have much time in Antalya. Anyhow, Antalya is a) tents and b) easy to get to ;)
Nothing interesting in Nigde and no chance for inscription.
Have to find a way off the plateau down to the coast. Adana/Antakya are really far. Easiest option would be to fly via Istanbul to Sanliufa, but that means missing Antioch. :(
* There is also some tunnel (T) around. Not sure if it's worth it... It's worth
Hmn... Now you are making my plans a big mess :( Technically would need a full day to do the sites. Have to check connections.
I don't think you can find a public transport option to Zeugma.
Will take a cab. Distance and cost seem fine.
Mount Nemrut is not in your itinerary. It is a must, probably the best WHS in Turkey after Istanbul and Cappadocia. However, it is very difficult to go there in winter but not impossible. It depends on your adventurous soul.
Would have to be as day trip from Diyarbakir. Not sure it's feasible. Will look into it if I make it this far. Generally, winter in the mountains always a bit tricky and can be postponed to a future visit.