It was five months since our last vacation and we were starting to itch! After our adventure to Iceland in May, 2019, my wife and I wanted to do something different from a landscape adventure. Something that involved a lot of cultural discovery, perhaps. We zeroed in on Turkey after some research for the wide variety of experiences it has to offer. It was also probably the best time and place to take my parents along as it's not too extreme and aligns well with their interests around culture and architecture.
Thus began the planning which my wife and I enjoy the most. Probably more than the experience it self sometimes. Haha! One thing we were clear from the beginning was that the trip should be done in 9 days (Saturday to next Sunday), thus minimizing the leaves needed. Given the size of Turkey and the diverse experiences it had to offer, it was a challenge to come up with an itinerary. I believe the itinerary we did would give the right balance between relaxation and discovery without being too rushy or too laid back. Now, hop on to find out!
First, the TL;DR version
Our journey began in Hyderabad where we took a flight to Delhi on 6th, December, 2019. Our flight to Istanbul was on early hours of 7th December, 2019. Let me just say that the flight from Delhi to Istanbul was the worst ever international flight I took or could imagine. It was basically a domestic plane made to fly to Istanbul by Indigo. I should've known better. I'd highly suggest looking for other alternatives even if it costs a bit more. The hospitality was mediocre and they didn't even include a meal or entertainment system on an 8 hour plane. Mind you it's not a cheaper flight to begin with either. Just a cheap airline!