On a recent Aeroplan pricing error, I booked two passengers between Toronto to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines business for a total of 100,000 points. Since the pricing error was short lived, I didn’t do any research or make any plans prior to booking. Now that my trip is a month out, my travel companion and I sat down last night to figure out a plan.
I’ve been to Turkey twice before, and have “done” Istanbul. However, I have yet to leave Istanbul, so this trip will be about seeing a bit more of this vast country. Over the past couple months, I’ve created an ad-hoc itinerary by booking a number of deals that have come up. It wasn’t until last night that we formalized our plans.
I still haven’t done much research on what we’re doing. If you guys and gals have any suggestions for our itinerary, I’d much appreciate it!
Night 1: After we get into Istanbul, we have a 6 hour layover. We will be taking the free Turkish Airlines Istanbul tour. We then fly on Turkish Airlines (using some Miles&Smiles points I had) to Kayseri. We stay at the Ibis Kayseri, which I got for $13.22 on a $50 AMEX Gold coupon.
Night 2: We take a shuttle/taxi/bus to Urgüp, where we’re staying at a cave hotel (no real deal here… spent $111, but got 15% off using Venere).
Night 3-4: We then take a taxi to Goreme, and stay 2 nights at a cave hotel. I got this hotel for $240, however, on an AMEX-Air Canada promotion, I will get a $200 Air Canada gift card after my stay, making the cost effectively $40.
Night 5-6: We fly on Turkish Airlines (using Miles&Smiles) to Antalya. We are staying at a Marina B&B, which we got for $114, using a Travelocity $25-off mobile app coupon.
Day 7: We fly on OnurAir (18euros p/p) from Antalya to Istanbul to catch our flight back to Montreal on Turkish Airlines business.
Any suggestions, modifications, or other comments? I would really appreciate it!