My fiancee and I are considering Turkey for our honeymoon next October. Should we take a pre-arranged tour or book all our own hotels, in-country travel, etc.? Our considerations are money and how much effort it will be to plan a long trip to a new place in addition to a wedding.
I think our honeymoon budget will be about $4k, and the flights will probably be $1600-1800 of that. We'd like to get the most time we can out of the remaining $2300 or so. (We're also hoping to do a Honeyfund-type registry and pay some of it that way... but let's say we have $4k to spend out of pocket).
I found a travel tours company that does mostly-inclusive Turkish vacations
- 15 days for $2100 each. I've never been a tour-group person, but it's kind of appealing while planning a wedding to book a vacation where you already have the hotels, in-country travel, and most meals arranged for you. I think we could find a tour that has enough alone time available that we wouldn't be honeymooning with a group the whole time. The stuff on their tours all sounds interesting, and they have some optional things you can add on or not.
So what I want to know is, how difficult/time intensive is it to do all the research to book hotels in Turkey and figure out how to get between cities? Istanbul and Troy are on our definites list, and I'd really like to see Antalya and Cappadocia, and do a one-day straits cruise. (We're open to other suggestions, too!)
If the difficulty is worth getting to set your own itinerary, can we actually do a 10-14 day trip on our own for about $2300 plus flights? Or is the tour company giving us a pretty sweet deal?