21 days in Izmir Province & Istanbul Itinerary

21 days in Izmir Province & Istanbul Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Cesme
— 4 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 6 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 10 nights

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Cesme

— 4 nights
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cesme: Izmir (Kemeralti Market & Arkas Art Center) and Badem Buku (in Karaburun). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ilica Plaji, stroll through Pirlanta Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Dalyan Marina, and delve into the distant past at Cesme Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cesme online day trip planner.

Istanbul to Cesme is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Cesme due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Selcuk

— 6 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain, examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, and explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cesme to Selcuk takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Traveling from Cesme to Selcuk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cesme in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Selcuk, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks

Istanbul

— 10 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
On the 7th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Selcuk in August: highs in Istanbul hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Izmir Province travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.