27 days in Istanbul & Izmir Province Itinerary

27 days in Istanbul & Izmir Province Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 14 nights
Drive
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Bergama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cesme
— 4 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 5 nights
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Istanbul

— 14 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Istanbul road trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Istanbul. In March in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bergama.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Bergama

— 3 nights
Go for a jaunt from Bergama to Dikili to see Candarli Kalesi about 36 minutes away.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bergama itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Bergama takes 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Bergama can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cesme.

Things to do in Bergama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cesme: Izmir (Has Deri Leather Shop, Arkas Art Center, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Kostem Zeytinyagi Muzesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Alacati Pazaryeri Camii, delve into the distant past at Erythrai archaeological ruins, and learn about winemaking at Gemici Winery.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cesme trip planning website.

Getting from Bergama to Cesme by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In April in Cesme, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Selcuk

— 5 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, identify plant and animal life at Troy Tours, see the interesting displays at TCDD Tren Muzesi, and delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner.

Getting from Cesme to Selcuk by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Selcuk. Traveling from Cesme in April, Selcuk is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

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.