5 days in Izmir & Thessaloniki Itinerary

5 days in Izmir & Thessaloniki Itinerary

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Izmir, Turkey
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 2 nights

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Izmir, Turkey

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Arkas Art Center and Izmir Museum of History and Art. Explore hidden gems such as Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu and Basilica of St. Jonh. Take a break from Izmir with a short trip to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Ataturk Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hisar Mosque, and look for gifts at Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Izmir day trip site.

Istanbul to Izmir is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect much colder evenings in Izmir when traveling from Istanbul in September, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Magnesia Antik Kenti
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Arkas Art Center ©
Arkas Art Center
Basilica of St. Jonh ©
Basilica of St. Jonh
Hisar Mosque ©
Hisar Mosque

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Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 15th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Vlatadon Monastery, contemplate the long history of Eptapyrgio Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), then learn about all things military at War Museum of Thessaloniki, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): examine the collection at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, then steep yourself in history at Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki trip planning website.

Fly from Izmir to Thessaloniki in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Izmir to Thessaloniki. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in September: high temperatures in Thessaloniki hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum
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Vlatadon Monastery ©
Vlatadon Monastery
Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos ©
Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos
War Museum of Thessaloniki ©
War Museum of Thessaloniki

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