60 days in Syria & Izmir Province Itinerary

60 days in Syria & Izmir Province Itinerary

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Damascus, Syria
— 7 nights
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Aleppo, Syria
— 6 nights
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Tartus, Syria
— 7 nights
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Drive to Bassel Al-Assad International Airport, Fly to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Drive to Sirince
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Sirince, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Izmir, Turkey
— 15 nights
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Cesme, Turkey
— 11 nights
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Damascus, Syria

— 7 nights
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Explore Damascus' surroundings by going to Maaloula (Deir Mar Musa El-Habashi, Deir Mar Takla, &more), Shahba City (in As Suwayda) and Helios Temple (in Qanawat). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), deepen your knowledge of military history at The Citadel, appreciate the history behind Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum, and contemplate the waterfront views at The Barada River.

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Istanbul, Turkey to Damascus is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Damascus, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Aleppo.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Aleppo, Syria

— 6 nights
Inhabited since ancient times and boasting a rich and turbulent history, Aleppo's rustic old town, historic mosques, and lively bazaars used to attract tourists from all over the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Aleppo side-trips: Ebla (in Idlib Governorate), Apamea (in Apamea) and Qasr Ibn Wardan (in Hamah). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Great Mosque, expand your understanding of the military at Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan), hunt for treasures at Souq al, and take a stroll through Old City.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aleppo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Damascus to Aleppo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Damascus in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Aleppo, with lows of 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tartus.

Things to do in Aleppo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Tartus, Syria

— 7 nights
A popular summer getaway for domestic tourists, Tartus boasts a number of historical sites and a pleasant Mediterranean Coast harbor.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tartus: Homs (Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers), Khalid ibn Al-Walid Mosque, &more), Old Village (in Kassab) and Deir Mar Sarkis (in Maaloula). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Arwad Island, deepen your knowledge of military history at Saladin (Selahedin) Citadel, contemplate the long history of Jabla, and make a trip to Norias (Water Wheels).

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Tartus trip planner.

Getting from Aleppo to Tartus by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Aleppo, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Tartus, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 9°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sirince.

Things to do in Tartus

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Sirince, Turkey

— 7 nights
Kids will enjoy Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and Temple of Hadrian. Get out of town with these interesting Sirince side-trips: Tire Kent Muzesi (in Tire), Imam-i Birgivi Mehmet Efendi Turbesi (in Birgi) and Birgi AydInoglu Mehmet Bey Camii (in Odemis).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sirince route app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tartus to Sirince. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tartus to Sirince. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tartus in January; daily highs in Sirince reach 13°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Sirince

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Izmir, Turkey

— 15 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kemeralti Market and Kordonboyu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Izmir: Yali Castle Aquapark (in Gumuldur) and Seferihisar (Bilimsev, SIgacIk Village Market, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), see the interesting displays at KEY Museum, walk around Konak Square, and delve into the distant past at Agora Open Air Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Izmir trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Sirince to Izmir takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Sirince, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Izmir, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cesme.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Cesme, Turkey

— 11 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.
Bring the kids along to Ilica Plaji and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cesme: Karaburun (Badem Buku & Boyabagi), Mordogan (Ayse KadIn Camii & Muesser Aktas Etnografya Ve Tarih Evi) and Urla Winery (in Urla). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 21st (Mon) at Oasis Aquapark. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kostem Zeytinyagi Muzesi, take in the exciting artwork at Kirli Ciki Sanat Galerisi, stroll around Alacati Yel Degirmenleri Parki, and admire the landmark architecture of Cesme Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Cesme trip tool.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Cesme takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Izmir to Cesme, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Cesme can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bergama.

Things to do in Cesme

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bergama, Turkey

— 6 nights
Family-friendly places like Candarli Kalesi and AgaPark will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bergama: Killik Koyu (in Bademli) and Dikili (Asiklar Selalesi, Fame Beach, &more).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bergama road trip app.

Traveling by car from Cesme to Bergama takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in February, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bergama

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Syria travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Flea Markets
Before the eruption of a devastating civil war in 2011, Syria enjoyed a reputation as one of the safest Middle Eastern countries. Most visitors took a trip to Syria for a chance to visit Damascus, an ancient city filled with Christian church spires and Muslim minarets. The country offered tourists a lively cafe culture and many art galleries, which often sat next door to traditional hammams. Today, Syria represents one of the world's most dangerous places, nearly impossible to visit by foreigners. Until peace returns, dozens of Roman ruins--legendary Palmyra among them--remain off limits and off the radar to all but the most intrepid and daring explorers.

Izmir Province travel guide

4.2
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.