8 days in Izmir & Istanbul Itinerary

8 days in Izmir & Istanbul Itinerary

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Izmir
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Izmir

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Kent Forest. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Yesilova Hoyugu Ziyaretci Merkezi and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sureyya Tabiat Parki.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Izmir day trip planning site.

New York City, USA to Izmir is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Izmir is 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from New York City in April since evenings lows in Izmir dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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Istanbul

— 5 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.
Spoon In My Pocket has been added to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chora Museum and Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Istanbul side-trips: Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik) and Ataturk Kosku (in Termal). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pierre Loti Tepesi, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Izmir in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Istanbul, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips