8 days in Kocaeli Province & Alanya Itinerary

8 days in Kocaeli Province & Alanya Itinerary

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Izmit
— 1 night
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Drive to Istanbul Airport, Fly to Antalya International Airport, Drive to Alanya
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Alanya
— 6 nights
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Izmit

— 1 night
İzmit, ancient Nicomedia, is a city in Turkey, the administrative center of the Kocaeli Province as well as the Metropolitan Municipality. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hizir Reis Denizalti Muzesi and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ormanya. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Cuma Camii, engage your brain at Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi, and then see the interesting displays at Gayret Gemi Museum.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Izmit online tour builder.

Istanbul to Izmit is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Istanbul in July, Izmit is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Alanya.

Things to do in Izmit

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Alanya

— 6 nights
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Attractions like Kleopatra Beach and Hip-Notics Cable Ski make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alanya: Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik), Side (Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum), Ancient Theater, &more) and Manavgat Waterfall (in Manavgat). Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at The Land of Legends Theme Park. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Alanya Kalesi, go for a walk through Alanya LimanI, take in the dramatic scenery at Dimcay, and explore the ancient world of Hamaxia.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Alanya road trip site.

Explore your travel options from Izmit to Alanya with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alanya

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kocaeli Province travel guide

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Zoos · Shopping Malls · Parks
Kocaeli Province is a province of Turkey and one of only two to not have the same official name as its capital, İzmit, which is thus also sometimes called Kocaeli. The province is the successor of the Ottoman-era Sanjak of Kocaeli. The largest towns in the province are İzmit and Gebze. The traffic code is 41. The province is located at the easternmost end of the Marmara Sea around the Gulf of İzmit. Kocaeli is bordered by the province of Istanbul and the Marmara Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north, the province of Sakarya to the east, the province of Bursa to the south and the province of Yalova to the southwest. The metropolitan area of Istanbul extends to the Kocaeli-Istanbul provincial border. The size and natural conditions of the Bay of İzmit allow for extensive port facilities, including the Gölcük Naval Base. The province is called the industrial capital of Turkey. Kocaeli has an airport named Cengiz Topel Naval Air Station which is used for military and civilian transport. Kocaeli has two universities: Kocaeli University and Gebze Technical University.

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