8 days in Kocaeli Province & Izmir Province Itinerary

8 days in Kocaeli Province & Izmir Province Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey journey maker

©
Make it your trip
Drive
1
Izmit
— 1 night
Drive
2
Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Cesme
— 1 night
Drive
4
Sirince
— 3 nights
Drive to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Fly to Istanbul Airport

S M T W T F S
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

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 (Thu): see the interesting displays at Gayret Gemi Museum, contemplate the long history of Selim Sirri Pasa Konagi, then examine the collection at Hizir Reis Denizalti Muzesi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Cuma Camii. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Izmit trip app.

Istanbul to Izmit is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Izmit, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Izmit

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Izmir

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): make a trip to Tarihi Asansor, then make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), then stop by Has Deri Leather Shop, and finally stop by Kemeralti Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Izmir Wild Life Park, then visit Alsancak, and then take in the waterfront at Kordonboyu.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Izmir trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Izmit to Izmir takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Izmit in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Izmir, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cesme.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Cesme

— 1 night
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.
On the 5th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Erythrai archaeological ruins, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ilica Plaji, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cesme trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Izmir to Cesme in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Izmir in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cesme: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sirince.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Sirince

— 3 nights
Sirince is known for historic sites, wineries, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sirince online travel route planner.

Getting from Cesme to Sirince by car takes about 2 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Sirince due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cesme in July, you will find days in Sirince are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sirince

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kocaeli Province travel guide

3.5
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.

Source

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.