12 days in Cesme, Izmir & Istanbul Itinerary

12 days in Cesme, Izmir & Istanbul Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel planner

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Cesme
— 3 nights
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Izmir
— 4 nights
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Cesme

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cesme: Badem Buku (in Karaburun) and Ayse KadIn Camii (in Mordogan). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ilica Plaji, admire the striking features of Cesme Castle, delve into the distant past at Erythrai archaeological ruins, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cesme travel route planning app.

Beirut, Lebanon to Cesme is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Izmir.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Izmir

— 4 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.
Explore Izmir's surroundings by going to Kusadasi (Waterskiing & Jetskiing & Kaleici Camii), Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik) and Selcuk (Cittantica Ephesus Park, Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), &more). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fatih Cinili Cami.

Plan trip to Izmir with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Cesme to Izmir takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Cesme to Izmir is 1 hour. In July, Izmir is a bit cooler than Cesme - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Istanbul

— 4 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul route maker site.

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Izmir in July, expect Istanbul to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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