8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Izmir
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Cesme
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Selcuk
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Istanbul

4
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul vacation planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Istanbul. In August in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
night
Izmir

Izmir ©
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 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at KEY Museum, learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Izmir using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Izmir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect Izmir to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cesme.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums Historic Sites
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KEY Museum ©
KEY Museum
Hisar Mosque ©
Hisar Mosque

1
night
Cesme

Cesme ©
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 16th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Gemici Wine & Jam Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ilica Plaji, then examine the collection at Cesme Museum, and finally stroll through Cesme AltInkum Beach.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cesme day trip tool.

You can drive from Izmir to Cesme in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Izmir to Cesme. Traveling from Izmir in August, things will get a bit warmer in Cesme: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Cesme AltInkum Beach ©
Cesme AltInkum Beach
Cesme Museum ©
Cesme Museum
Ilica Plaji ©
Ilica Plaji

1
night
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then see the interesting displays at Camlik Locomotive Museum, and finally look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Selcuk vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Cesme to Selcuk in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cesme in August, expect nights in Selcuk to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 41°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Camlik Locomotive Museum ©
Camlik Locomotive Museum

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