15 days in Izmir & Istanbul Itinerary

15 days in Izmir & Istanbul Itinerary

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Izmir
— 4 nights
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Istanbul
— 10 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Izmir: Selcuk (Temple of Hadrian, La Tulip Art Gallery, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at KEY Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, visit Alsancak, and brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Izmir trip site.

Herat, Afghanistan to Izmir is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Herat to Izmir. Traveling from Herat in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Izmir, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

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Istanbul

— 10 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, see the interesting displays at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Izmir to Istanbul in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. February in Istanbul sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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