5 days in Istanbul & Rome Itinerary

5 days in Istanbul & Rome Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Izmir, Turkey
Fly:  2 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Izmir, Turkey

1
night
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip planner.

Izmir to Istanbul is an approximately 2.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 3rd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Istanbul in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rome: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 5°C at night. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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