15 days in Izmir & Istanbul Itinerary

15 days in Izmir & Istanbul Itinerary

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15 days in Izmir & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Izmir
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  4​h
2
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Milan

6
nights
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.
Head to Black Sheep Carpets and Celsus Ceramicfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Ladies Beach and Escape Beach Club. Explore Izmir's surroundings by going to Selcuk (Celsus Kutuphanesi, Heracles Gate, & more). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower) and stop by KIrcIlar - Izmir.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Izmir route maker website .

Milan, Italy to Izmir is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Izmir due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Izmir, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Selcuk, Ladies Beach
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The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses
Ephesus Museum ©
Ephesus Museum
Black Sheep Carpets ©
Black Sheep Carpets

8
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.
You'll explore and learn at Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Get in touch with nature at Golden Horn and Su Yachts. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get interesting insight from Denden Yachts, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul online trip planner .

Getting from Izmir to Istanbul by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. February in Istanbul sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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