12 days in Istanbul, Trabzon & Izmir Itinerary

12 days in Istanbul, Trabzon & Izmir Itinerary

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Istanbul
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Trabzon
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Izmir
— 5 nights
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Istanbul — 4 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at Sehzade Mehmet Mosque and Cathedral Church of St George. Get a sense of the local culture at Balat and Historic Areas of Istanbul Walls. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from KIz Kulesi, contemplate the long history of Valens Aqueduct, see the interesting displays at Pera Museum, and take a stroll through Eyup.

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Beirut, Lebanon to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Beirut, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Trabzon.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Trabzon — 2 nights

Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. On the 28th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gulbahar Hatun Cami, and then steep yourself in history at Gulbahar Hatun Turbesi. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Surmene Camburnu Tabiat Parki.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Trabzon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect Trabzon to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Izmir.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Izmir — 5 nights

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Popular historic sites such as Temple of Hadrian and Fountain of Pollio are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like KEY Museum and Saint Polycarp Church. Take a break from Izmir with a short trip to Trajan's Fountain in Selcuk, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Arkas Art Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque, examine the collection at Ataturk Museum, and learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu.

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Getting from Trabzon to Izmir by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Trabzon in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Izmir: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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