30 days in Tarsus, Izmir & Bursa Itinerary

30 days in Tarsus, Izmir & Bursa Itinerary

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Tarsus
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Izmir
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Bursa
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Tarsus — 10 nights

Tarsus is a historic city in south-central Turkey, 20 km inland from the Mediterranean. Get some historical perspective at Tarsus Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque) and Kubat Pasha Madrasa. Appreciate the collections at Nigde Museum and St.Paul's Church. Get out of town with these interesting Tarsus side-trips: Nigde (Rahmaniye Camii & Kayaardi Baglari). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Taskuyu Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eshab-i Kehf Cave Mosque, see the interesting displays at Nusret Minelayer Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkasik Bedesteni.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tarsus trip itinerary planning tool.

Istanbul to Tarsus is an approximately 9-hour car ride. Traveling from Istanbul in October, you will find days in Tarsus are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are slightly colder (18°C). On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Izmir.
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Izmir — 10 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.
Let the collections at KEY Museum and Ephesus Museum capture your imagination. Visiting Ladies Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Izmir: Sirince Koyu (in Sirince), Selcuk (Ayasoluk Castle, Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), &more) and Kusadasi (Kuşadası Market & Kaleici Camii). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Kemeralti Market, make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Izmir trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tarsus to Izmir takes 10.5 hours. When traveling from Tarsus in October, plan for 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 on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bursa.
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Bursa — 9 nights

The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Get some historical perspective at Koza Hani and Green Tomb. Let the collections at Mudanya Armistice House Museum and Bursa City Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Bursa side-trips: Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik) and Suleyman Pasha Madrasah (in Iznik). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami, examine the collection at Tofas's Bursa Museum Of Anatolian Cars, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Green Mosque, and appreciate the history behind Tombs of Osman and Orhan.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bursa road trip website.

Getting from Izmir to Bursa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Bursa, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.
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