Nicknamed the `Pearl of the Aegean`, Izmir is Turkey`s third-largest city and second-largest port. It is a superb city of palm-lined promenades, avenues and green parks set along a circular bay. The magnificent coastline abounds in vast and pristine beaches surrounded by olive groves, rocky crags and pine woods. One of the most impressive landmarks of Izmir harbor is the Clock Tower, a beautiful marble tower 80 feet tall. Other sights are the nine synagogues, concentrated either in the traditional Jewish quarter of Karatas or in Havra Sokak (Synagogue Street) in Kemeralti.
A winning combination for a self drive holiday along Turkey. Visit Istanbul (a city on the edge of its rich history and bright future; cosmopolitan and quaint all at once); then pick up your car and drive to Canakkale (the nearest major town to the site of ancient Troy); after that, continue to Kudassi (a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast); and finally, visit Izmir (with palm-lined promenades, pristine beaches and the famous 9 Synagogues). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.