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Looking for advice on how to break up a week in Istanbul and Ephesus

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I just booked tickets to Istanbul for the first week of April. We will have 7 days full days there (8 nights) and I'm trying to figure out the logistics of breaking up our time between Istanbul and Ephesus.

Option 1- Spend the first few days in Istanbul, fly mid week to Izmir (Ephesus) for 2 nights (or 3?), and then return to Istanbul for 3 nights.

Option 2- Fly direct to Izmir upon landing in Istanbul at 5pm. This would have us arriving in Izmir at the earliest around 8-9pm. If so, what to do here? Stay in a hotel near the airport that night, or somehow get to Selcuk? With this option we would probably stay 3 nights in the area due to late arrival.

Option 3-Spend the first night near the airport in Istanbul (looks like we can stay at a nearby Sheraton on good cash + SPG Points rate) and fly next morning to Ephesus. The only reason I mention this is that I see the relatively late arrival time (by the time we'd arrive at our hotel in the city) as essentially a "lost" day anyway with not much more than dinner/sleep happening.

So, thoughts? Advice?

Thanks!

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