14 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

14 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly to Rhodes, Bus to Lindos
Lindos, Greece
— 1 night
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Santorini
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Taxi to Santorini, Ferry to Heraklion
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights


Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Dalia Beach and Suma Beach. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip maker tool.

Venice, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Istanbul

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Lindos, Greece

— 1 night
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Village of Lindos. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Agios Pavlos Beach, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of the Panagia, and finally stroll through Lindos Beach.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lindos road trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Lindos in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Lindos. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Istanbul in August since evenings lows in Lindos dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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Oia, Greece

— 2 nights
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stop by Aquamarine Jewelry, see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and finally stroll through Red Beach. On your second day here, make a trip to Sunset in Oia and then explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Oia driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lindos to Oia by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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Heraklion, Greece

— 2 nights
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
On the 19th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Agia Pelagia Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Oia to Heraklion in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Head to Ermou Street and Ermou Spirits Cava Pittaras Trade Beveragesfor plenty of shopping. We've included these beaches for you: Glyfada Beach and Voula Beach. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Monastiraki, look for gifts at Canvas, and stop by Plaka.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Heraklion to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Heraklion in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Turkey travel guide

Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.