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
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Lindos, Greece
— 1 night
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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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 Suleymaniye Cami . You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Dalia Beach and Suma Beach. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder.

Venice, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Venice to Istanbul. In August, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · 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 10 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 · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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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 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. 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 ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.

Ride a ferry from Oia to Heraklion in 2.5 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 catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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.
You'll explore and learn at Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Relax by the water at Glyfada Beach and Voula Beach. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and visit Monastiraki.

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Athens travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Heraklion to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Heraklion in August, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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Turkey travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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

4.2
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.