15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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Paradise Beach, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive to Mykonos, Ferry to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Topkapi Palace and Chora Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, wander the streets of Ortakoy, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online trip planner.

Venice, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-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. August in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Selcuk, Turkey

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pamucak Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

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

You can fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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Athens, Greece

— 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and then take a stroll through Monastiraki.

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Getting from Selcuk to Athens by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Athens are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Paradise Beach.

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods · Museums
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Paradise Beach, Greece

— 3 nights
Sun-drenched Paradise Beach remains largely responsible for Mykonos' nickname, the "Ibiza of Greece." Considered one of the island's major attractions, the beach draws a young crowd of hedonists with its bars and clubs, serving cold drinks and a party atmosphere.
On the 23rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Super Paradise Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paraga Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Panormos Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elia Beach.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paradise Beach trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Athens to Paradise Beach in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, you will find days in Paradise Beach are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Paradise Beach

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Oia, Greece

— 2 nights
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
On the 25th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach, kick back and relax at Red Beach, then stop by Oneiro Jewelry, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, then don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia, and then stop by Aquamarine Jewelry.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Oia trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise Beach to Oia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 27th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

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 27th (Mon), explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then don't miss a visit to Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Fortress Spinalonga and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Oia to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

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Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.