15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

Start: Venice, Italy
Fly:  6​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
2
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
4
Paradise Beach, Greece
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
5
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h 30​min
6
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Venice, Italy

4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dalia Beach and Florya Sahil Parkı. Get a sense of the local culture at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and stroll through Suma Beach.

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Venice, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 20th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, then stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, then kick back and relax at Pamucak Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

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Getting from Istanbul to Selcuk by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit 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) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
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): examine the collection at Acropolis Museum, then wander the streets of Plaka, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Monastiraki.

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Getting from Selcuk to Athens by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Selcuk to Athens due to the time zone difference. August in Athens sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Paradise Beach.

Things to do in Athens

#Neighborhoods, #Museums
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka
Monastiraki ©
Monastiraki

3
nights
Paradise Beach, Greece

Paradise Beach ©
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 kick back and relax at Paraga Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elia Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paradise Beach trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Athens to Paradise Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Athens in August, you will find days in Paradise Beach are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Paradise Beach

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Panormos Beach, Elia Beach, Paraga Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach

2
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
On the 25th (Sat), kick back and relax at KAMARA BEACH, then stroll through Red Beach, then look for gifts at Oneiro Jewelry, and finally shop like a local with Mnemossyne Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thera, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take some stellar pictures from Sunset in Oia, and finally look for gifts at Aquamarine Jewelry.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Oia trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise Beach to Oia in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Fira, Red Beach, KAMARA BEACH
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KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia

2
nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then steep yourself in history at Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fortress Spinalonga and then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip itinerary planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Oia to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Stalis Beach, The Palace of Knossos, Fortress Spinalonga
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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