15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Drive to Rafina, Ferry to Mykonos, Drive to Paradise Beach
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Paradise Beach, Greece
— 2 nights
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Drive to Mykonos, Ferry to Santorini, Drive to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Taxi to Santorini, Ferry to Heraklion
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Cami . Get a sense of the local culture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Chora Museum. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, stop by Ortakoy, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District.

To see reviews and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder site.

Milan, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Milan to Istanbul. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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 15th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, explore the ancient world of Curetes Street, delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Arcadian Way.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

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.
Get some historical perspective at Acropolis of Athens and Church of Kapnikarea. Let the collections at Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Plaka, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and stop by Monastiraki.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Selcuk to Athens is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Paradise Beach.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Paradise Beach, Greece

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Platis Gialos Beach and then kick back and relax at Panormos Beach. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Elia Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Super Paradise Beach, and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paradise Beach itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Athens to Paradise Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Athens in August, expect nights in Paradise Beach to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Paradise Beach

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Oia, Greece

— 2 nights
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Kamari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Caldera Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Oia online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise Beach to Oia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and finally kick back and relax at Stalis Beach.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Heraklion trip maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Oia to Heraklion takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Turkey travel guide

4.4
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

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.