15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
2
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
4
Paradise Beach, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h
5
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
6
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Milan, Italy

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Get a sense of the local culture at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Topkapi Palace. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

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Milan, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Milan to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In August in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, then delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Arcadian Way.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect nights in Selcuk to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 41°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Archaeological Museum and Benaki Museum. Plaka and Monastiraki are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, and see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Selcuk to Athens takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. August in Athens sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. 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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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paradise Beach trip planning website .

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. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Athens in August: highs in Paradise Beach hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Paradise Beach

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Panormos Beach, Elia Beach, Platis Gialos 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 22nd (Wed), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at KAMARA BEACH. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery, then stroll through Caldera Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach.

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You can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, KAMARA BEACH
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KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Heraklion day trip planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Oia to Heraklion takes 2.5 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

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Stalis Beach
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