15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Marmaris, Turkey
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry to Santorini, Taxi to Oia
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Oia, 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.
Get outdoors at Solar Plajı and Suma Beach. Pierre Loti Tepesi and Eyüp Sultan Mosque will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia, admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum.

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Venice, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 6-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, daytime highs in Istanbul are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods
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Selcuk, Turkey

— 1 night
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): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, don't miss a visit to Arcadian Way, then examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, and finally visit Sirince Koyu.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Marmaris, Turkey

— 2 nights
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
On the 16th (Thu), stop by Latina Goldsmiths, stop by Kurt Jewellery, then stop by Trust Gold & Diamonds, then stop by Pasha Fine Jewelery, and finally examine the collection at Kapurcuk Kultur ve Gastronomi Evi.

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Drive from Selcuk to Marmaris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Selcuk in August: highs in Marmaris hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Marmaris

Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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Rhodes Town, Greece

— 3 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mandraki Harbour and Filerimos Monastery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monastery Tsambika and Street of the Knights. Venture out of the city with trips to The Church of the Panagia (in Lindos), Marias House (in Embonas) and Stegna Beach (in Archangelos). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Oasis Beach, stroll through Nikolas Beach, steep yourself in history at Fort of St. Nicholas, and appreciate the history behind Ancient Olympic Stadium - Rhodes.

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Ride a ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes Town in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Marmaris in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rhodes Town, with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Rethymnon, Greece

— 2 nights
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
On the 21st (Tue), delve into the distant past at Ancient Eleutherna, then Head underground at Melidoni Cave, then identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Varkotopos Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at mariannas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kourtaliotiko Gorge.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Rhodes Town to Rethymnon by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rethymnon when traveling from Rhodes Town in August, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Oia, Greece

— 3 nights
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Let the collections at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Cultural Village capture your imagination. Do your shopping at Atlantis Books E.E. and Mnemossyne Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Oia to Megalochori to see Venetsanos Winery about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, look for gifts at Aquamarine Jewelry, steep yourself in history at The Castle of St Nicholas, and go for a walk through Oia's Main Street.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oia trip builder website.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Rethymnon to Oia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Oia can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oia

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

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.