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:  5​h 45​min
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Marmaris, Turkey
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
Oia, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Venice, 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 a sense of the local culture at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Ortakoy. Take a break from the city and head to Florya Sahil Parkı and Solar Plajı. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Istiklal Street, admire the striking features of Eyup Sultan Mosque (Eyup Sultan Camii), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pierre Loti Tepesi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Draperis Church.

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Venice, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Florya Sahil Parkı ©
Florya Sahil Parkı
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
Istanbul Archaeological Museums ©
Istanbul Archaeological Museums

1
night
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 15th (Wed), look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, delve into the distant past at Arcadian Way, then examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, then take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, and finally delve into the distant past at Cathedral of St.John the Evangelist.

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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 bus, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: highs in Selcuk hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Heracles Gate ©
Heracles Gate
Sirince Koyu ©
Sirince Koyu
Arcadian Way ©
Arcadian Way

2
nights
Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): look for gifts at Latina Goldsmith, stop by Kurt Jewellery, stop by Trust Gold & Diamonds, then stop by Pasha Fine Jewelery, and finally see the interesting displays at Kapurcuk Kultur ve Gastronomi Evi.

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You can drive from Selcuk to Marmaris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Selcuk in August, plan for little chillier days in Marmaris, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Marmaris

#Shopping, #Museums

Side Trip

Icmeler
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Latina Goldsmith ©
Latina Goldsmith
Trust Gold & Diamonds ©
Trust Gold & Diamonds
Pasha Fine Jewelery ©
Pasha Fine Jewelery

3
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Stegna Beach and Nikolas Beach. Get some cultural insight at Mandraki Harbour and Street of the Knights. Venture out of the city with trips to Monastery Tsambika (in Kolimbia), The Church of the Panagia (in Lindos) and Marias House (in Embonas). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Agathi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oasis Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Filerimos, and explore the galleries of Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue.

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You can ride a ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes Town in an hour. The time zone difference when traveling from Marmaris to Rhodes Town is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Marmaris in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rhodes Town, with lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kallithea, Filerimos, Monastery Tsambika, Agathi Beach, Marias House
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Stegna Beach ©
Stegna Beach
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach
Mandraki Harbour ©
Mandraki Harbour

2
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
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 explore the fascinating underground world of Melidoni Cave, then identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Varkotopos Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then stop by mariannas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kourtaliotiko Gorge.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Rhodes Town to Rethymnon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Rhodes Town in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rethymnon, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Rethymnon

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Melidoni, Varkotopos Beach, Kourtaliotiko Gorge
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Kourtaliotiko Gorge ©
Kourtaliotiko Gorge
mariannas ©
mariannas

3
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Mnemossyne Gallery and Domaine Sigalas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Byzantine Castle Ruins and Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oia: Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos (in Fira), Cultural Village (in Pyrgos) and Venetsanos Winery (in Megalochori). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Aquamarine Jewelry, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the pleasant sights at Oia's Main Street.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Oia holiday planner .

You can ride a ferry from Rethymnon to Oia in 3 hours. 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

Side Trips

Fira, Cultural Village, Venetsanos Winery, Oia's Main Street
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Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Venetsanos Winery ©
Venetsanos Winery
Byzantine Castle Ruins ©
Byzantine Castle Ruins

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