15 days in Venice, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Venice, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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Start: Milan, Italy
Drive:  2 h 30 min
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Goreme, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
5
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 day
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
8
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Milan, Italy


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2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Venice tour itinerary planning site.

Milan to Venice is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
day
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), thenenjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mykonos Town day trip planning site.

You can fly from Venice to Mykonos Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Venice in August since evenings lows in Mykonos Town dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Panormos Beach, Paradise Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Istanbul by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Mykonos Town to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
Goreme, Turkey

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect nights in Goreme to be slightly colder, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Alaturca Taner
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Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Alaturca Taner ©
Alaturca Taner

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, thenexplore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Selcuk road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Selcuk takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Selcuk, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, see where the action happens at Panathenaic Stadium, and wander the streets of Plaka.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Athens visit planner.

You can fly from Selcuk to Athens in 5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Selcuk to Athens is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Athens are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, thentake an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, thenget a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Heraklion trip planner.

Getting from Athens to Heraklion by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in August, you will find days in Heraklion are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Palace of Knossos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete

2
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, make a trip to Sunset in Oia, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Sand Lily Boutique and then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Oia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Heraklion to Oia takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Oia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Sand Lily Boutique, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail

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