15 days in Venice, Turkey & Greece Itinerary

15 days in Venice, Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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15 days in Venice, Turkey & Greece Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
3
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
5
Paradise Beach, Greece
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
6
Oia, Greece
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  2​h 15​min
7
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Milan, Italy

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Doge's Palace. Get some cultural insight at Basilica di San Marco and St Mark's Campanile. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

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Milan to Venice is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. August in Venice sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
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Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square

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.
Visit Basilica Cistern and Sultanahmet District for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take a stroll through Ortakoy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Istanbul is 2 hours. August in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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 18th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, delve into the distant past at 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).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Selcuk online trip itinerary maker .

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, you will find days in Selcuk are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites
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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.
Appreciate the collections at National Archaeological Museum and Acropolis Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Plaka and Monastiraki. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, enjoy the sand and surf at Glyfada Beach, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner .

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 difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Athens are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Paradise Beach.

Things to do in Athens

#Museums, #Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), stroll through Platis Gialos Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Elia Beach, stroll through Super Paradise Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paradise Beach trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Athens to Paradise Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Paradise Beach

#Beaches, #Parks, #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

1
night
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Oia trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise Beach to Oia takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Heraklion vacation app .

You can ride a ferry from Oia to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In August in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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
Church of Saint Titus ©
Church of Saint Titus

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