16 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

16 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Drive to Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport, Fly to Istanbul
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paradise Beach, Greece
— 2 nights
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Drive to Mykonos, Ferry to Santorini, Drive to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Taxi to Santorini, Ferry to Heraklion
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
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Drive to Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Fly to Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport, Drive to Pordenone

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Istanbul vacation planner.

Pordenone, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Pordenone to Istanbul is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Pordenone in August since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
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Selcuk, Turkey

— 2 nights
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), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). On your second day here, look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, explore the ancient world of 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 other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Selcuk day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 3.5 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get some cultural insight at Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Visit Ancient Agora of Athens and Church of Kapnikarea for their historical value. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and visit Monastiraki.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Athens day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Selcuk to Athens, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Paradise Beach.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Paradise Beach, Greece

— 2 nights
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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Platis Gialos Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Elia Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Super Paradise Beach, and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paradise Beach trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Athens to Paradise Beach in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for slightly colder days in Paradise Beach, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Paradise Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Oia, Greece

— 2 nights
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Kamari Beach. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, kick back and relax at Red Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and finally make a trip to Sunset in Oia.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Oia online trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise Beach to Oia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In August in Oia, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Heraklion, Greece

— 2 nights
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): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally stroll through Stalis Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion online sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Oia to Heraklion in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Turkey travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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 · Nightlife
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.