16 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

16 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Start: Pordenone, Italy
Drive + Fly:  14 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h
2
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  3 h
4
Paradise Beach, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h 15 min
6
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h
End: Pordenone, Italy


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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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Chora Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, enjoy the sand and surf at Florya Sahil Parkı, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul vacation planner.

Pordenone, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 14- hour combination of car and flight. 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 travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
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), 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 ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Selcuk day trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 4 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 travel to Athens.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. Visit Temple of Olympian Zeus and Ancient Agora of Athens for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: stop by Plaka, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, wander the streets of Monastiraki, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Selcuk to Athens in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Athens are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paradise Beach.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
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.
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.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paradise Beach trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Athens to Paradise Beach in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. 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 go by car to Oia.

Things to do in Paradise Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Platis Gialos Beach, Panormos Beach, Elia Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach

2
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
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 see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Oia online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Paradise Beach to Oia in 6.5 hours. 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

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Kamari Beach
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach

2
nights
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.
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 Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally stroll through Stalis Beach.

To find reviews, 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 2.5 hours. 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

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Stalis Beach
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

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