16 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

16 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe itinerary planner

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Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marmaris, Turkey
— 2 nights
Ferry to Rhodes, Taxi to Lindos
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Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Athens
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Drive to Rafina, Ferry to Mykonos, Drive to Paradise Beach
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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
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Dalia Beach and Suma Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia, and admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Venice, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a 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 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Antalya, Turkey

— 2 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Antalya Bazaar, enjoy the sand and surf at Konyaalti Beach, then examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, then take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and finally take a stroll through Kaleici.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Antalya planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Antalya takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: highs in Antalya hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Beaches
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Marmaris, Turkey

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, don't miss a visit to Ancient City Amos, contemplate the waterfront views at Dalyan Nehri, then explore the ancient world of Carian rock tombs, and finally explore the ancient world of Lycian Rock Tombs. Here are some ideas for day two: choose your vessel at Marmaris Zeus Boat, browse the different shops at Grand Bazzar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmaris Beach, look for gifts at Latina Goldsmiths, then take a stroll through Bar Street Marmaris, and finally explore the historical opulence of Marmaris Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Marmaris trip planner.

Getting from Antalya to Marmaris by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Antalya in August; daily highs in Marmaris reach 38°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Lindos, Greece

— 2 nights
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Village of Lindos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Lindos Beach, kick back and relax at Agathi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Pavlos Beach, delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Park Rhodes, and finally stop by Marias House.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lindos itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Marmaris to Lindos in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Marmaris to Lindos. Traveling from Marmaris in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Lindos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Lindos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, stop by Plaka, then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, then take a stroll through Monastiraki, and finally don't miss a visit to Ermou Street. On the next day, stop by Kerannymi, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, enjoy the sand and surf at Glyfada Beach, then kick back and relax at Voula Beach, and finally take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Athens day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Athens in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Athens, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Paradise Beach.

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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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 23rd (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Armenistis Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach, learn about winemaking at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paraga Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paradise Beach travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Athens to Paradise Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Athens in August, expect nights in Paradise Beach to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Paradise Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

Oia, Greece

— 2 nights
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 Red Beach, explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach, then make a trip to Sunset in Oia, and finally look for gifts at Aquamarine Jewelry. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery, examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera, look for gifts at Oneiro Jewelry, then enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and finally learn about winemaking at Santo Winery.

Plan my day in Oia using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise Beach to Oia in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · 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 · History Museums
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.