8 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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Fly to Santorini, Bus to Oia
Oia, Greece
— 1 night
Bus to Santorini, Fly to Athens
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights


Oia, Greece

— 1 night
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery and then look for gifts at Aquamarine Jewelry.

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Venice, Italy to Oia is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Oia is 1 hour. Traveling from Venice in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Oia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Oia

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, take a stroll through Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Oia to Athens in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Selcuk.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Selcuk, Turkey

— 1 night
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 20th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

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Traveling by flight from Athens to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Athens to Selcuk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in June, plan for little chillier nights in Selcuk, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Suma Beach and Dalia Beach. Topkapi Palace and Chora Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

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Fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Selcuk in June, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Greece travel guide

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.

Turkey travel guide

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.