22 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

22 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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22 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

Start: Denpasar, Indonesia
Fly:  14​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h 45​min
3
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry:  1​h 45​min
4
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Subway:  2​h 45​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6​h
6
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  9​h
9
Ankara, Turkey
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Denpasar, Indonesia

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Head to Istiklal Street and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisifor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the exhibits of Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and browse the fresh offerings at Spoon In My Pocket.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

Denpasar, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Indonesia Time (WITA) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Denpasar in May, expect nights in Istanbul to be colder, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Platis Gialos Beach, then wander the streets of Little Venice, and then stroll through Elia Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Panormos Beach, then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at The House of Fine Art - HOFA Gallery Mykonos.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Mykonos Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of train, car, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Mykonos Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Elia Beach, Panormos Beach, The House of Fine Art - HOFA Gallery Mykonos, Platis Gialos Beach, Paradise Beach
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Platis Gialos Beach ©
Platis Gialos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach

1
night
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Akrotiri LightHouse, look for gifts at Faros Market, then stroll through Red Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri vacation planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Akrotiri takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri LightHouse ©
Akrotiri LightHouse

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos. Keep things going the next day: stop by Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Heraklion day trip website .

You can ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Ermou Street, take a stroll through Plaka, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', and then kick back and relax at Glyfada Beach.

Make your Athens itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Heraklion to Athens by combination of flight and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. May in Athens sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 27th (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On your second day here, take a stroll through Karahayit, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Guney Selalesi, and finally delve into the distant past at Laodikeia.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale journey tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Athens to Pamukkale takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Pamukkale. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
On the 29th (Fri), look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, then learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, explore the galleries of Chez Galip, then learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Goreme sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Spas Shopping

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Chez Galip
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Alaturca Taner ©
Alaturca Taner

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll get in some beach time at Kamari Beach and Perissa Black Sand Beach. Do your shopping at S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery and Mnemossyne Gallery. There's lots more to do: stop by Epilekton, learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, steep yourself in history at Ancient Thera, and view the masterpieces at Art Space.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fira road trip site .

Getting from Goreme to Fira by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Goreme in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fira, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Fira

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kamari, Pyrgos, Oia, Art Space, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Epilekton ©
Epilekton
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach

2
nights
Ankara, Turkey

Ankara ©
Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Anitkabir and Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi. Visit Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii) and Hamamonu Restored Area for their historical value. There's lots more to do: stop by Mohair&Angora Flagship Store, appreciate the history behind Equestrian Statue of Kemal Ataturk, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and get to know the fascinating history of Ankara Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ankara travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Fira to Ankara takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Fira to Ankara, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fira in June, expect Ankara to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Ankara Castle ©
Ankara Castle
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi

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