22 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

22 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
2
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
3
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
4
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
5
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
6
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
7
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
8
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
9
Ankara, Turkey
— 2 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Museum and Galata Tower. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Istiklal Street and Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and pick up some local products at Spoon In My Pocket.

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Denpasar, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Indonesia Time (WITA) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. When traveling from Denpasar in May, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach, thenwander the streets of Little Venice, and then kick back and relax at Elia Beach. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Panormos Beach, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, and then browse the exhibits of HOFA Gallery (House of Fine Art) Mykonos.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mykonos Town journey builder site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Mykonos Town takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Mykonos Town is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Istanbul in May since evenings lows in Mykonos Town dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse, thenlook for gifts at Faros Market, thenkick back and relax at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Akrotiri route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Akrotiri takes 2.5 hours. May in Akrotiri sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the 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 delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, thenget 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.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Heraklion are °C, while nighttime lows are °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

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos, 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 ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): wander the streets of Ermou Street, wander the streets of Plaka, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', and then stroll through Glyfada Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Athens online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Heraklion to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to 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, thendelve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Karahayit, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Guney Selalesi, and finally delve into the distant past at Laodikeia.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Athens to Pamukkale in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Chez Galip, thenlearn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Goreme tour planning website.

Fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. 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
Alaturca Taner ©
Alaturca Taner
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley)

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get some cultural insight at Ancient Thera and Santo Winery. For shopping fun, head to S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery or Ernesto Workshop & Gallery. When in Fira, make a side trip to see Mnemossyne Gallery in Oia, approximately Oia away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Kamari Beach, view the masterpieces at Art Space, kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and explore the galleries of Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Fira takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Goreme to Fira is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Goreme in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Fira. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Fira

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kamari, Oia, Pyrgos, 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Anitkabir and Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi. Head to Mohair&Angora Flagship Store and ANKAmall Alisveris Merkezifor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ankara Castle, pause for some photo ops at Equestrian Statue of Kemal Ataturk, and admire the landmark architecture of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ankara travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Ankara takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Fira in June; daily highs in Ankara reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can 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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