15 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Boracay, Philippines
Fly:  23​h
1
Oia, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 15​min
2
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
4
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  6​h
5
Goreme, Turkey
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  19​h 45​min
End: Boracay, Philippines

1
night
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): look for gifts at Sand Lily Boutique, explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, then stop by Oneiro Jewelry, and finally explore the activities along Amoudi Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sunset in Oia, tour the pleasant surroundings at KAMARA BEACH, and then do sightseeing your way with Alex Private Boat Rental.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Oia driving holiday planner.

Boracay, Philippines to Oia is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Boracay to Oia, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Sand Lily Boutique, Alex Private Boat Rental, Oneiro Jewelry, KAMARA BEACH
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Alex Private Boat Rental ©
Alex Private Boat Rental
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, then see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Heraklion visit website .

Getting from Oia to Heraklion by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In July, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hersonissos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Kazantzakis Museum
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

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 26th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, then delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, then wander the streets of Plaka, and finally pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Athens trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Heraklion in July, you will find days in Athens are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Athens

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally examine the collection at Ephesus Museum. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, then stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, and finally make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk road trip planner.

Getting from Athens to Selcuk by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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. In July, daytime highs in Selcuk are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites, #Theme Parks, #Shopping
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

1
night
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 30th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, ride a horse along Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, then explore the historical opulence of Ortahisar Kalesi, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Goreme tour itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Selcuk to Goreme in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Selcuk in July, with highs in Goreme at 37°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ortahisar, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in July, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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