15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

15 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
2
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
3
Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
4
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 3 nights


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5
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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia Museum and Basilica Cistern will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul journey planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul is minus 5 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Athens.

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Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Acropolis Museum and Plaka. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, stop by Monastiraki, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in December: highs in Athens hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Athens

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

1
night
Kalambaka, Greece

Kalambaka ©
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Matsopoulou Mill, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kalambaka trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Athens to Kalambaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Athens in December; daily highs in Kalambaka reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matsopoulou Mill
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Matsopoulou Mill ©
Matsopoulou Mill
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron

3
nights
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 31st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, don't miss a visit to White Tower of Thessaloniki, steep yourself in history at Arch of Galerius, don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, and finally see the interesting displays at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Rotunda and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

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You can drive from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kalambaka, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Thessaloniki, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

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