18 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

18 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly
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Fethiye, Turkey
— 1 night
Ferry
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly
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Paphos, Cyprus
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 2 nights
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Dammam, Saudi Arabia

— 1 night
Plan a holiday to Dammam for breathtaking views of pristine scenery in a city that bursts with picture-perfect parks boasting patches of lush lawn and vibrant floral displays.
On the 8th (Sun), let the kids burn off some steam at Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Othaim Mall. Keep things going the next day: stop by Marina Mall and then head off the coast to Marjan Island.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dammam day trip planning site.

If you are flying in from Saudi Arabia, the closest major aiports are King Fahd International Airport and King Abdulaziz Air Base. In August, daily temperatures in Dammam can reach 51°C, while at night they dip to 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Dammam

Shopping · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dammam to Istanbul. Traveling from Dammam in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit cooler, around 25°C, while days are much colder, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Fethiye.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Fethiye, Turkey

— 1 night
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll through Oludeniz PlajI and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fethiye day trip site.

Getting from Istanbul to Fethiye by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Fethiye, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Rhodes Town, Greece

— 2 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Faliraki Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Tsambika Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach, and then stroll through Agathi Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rhodes Town route builder app.

Traveling by ferry from Fethiye to Rhodes Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Fethiye to Rhodes Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fethiye in August, Rhodes Town is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Acropolis of Athens and Glyfada Beach. When in Athens, make a side trip to see Seahorse Dive Center in Vari, approximately Vari away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Athens planner.

Getting from Rhodes Town to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Paphos.

Things to do in Athens

Side Trips

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Paphos, Cyprus

— 3 nights
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Family-friendly places like Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark and Aphrodite's Rock will thrill your kids. Take a break from Paphos with a short trip to Akamas Peninsula National Park in Neo Chorion, about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tombs of the Kings, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Lara Beach.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paphos route planning tool.

Getting from Athens to Paphos by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Athens in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Paphos, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Paphos

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Ayia Napa, Cyprus

— 2 nights
Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Fig Tree Bay, stroll through Konnos Bay, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ayia Napa attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Paphos to Ayia Napa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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Turkey travel guide

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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.

Greece travel guide

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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.

Cyprus travel guide

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From sandy beaches to stone castles, and from bustling nightclubs to romantic tavernas, Cyprus is the perfect destination for those who seek a complete Mediterranean experience. Many civilizations have left their mark on the island's long and vibrant history, and consequently its customs, cuisine, and architecture. Beyond the divide between the predominantly Greek south and Turkish north, throughout the island you'll recognize Venetian, Genoese, British, and Middle Eastern influences. Of course, the main attraction that draws tourists from all over the world is the sunny coast, dotted with historical cities and fully equipped beaches. There is also a selection of peaceful villages, both inland and by the sea, where those looking for a more secluded holiday can retreat. A visit to the country's capital Nicosia, with its vibrant art and culture scene and numerous sightseeing opportunities, is definitely worth adding to your itinerary wherever you're staying.