18 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Antalya, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
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Vasilikos, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Nafplio, Greece
— 1 night
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Ioannina, Greece
— 1 night
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Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
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Delphi, Greece
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Rahmi M. Koc Museum and Dolmabahce Palace. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the striking features of Rustem Pasha Mosque, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online vacation builder.

Newark, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Istanbul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Newark in September, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 72°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.
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Goreme, Turkey — 2 nights

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 2nd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Goreme online trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Goreme, with highs around 69°F, while nights are colder with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Antalya.
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Antalya, Turkey — 3 nights

Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Step out of the city life by going to Lower Duden Waterfalls and Konyaalti Beach. Popular historic sites such as Ancient Theater and Perge Ancient City are in your itinerary. Step out of Antalya to go to Serik and see Aspendos Ruins, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kursunlu Waterfalls.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in October: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 80°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stroll through Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Vlychada Beach, then kick back and relax at Perivolos, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and finally see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Antalya to Fira in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Antalya to Fira due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Antalya in October, expect nights in Fira to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Vasilikos.
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Vasilikos, Greece — 1 night

Home to just a few hundred year-round residents, Vasilikos draws thousands of daily visitors with its beaches and restaurants during peak tourist season.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Dionisios Church, kick back and relax at Vrahos Beach, and then kick back and relax at Banana Beach.

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Fly from Fira to Vasilikos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Fira in October, Vasilikos is little chillier at night with lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 10th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, then wander the streets of Plaka, then make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, and finally wander the streets of Monastiraki.

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You can fly from Vasilikos to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Nafplio.
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Nafplio, Greece — 1 night

Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi, then get engrossed in the history at Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae, and finally steep yourself in history at Lion Gate.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nafplio online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Athens to Nafplio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, Nafplio is little chillier than Athens - with highs of 70°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ioannina.
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Ioannina, Greece — 1 night

Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): examine the collection at Vrellis Greek History Museum, explore the activities along Lake Pamvotis, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iera Moni Agiou Nikolaou Filanthropinon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ioannina Castle.

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Getting from Nafplio to Ioannina by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Nafplio in October, Ioannina is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kalambaka.
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Kalambaka, Greece — 1 night

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.
On the 14th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Roussanou Monastery.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kalambaka road trip planning app.

Getting from Ioannina to Kalambaka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Ioannina in October, expect Kalambaka to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Delphi.
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Delphi, Greece — 1 night

Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Delphi, get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, and then relax in the rural setting at MoKa Honey.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Delphi day trip planner.

Drive from Kalambaka to Delphi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October, Delphi is somewhat warmer than Kalambaka - with highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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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.
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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.
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