18 days in Turkey, Greece & Malta Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Drive to Marmaris, Ferry to Rhodes, Drive to Lindos
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Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Athens
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Athens, Greece
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Heraklion, Greece
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Valletta, Malta
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and make a trip to Serefiye Sarnici.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary planning tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Selcuk.
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Selcuk, Turkey — 2 nights

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, then explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, and finally explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in May: highs in Selcuk hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lindos.
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Lindos, Greece — 2 nights

A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 27th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Village of Lindos. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Ancient Kamiros, then kick back and relax at Agios Pavlos Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lindos tour planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Selcuk to Lindos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Selcuk in May: highs in Lindos hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel 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 29th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Glyfada Beach and then wander the streets of Plaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, then explore the world behind art at Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Athens takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. May in Athens sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece — 2 nights

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 31st (Wed), delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Agia Pelagia Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ligaria Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules).

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion tour site.

You can fly from Athens to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In May in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Valletta.
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Valletta, Malta — 3 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Relax by the water at Mellieha Beach and Golden Bay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. John's Co-Cathedral and Mnajdra. Take a break from Valletta with a short trip to Ghajn Tuffieha Bay in Mellieha, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, take in the history at Lascaris War Rooms, get to know the fascinating history of Mdina Old City, and contemplate the long history of St Paul's Catacombs.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Valletta day trip website.

You can fly from Heraklion to Valletta in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Heraklion to Valletta is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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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Malta travel guide

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Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.
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