8 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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Skopelos, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry to Skiathos, Fly to Santorini, Bus to Perissa
Perissa, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus to Santorini, Fly to Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Urgup, Turkey
— 2 nights


Skopelos, Greece — 1 night

Known as one of the Aegean's greenest islands, Skopelos features a long coastline of fine beaches and an interior covered with verdant pine forests, olive groves, and plum orchards.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Ioannis Chapel and then kick back and relax at Agios Ioannis Beach. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Vakratsa Mansion, look for gifts at Ambrosia Pasticceria, and then trek along with Skopelos Walks.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Skopelos online driving holiday planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Skopelos is an approximately 36.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in March: highs in Skopelos hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Perissa.
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Perissa, Greece — 2 nights

One of Santorini's seaside treasures, Perissa provides travelers with a lively restaurant scene and easy access to several archaeological sites.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Red Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perissa Black Sand Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri and then see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Perissa trip builder tool.

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Skopelos to Perissa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. March in Perissa sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
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Istanbul, Turkey — 1 night

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.
To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Perissa to Istanbul in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Perissa in March: highs in Istanbul hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. On the 18th (Fri), you're off to Urgup.
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Urgup, Turkey — 2 nights

A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
On the 18th (Fri), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and then stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Urgup trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Urgup in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in March since evenings lows in Urgup dip to 1°C. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Sun).
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Greece travel guide

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.

Santorini travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

Turkey travel guide

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.

Cappadocia travel guide

History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.