15 days in Turkey, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
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Fethiye, Turkey
— 1 night
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Denizli, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Kusadasi, Turkey
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Fira, Greece
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul route planner.

London, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Istanbul is 3 hours. In April, Istanbul is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly 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 1st (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Goreme day trip planning website.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Goreme. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Antalya.
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Antalya, Turkey — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, stop by Kaleici, then take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and finally steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Antalya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Fethiye.
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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 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Lycian Way, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then pause for some photo ops at Tayyareci Fethi Bey Aniti.

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Take a bus from Antalya to Fethiye in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Fethiye sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Denizli.
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Denizli, Turkey — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Aquamall AVM.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Denizli trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Denizli takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Fethiye in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denizli, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kusadasi.
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Kusadasi, Turkey — 1 night

Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaleici Camii, stop by Kusadasi Leather, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kusadasi trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Denizli to Kusadasi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Denizli in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kusadasi, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lycabettus, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Athens road trip website.

You can fly from Kusadasi to Athens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In May in Athens, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stop by Oneiro Jewelry, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then get engrossed in the history at La Ponta, and finally hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

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You can fly from Athens to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Fira are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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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Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
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.
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Santorini travel guide

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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.
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