16 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

16 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Izmir, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, 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.
Topkapi Palace has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip planning website.

Los Angeles, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 11 hour difference. June in Istanbul sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, then look for gifts at Orient Bazaar, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, stroll through Pasabag, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and finally admire the masterpieces at Guray Museum.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Goreme day trip website.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in June since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Izmir.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

Izmir, Turkey

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stop by Has Deri Leather Shop, visit Kemeralti Market, then don't miss a visit to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), and finally make a trip to Tarihi Asansor. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Izmir Wild Life Park, then visit Alsancak, and then take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Izmir trip planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Izmir in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Goreme in June: highs in Izmir hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Athens, Greece

— 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner.

You can fly from Izmir to Athens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Izmir to Athens due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in June, with highs in Athens at 86°F and lows at 70°F. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Shopping
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Mykonos Town, Greece

— 2 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): kick back and relax at Elia Beach, discover the deep blue sea with GoDive Mykonos PADI Diving Resort, and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach. On the next day, make a trip to Rarity Gallery, stop by Little Venice, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Kapopoulos Fine Arts.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town online tour planner.

You can fly from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. When traveling from Athens in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mykonos Town: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:

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 23rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then look for gifts at Eruption Store Santorini, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Santorini Sailing, make a trip to Sunset in Oia, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fira trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. June in Fira sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Nafplio (TASTE3 & Nauplion Promenade) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). Explore Athens further: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Fira to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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

4.6
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.

Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
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.