25 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

25 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Uchisar, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Izmir, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Canakkale, Turkey
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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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
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Istanbul, Turkey — 5 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi), Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Nuruosmaniye Camii, and other attractions. Visit Little Hagia Sophia and Dolmabahçe Mosque for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Valide-i Cedid Cami and Obelisk of Theodosius. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Seyh Mustafa Devati Turbesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kececizade Fuat Pasa Camii, admire the landmark architecture of Clock Tower Dolmabahce, and explore the ancient world of Valens Aqueduct.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning website.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Istanbul is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Turkey Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in May: highs in Istanbul hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. You'll set off for Uchisar on the 8th (Thu).
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Uchisar, Turkey — 3 nights

Enjoy the best views of Capaddocia at Uchisar, home to a rock citadel at the area's highest point.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zelve Open Air Museum as well as Balloon Rides. Soganli Valley and Guray Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uchisar trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Istanbul to Uchisar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Uchisar. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 12th (Mon), walk around Camlik Mesire Yeri and then get a new perspective on nature at Laodikeia Antik Kenti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Servergazi Turbesi, and then do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner.

Getting from Uchisar to Pamukkale by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Izmir.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Izmir Museum of History and Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hisar Mosque, and then stop by Has Deri Leather Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, then explore the galleries of Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center, then admire the landmark architecture of Fatih Cinili Cami, and finally contemplate the long history of AbacIoglu Han.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Izmir travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Izmir can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canakkale.
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Canakkale, Turkey — 1 night

A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Troya Muzesi. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Troya Muzesi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Canakkale trip planner.

Drive from Izmir to Canakkale in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In May, Canakkale is a bit warmer than Izmir - with highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online travel planner.

You can fly from Canakkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Athens on the 16th (Fri).
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Acropolis of Athens, Temple of Athena Nike, Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, and other attractions you added. Get some historical perspective at Lion Gate and Stoa of Attalos.

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Fly from Istanbul to Athens in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Mykonos Town.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Panayia Tourliani. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Agia Anna Beach and then pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Nikolakis Church.

Start your trip to Mykonos Town by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. May in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry 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 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Cultural Village, then do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, and then explore the historical opulence of Castelli of Pyrgos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, then do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, and finally do a tasting at Gaia Winery.

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Getting from Mykonos Town to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In May, daytime highs in Fira are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

Your day by day itinerary now includes Acropolis of Athens as well as Ancient Agora of Athens. On the 24th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, and then appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 1 night

Queen of Cities

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip app.

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in May, expect Istanbul to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 15°C. On the 25th (Sun), you're off to 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

4.7
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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Greece travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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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Mykonos travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.
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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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