27 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

27 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Ferry to Rafina, Drive to Nafplio
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Nafplio, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Athens, Greece
— 7 nights
Fly
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Corfu Town, Greece
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 6 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.
Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and wander the streets of Taksim Square.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul journey builder app.

Hong Kong, China to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Istanbul is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Hong Kong in May, expect nights in Istanbul to be cooler, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Heraklion.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay May 11 — 17:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then steep yourself in history at Castello del Molo (Koules), and finally explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, then meet the residents at Cretaquarium, and finally get in on the family fun at Dinosauria Park.

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Fly from Istanbul to Heraklion in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Heraklion are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Fira, Greece

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Akrotiri and Red Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kamari Beach, get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, shop like a local with Ernesto Workshop & Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fira journey app.

Traveling by ferry from Heraklion to Fira takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Fira are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Little Venice and Beautyworld Spa. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ornos Beach, kick back and relax at Super Paradise Beach, see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town itinerary planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Nafplio.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Nafplio, Greece

— 2 nights
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, snap pictures at Arkadiko Bridge, and then get to know the fascinating history of Tiryns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, then take a leisurely stroll along Nauplion Promenade, then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Palamidi, and finally steep yourself in history at Bourtzi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nafplio itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mykonos Town to Nafplio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Mykonos Town in May since evenings lows in Nafplio dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Athens, Greece

— 7 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Bring the kids along to Acropolis of Athens and National Archaeological Museum. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Athens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nafplio in May, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 4:

Corfu Town, Greece

— 1 night
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
On the 4th (Tue), take a stroll through Corfu Old Town, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Grotta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paleokastritsa Beach. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu, stop by FIRSTHING&NOEL, and then admire the striking features of Corfu Museum of Asian Art.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Corfu Town trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Corfu Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Corfu Town can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

Turkey travel guide

4.3
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.

Greece travel guide

4.2
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.