22 days in Turkey, Cyprus & Greece Itinerary

22 days in Turkey, Cyprus & Greece Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Drive to Taşucu, Ferry to Kyrenia, Drive to Paphos
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Paphos, Cyprus
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 2 nights
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Drive to Larnaca International Airport, Fly to Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Drive to Matala
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Matala, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Delphi, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Fly to Newark

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Istanbul, Turkey — 4 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica Cistern and KIz Kulesi. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, explore the galleries of Galata Tower, and visit Taksim Square.

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Newark, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. When traveling from Newark in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly to Pamukkale.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Goreme, Turkey — 3 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 15th (Sun), enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and finally take an in-depth tour of Zelve Open Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Gore Harabeleri, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Goreme online visit planner.

Fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Goreme sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paphos.
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Paphos, Cyprus — 3 nights

The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Get some cultural insight at Kourion and Tombs of the Kings. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Coral Bay. Change things up with a short trip to Kolossi Castle in Limassol City (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Agia Kyriaki and post St. Paul, see the interesting displays at Byzantine Museum, explore the ancient world of The House of Dionysus, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Neophytos Monastery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paphos online tour itinerary maker.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Goreme to Paphos in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Goreme to Paphos due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Goreme in October, expect nights in Paphos to be much hotter, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Ayia Napa.
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Ayia Napa, Cyprus — 2 nights

Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Nissi Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Greco National Forest Park, then stroll through Konnos Bay, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Profitis Elias. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Makronissos Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Drive from Paphos to Ayia Napa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Ayia Napa, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Matala.
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Matala, Greece — 1 night

A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), kick back and relax at Matala Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Matala online vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Ayia Napa to Matala with the Route module. While traveling from Ayia Napa, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Matala, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ancient Agora of Athens and Erechtheion. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sotira Lykodimou Church (Russian Church), get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planner.

You can fly from Matala to Athens in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. October in Athens sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Delphi.
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Delphi, Greece — 2 nights

Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
On the 27th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Delphi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Apollo In Delphi. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at The Tholos of Delphi.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Delphi online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Athens to Delphi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Delphi, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel 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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Cyprus travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
From sandy beaches to stone castles, and from bustling nightclubs to romantic tavernas, Cyprus is the perfect destination for those who seek a complete Mediterranean experience. Many civilizations have left their mark on the island's long and vibrant history, and consequently its customs, cuisine, and architecture. Beyond the divide between the predominantly Greek south and Turkish north, throughout the island you'll recognize Venetian, Genoese, British, and Middle Eastern influences. Of course, the main attraction that draws tourists from all over the world is the sunny coast, dotted with historical cities and fully equipped beaches. There is also a selection of peaceful villages, both inland and by the sea, where those looking for a more secluded holiday can retreat. A visit to the country's capital Nicosia, with its vibrant art and culture scene and numerous sightseeing opportunities, is definitely worth adding to your itinerary wherever you're staying.
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Greece travel guide

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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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