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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rahmi M. Koc Museum and Saint Pierre Church. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

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Newark, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Newark to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Goreme.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and finally steep yourself in history at Zelve Open Air Museum. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Gore Harabeleri, then admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planning site.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Goreme, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 62°F at night. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paphos.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips

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 a sense of the local culture at Kourion and Agios Neophytos Monastery. Get some historical perspective at The House of Dionysus and Kato Paphos Archaeological Park. Take a break from Paphos with a short trip to Kolossi Castle in Limassol City, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Byzantine Museum, delve into the distant past at Tombs of the Kings, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Agia Kyriaki and post St. Paul.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paphos trip itinerary maker site.

You can 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. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Goreme in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Paphos, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to 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 31st (Wed): kick back and relax at Nissi Beach, then get great views at Cape Greco National Forest Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Konnos Bay, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Profitis Elias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Makronissos Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ayia Napa day trip website.

Getting from Paphos to Ayia Napa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Ayia Napa, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can 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 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), enjoy the sand and surf at Matala Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Matala trip website.

Explore your travel options from Ayia Napa to Matala with the Route module. Traveling from Ayia Napa in September, expect nights in Matala to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are little chillier, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens. Explore hidden gems such as Erechtheion and Mount Lycabettus. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tzisdarakis Mosque (o Moschea della Fontana di sotto), examine the collection at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sotira Lykodimou Church (Russian Church).

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Athens attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Matala to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Delphi.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Delphi, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo In Delphi. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at The Tholos of Delphi.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Delphi trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Athens to Delphi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in September, expect little chillier with lows of 62°F in Delphi. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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