33 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

33 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Drive
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Edirne, Turkey
— 2 nights
Bus to Otogar, Fly to Goreme
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Athens, Greece
— 12 nights
Drive
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Nafplio, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive to Rafina, Ferry to Mykonos Town
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
Ferry
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Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey — 5 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.
Attractions like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Mosque make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul vacation planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seoul to Istanbul, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Seoul in October; daily highs in Istanbul reach 28°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Edirne.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Edirne, Turkey — 2 nights

Edirne is a city in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. On the 9th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, then admire the striking features of Selimiye Mosque, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Karaagac.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Edirne road trip site.

You can drive from Istanbul to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours and then get outside with Royal Balloon.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Goreme road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Edirne to Goreme takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Goreme are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Pamukkale.
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Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Pamukkale, Turkey — 1 night

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 13th (Wed), push the limits with an extreme tour and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Athens.
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Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Adventure

Athens, Greece — 12 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get in touch with nature at Seahorse Dive Center and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Sounio (Paralia Christea, Sounio Beach, &more) and Vouliagmeni (Lake Vouliagmeni & Vouliagmeni Beach). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary site.

Getting from Pamukkale to Athens by combination of train and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Pamukkale to Athens, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Nafplio.
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Nafplio, Greece — 3 nights

Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Kids will enjoy Corinth Canal and Karathona Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Archaeological Site Mycenae and Lion Gate. Change things up with a short trip to Spas in Loutraki (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi and take in the waterfront at Nauplion Promenade.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nafplio day trip planning tool.

Drive from Athens to Nafplio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Athens in October; daily highs in Nafplio reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches
Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Greece — 3 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Little Venice and Archaeological Museum of Mykonos. Attractions like Paradise Beach and Elia Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: stroll through Platis Gialos Beach, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town online route planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Nafplio to Mykonos Town in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nafplio in October since evenings lows in Mykonos Town dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.
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Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
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You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In November, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll set off for Heraklion on the 2nd (Tue).
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Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Shopping

Heraklion, Greece — 1 night

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 3rd (Wed): learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally steep yourself in history at Castello del Molo (Koules).

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion online travel route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Museums · Historic Sites

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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Greece travel guide

4.2
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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