10 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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10 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly + Shuttle:  17 h 30 min
1
Rethymnon, Greece
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  6 h
3
Antalya, Turkey
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Calgary, Canada

1
night
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Guora Gate and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at War Museum Askifou, then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Monastery of Arkadi.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon route planner .

Calgary, Canada to Rethymnon is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Calgary to Rethymnon, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in April: highs in Rethymnon hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon, St. Nicholas Church, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, War Museum Askifou
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Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©

2
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Street of the Knights, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights), and then get to know the fascinating history of Medieval City. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Mandraki Harbour, explore the ancient world of Ancient Kamiros, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Pavlos Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rhodes Town planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Rethymnon to Rhodes Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. April in Rhodes Town sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Agios Pavlos Beach, Ancient Kamiros
Highlights from your plan
Medieval City ©
Medieval City
Street of the Knights ©
Street of the Knights
Ancient Kamiros ©
Ancient Kamiros

3
nights
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Visit Temple of Apollo and Ancient Theater for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaleici and Hadrian's Gate. Change things up with these side-trips from Antalya: Phaselis (in Tekirova) and Sillyon Antik kenti (in Serik). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi and admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya road trip website .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Rhodes Town to Antalya in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Rhodes Town in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Antalya, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Manavgat, Sillyon Antik kenti, Phaselis
Highlights from your plan
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Phaselis ©
Phaselis

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia, get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi, then admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, then explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Eyüp Sultan Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul visit planner.

Getting from Antalya to Istanbul by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antalya in April, expect Istanbul to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Istanbul Archaeological Museum ©
Istanbul Archaeological Museum
Chora Museum ©
Chora Museum
Little Hagia Sophia ©
Little Hagia Sophia

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