13 days in Turkey, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

13 days in Turkey, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Louisville, United States
Fly:  18​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Imerovigli, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Louisville, United States

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online road trip planner .

Louisville, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Louisville to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer nights when traveling from Louisville in October since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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 20th (Sun), admire the verdant scenery at Camel Rock, then Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and finally soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, head outdoors with Honey Valley, Goreme Turkey, and then do some rugged touring at local off-road trails.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Goreme trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect nights in Goreme to be colder, around 42°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
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 22nd (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Athens day trip site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Athens in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Pamukkale to Athens is minus 1 hour. In October in Athens, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Imerovigli.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Imerovigli, Greece

Imerovigli ©
Imerovigli, famed for its Cycladic architecture, claims one of the most dramatic positions in all of Greece.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and finally stroll through Red Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Imerovigli driving holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Athens to Imerovigli. October in Imerovigli sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 64°F at night. You will leave for home on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Imerovigli

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Oia, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Highlights from your plan
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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