16 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad, India
Fly:  12​h
1
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
2
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
8
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Hyderabad, India


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1
night
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion route planner .

Hyderabad, India to Heraklion is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Hyderabad to Heraklion, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Heraklion is colder than Hyderabad - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

1
night
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Akrotiri trip itinerary site .

Getting from Heraklion to Akrotiri by ferry takes about 2 hours. May in Akrotiri sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A.
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church, take a stroll through Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach.

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Ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Mykonos Town in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Panormos Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens with an excursion to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Mykonos Town to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk route maker tool .

Fly from Athens to Selcuk in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Traveling from Athens to Selcuk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Selcuk when traveling from Athens in May, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): Head underground at Kaklik Cave, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Pamukkale Balloons and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Balloon Rides

3
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, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. May in Istanbul sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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 23rd (Sat), Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then look for gifts at Turquoise Rugs & Bags.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Goreme trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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