16 days in Turkey, Greece & Malta Itinerary

16 days in Turkey, Greece & Malta Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Drive to Marmaris, Ferry to Rhodes, Drive to Lindos
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Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Heraklion
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Heraklion, Greece
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Athens, Greece
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cinili Mosque, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Istanbul. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Selcuk, Turkey

— 2 nights
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 21st (Tue), stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, and finally delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Selcuk tour planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Selcuk are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are slightly colder (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping

Lindos, Greece

— 2 nights
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 23rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Agios Pavlos Beach, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): admire the striking features of Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli, explore the ancient world of Ancient Kamiros, then don't miss a visit to Monastery Tsambika, then kick back and relax at Tsambika Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Agathi Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lindos route maker app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Selcuk to Lindos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Selcuk in September, Lindos is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Lindos

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heraklion, Greece

— 2 nights
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 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Agia Pelagia Beach, test the waters at Thalasso by Aegeo Spas, and then contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, steep yourself in history at Castello del Molo (Koules), then go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Heraklion takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. September in Heraklion sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, and then kick back and relax at Legrena Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Glyfada Beach, then appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and finally take a stroll through Plaka.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens journey app.

You can fly from Heraklion to Athens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. September in Athens sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Athens

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valletta, Malta

— 3 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. John's Co-Cathedral and Mnajdra. Visit Mdina Old City and St Paul's Catacombs for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valletta: Mellieha (Mellieha Beach & Mellieha Parish Church). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, get engrossed in the history at Saluting Battery, contemplate the long history of Parrocca San Pawl Nawfragu, and take in the history at Lascaris War Rooms.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Valletta road trip website.

You can fly from Athens to Valletta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens to Valletta, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Valletta are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
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.

Malta travel guide

3.9
Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens
Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.