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
— 2 nights
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Valletta, Malta
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker tool.

Pittsburgh, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus and then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, delve into the distant past at Curetes Street, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk tour planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, you will find days in Selcuk are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites

Lindos, Greece

— 2 nights
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 27th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos and then kick back and relax at Lindos Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): stroll through Faliraki Beach.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lindos trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Selcuk to Lindos in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Selcuk to Lindos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Selcuk in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Lindos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Lindos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Heraklion driving holiday tool.

Getting from Lindos to Heraklion by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Heraklion are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

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 1st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, and then pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then visit Plaka, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, and finally explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Heraklion to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Valletta.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.
Mnajdra and Mdina Old City are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've included these beaches for you: Mellieha Beach and Ghajn Tuffieha Bay. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. John's Co-Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, pause for some serene contemplation at Mosta Parish, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Rocca Piccola.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Valletta day trip website.

You can fly from Athens to Valletta in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Valletta. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Valletta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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 · Architectural Buildings · 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.