17 days in Turkey, Greece & Zurich Itinerary

17 days in Turkey, Greece & Zurich Itinerary

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Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Goreme
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Fly to Dalaman, Shuttle to Marmaris, Ferry to Rhodes Town
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, Drive to Evansville

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme online road trip planner.

Evansville, USA to Goreme is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Evansville to Goreme is 9 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Evansville in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Wineries

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bosphorus Cruise, Food Tours and Pub Crawl Istanbul. Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower for their historical value.

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You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in July, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit warmer, around 68°F, while days are little chillier, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Outdoors

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Rhodes Town, Greece

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.
Prasonisi Beach has been added to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Lindos and Medieval City. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Faliraki Beach, look for gifts at Olive Corner, and step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rhodes Town route planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry from Istanbul to Rhodes Town takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in July, Rhodes Town is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 75°F. You'll set off for Athens on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Plaka as well as Ermou Street. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): wander the streets of Ermou Street.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Rhodes Town to Athens in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. On the 15th (Wed), you're off to Zurich.

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Old Town as well as Lake Zurich. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zurich online tour builder.

Getting from Athens to Zurich by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Athens in July, with highs in Zurich at 78°F and lows at 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Turkey travel guide

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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

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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.