17 days in Turkey, Greek Isles & Croatia Itinerary

17 days in Turkey, Greek Isles & Croatia Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey, Greek Isles & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  21​h
1
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
7
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Los Angeles, United States

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 16th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and then learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Goreme online trip builder .

Los Angeles, USA to Goreme is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Goreme, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Goreme. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Uchisar
Highlights from your plan
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Visit Basilica Cistern and Yeni Camii for their historical value. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eyup Sultan Mosque.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul travel route planner .

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in May, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church, then don't miss a visit to Matoyianni Street, and then wander the streets of Little Venice.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Istanbul to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mykonos Town when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Paraportiani Church ©
Paraportiani Church
Matoyianni Street ©
Matoyianni Street

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse, and finally learn about winemaking at Santo Winery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fira online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Imerovigli, Akrotiri, Ancient Thera, Santo Winery
Highlights from your plan
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery
Akrotiri LightHouse ©
Akrotiri LightHouse

2
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, then explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and finally wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon online route maker .

Ride a ferry from Fira to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Kournas, St. Nicholas Church, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Walls of Dubrovnik, then make a trip to Pile Gate, then wander the streets of Cavtat Old Town, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Old Town.

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Traveling by flight from Rethymnon to Dubrovnik takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rethymnon to Dubrovnik is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Rethymnon in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dubrovnik: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Diocletian's Palace and Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic City of Trogir and Samostan i zupa Gospe od Zdravlja. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Marjan Park, steep yourself in history at Old Split, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Split driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. May in Split sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Historic City of Trogir, Church Of St. Roch, Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Old Split ©
Old Split

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