18 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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18 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Tehran, Iran
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Milos, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 day
+4
bus + Fly + bus + foot + ferry:  10​h 15​min
6
Kusadasi, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Kayseri, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
End: Tehran, Iran

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Hephaestus and Temple of Poseidon. Acropolis of Athens and National Archaeological Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Asteras Glyfada Beach (in Glyfada) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Lagonisi). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Plaka, stroll through Glyfada Beach, delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary planning website .

Tehran, Iran to Athens is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Iran Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. August in Athens sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Glyfada, Scuba & Snorkeling, Temple of Poseidon
Highlights from your plan
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli).

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Athens in September: highs in Mykonos Town hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Milos.
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The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

1
night
Milos, Greece

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
On the 4th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Archaeological museum of Milos, explore the historical opulence of Venetian Castle of Milos, then see the interesting displays at Sand Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient Roman Theatre - Milos.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Milos trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mykonos Town to Milos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Milos can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Oia.

Things to do in Milos

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Archaeological museum of Milos ©
Archaeological museum of Milos
Venetian Castle of Milos ©
Venetian Castle of Milos
Ancient Roman Theatre - Milos ©
Ancient Roman Theatre - Milos

2
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then learn about winemaking at Venetsanos Winery, and finally do a tasting at Santo Winery. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Musical Instruments, take in the exciting artwork at Oria Gallery, shop like a local with Mnemossyne Gallery, then brush up on your military savvy at Naval Maritime Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Oia day trip site .

Traveling by car from Milos to Oia takes 5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Oia are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Fira, Santo Winery, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Venetsanos Winery, Akrotiri
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Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri

1
day
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.
On the 7th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Heraklion online holiday planner .

Ride a ferry from Oia to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Heraklion are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Kusadasi, Turkey

Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the ancient world of Priene Antik Kenti, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaleici Camii, and finally view the masterpieces at Hacivat Shop. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Kusadasi Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Sevgi Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Panionion.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kusadasi itinerary planner .

Getting from Heraklion to Kusadasi by combination of bus, flight, and ferry takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or ride a ferry. In September in Kusadasi, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Priene Antik Kenti
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kusadasi Castle ©
Kusadasi Castle
Panionion ©
Panionion

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Selcuk online day trip planner .

Selcuk is very close to Kusadasi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kusadasi in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Selcuk, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kayseri.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Basilica of Saint John ©
The Basilica of Saint John
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
Kayseri, Turkey

Kayseri ©
Kayseri is a large and industrialised city in Central Anatolia, Turkey. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ali Saip Pasa Cami, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mescidi Aksa Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Kayseri Lisesi Milli Mucadele Muzesi, delve into the distant past at The Citadel, then steep yourself in history at Hunat Hatun Complex, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Burunguz Camii. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Karatay Han, appreciate the views at Soganli Valley, and then make a trip to Alaca Kumbet.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kayseri day trip website .

Explore your travel options from Selcuk to Kayseri with the Route module. In September, Kayseri is little chillier than Selcuk - with highs of 32°C and lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kayseri

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Ali Saip Pasa Cami
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Mescidi Aksa Mosque ©
Mescidi Aksa Mosque
Ali Saip Pasa Cami ©
Ali Saip Pasa Cami
Hunat Hatun Complex ©
Hunat Hatun Complex

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi and Yeni Camii. Take a break from Istanbul with a short trip to Delmece Yaylasi in Cinarcik, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , steep yourself in history at Eyup Sultan Mosque, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Kayseri to Istanbul with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kayseri in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Delmece Yaylasi
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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