18 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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18 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Subway:  2 h 45 min
2
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Subway + Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Doha, Qatar


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2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and then steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally identify plant and animal life at Reptisland.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Heraklion trip itinerary planning site .

Doha, Qatar to Heraklion is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Doha in December, things will get a bit cooler in Heraklion: highs are around 19°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Reptisland, The Palace of Knossos, Kazantzakis Museum
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Family-friendly places like Acropolis of Athens and Mount Lycabettus will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Athens trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Heraklion to Athens by combination of flight and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Athens are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Panormos Beach and Agios Sostis Beach. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Little Venice, see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Platis Gialos Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elia Beach.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town day trip planning site .

Getting from Athens to Mykonos Town by combination of subway and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Platis Gialos Beach, Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach, Elia Beach, Agios Sostis Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Agios Sostis Beach ©
Agios Sostis Beach

3
nights
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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, stop by Sultan Carpet and Kilim, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk trip planner .

Getting from Mykonos Town to Selcuk by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mykonos Town to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Selcuk when traveling from Mykonos Town in December, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Hierapolis. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave and then get outside with Pamukkale Balloons.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale day trip site .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kapali Carsi. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

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