18 days in Turkey & Athens Itinerary

18 days in Turkey & Athens Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
2
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
3
Izmir, Turkey
— 1 night
4
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
5
Eskisehir, Turkey
— 1 night
6
Ankara, Turkey
— 1 night
7
Guzelyurt, Turkey
— 2 nights
8
Urgup, Turkey
— 4 nights

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Hagia Sophia Museum and Basilica Cistern. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary tool.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Jakarta to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In December, Istanbul is cooler than Jakarta - with highs of 7°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Temple of Athena Nike has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike, and finally wander the streets of Plaka. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Athens road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in December: highs in Athens hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Athens

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

1
night
Izmir, Turkey

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu, then make a trip to Tarihi Asansor, then visit Kemeralti Market, and finally stroll around Izmir Wild Life Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Izmir holiday planner.

Fly from Athens to Izmir in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in December, expect Izmir to be little chillier, temps between 9°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Izmir Wild Life Park ©
Izmir Wild Life Park
Kordonboyu ©
Kordonboyu
Tarihi Asansor ©
Tarihi Asansor

1
night
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, then take a stroll through Kaleici, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Antalya Aquarium.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Antalya trip planner.

You can fly from Izmir to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in December: highs in Antalya hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Antalya Aquarium ©
Antalya Aquarium

1
night
Eskisehir, Turkey

Eskisehir ©
Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): walk around Kent Park, see the interesting displays at Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi, and then get in on the family fun at Sazova Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Eskisehir travel route planner.

You can drive from Antalya to Eskisehir in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Antalya in December, plan for much colder days in Eskisehir, with highs around 5°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi ©
Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi

1
night
Ankara, Turkey

Ankara ©
Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
On the 28th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, then learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Aqua Vega Aquarium.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ankara trip itinerary app.

You can take a train from Eskisehir to Ankara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Eskisehir in December since evenings lows in Ankara dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Aqua Vega Aquarium ©
Aqua Vega Aquarium

2
nights
Guzelyurt, Turkey

Guzelyurt ©
On the 29th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Selime Monastery, appreciate the views at Ihlara Valley, and then contemplate the long history of Sivisli Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Yeraltı Şehri, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilise Camii, then steep yourself in history at Guzelyurt Valley Monastery, then Head underground at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Red Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Guzelyurt, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ankara to Guzelyurt by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Urgup.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Highlights from your plan
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

4
nights
Urgup, Turkey

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Urgup is known for nature, historic sites, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and look for gifts at Le Bazaar D'Orient.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Urgup trip planner.

Drive from Guzelyurt to Urgup in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Urgup are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Goreme
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Fairy Chimneys ©
Fairy Chimneys
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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