18 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gallipoli, Turkey
— Few hours
Drive
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— Few hours
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Athens, Greece
— Few hours
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Milos, Greece
— 4 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
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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.
Basilica Cistern has been added to your itinerary.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip website.

Brisbane, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in August, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are much warmer (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums

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Gallipoli, Turkey

The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): make a trip to Hellas Memorial and then steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gallipoli attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Gallipoli takes 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Gallipoli can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites

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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Gallipoli to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. On the 12th (Wed), you're off to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours · Nightlife · Shopping · Historic Sites

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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.
On the 12th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. On your second day here, soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip planning site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

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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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Goreme in August: highs in Istanbul hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. You will leave for Athens on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours · Nightlife · Shopping · Historic Sites

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

Getting from Istanbul to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens. In August, Athens is somewhat warmer than Istanbul - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. On the 14th (Fri), you're off to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Transportation

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Naxos Town, Greece

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Naxos Town is known for historic sites, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Kastro, stroll through Aeolis Aghios Georgios Beach, and contemplate the long history of Old Town.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Naxos Town trip planning website.

You can fly from Athens to Naxos Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. While traveling from Athens, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Naxos Town, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Milos.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Parks

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Milos, Greece

Island of Colors

The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Milos is known for beaches, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Kleftiko Beach, stroll through Pollonia Beach, see the interesting displays at Milos Mining Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Venetian Castle of Milos.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Milos road trip planning app.

Ride a ferry from Naxos Town to Milos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Milos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Milos

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take a stroll through Plaka, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Milos to Athens in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Milos in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

1
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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

Basilica Cistern has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami and then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip tool.

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Istanbul is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Athens in August: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites

Turkey travel guide

4.5
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

4.2
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.

Naxos travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea. Renowned for its unspoiled beaches and advantageous winds, the island offers excellent conditions for windsurfing and other watersports. Most of the island's western coastline boasts one sandy beach splashed by blue waters rich in marine life--a big draw for amateur scuba divers. The mountainous interior provides a look at the quieter side of the island, featuring a patchwork of lush valleys, quaint villages, and ancient sites. For a change of pace and a bit of modern dining and shopping, visit Hora, the island's biggest city.