20 days in Turkey & Athens Itinerary

20 days in Turkey & Athens Itinerary

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20 days in Turkey & Athens Itinerary

Start: Santiago, Chile
Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Oludeniz, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Marmaris, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Santiago, Chile

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ulu Cami and Aya Yorgi Church. Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Green Tomb (in Bursa) and Sapanca Lake (in Sapanca). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Fatih Mosque and Complex, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Istanbul online trip maker .

Santiago, Chile to Istanbul is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Santiago to Istanbul. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bursa, Sapanca Lake, Aya Yorgi Church
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Goreme National Park and Guray Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Red Valley. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Naile Art Gallery, Red Valley, Guray Museum
Highlights from your plan
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Gulludere Vadisi ©
Gulludere Vadisi

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Termessos Ruins and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beldibi Yeni Merkez Cami, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Antalya road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in July; daily highs in Antalya reach 41°C and lows reach 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Antalya

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Beldibi Yeni Merkez Cami
Highlights from your plan
Termessos Ruins ©
Termessos Ruins
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Oludeniz, Turkey

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
On the 29th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Babadag, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mavi Magara, then stroll around Kidrak Natural Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz route maker website .

You can drive from Antalya to Oludeniz in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in July, Oludeniz is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Mavi Magara
Highlights from your plan
Babadag ©
Babadag
Mavi Magara ©
Mavi Magara
Spas

2
nights
Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the activities along Azmak Nehri, kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmaris Beach. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Datca Peninsula, then delve into the distant past at Carian rock tombs, and then stop by Simons Diamonds.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marmaris road trip planning website .

Getting from Oludeniz to Marmaris by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Icmeler, Azmak Nehri
Highlights from your plan
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Marmaris Beach ©
Marmaris Beach
Carian rock tombs ©
Carian rock tombs

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint John, make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Philopappos Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, take a stroll through Plaka, then explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Athens tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Athens takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August in Athens, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

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