21 days in Greece, Cyprus & Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Greece, Cyprus & Turkey Itinerary

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21 days in Greece, Cyprus & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Subway + Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Corfu Town, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  4 h 45 min
6
Lindos, Greece
— 3 nights
+6
Bus + Foot + Ferry + Foot + Shuttle + Fly + Drive:  11 h 15 min
7
Kyrenia, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Paphos, Cyprus
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to Three Bells of Fira, see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum Fira, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, then explore the historical opulence of Byzantine Castle Ruins, then get a taste of the local shopping with Mnemossyne Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Atlantis Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at MATI Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, then examine the collection at Tomato Industrial Museum, then make a trip to Megalochori - Traditional Village, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Fira trip itinerary planning tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Fira is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. When traveling from Cape Town in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Fira: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Oia, Megalochori - Traditional Village, Tomato Industrial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Prehistoric Thira ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani
Archaeological Museum Fira ©
Archaeological Museum Fira

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take a stroll through Plaka, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, then delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Fira to Athens takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Athens

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

1
night
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stop by MiNiMiS, examine the collection at Achilleion Museum, step into the grandiose world of Mon Repos Palace, then look for all kinds of wild species at Corfu Donkey Rescue, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Corfu Museum of Asian Art, pause for some photo ops at Holocaust Memorial of Corfu, step into the grandiose world of New Fortress, then take in the exciting artwork at Corfu Gallery, then examine the collection at Casa Parlante, and finally make a trip to Spianada Square.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Corfu Town driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Corfu Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Corfu Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Achilleion Museum, Corfu Donkey Rescue
Highlights from your plan
Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Corfu Donkey Rescue ©
Corfu Donkey Rescue

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yeni Camii and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, look for gifts at Jennifer's Hamam, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul holiday tool .

You can fly from Corfu Town to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Corfu Town to Istanbul is 1 hour. Traveling from Corfu Town in September, expect nights in Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Camlik Locomotive Museum, explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, and finally look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at The Basilica of Saint John, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk holiday maker app .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Selcuk to be slightly colder, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ephesus Museum ©
Ephesus Museum
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Lindos, Greece

Lindos
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 2nd (Wed), delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of the Panagia, pause for some serene contemplation at Archanggelos Michail Thari Monastery, then learn about winemaking at Kounaki Wines, and finally contemplate the long history of Ancient Kamiros. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Tsambika Byzantine Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Rhodes Toy Museum, admire the striking features of Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli, view the masterpieces at Artistic Village Contemporary Art - Art gallery & Museum of Ceramic Art, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Tomb of Kleoboulos.

Make your Lindos itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Selcuk to Lindos in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Selcuk to Lindos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Selcuk in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lindos, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyrenia.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Archanggelos Michail Thari Monastery, Rhodes Toy Museum, Artistic Village Contemporary Art - Art gallery & Museum of Ceramic Art, Kounaki Wines, Ancient Kamiros
Highlights from your plan
Ancient Kamiros
Ancient Kamiros
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Archanggelos Michail Thari Monastery ©

2
nights
Kyrenia, Cyprus

Kyrenia ©
Famous for its natural port and Byzantine castle, Kyrenia is not only a lovely old Venetian town, but also the most visited tourist destination in Northern Cyprus.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Andrew's Church, don't miss a visit to Baldoken ottoman graveyard, get a taste of the local shopping with Ledra Street Crossing Point, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Temple Of Virgin Mary Faneromenis, then take in the spiritual surroundings of HZ. Omer Turbesi, and finally contemplate the long history of Bellapais Monastery. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kyrenia Animal Rescue, then explore the historical opulence of Kyrenia Castle, then stroll the grounds of Karaoglanoglu Sehitligi, and finally step into the grandiose world of Saint Hilarion Castle.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyrenia trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Lindos to Kyrenia takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car. When traveling from Lindos in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyrenia, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paphos.

Things to do in Kyrenia

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nicosia
Highlights from your plan
Bellapais Monastery ©
Bellapais Monastery
Kyrenia Castle ©
Kyrenia Castle
Saint Hilarion Castle ©
Saint Hilarion Castle

3
nights
Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
On the 7th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Tombs of the Kings, explore the ancient world of St. Georgios Church, Basilica & Rock Tombs, take in the dramatic natural features at Sea Caves, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church, then delve into the distant past at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Panagia Theoskepasti. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Kelefos Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Timios Stavros Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Painted Churches in the Troodos Region, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paphos trip planner.

Drive from Kyrenia to Paphos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paphos

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trips

Timios Stavros Monastery, Painted Churches in the Troodos Region, Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery, Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church
Highlights from your plan
Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Paphos Harbour Castle ©
Paphos Harbour Castle
Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church ©
Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church

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