22 days in Greece, Turkey & Plovdiv Itinerary

22 days in Greece, Turkey & Plovdiv Itinerary

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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly to Sofia, Train to Plovdiv
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry to Santorini, Taxi to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
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Akrotiri, Greece
— 2 nights
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Off-Road Tours, Goreme Open-Air Museum, Gulludere Vadisi, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and then admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

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

Manila, Philippines to Goreme is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manila to Goreme due to the time zone difference. In May, Goreme is cooler than Manila - with highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

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Pamukkale, Turkey

Cotton Castle

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Amphitheatre. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see a show at Amphitheatre, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale day trip planning website.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Tue) before leaving for Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Nature · Parks

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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.
Nardis Jazz Club has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip website.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

City of the Seven Hills

Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Park Tsar Simeon, explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, admire the landmark architecture of Hisar Kapia, then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv trip planner.

You can drive from Istanbul to Plovdiv in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Plovdiv due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Thessaloniki, Greece

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St.Sophia, make a trip to Aristotelous Square, appreciate the history behind Monument of Alexander The Great, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki route app.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Thessaloniki in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Thessaloniki can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Athens.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums · 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.
You've now added Blue Rose Bar and Art Gallery to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, and examine the collection at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Athens route builder website.

Getting from Thessaloniki to Athens by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Thessaloniki in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Naxos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cine Naxos as well as Naxos Yachting Catamarans Danae & Rena. On the 21st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Prokopios Beach, wander the streets of Kastro, wander the streets of Old Town, explore the ancient world of Naos tou Apollona - Portara, then examine the collection at Theatrical Museum Iakovos Kampanellis, and finally watch a film at Cine Naxos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Naxos Yachting Catamarans Danae & Rena and then kick back and relax at Mikri Vigla Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Naxos Town day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Naxos Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Naxos Town can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Oia.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Oia, Greece

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Bella Aurora & Thalassa, then examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, and then explore the activities along Amoudi Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, stop by Eponymo, learn about winemaking at Domaine Sigalas, then take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, and finally hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Oia online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Naxos Town to Oia in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Oia are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for Akrotiri.

Things to do in Oia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Akrotiri, Greece

Greek Pompeii

Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Beach. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, take an in-depth tour of La Ponta, and stroll through Experience Horse Riding.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Akrotiri holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Oia to Akrotiri takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.