23 days in Greece, Spain & Turkey Itinerary

23 days in Greece, Spain & Turkey Itinerary

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23 days in Greece, Spain & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Kythira, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 day
Ferry:  1​h 45​min
4
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
6
Ronda, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h
7
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Venture out of the city with trips to Domaine Bairaktaris (in Nemea), Archea Korinthos (in Corinth) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Plaka, steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kantia Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Athens sightseeing planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. In August, Athens is warmer than Sydney - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kythira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Archaeological Site Mycenae, Domaine Bairaktaris, Kantia Beach, Archea Korinthos
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka
Monastiraki ©
Monastiraki

3
nights
Kythira, Greece

Kythira ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Melidoni Beach, then make a trip to Milopotamos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kythira Beach Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): stroll through Chalkos Beach, stop by Sochora Boutique, delve into the distant past at Water Mills Milopotamos, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Venetian Castle, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Agia Sofia, and finally kick back and relax at Kalami Beach.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kythira trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Athens to Kythira. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Kythira

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Melidoni Beach ©
Melidoni Beach
Kythira Beach Canal ©
Kythira Beach Canal
Milopotamos ©
Milopotamos

1
day
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse, then do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Akrotiri trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kythira to Akrotiri. In August in Akrotiri, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Venetsanos Winery
Highlights from your plan
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Venetsanos Winery ©
Venetsanos Winery

2
nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then admire the local landmark of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), then observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and finally steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion itinerary builder website .

You can ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Heraklion are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Winery Stilianou, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 2nd (Wed), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, then stroll around Parque del Retiro, and finally view the masterpieces at La Casa Encendida. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, wander the streets of Gran Via, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Custodia de Arfe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Santa Cruz.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid holiday planner.

You can fly from Heraklion to Madrid in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Heraklion to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Heraklion in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Madrid, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Ronda.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Toledo
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gran Via ©
Gran Via
Spas

2
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Baños Arabes, do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, take a stroll through Old City, then explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, and finally take some stellar pictures from Puente Nuevo. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Alameda Del Tajo, do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, then take a stroll through La Ciudad, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Don Bosco, and finally get great views at Mirador puente nuevo de Ronda.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Ronda trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Madrid to Ronda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Ronda are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Wineries Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery
Old City ©
Old City

2
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Santa Marta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, make a trip to Plaza de la Virgen de los Reyes, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de España.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Seville, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar) and Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, walk around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Seville to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Fenals Beach, Vila Vella (Old Town)
Highlights from your plan
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip app .

You can fly from Barcelona to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Barcelona to Istanbul. When traveling from Barcelona in September, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Taksim Square ©
Taksim Square

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