40 days in Turkey, Greece & Iran Itinerary

40 days in Turkey, Greece & Iran Itinerary

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Tehran, Iran
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Isfahan, Iran
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Shiraz, Iran
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Goreme, Turkey
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Guzelyurt, Turkey
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Izmir, Turkey
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Athens, Greece
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Mykonos Town, Greece
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Tehran, Iran

— 3 nights

Teh

Tehran, the capital and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, sits in the foothills of a mountain range and stretches out for miles.
Tehran is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, see the interesting displays at Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran, take in panoramic vistas at Milad Tower, and explore the world behind art at Negarestan Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tehran trip itinerary builder app.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tehran is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Tehran. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April, expect nights in Tehran to be colder, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Isfahan.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Isfahan, Iran

— 3 nights

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Isfahan is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Khaju Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Bedkhem Church, admire the masterpieces at Isfahan Music Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jameh Mosque of Isfahan.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Isfahan trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Tehran to Isfahan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tehran in April, plan for little chillier nights in Isfahan, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Shiraz.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Shiraz, Iran

— 3 nights

City of Poets

An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Shiraz is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Eram Garden (Baq e Eram), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, appreciate the history behind Tomb of Hafez, and contemplate the long history of Qavam House.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Shiraz tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Isfahan to Shiraz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nardis Jazz Club as well as Anas Crecca Travel. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and snap pictures at Galata Koprusu.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul online journey planner.

You can fly from Shiraz to Istanbul in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Iran Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Shiraz in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Tours

Goreme, Turkey

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uchisar Castle. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then stop by Otantik Bazaar, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Goreme. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Guzelyurt, Turkey

— 3 nights
Explore Guzelyurt's surroundings by going to Nigde (Rahmaniye Camii, Gumusler Monastery, &more).

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Guzelyurt trip planner.

Getting from Goreme to Guzelyurt by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Izmir, Turkey

— 11 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Get out of town with these interesting Izmir side-trips: Temple of Apollo (in Didim), Sirince Koyu (in Sirince) and Selcuk (Temple of Hadrian, Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at KEY Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hisar Mosque, and brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Izmir attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Guzelyurt to Izmir. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, visit Plaka, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, and admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

You can fly from Izmir to Athens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in May, with highs in Athens at 29°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 3 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Mykonos Town is known for nightlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Little Venice, enjoy the sand and surf at Platis Gialos Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at Beautyworld Spa, and take a memorable tour with GoDive Mykonos PADI Diving Resort.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fira, Greece

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take a memorable tour with Tours, and make a trip to Sunset in Oia.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fira online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Fira

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Iran travel guide

4.5
Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Known as Persia for most of its long history, Iran once represented a mighty empire that encompassed everything from modern Turkey in the west to India in the east. Today, visitors on a tour of Iran discover a country of numerous ethnic groups and a culture revealing traces of Arab, Greek, Mongol, and Turkish influences. Sightseeing in Iran allows you to follow in the ancient footsteps of a former world power, nowhere more apparent than at Persepolis, an old Persian capital established long before the birth of Christ and burned down by Alexander of Macedonia. Other highlights on an Iranian itinerary may include visits to cozy teahouses, busy open-air markets, vast deserts dotted with otherworldly oases, and rugged mountains presiding over plains, forests, and meandering rivers.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.

Izmir Province travel guide

4.2
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.

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.

Mykonos travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.

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.