17 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

17 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

Start: Amritsar, India
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Oia, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Vlychada, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Goreme, Turkey
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
6
Bodrum City, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly + train:  3​h 30​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Amritsar, India

1
night
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
On the 6th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Mnemossyne Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at KAMARA BEACH. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Aquamarine Jewelry, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oia trip planner .

Amritsar, India to Oia is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amritsar to Oia, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Amritsar, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Oia, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vlychada.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, KAMARA BEACH
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH

1
night
Vlychada, Greece

Vlychada ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Vlychada Beach, then kick back and relax at Perivolos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Vlychada trip website .

Drive from Oia to Vlychada in an hour. October in Vlychada sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Vlychada

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Perissa Black Sand Beach, Perivolos
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Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Perivolos ©
Perivolos

2
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 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, then stroll through Areopagus, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Monastiraki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Glyfada Beach, then take a stroll through Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vlychada to Athens. October in Athens sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

1
night
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
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.
On the 11th (Thu), kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Platis Gialos Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, then shop like a local with Tia handmade, and finally stop by White. On your second day here, examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elia Beach, and then kick back and relax at Panormos Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In October in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Platis Gialos Beach, Panormos Beach, Paradise Beach, Elia Beach
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mykonos Town to Goreme takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mykonos Town to Goreme. Expect cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Mykonos Town in October, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

1
night
Bodrum City, Turkey

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll through Bitez Beach, examine the collection at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, then see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, then explore the historical opulence of Castle of St. Peter, and finally stop by Socrates.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Bodrum City road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Goreme to Bodrum City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in October: highs in Bodrum City hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums Outdoors Beaches
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Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Mausoleum of Halicarnassus ©
Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

1
night
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then take in the natural beauty of Cleopatra Pools, then get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and finally explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip maker website .

You can drive from Bodrum City to Pamukkale in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Cleopatra Pools ©
Cleopatra Pools

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Antalya Bazaar, admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls, and then wander the streets of Kaleici.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Antalya holiday maker .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Antalya are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Nature Parks
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Duden Waterfalls ©
Duden Waterfalls
Antalya Bazaar ©
Antalya Bazaar

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.
Get outdoors at Dalia Beach and Denden Yachts. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Topkapi Palace. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Antalya to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antalya in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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