18 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
4
Corinth, Greece
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Manila, Philippines


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4
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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul tour itinerary tool .

Manila, Philippines to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Istanbul is minus 5 hours. In May, Istanbul is cooler than Manila - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
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.
Mykonos Town is known for nightlife, beaches, museums, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Little Venice, kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mykonos Town visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Mykonos Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Mykonos Town. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Istanbul in May since evenings lows in Mykonos Town dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Elia Beach, Panormos Beach, Platis Gialos Beach
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Platis Gialos Beach ©
Platis Gialos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

1
night
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 15th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus and then contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mykonos Town to Heraklion in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Corinth.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Palace of Knossos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Church of Saint Titus ©
Church of Saint Titus

3
nights
Corinth, Greece

Corinth ©
History remains the main attraction in Corinth, a city built near the site of its fabled ancient counterpart.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Corinth Canal, then explore the striking landscape at Acrocorinth, and then get engrossed in the history at Archea Korinthos. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, then contemplate the long history of Lion Gate, and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Corinth route maker website .

Getting from Heraklion to Corinth by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Corinth are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 18th (Mon), you're off toAthens.

Things to do in Corinth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Mycenae
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Archaeological Site Mycenae ©
Archaeological Site Mycenae
Archea Korinthos ©
Archea Korinthos
Akrokorinthos ©
Akrokorinthos

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Monastiraki, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by bus from Corinth to Athens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Athens sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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