18 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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1
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
2
Hersonissos, Greece
— 2 nights
3
Vasilikos, Greece
— 3 nights
4
Naxos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
6
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
7
Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights


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3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Perissa Black Sand Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, explore the galleries of MATI Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Asimis Kolaitou Art Gallery Santorini, and look for gifts at Oneiro Jewelry.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fira travel route planning website.

Doha, Qatar to Fira is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Doha in May: highs in Fira hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Fira

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Perissa
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Spas
Scuba & Snorkeling
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach

2
nights
Hersonissos, Greece

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): look for gifts at Luxurious Furs, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and then see the interesting displays at Piskopiano Museum of Rural Life. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and then cool off at Acqua Plus Water Park.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Hersonissos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Fira in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Hersonissos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vasilikos.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

3
nights
Vasilikos, Greece

Vasilikos ©
Home to just a few hundred year-round residents, Vasilikos draws thousands of daily visitors with its beaches and restaurants during peak tourist season.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gerakas Beach and Plaka Beach. Attractions like Banana Beach and Porto Zoro Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vasilikos: Grampsas Winery (in Lagopodo) and Bochali View Point (in Bochali). There's lots more to do: stroll through Laganas Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nicholas Church, kick back and relax at Porto Zorro Beach, and get engrossed in the history at History War Museum.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Vasilikos trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Hersonissos to Vasilikos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Vasilikos can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Vasilikos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Laganas, Grampsas Winery, Saint Nicholas Church, Bochali View Point, Porto Zoro Beach
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Laganas Beach ©
Laganas Beach
Bochali View Point ©
Bochali View Point
Grampsas Winery ©
Grampsas Winery

2
nights
Naxos Town, Greece

Naxos Town ©
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stop by Naxia Sweet Home, then wander the streets of Old Town, then delve into the distant past at Naos tou Apollona - Portara, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Finikas Beach. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Eggares Olive Press Museum, admire the striking features of Church of Agios Georgios Diasoritis, then kick back and relax at Alyko Dimou Naxou, and finally kick back and relax at Alyko Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Naxos Town attractions planner.

Getting from Vasilikos to Naxos Town by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Alyko Dimou Naxou, Eggares Olive Press Museum, Church of Agios Georgios Diasoritis, Finikas Beach, Alyko Beach
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Alyko Beach ©
Alyko Beach
Alyko Dimou Naxou ©
Alyko Dimou Naxou

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.
Bring the kids along to Hagia Sophia Museum and Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sultanahmet Square and Eminonu Square. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Halic, stop by Ortakoy, wander the streets of Taksim Square, and don't miss a visit to Hippodrome.

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Fly from Naxos Town to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Naxos Town to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Naxos Town in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Eminonu Square
Eminonu Square
Beyoglu ©
Beyoglu

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley and then stroll through Nature & Parks. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley, and finally do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in June, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kocabag Winery
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Love Valley ©
Love Valley
Royal Balloon ©
Royal Balloon
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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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 4th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Sillyon Antik kenti, play a few rounds at Carya Golf Club, and then Head underground at ZeytintasI MagarasI.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Antalya travel route planner.

Getting from Goreme to Antalya by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, Antalya is somewhat warmer than Goreme - with highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Serik, Carya Golf Club
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Carya Golf Club ©
Carya Golf Club
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls

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