40 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

40 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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40 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
Heraklion, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h
2
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Nafplio, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Olympia, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h
8
Corfu Town, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal


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3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heraklion: Matala beach (in Matala) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and do a tasting at Winery Stilianou.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Heraklion road trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Heraklion is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Heraklion due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Heraklion when traveling from Lisbon in July, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matala beach, Winery Stilianou, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Reptisland
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Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

4
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step out of Fira to go to Akrotiri and see Santo Horse Riding, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, take some stellar pictures from Sunset in Oia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fira trip itinerary maker site .

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2 hours. In July in Fira, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Oia, Kamari, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Naxos Town (Portara & Old Town). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Little Venice, enjoy the sand and surf at Elia Beach, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirsini Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mykonos Town travel itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Naxos Town, Paradise Beach, Elia Beach, Panormos Beach, Ornos Beach
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Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

5
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, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, wander the streets of Plaka, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

Planning Athens trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Mykonos Town to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. When traveling from Mykonos Town in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

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

4
nights
Nafplio, Greece

Nafplio ©
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nafplio: Arkadiko Bridge (in Mycenae), Kalogris Organic Winery (in Kapsas) and The Great Theatre of Epidaurus (in Epidavros). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae, take in the waterfront at Nauplion Promenade, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tiryns, and contemplate the waterfront views at Corinth Canal.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nafplio online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Athens to Nafplio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Athens in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Nafplio. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Corinth, Mycenae, Kalogris Organic Winery, Mystras, The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
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The Great Theatre of Epidaurus ©
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
Archaeological Site Mycenae ©
Archaeological Site Mycenae
Mystras ©
Mystras

3
nights
Olympia, Greece

Olympia ©
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE.
Get out of town with these interesting Olympia side-trips: Kyparissia (Tis Arkadias O Platanos & The Old Watermill) and Temple of Apollo Epikourios (in Skliros). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Olympia Land Winery, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Olympia, examine the collection at Archimedes Museum, and experience rural life at Klio's Honey Farm.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Olympia holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Olympia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Olympia when traveling from Nafplio in July, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Kyparissia, Temple of Apollo Epikourios, Legends Of Greek Mythology
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Klio's Honey Farm ©
Klio's Honey Farm
Olympia Land Winery ©
Olympia Land Winery
Temple of Apollo Epikourios ©
Temple of Apollo Epikourios

1
night
Kalambaka, Greece

Kalambaka ©
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
On the 26th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora, then contemplate the long history of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalambaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Olympia to Kalambaka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kalambaka are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©

5
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Change things up with these side-trips from Corfu Town: Speed Boats Tours (in Kavos), Canal D'Amour (in Sidari) and Paleokastritsa Beach (in Paleokastritsa). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, wander the streets of Corfu Old Town, see the interesting displays at Casa Parlante, and steep yourself in history at Achilleion Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Corfu Town trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Kalambaka to Corfu Town in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Kalambaka in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Corfu Town, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Speed Boats Tours, Canal D'Amour, Achilleion Museum, Paleokastritsa Beach, Aqualand Corfu Water Park
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Aqualand Corfu Water Park ©
Aqualand Corfu Water Park

2
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, then contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, and finally see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk tour builder site .

Fly from Corfu Town to Selcuk in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Guney Selalesi, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and finally delve into the distant past at Hierapolis. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale travel planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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 5th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then look for gifts at Turquoise Rugs & Bags. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Guray Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then take an in-depth tour of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Goreme travel planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guray Museum
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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.
On the 7th (Fri), make a trip to Hippodrome (At Meydani), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Goreme, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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