44 days in Turkey, Greece & Oxford Itinerary

44 days in Turkey, Greece & Oxford Itinerary

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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Bus to Denizli, Taxi to Pamukkale
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Oxford, United Kingdom
— 28 nights

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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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Goreme National Park, explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, and don't miss a visit to Pasabag.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Goreme trip itinerary planning website.

June in Goreme sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.
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Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 1 night

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 27th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pamukkale attractions planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Istanbul.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 nights

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 28th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel route builder site.

Fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Fira.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fira visit planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Fira in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Fira due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fira, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Naxos Town.
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Naxos Town, Greece — 3 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Venture out of the city with trips to Platis Gialos Beach (in Platys Gialos) and Little Venice (in Mykonos Town). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of The Temple of Apollo – Portara, browse the exhibits of Fish & Olive, wander the streets of Kastro, and stop by Naxos Art - Techni Store.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Naxos Town trip site.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Naxos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Naxos Town sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 6th (Wed), make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos and then take a stroll through Plaka. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Naxos Town to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. While traveling from Naxos Town, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Oxford.
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Oxford, United Kingdom — 28 nights

A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Explore Oxford's surroundings by going to Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury), Bath (The Circus, The Roman Baths, &more) and Stonehenge (in Amesbury). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Cotswold Falconry Centre, step into the grandiose world of Warwick Castle, get to know the resident critters at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, and sample the fine beverages at The Oxford Artisan Distillery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Oxford travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Oxford takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Oxford is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Oxford: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night.
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Turkey travel guide

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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.
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Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.
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Naxos travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea. Renowned for its unspoiled beaches and advantageous winds, the island offers excellent conditions for windsurfing and other watersports. Most of the island's western coastline boasts one sandy beach splashed by blue waters rich in marine life--a big draw for amateur scuba divers. The mountainous interior provides a look at the quieter side of the island, featuring a patchwork of lush valleys, quaint villages, and ancient sites. For a change of pace and a bit of modern dining and shopping, visit Hora, the island's biggest city.
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