19 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

19 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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19 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
bus:  11​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 day
bus:  3​h
4
Marmaris, Turkey
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
5
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Fira, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h 30​min
8
Milos, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  8​h
9
Paros, Greece
— 1 day
ferry:  2​h
10
Naxos, Greece
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
11
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2
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.
Eyup Sultan Mosque has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip maker app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sultan Carpet, Pasabag and Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park, then admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, then don't miss a visit to Avanos Oren Yeri, and finally make a trip to Kaymakli Underground City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, then explore the striking landscape at Pasabag, and then stop by Sultan Carpet.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Kaymakli Underground City
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, and finally steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale holiday planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Marmaris.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Laodikeia
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
nights
Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Iztuzu Beach 2, then look for gifts at Kurt Jewellery, and then take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Marmaris holiday maker .

Getting from Pamukkale to Marmaris by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. September in Marmaris sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Icmeler, Dalyan
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Marmaris Marina ©
Marmaris Marina
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach

2
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
On the 18th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Anthony Quinn Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Faliraki Beach, and then step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rhodes Town trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes Town takes an hour. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Marmaris to Rhodes Town due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rhodes Town when traveling from Marmaris in September, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Faliraki
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Faliraki Beach ©
Faliraki Beach
Anthony Quinn Bay ©
Anthony Quinn Bay

2
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Oia's Main Street, do a tasting at Domaine Sigalas, then explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, then make a trip to Wave, and finally make a trip to Sunset in Oia.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Oia trip planner.

Getting from Rhodes Town to Oia by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, car, and ferry; or ride a ferry. In October, daytime highs in Oia are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Fira.

Things to do in Oia

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Oia's Main Street
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Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia

1
night
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Red Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then do a tasting at Santo Winery.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira online attractions planner .

Fira is very close to Oia. In October in Fira, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Milos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Santo Winery
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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery

1
night
Milos, Greece

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
On the 14th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kleftiko Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Firiplaka Beach, and then kick back and relax at Sarakiniko Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Milos trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Fira to Milos in 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Milos can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paros.

Things to do in Milos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kleftiko Beach ©
Kleftiko Beach
Sarakiniko Beach ©
Sarakiniko Beach
Firiplaka Beach ©
Firiplaka Beach

1
day
Paros, Greece

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
On the 15th (Thu), head off the coast to Parikia Town, stroll through Martselo beach, steep yourself in history at Lefkes, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kolymbithres Beach, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Old Port of Naoussa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paros trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Milos to Paros takes 8 hours. October in Paros sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Naxos.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Old Port of Naoussa ©
Old Port of Naoussa
Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town
Lefkes ©
Lefkes

1
night
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
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.
You've now added Portara to your itinerary. On the 16th (Fri), wander the streets of Kastro, wander the streets of Old Town, look for gifts at Ta Axotica Gift Shop, then explore the ancient world of Portara, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Agios Prokopios Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Naxos using our trip planner.

Getting from Paros to Naxos by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Naxos

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara
Kastro ©
Kastro

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 17th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): take a stroll through Monastiraki and then explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Naxos to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In October, daytime highs in Athens are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

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

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