14 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

14 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly to Santorini, Bus to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 3 nights
Bus to Santorini, Fly to Atlanta

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Basilica Cistern, Galata Tower and Kapali Carsi. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally make a trip to Hippodrome.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Istanbul is 9 hours. May in Istanbul sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cappadocia Cave Dwellings as well as Hot Air Ballooning Cappadocia. On the 23rd (Mon), catch all the local highlights with Hot Air Ballooning Cappadocia and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Goreme Open-Air Museum and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Goreme, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly to Athens.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parthenon. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and wander the streets of Plaka.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Athens takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Goreme in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 64°F. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Oia, Greece

— 3 nights
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Safowi as well as Sunset in Oia. Get out of town with these interesting Oia side-trips: Akrotiri (Akrotiri & Red Beach). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, stop by Eponymo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Oia trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Athens to Oia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. May in Oia sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 63°F at night. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oia

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Turkey travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.

Greece travel guide

4.2
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.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.