11 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

11 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

Start: Cardiff, United Kingdom
train + Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
2
Lindos, Greece
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Fira, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Naxos, Greece
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Corfu Town, Greece
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  5​h
End: Cardiff, United Kingdom


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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Istanbul travel planning site .

Cardiff, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 3 hours. Traveling from Cardiff in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Istanbul: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 15th (Thu), kick back and relax at Agios Pavlos Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Agathi Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of the Panagia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): make a trip to Monastery Tsambika, enjoy the sand and surf at Tsambika Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lindos Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lindos trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Lindos in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in August, Lindos is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Lindos

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tsambika Beach, Agathi Beach, Monastery Tsambika
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Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
Tsambika Beach ©
Tsambika Beach
Monastery Tsambika ©
Monastery Tsambika

1
night
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): hike along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, get great views at Sunset in Oia, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thera, learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Fira online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Fira in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Oia, Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, Santo Winery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia ©
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): look for gifts at Soocre Naxos®, contemplate the long history of Old Town, then delve into the distant past at Portara, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Prokopios Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Naxos trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Fira to Naxos by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly. In August, daily temperatures in Naxos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Naxos

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and then wander the streets of Plaka.

Plan my day in Athens using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of flight and subway from Naxos to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Naxos in August: highs in Athens hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Athens

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): wander the streets of Corfu Old Town, explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, and then examine the collection at Achilleion Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Corfu Town journey planner .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Corfu Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Corfu Town when traveling from Athens in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Achilleion Museum
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Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum
Corfu Old Town ©
Corfu Old Town
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu

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