18 days in Turkey, Croatia & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Turkey, Croatia & Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Turkey, Croatia & Greece Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad, India
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
4
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
5
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
6
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
7
Heraklion, Greece
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h
End: Hyderabad, India

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Ortakoy, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner .

Hyderabad, India to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Hyderabad to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hyderabad in May, things will get much colder in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

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 13th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale day trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 17th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, wander the streets of Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Pamukkale to Dubrovnik by combination of taxi and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pamukkale to Dubrovnik is minus 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods
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Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica, take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral and then head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hvar road trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Hvar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

2
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, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Erechtheion, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Hvar to Athens takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Athens

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

1
night
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): do a tasting at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Akrotiri trip planner .

You can fly from Athens to Akrotiri in 4.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A.
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

3
nights
Heraklion, Greece

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion journey builder app .

Ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion in 2 hours. May in Heraklion sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Reptisland, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Room Escape Games
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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