16 days in Turkey, Greece & Italy Itinerary

16 days in Turkey, Greece & Italy Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 day
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Bandirma, Turkey
— 1 day
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Izmir, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cesme, Turkey
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Chios Town, Greece
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Piraeus, Greece
— 1 night
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Patras, Greece
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Brindisi, Italy
— 1 night
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Bari, Italy
— 3 nights
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Patras, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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Emporios, Greece
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Sirince, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): kick back and relax at Saklikoy and then stroll through Aqua Beach.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Istanbul. August in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bandirma.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Bandirma, Turkey

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at Archeological Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bandirma trip itinerary builder website.

Ride a ferry from Istanbul to Bandirma in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Bandirma can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Izmir.

Things to do in Bandirma

Museums
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Izmir, Turkey

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque, learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, then steep yourself in history at Birgi Cakiraga Mansion, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Camii ve Kulliyesi. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pirlanta Beach.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Izmir tour website.

Drive from Bandirma to Izmir in 3 hours. Traveling from Bandirma in August, things will get little chillier in Izmir: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cesme.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

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Cesme, Turkey

The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): do a tasting at Gemici Winery and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ayios Haralambos Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cesme day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Cesme takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Izmir to Cesme is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in August: high temperatures in Cesme hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Chios Town.

Things to do in Cesme

Historic Sites · Wineries
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Chios Town, Greece

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chios Town road trip site.

You can ride a ferry from Cesme to Chios Town in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Chios Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel to Piraeus.

Things to do in Chios Town

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Piraeus, Greece

— 1 night
Piraeus is a port city in the region of Attica, Greece. On the 14th (Wed), kick back and relax at Vouliagmeni Beach, stroll through Asteras Glyfada Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Nicholas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieros Naos Agia Triada.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read Piraeus trip maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Chios Town to Piraeus in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Patras.

Things to do in Piraeus

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Patras, Greece

Patras is Greece's third-largest city and the regional capital of Western Greece, in the northern Peloponnese, 215km west of Athens. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get your game on at Legends of Greek Mythology.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Patras journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Piraeus to Patras takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Patras when traveling from Piraeus in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Brindisi.

Things to do in Patras

Fun & Games
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Brindisi, Italy

— 1 night
Brindisi is a city in the region of Apulia in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Brindisi, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. On the 16th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Palazzo Granafei Nervegna, explore the ancient world of Saint Pietro of Schiavoni Archeologica Area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, make a trip to Loggia di Palazzo Balsamo, then make a trip to Portico dei Cavalieri Templari, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Provinciale Francesco Ribezzo.

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Traveling by ferry from Patras to Brindisi takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Patras in August, expect nights in Brindisi to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bari.

Things to do in Brindisi

Historic Sites · Museums
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Bari, Italy

— 3 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Visit Gravina Di Puglia and Materasum Ipogeo for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino and Castello Venosa. Change things up with these side-trips from Bari: San Giovanni Rotondo (Cella di Padre Pio & Santuario Padre Pio), Parco Archeologico di Siponto (in Siponto) and Piazza Duomo (in Altamura). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Cattedrale di Ruvo di Puglia, kick back and relax at Lido Zanzibar, admire the striking features of Palazzo Mincuzzi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Il Succorpo della Cattedrale di Bari.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bari day trip site.

Getting from Brindisi to Bari by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Patras.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Patras, Greece

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castle of Patras and then go for a walk through Patras Mycenaean Park -Voundeni.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Patras trip maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Bari to Patras in 16.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Bari to Patras, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bari in August, expect nights in Patras to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Patras

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Athens, Greece

— 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Athens trip builder.

Traveling by car from Patras to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Patras in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Athens, with lows of 29°C. You will leave for Emporios on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Athens

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Shopping
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Emporios, Greece

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Olympoi Village.

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You can ride a ferry from Athens to Emporios in 8 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Sirince.

Things to do in Emporios

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Sirince, Turkey

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Sat), kick back and relax at Pamucak Beach, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, then delve into the distant past at Baths of Varius, then explore the ancient world of Memmius Monument, and finally delve into the distant past at Magnesia Antik Kenti.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sirince online day trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Emporios to Sirince takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. While traveling from Emporios, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sirince, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 26°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sirince

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Turkey travel guide

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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.

Izmir Province travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.

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.

Piraeus Region travel guide

4.1
Marinas · History Museums · Specialty Museums

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.