16 days in Turkey, Greece & Malta Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Drive to Marmaris, Ferry to Rhodes, Drive to Lindos
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Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Heraklion
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Valletta, Malta
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . Step out of Istanbul with an excursion to Sinan Pasa Turbesi in Gallipoli--about 3h 45 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Rumeli Fortress, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Istanbul vacation planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Istanbul, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Selcuk.
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Selcuk, Turkey — 2 nights

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, delve into the distant past at The Basilica of Saint John, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, and finally explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lindos.
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Lindos, Greece — 2 nights

A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 27th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Pavlos Beach, then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli, steep yourself in history at Ancient Kamiros, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery Tsambika, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsambika Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Agathi Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lindos trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Selcuk to Lindos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Selcuk to Lindos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Selcuk, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Lindos, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece — 2 nights

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 29th (Mon): kick back and relax at Agia Pelagia Beach, boost your wellbeing at Thalasso by Aegeo Spas, and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules), take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

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Getting from Lindos to Heraklion by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Heraklion are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Legrena Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): kick back and relax at Glyfada Beach, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and finally wander the streets of Plaka.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Athens sightseeing planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Valletta.
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Valletta, Malta — 3 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Get a sense of the local culture at St. John's Co-Cathedral and Casa Rocca Piccola. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum and Parrocca San Pawl Nawfragu will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Valletta: Mellieha (Mellieha Beach & Mellieha Parish Church). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Mdina Old City, witness the site of a historic battle at Saluting Battery, steep yourself in history at Lascaris War Rooms, and Head underground at Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja).

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Valletta journey planner.

Getting from Athens to Valletta by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Valletta is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.
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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.
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Malta travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens
Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.
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