15 days in Turkey, Venice & Santorini Itinerary

15 days in Turkey, Venice & Santorini Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey, Venice & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + ferry:  6​h 45​min
3
Marmaris, Turkey
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
4
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dorsoduro and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Palazzo Te (in Mantua) and Verona (Ponte Pietra & Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio)). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Venice vacation website .

Sydney, Australia to Venice is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Venice to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Verona, Palazzo Te
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Take a break from the city and head to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Skaros Rock. Discover out-of-the-way places like Perivolos and Wine Tours & Tastings. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, delve into the distant past at Ancient Thera, and Head underground at Zoodochos Pigi Cave.

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Getting from Venice to Fira by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Venice to Fira due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Venice in December, expect Fira to be somewhat warmer, temps between 18°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Marmaris.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamari, Oia, Imerovigli, Perivolos, Santo Winery
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Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock

2
nights
Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Visit Iztuzu Beach 2 and Icmeler Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marmaris Marina and Siteler Sirinyer Cami. There's more to do: explore the activities along Dalyan Nehri and see the interesting displays at Kapurcuk Kultur ve Gastronomi Evi.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Marmaris day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Fira to Marmaris in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fira to Marmaris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fira in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Marmaris, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Iztuzu Beach 2, Icmeler Beach
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Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Dalyan Nehri ©
Dalyan Nehri

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Marmaris to Goreme in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Marmaris in December: highs in Goreme hover around 6°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Urgup
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides

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