14 days in Turkey, Venice & Santorini Itinerary

14 days in Turkey, Venice & Santorini Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
2
Fira, Greece
— 1 night
3
Marmaris, Turkey
— 2 nights
4
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights

3
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Verona (Ponte Pietra, Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio), &more) and Basilica Palladiana (in Vicenza). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Cannaregio, steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Venice is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Venice is minus 9 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Venice at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Verona, Basilica Palladiana
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio

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Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Zoodochos Pigi Cave, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and then hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Perivolos, and finally do a tasting at Santo Winery.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fira trip planner.

Fly from Venice to Fira in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Fira is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in December: high temperatures in Fira hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Marmaris.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Imerovigli, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Zoodochos Pigi Cave, Perivolos, Amoudi Bay
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Perivolos ©
Perivolos

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Icmeler Beach and Marmaris Marina. Step out of the city life by going to Iztuzu Beach 2 and Dalyan Nehri. Step out of Marmaris with an excursion to Dalyan Cami in Dalyan--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Siteler Sirinyer Cami and examine the collection at Kapurcuk Kultur ve Gastronomi Evi.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marmaris online trip planner.

Getting from Fira to Marmaris by combination of flight and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fira to Marmaris is 1 hour. Traveling from Fira in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Marmaris, with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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 24th (Thu): Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, thenget outside with Outdoor Activities, and then do a tasting at Turasan Sarapcilik. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, thenappreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, and finally Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner.

You can fly from Marmaris to Goreme in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Marmaris, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Fairy Chimneys ©
Fairy Chimneys

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