After enjoying both countries in 2019, we headed back for a second round of Greece and Turkey over the summer. The plan was to take in places we didn’t see the first time. Last time we did four Greek islands, so this time we chose four different ones. Last time we visited major sites scattered around Turkey (Istanbul, Antalya, Izmir, Cappadocia, Pamukkale) so this time we did a more linear route.
The trip was six weeks in total, starting with a flight from Athens to Kos in mid-July. From there we took a ferry to Rhodes, another ferry to Fethiye and then rented cars to take us along the Turquoise Coast (Turkish Riviera). We drove east to Kas and as far as Olympus Beach, and then headed back northwest through Marmaris, Bodrum and Kusadasi. From there we went north through Bergama (Pergamon) and up to Canakkale where the ruins of Troy are found. While in the north, we also spent a day driving around the Gallipoli peninsula.
We drove back through Ayvalik and down to Kusadasi before taking the ferry to Samos, Greece. From there we took one more ferry for a few days in Ikaria before heading home.
Coming up: Kefalos in Kos, Greece.