11 days in Turkey, Lebanon & Cyprus Itinerary

Make it your trip
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Beirut, Lebanon
— 3 nights
Larnaca, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Paphos, Cyprus
— 2 nights


Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

Queen of Cities

On the 31st (Fri), take a stroll through Ortakoy. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sogukcesme Sokak, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and finally don't miss a visit to Hippodrome.

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Barcelona, Spain to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Barcelona to Istanbul. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Barcelona in March: highs in Istanbul hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Beirut.
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Beirut, Lebanon — 3 nights

Paris of the East

Change things up with these side-trips from Beirut: Our Lady of Lebanon (in Harissa) and Jeita Grotto (in Jitta). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum, don't miss a visit to Corniche Beirut, wander the streets of Beirut Souks, and explore the striking landscape at Pigeon Rocks in Raouche.

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You can fly from Istanbul to Beirut in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, Beirut is a bit warmer than Istanbul - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Larnaca.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Larnaca, Cyprus — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): kick back and relax at Nissi Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Profitis Elias, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Konnos Bay. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Lazarus, tour the pleasant surroundings at Finikoudes Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Larnaka Salt Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hala Sultan Tekke, and finally delve into the distant past at Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement.

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Traveling by flight from Beirut to Larnaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Beirut in April: high temperatures in Larnaca hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Paphos.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Paphos, Cyprus — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, step into the grandiose world of Paphos Harbour Castle, then explore the striking landscape at Aphrodite's Rock, then delve into the distant past at Tombs of the Kings, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Panagia Theoskepasti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Paphos Harbour and Port, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then sample the tasty concoctions at Aphrodite’s Rock Microbrewery & Brewpub, and finally examine the collection at The Grivas Monument and Museum.

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Traveling by car from Larnaca to Paphos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Tours
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Turkey travel guide

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.

Lebanon travel guide

Landmarks · Monuments · Ruins
With a lengthy coastline along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has attracted its share of foreign invaders, from ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians to the medieval Crusaders and Ottoman Turks. Each of these peoples left an indelible mark on the tiny country's cultural heritage, art, religious traditions, and cuisine. Though it shares a border with troubled Syria, Lebanon remains one of the Arab world's most charming destinations. A tour of Lebanon allows travelers to discover modern seaside resorts, ancient ruins, lush nature reserves, and dynamic cities. Base your Lebanon vacation in Beirut, a cosmopolitan capital known for its cafe culture and European architecture, as well as many museums, parks, and squares.

Cyprus travel guide

From sandy beaches to stone castles, and from bustling nightclubs to romantic tavernas, Cyprus is the perfect destination for those who seek a complete Mediterranean experience. Many civilizations have left their mark on the island's long and vibrant history, and consequently its customs, cuisine, and architecture. Beyond the divide between the predominantly Greek south and Turkish north, throughout the island you'll recognize Venetian, Genoese, British, and Middle Eastern influences. Of course, the main attraction that draws tourists from all over the world is the sunny coast, dotted with historical cities and fully equipped beaches. There is also a selection of peaceful villages, both inland and by the sea, where those looking for a more secluded holiday can retreat. A visit to the country's capital Nicosia, with its vibrant art and culture scene and numerous sightseeing opportunities, is definitely worth adding to your itinerary wherever you're staying.