10 days in Istanbul, Athens & Greek Isles Itinerary

10 days in Istanbul, Athens & Greek Isles Itinerary

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1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
2
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
3
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
4
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stop by Jennifer's Hamam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, thenadmire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally stop by Sultanahmet District. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mimar Sinan Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, enjoy the sand and surf at Kisirkaya Beach, thenstroll through Selimpasa Sahili, and finally stop by Levent.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul route tool.

Manchester, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Istanbul is 3 hours. In July, Istanbul is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 29th (Mon), visit Plaka, thenget engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, delve into the distant past at Temple of Athena Nike, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Hephaestus.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Athens online tour planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in July; daily highs in Athens reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

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Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Akrotiri and Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Art Space and Tomato Industrial Museum. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Venetsanos Winery, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, stroll through Red Beach, and examine the collection at Cultural Village.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fira trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. While traveling from Athens, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fira, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Santorini, Akrotiri, Pyrgos, Atlantis Books E.E., Tomato Industrial Museum
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Venetsanos Winery ©
Venetsanos Winery

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Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
On the 3rd (Sat), stop by Alexia Handmade Jewelry, see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou, thensee the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, and finally stroll through Old Venetian Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum-Residence of Eleftherios Venizelos, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, thendo a tasting at Manousakis Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach.

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Getting from Fira to Chania Town by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Manousakis Winery, Souda Bay War Cemetery
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Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery

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