10 days in Istanbul, Athens & Greek Isles Itinerary

10 days in Istanbul, Athens & Greek Isles Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

10 days in Istanbul, Athens & Greek Isles Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
3
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stop by Jennifer's Hamam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally take a stroll through Sultanahmet District. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mimar Sinan Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kisirkaya Beach, then stroll through Selimpasa Sahili, and finally take a stroll through Levent.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul attractions planning app .

Manchester, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Manchester to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in July, expect Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): wander the streets of Plaka, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Ancient Agora of Athens, then explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Athens tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in July: high temperatures in Athens hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get a sense of the local culture at Venetsanos Winery and Akrotiri. Popular historic sites such as Spas & Wellness and Art Space are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Fira to Vlychada to see Tomato Industrial Museum about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, deepen your understanding at MATI Art Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Castelli of Pyrgos, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral.

Plan a trip to Fira easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Fira, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Pyrgos, Santorini, Akrotiri, Atlantis Books, Tomato Industrial Museum
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
Highlights from your plan
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Venetsanos Winery ©
Venetsanos Winery
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for gifts at Alexia Handmade Jewelry, examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou, then see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, and finally make a trip to Old Venetian Harbor. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museum-Residence of Eleftherios Venizelos, then stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, then learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chania Town attractions app .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Chania Town in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Souda Bay War Cemetery, Manousakis Winery
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery

Similar Plans

14 days in Greek Isles BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Greek Isles BY A USER FROM CANADA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Greek Isles BY A USER FROM MEXICO May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Greek Isles BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Greek Isles BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Greece BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Greek Isles BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in Greek Isles BY A USER FROM IRELAND May, beaches, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Greek Isles BY A USER FROM CANADA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Greek Isles BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Greece BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Greek Isles, Athens & Sparta BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans