10 days in Istanbul & Greece Itinerary

10 days in Istanbul & Greece Itinerary

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10 days in Istanbul & Greece Itinerary

Start: Bari, Italy
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Gastouri, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Sidari, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Rome, Italy


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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 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Buyuk Mecidiye Cami, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilic Ali Pasa Mosque, and then admire the striking features of Fatih Mosque and Complex. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Laleli Mosque, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Polyeuktos, and then enjoy the sea views from Şile Lighthouse.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Istanbul attractions planner .

Bari, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bari to Istanbul. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites
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Fatih Mosque and Complex ©
Fatih Mosque and Complex
Şile Lighthouse ©
Şile Lighthouse
Buyuk Mecidiye Cami ©
Buyuk Mecidiye Cami

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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 19th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, get engrossed in the history at Ancient Agora of Athens, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, then pause for some photo ops at Temple of Athena Nike, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Philopappos Hill, then explore the ancient world of Theater of Dionysus, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Club Alimos, and finally don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Athens trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens. In August, Athens is a bit warmer than Istanbul - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Gastouri.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Erechtheion ©
Erechtheion
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Temple of Athena Nike ©
Temple of Athena Nike

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nights
Gastouri, Greece

Gastouri ©
Gastouri's major draw, a majestic palace, features the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme, attracting mostly history and architecture buffs.
On the 21st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Pelekas Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Halikounas Beach. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Gardenos Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Marathias Beach, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Tsami Ceramics.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gastouri attractions planner.

You can fly from Athens to Gastouri in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Gastouri, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Sidari.

Things to do in Gastouri

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Side Trips

Pelekas Beach, Halikounas Beach, Gardenos Beach, Marathias Beach
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Pelekas Beach ©
Pelekas Beach
Tsami Ceramics ©
Tsami Ceramics
Gardenos Beach ©
Gardenos Beach

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nights
Sidari, Greece

Put Sidari at the top of your travel itinerary if you wish to spend your vacation swimming, shopping, dining, and barhopping.
On the 23rd (Fri), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, get engrossed in the history at Folklore Museum Kouris, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ampelaki Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Astrakeri Beach and then stroll through Limni Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sidari day trip site .

Getting from Gastouri to Sidari by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sidari

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Paleokastritsa, Folklore Museum Kouris, Astrakeri Beach
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Folklore Museum Kouris ©
Folklore Museum Kouris

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