13 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

13 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

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13 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Oia, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States


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3
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 9th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Golden Horn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally stroll through Dalia Beach.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Istanbul is 7 hours. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 72°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Archaeological Museum and Benaki Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, stroll through Glyfada Beach, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

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Getting from Istanbul to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thera, then kick back and relax at KAMARA BEACH, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and finally kick back and relax at Red Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Athens to Fira in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oia.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Akrotiri, KAMARA BEACH
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

1
night
Oia, Greece

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Byzantine Castle Ruins, take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, then get great views at Sunset in Oia, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Oia tour itinerary maker app .

Oia is very close to Fira. In September in Oia, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Oia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia

3
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Paradise Beach and Platis Gialos Beach. Visiting Elia Beach and Paraga Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Mykonos Town side-trips: Naxos Town (Portara & Old Town). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ornos Beach, stop by Mytho, make a trip to Rarity Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Mykonos Town travel route app .

Ride a ferry from Oia to Mykonos Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Naxos, Paradise Beach, Ornos Beach, Elia Beach, Paraga Beach
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Ornos Beach ©
Ornos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach

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