12 days in Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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


Istanbul, Turkey — 4 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip builder tool.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Istanbul, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in May, with highs in Istanbul at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, stop by Plaka, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Athens vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in May; daily highs in Athens reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Fira.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Fira, Greece — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 4th (Sun), hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and then don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Red Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fira online trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Fira are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Side Trips
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 2 nights

Chora Mykonos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery, visit Little Venice, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally relax and rejuvenate at Beautyworld Spa.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
Neighborhoods · Spas
Side Trip
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Turkey travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.

Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.