10 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

10 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
2
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
3
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
4
Ios, Greece
— 3 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 1st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, then explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, then contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip builder.

Athens, Greece to Istanbul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Istanbul is 1 hour. When traveling from Athens in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
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.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and take a stroll through Plaka.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Athens trip website.

Getting from Istanbul to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Istanbul in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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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.
On the 6th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, and then brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, then visit Venetian Harbour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chania Town itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Chania Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in March, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ios.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Venetian Harbour, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, Lake Kournas
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Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Maritime Museum of Crete ©
Maritime Museum of Crete
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas

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nights
Ios, Greece

Ios ©
Halfway between Naxos and Santorini lies tiny Ios, famous worldwide as one of the Aegean's liveliest nightlife hubs.
On the 8th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Manganari Beach, then don't miss a visit to La Tomba di Omero, and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Skarkos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mirabello Art, kick back and relax at Papa Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mylopotas Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ios journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Chania Town to Ios in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and ferry. March in Ios sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ios

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Manganari Beach ©
Manganari Beach
Mylopotas Beach ©
Mylopotas Beach
Panagia Gremiotissa Church ©
Panagia Gremiotissa Church

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