10 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

10 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

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10 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  5​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Ios, Greece
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Athens, Greece

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): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally contemplate the long history of Little Hagia Sophia.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip site .

Athens, Greece to Istanbul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Athens in March, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 54°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish up 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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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in March, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 62°F. 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 Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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 6th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, then go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, and then learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Ancient Aptera and then explore the activities along Lake Kournas.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chania Town tour builder app .

Getting from Athens to Chania Town by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ios.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Ios, Greece

Ios ©
Halfway between Naxos and Santorini lies tiny Ios, famous worldwide as one of the Aegean's liveliest nightlife hubs.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Manganari Beach, make a trip to La Tomba di Omero, and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Skarkos. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Mirabello Art, then kick back and relax at Papa Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mylopotas Beach.

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Getting from Chania Town to Ios by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Ios are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ios

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Manganari Beach ©
Manganari Beach
Archaeological Site of Skarkos ©
Archaeological Site of Skarkos
Mirabello Art ©
Mirabello Art

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