11 days in Athens, Santorini & Istanbul Itinerary

11 days in Athens, Santorini & Istanbul Itinerary

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11 days in Athens, Santorini & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Dhaka City, Bangladesh
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Dhaka City, Bangladesh

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Escape the urban bustle at Glyfada Beach and Attica Zoological Park. Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, stop by Ermou Spirits Cava Pittaras Trade Beverages, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Dionysios Areopagitis Church.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Athens travel planner .

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Athens is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Glyfada Beach, Attica Zoological Park
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, then view the masterpieces at Eduart Gjopalaj, and finally take in the exciting artwork at S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at KAMARA BEACH.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Fira trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In December in Fira, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Fira

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kamari, Akrotiri, Aquamarine Jewelry, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach

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.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami . On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Fira to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fira to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Fira in December; daily highs in Istanbul reach 7°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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