57 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

57 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

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57 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Elafonissi, Greece
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Chania Town, Greece
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sfakia, Greece
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Rethymnon, Greece
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Matala, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sitia, Greece
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Hersonissos, Greece
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Milos, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
10
Athens, Greece
— 11 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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7
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kapali Carsi. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul driving holiday site .

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Melbourne to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, you will find days in Istanbul are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

1
day
Elafonissi, Greece

Elafonissi ©
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
On the 14th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach, and then trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

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Getting from Istanbul to Elafonissi by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Istanbul to Elafonissi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Elafonissi are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Balos Lagoon and Afrata Beach will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Sklopa (in Kissamos) and Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Falassarna Beach, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Aptera.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chania Town tour planner .

Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Chania Town are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sfakia.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Souda, Kissamos, German War Cemetery, Agia Marina Beach, Paralia Ravdoucha
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach
Ancient Olive Tree ©
Ancient Olive Tree

2
nights
Sfakia, Greece

Sfakia ©
Thanks to Crete's rugged terrain, the big effects of commercial tourism keep evading Sfakia, a tiny settlement on the island's southwestern coastline.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Glika Nera Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Imbros Gorge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vatalos Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Ntourountous Bakery, explore the striking landscape at The Gorge of Aradena, then kick back and relax at Ilingas, and finally kick back and relax at Frangokastello Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Sfakia trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Sfakia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Sfakia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

The Gorge of Aradena, Imbros Gorge, Glika Nera Beach
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Imbros Gorge ©
Imbros Gorge
Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach
Glika Nera Beach ©
Glika Nera Beach

6
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Monastery of Arkadi and Lake Kournas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Reptisland (in Melidoni), Monastery of Christ and St. Gedeon (in Margarites) and Folk Museum of Spili (in Spili). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, head outdoors with Piges Argiroupolis, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, and stroll through Skinaria Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rethymnon vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Sfakia to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plakias, Folk Museum of Spili, Monastery of Christ and St. Gedeon, Lake Kournas, Reptisland
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

4
nights
Matala, Greece

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Attractions like Matala beach and Agia Galini Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Matala's surroundings by going to Icaros & Daedalus Statues (in Agia Galini) and Ligres Beach (in Agia Paraskevi). There's lots more to do: stroll through Komos Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kalamaki Beach, and stop by Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Matala trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Matala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sitia.

Things to do in Matala

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Agia Galini, Kaloi Limenes, Kalamaki Beach, Ligres Beach, Komos Beach
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Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Agiofarago beach ©
Agiofarago beach
Komos Beach ©
Komos Beach

5
nights
Sitia, Greece

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. Kids will appreciate attractions like Vai Beach and Itanos Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sitia: Vreiko Cave (in Pefki), Lagoufa Beach (in Makry-Gialos) and Goudouras Beach (in Xerokampos). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Karoumes Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Erimoupolis Beach, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Sitia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moni Toplou.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sitia day trip planning site .

Drive from Matala to Sitia in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Sitia can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Sitia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Goudouras Beach, Spiaggia Xerokampos, Vreiko Cave, Itanos Beach, Vai Beach
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Vai Beach ©
Vai Beach
Goudouras Beach ©
Goudouras Beach
Karoumes Beach ©
Karoumes Beach

6
nights
Hersonissos, Greece

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Family-friendly places like The Palace of Knossos and The Natural History Museum of Crete will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum & Church of Saint Titus), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along Lassithi Plateau. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 11th (Sun) at Star Beach. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Panagia Gouverniotisa Monastery, do a tasting at Winery Stilianou, and see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hersonissos day trip planning app .

You can drive from Sitia to Hersonissos in 2 hours. Traveling from Sitia in October, Hersonissos is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Milos.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Heraklion, Potamies, Lassithi Plateau, Fortress Spinalonga, Lake Voulismeni
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

6
nights
Milos, Greece

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Kids will enjoy Kleftiko Beach and Kalogries Beach. On the 15th (Thu), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Pollonia Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Sikia Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Ioannis Beach, stop by Faskomilo, and steep yourself in history at Venetian Castle of Milos.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Milos day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hersonissos to Milos in 4 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Milos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Kleftiko Beach ©
Kleftiko Beach
Sarakiniko Beach ©
Sarakiniko Beach
Agios Ioannis Beach ©
Agios Ioannis Beach

11
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Attractions like Acropolis Museum and Plaka make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Athens to go to Spata and see Attica Zoological Park, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and get in on the family fun at Allou! Fun Park.

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Getting from Milos to Athens by combination of flight and subway takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

National Observatory of Athens - Penteli, Attica Zoological Park, Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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