16 days in Greece, Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

16 days in Greece, Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
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Fira, Greece
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Hydra, Greece
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Athens, Greece
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Cairo, Egypt

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Safaris. Step out of Cairo with an excursion to Great Sphinx in Giza--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, explore the activities along Nile River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and look for gifts at Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairo online trip itinerary maker.

New Delhi, India to Cairo is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Cairo is minus 3.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in May, expect Cairo to be slightly colder, temps between 38°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Cairo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

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Fira, Greece

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Attractions like Akrotiri and Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, get a tailor-made plan with Santorini Sailing, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fira day trip site.

Fly from Cairo to Fira in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairo in May, with highs in Fira at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hydra.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Hydra, Greece

— 1 night
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Lazaros Koundouriotis Mansion (National Historical Museum), then take an in-depth tour of Historical Archive - Museum of Hydra, then explore by horseback at Harriets Hydra Horses, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Komiseos Theotokou Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Mandraki Resort Beach, then appreciate the history behind Andrea Miaoulis Monument, then kick back and relax at Bisti Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Profitis Ilias Monastery Hydra.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hydra attractions planning app.

Explore your travel options from Fira to Hydra with the Route module. In May in Hydra, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Hydra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Nafplio (Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Nauplion Promenade, &more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, and examine the collection at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Athens holiday website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hydra to Athens. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in May, expect Istanbul to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 15°C. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
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.