29 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

29 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
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Alexandroupoli, Greece
— 2 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 4 nights
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
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Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Corinth, Greece
— 3 nights
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Sparta, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eyüp Sultan Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and then take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and finally get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip maker tool.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Istanbul is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Istanbul, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Alexandroupoli.
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Alexandroupoli, Greece — 2 nights

Alexandroupoli is a city in Greece and the capital of the Evros regional unit in East Macedonia and Thrace. On the 3rd (Sat), get a new perspective on nature at Alexandroupolis Natural History Museum, stroll through Beach ΕΟΤ, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach of Saint Paraskevi, and finally kick back and relax at Agia Paraskevi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Kryoneri - Alcyone Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kagkeles Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmaritsa Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Alexandroupoli tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Alexandroupoli takes 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Alexandroupoli, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki, Greece — 4 nights

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Visiting Daysailing and Kallitheas Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) and Dionisiou Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Thessaloniki side-trips: Siviri Beach (in Siviri) and Temple of Ammon Zeus (in Kallithea). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Ladadika District, steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and delve into the distant past at Rotunda.

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Getting from Alexandroupoli to Thessaloniki by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September in Thessaloniki, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 3 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Get in touch with nature at Elia Beach and Paralia Kalafati. Relax by the water at Paradise Beach and Kalo Livadi Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through Agios Stefanos Beach, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), kick back and relax at Panormos Beach, and see some colorful creatures with GoDive Mykonos PADI Diving Resort.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Mykonos Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Thessaloniki in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Mykonos Town. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Naxos Town.
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Naxos Town, Greece — 4 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Temple of Apollo – Portara and Mikri Vigla Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Agios Prokopios Beach and Plaka Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Temple of Demeter (in Sangri) and Panagia Drossiani Church (in Moni). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with Blue Fin Divers Naxos Greece, wander the streets of Kastro, stroll through Maragas Beach, and contemplate the long history of Old Town.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Naxos Town road trip tool.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Naxos Town by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): kick back and relax at Red Beach, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, and finally see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, then take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, then trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and finally get a new perspective on things with Santorini Sailing.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fira tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Naxos Town to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece — 1 night

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules).

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion holiday maker site.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Chania Town.
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Chania Town, Greece — 2 nights

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 19th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), stroll through Seitan Limania Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and finally explore the activities along Lake Kournas.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town travel route app.

You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to Corinth.
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Corinth, Greece — 3 nights

History remains the main attraction in Corinth, a city built near the site of its fabled ancient counterpart.
Visiting Corinth Canal and Agioon Theodoron Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Archea Korinthos and Diolkos Archaeological Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corinth: Mycenae (Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, &more). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Akrokorinthos and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Corinth.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Corinth driving holiday planning website.

Fly from Chania Town to Corinth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September in Corinth, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Sparta.
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Sparta, Greece — 1 night

Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Archaeological site Keadas, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological site of Mystra, and then contemplate the long history of Mystras.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sparta visit planner.

Traveling by car from Corinth to Sparta takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Corinth in September since evenings lows in Sparta dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Athens.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Hephaestus and Erechtheion. Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Athena Nike. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, stroll through Philopappos Hill, and stop by Plaka.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planner.

Getting from Sparta to Athens by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Sparta in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Athens. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Greece travel guide

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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.
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Mykonos travel guide

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Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.
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Santorini travel guide

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Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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Crete travel guide

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Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.
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