12 days in Istanbul & Greece Itinerary

12 days in Istanbul & Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Istanbul & Greece Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Drive:  10​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Mumbai, India

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). Head to Kapali Carsi and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisifor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planning app .

Mumbai, India to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Mumbai in April, with highs in Istanbul at 20°C and lows at 9°C. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and National Archaeological Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Acropolis Museum and Technohoros Art Gallery capture your imagination. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Plaka, make a trip to Ermou Street, admire the masterpieces at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', and view the masterpieces at Ioannidou Art Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Athens itinerary planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens. Traveling from Istanbul in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Athens: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then stroll through Red Beach, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Art Space, then see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, and finally take in the exciting artwork at MATI Art Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira online trip planner .

Fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. April in Fira sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Art Space, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery, Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop
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Museum of Prehistoric Thira ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

1
night
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, wander the streets of Little Venice, and then shop like a local with The House of Fine Art Mykonos.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. May in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

The House of Fine Art - HOFA Gallery Mykonos
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Paraportiani Church ©
Paraportiani Church

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