16 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

16 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

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16 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
National Archaeological Museum and Plaka will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis Museum and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Go for a jaunt from Athens to Lagonisi to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, enjoy the sand and surf at Voula Beach, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Athens trip maker app .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Athens is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Jose to Athens due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Jose in July; daily highs in Athens reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Glyfada Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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 17th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and finally do a tasting at Santo Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, then take in the exciting artwork at MATI Art Gallery, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sunset in Oia.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fira trip tool .

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. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for little chillier days in Fira, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Santo Winery, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Sunset in Oia
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Fri), kick back and relax at Paraga Beach, stroll through Paradise Beach, then look for gifts at Mytho, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, wander the streets of Little Venice, then make a trip to Rarity Gallery, and finally examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town day trip planning site .

Getting from Fira to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Paraga Beach, Paradise Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kisirkaya Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Spend the 23rd (Tue) floating through the air with a balloon tour. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Dilburnu Tabiat Parki. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihrimah Sultan Camii, wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Istanbul by combination of flight and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Mykonos Town to Istanbul is 1 hour. Traveling from Mykonos Town in July, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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