16 days in Greece, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

16 days in Greece, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

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16 days in Greece, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h
3
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
6
Urgup, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
For shopping fun, head to Ermou Street or Ioannidou Art Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Acrocorinth and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, and take a stroll around Onassis Stegi.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Athens online trip itinerary maker .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Athens is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Dubai to Athens, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in November: highs in Athens hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Akrokorinthos
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
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.
On the 5th (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stop by Nerium Oleander, and finally explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, admire the local landmark of Bembo Fountain, do a tasting at Winery Stilianou, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Heraklion trip tool .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Heraklion takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Winery Stilianou, Reptisland
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Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion 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 7th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Ancient Thera, kick back and relax at Red Beach, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and finally shop like a local with S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach, view the masterpieces at Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop, and then explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fira trip tool .

Getting from Heraklion to Fira by ferry takes about 2 hours. In November in Fira, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kamari, Akrotiri, S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Ancient Thera ©
Ancient Thera

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): kick back and relax at Panormos Beach and then wander the streets of Little Venice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, shop like a local with The House of Fine Art Mykonos, see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Dio Horia, and finally look for gifts at White.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Fira to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In November in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Panormos Beach, The House of Fine Art - HOFA Gallery Mykonos, Paradise Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. Visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Sultanahmet District for their historical value. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Mykonos Town to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. When traveling from Mykonos Town in November, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
Urgup, Turkey

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, take a memorable tour with Royal Balloon, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, and finally stop by Alaturca Taner. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Urgup trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Urgup in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect colder evenings in Urgup when traveling from Istanbul in November, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Uchisar
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Pasabag ©
Pasabag

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