11 days in New Delhi, Turkey & Greece Itinerary

11 days in New Delhi, Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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11 days in New Delhi, Turkey & Greece Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
1
New Delhi, India
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
5
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​min
6
Goreme, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: New Delhi, India


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day
New Delhi, India

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the striking features of Qutub Minar, then admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, and then step into the grandiose world of Red Fort (Lal Quila).

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the New Delhi vacation planning tool .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport. In August, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites
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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Red Fort (Lal Quila) ©
Red Fort (Lal Quila)

2
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip website .

Fly from New Delhi to Istanbul in 9.5 hours. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New Delhi in August, things will get slightly colder in Istanbul: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, admire all the interesting features of Panathenaic Stadium, then wander the streets of Plaka, and finally admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

To find maps and tourist information, read our Athens trip planner .

Fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 August, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Heraklion day trip website .

Do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Heraklion in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Heraklion: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos
Highlights from your plan
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

1
night
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 27th (Tue), trot along with Santo Horse Riding, then learn about winemaking at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., then tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri sightseeing planner.

Traveling by ferry from Heraklion to Akrotiri takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A.
Highlights from your plan
Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri

1
night
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore by horseback at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme road trip tool .

You can fly from Akrotiri to Goreme in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Traveling from Akrotiri to Goreme, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Akrotiri in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Goreme, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center

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