14 days in Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

14 days in Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Acropolis Museum and Archaeological Museum of Nauplion. Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Athens and Lion Gate. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Kapsia Cave (in Kapsas), Limni Vouliagmeni (in Loutraki) and Metropolitan Church of St. Basil (in Tripoli). There's still lots to do: take a stroll around Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, don't miss a visit to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, and explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Athens online journey planner.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Athens is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Athens. In December, Athens is cooler than Fort Lauderdale - with highs of 59°F and lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 7 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Rahmi M. Koc Museum and Galata Tower. Shop till you drop at Koza Hani and Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Istanbul: Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik), Bursa (Green Tomb, Ulu Cami, &more) and Termal Cinarl Hiyaben Yolu (in Yalova). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum, take a stroll through Beyoglu, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Athens in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips