15 days in Greece, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

15 days in Greece, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
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Oia, Greece
— 1 night
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Urgup, Turkey
— 1 night

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Temple of Athena Nike, Temple of Hephaestus, Temple of Poseidon, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Athens online holiday builder.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Athens is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Jose in July, with highs in Athens at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): look for gifts at the White, Santorini, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral and then learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery.

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Getting from Athens to Fira by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in July, you will find days in Fira are little chillier (35°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oia.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Wineries

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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Artemis Karamolegos Winery ©
Artemis Karamolegos Winery

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Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Sunset in Oia has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Castle of St Nicholas, don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

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Oia is just a short distance from Fira. In July in Oia, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Oia

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia

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Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©

Chora Mykonos

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.
Get in touch with nature at Panormos Beach and Platis Gialos Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Little Venice and Paraportiani Church. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, and stroll through Kalo Livadi Beach.

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You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Oia to Mykonos Town in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©

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.
On the 21st (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dalia Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Mykonos Town to Istanbul takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mykonos Town to Istanbul is 1 hour. Traveling from Mykonos Town in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Istanbul, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and then take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: stop by Boutique Carpets and then head off-road at local off-road trails.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Urgup road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Urgup takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in July since evenings lows in Urgup dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Goreme Open-Air Museum ©
Goreme Open-Air Museum
Off-Road & ATV Trails

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