15 days in Greece, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

15 days in Greece, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

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15 days in Greece, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Oia, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
6
Urgup, Turkey
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  35​h
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Temple of Athena Nike, Temple of Hephaestus, Temple of Poseidon, and other attractions you added. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Archaeological Museum and Church of Kapnikarea. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum and explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Athens travel planner .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Athens is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Athens is 8 hours. In July, Athens is somewhat warmer than San Jose - with highs of 38°C and lows of 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

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

3
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 15th (Mon): look for gifts at the White, Santorini, see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral and then do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fira online trip itinerary maker .

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 slightly colder 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 17th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Akrotiri
Highlights from your plan
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Artemis Karamolegos Winery ©
Artemis Karamolegos Winery

1
night
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): explore the historical opulence of Byzantine Castle Ruins, then get great views at Sunset in Oia, and then explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oia day trip planning website .

Oia is just a stone's throw from Fira. July in Oia sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia
Byzantine Castle Ruins ©
Byzantine Castle Ruins

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Panormos Beach and Platis Gialos Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Little Venice and Paraportiani Church. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, stroll through Kalo Livadi Beach, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Mykonos Town trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Oia to Mykonos Town in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kalo Livadi Beach, Elia Beach, Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach, Platis Gialos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dalia Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul driving holiday app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Mykonos Town to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Mykonos Town to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mykonos Town in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Istanbul, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): slough off your stress at Turkish baths, then Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and then get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Boutique Carpets and then do some rugged touring at local off-road trails.

To find out how to plan a trip to Urgup, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Istanbul to Urgup in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. 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 Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Goreme
Highlights from your plan
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme
Off-Road & ATV Trails

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