15 days in Istanbul, Athens & Oia Itinerary

15 days in Istanbul, Athens & Oia Itinerary

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15 days in Istanbul, Athens & Oia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Oia, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

6
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, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, expect nights in Istanbul to be much hotter, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens with an excursion to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Plaka, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 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. In July, Athens is a bit warmer than Istanbul - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Oia, Greece

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Venture out of the city with trips to Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa), Kamari Beach (in Kamari) and Akrotiri (Akrotiri & Red Beach). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, brush up on your military savvy at Naval Maritime Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, and get great views at Sunset in Oia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Oia travel route tool .

You can fly from Athens to Oia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, car, and ferry; or ride a ferry. While traveling from Athens, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Oia, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Kamari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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