17 days in Greece, Milan & Istanbul Itinerary

17 days in Greece, Milan & Istanbul Itinerary

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17 days in Greece, Milan & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Boracay, Philippines
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  19​h 45​min
End: Boracay, Philippines


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2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Visiting Riva Bianca Beach and Oasi WWF del Bassone will get you outdoors. Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Sentiero 6 - Valbasca in Como (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Rionale, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and take a stroll through Brera District.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Milan holiday builder website .

Boracay, Philippines to Milan is an approximately 21-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Boracay to Milan. Traveling from Boracay in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Milan, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Milan

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Como, Mercato Rionale, Riva Bianca Beach
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

4
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Take a break from the city and head to Santo Horse Riding and Caldera Beach. Visit KAMARA BEACH and Paradisos Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Fira's surroundings by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Vlychada), Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa) and Perivolos (in Perivolos). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, hike along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fira tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Milan to Fira by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Fira is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Milan in June since evenings lows in Fira dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Santorini, Imerovigli, Boutari Winery, Kamari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Attractions like Plaka and Acropolis of Athens make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, stop by Thomas Shop, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hephaestus.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planning site .

You can fly from Fira to Athens in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In June, daytime highs in Athens are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
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.
Visit Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) for their historical value. Kids will enjoy Kapali Carsi and Suleymaniye Cami . There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, stop by Mısır Çarşısı, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and take a stroll through Sultanahmet District.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Istanbul is 1 hour. In June, Istanbul is little chillier than Athens - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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