23 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

23 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Ferry:  3 h 15 min
3
Milos, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  4 h 30 min
4
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h
5
Heraklion, Greece
— 7 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Private Istanbul Walking Tours as well as Ortakoy. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Istanbul at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
When in Athens, make a side trip to see Akrokorinthos in Corinth, approximately Corinth away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

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

Fly from Istanbul to Athens in 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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in June: high temperatures in Athens hover around 35°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Milos.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Akrokorinthos
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Milos, Greece

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Milos is known for beaches, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Kleftiko Beach, Head underground at Catacombs of Milos, stroll through Firiplaka Beach, and don't miss a visit to Old Sulfur Mines.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Milos tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Milos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Fira.

Things to do in Milos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kleftiko Beach ©
Kleftiko Beach
Sarakiniko Beach ©
Sarakiniko Beach
Tsigrado Beach ©
Tsigrado Beach

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach, don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fira trip planner.

You can drive from Milos to Fira in 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Oia, Kamari Beach, Perissa Black Sand Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

7
nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palace of Faistos (in Sivas), Matala (Matala beach & Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)) and Cave Hermitage of St. Efthimiou (in Zaros). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion planner.

Getting from Fira to Heraklion by ferry takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gournes, Matala, Agia Pelagia, Melidoni, Monastery Savvathiana
Highlights from your plan
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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