24 days in Greece, Istanbul & Lagos Itinerary

24 days in Greece, Istanbul & Lagos Itinerary

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Start: Athens, Greece
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Subway + Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
3
Fira, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 12 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 30 min
5
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  29 h
End: Perth, Australia

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Archaeological Site Mycenae are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Pandora Art Gallery and Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Makerfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Kantia Beach in Kantia (about 1h 45 min away). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, view the masterpieces at Technohoros Art Gallery, wander the streets of Ermou Street, and explore the galleries of Athens Gallery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary builder website.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. In June in Athens, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Glyfada Beach, Kantia Beach, Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

2
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.
On the 24th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, visit a coastal fixture at Armenistis Lighthouse, stop by Gioras Wood Medieval Mykonian Bakery, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mykonos Town online journey planner.

Do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Athens in June, plan for little chillier days in Mykonos Town, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Armenistis Lighthouse, Paradise Beach
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Archaeological Museum of Mykonos ©
Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum

1
night
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Ernesto Workshop & Gallery, examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, shop like a local with MATI Art Gallery, do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, then browse the exhibits of Art Space, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fira road trip planning site.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Fira by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Mnemossyne Gallery, Art Space
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Artemis Karamolegos Winery ©
Artemis Karamolegos Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings

12
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Museum and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get some historical perspective at Basilica Cistern and Rumeli Fortress. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , take a stroll through Taksim Square, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Istanbul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fira to Istanbul. Traveling from Fira in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Istanbul, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Shopping Beaches
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Relax by the water at Falesia Beach and Praia do Camilo. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Studio Bongard and Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908). Get out of town with these interesting Lagos side-trips: Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres), Praia dos Olhos de Água (in Olhos de Agua) and Cerro da Vila (in Vilamoura). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Marinha, examine the collection at Museu Municipal de Arqueologia, kick back and relax at Praia Dona Ana, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lagos trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Lagos in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Albufeira, Cape Saint Vincent, Studio Bongard, Praia da Marinha, Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908)
Highlights from your plan
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

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