8 days in Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

8 days in Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

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8 days in Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles, United States

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Temple of Hephaestus and Moni Osiou Patapiou. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Corinth Canal (in Corinth), Limni Vouliagmeni (in Loutraki) and Lion Gate (in Mycenae). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

Make your Athens itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Los Angeles, USA to Athens is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Athens is 10 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, things will get a bit warmer in Athens: highs are around 91°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Loutraki, Corinth Canal, Lion Gate
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Ulu Cami. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and pause for some photo ops at Sultanahmet Square.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Athens to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Athens in July: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 84°F and lows are around 68°F. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Ulu Cami
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Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Gulhane Park ©
Gulhane Park

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