22 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

22 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Boston, United States
Fly + Bus:  13 h 30 min
1
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Elounda, Greece
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
3
Kalymnos, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Boston, United States

2
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Heraklion side-trips: Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Archeologikos Choros Tilissos, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip itinerary planner.

Boston, USA to Heraklion is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Heraklion is 7 hours. Traveling from Boston in May, things will get a bit warmer in Heraklion: highs are around 75°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tylissos, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Winery Stilianou, Reptisland
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Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

1
night
Elounda, Greece

Elounda ©
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): stroll through Ammos Beach, then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and then head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Elounda travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Heraklion to Elounda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kalymnos.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Agios Nikolaos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni

2
nights
Kalymnos, Greece

On the 30th (Sat), kick back and relax at Akti Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Folklore Museum of Kalymnos, then make a trip to Neoklasiko Private Folklore and Historical Collections, and finally trek along Italian Road. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Maritime Museum of Kalymnos and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kalymnos trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Elounda to Kalymnos. In May, daytime highs in Kalymnos are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Kalymnos

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Climbing Tours
Folklore Museum of Kalymnos ©
Folklore Museum of Kalymnos
Maritime Museum of Kalymnos ©
Maritime Museum of Kalymnos

6
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Nauplion Promenade (in Nafplio), Zoodochou Pigis Church (in Kefalari) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, and take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kalymnos to Athens. May in Athens sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nauplion Promenade, Zoodochou Pigis Church, Archaeological Site Mycenae, Donkey's Land
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
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.
Mykonos Town is known for nightlife, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Little Venice, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip builder tool.

Getting from Athens to Mykonos Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Athens in June, you will find days in Mykonos Town are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mykonos, Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum

5
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Mykonos Town to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mykonos Town to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mykonos Town in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Istanbul, with lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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