12 days in Athens, Santorini & Istanbul Itinerary

12 days in Athens, Santorini & Istanbul Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
2
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis of Athens and Parthenon. Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Olympian Zeus and Benaki Museum. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, kick back and relax at Glyfada Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Technohoros Art Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens day trip planning site.

New Delhi, India to Athens is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. When traveling from New Delhi in November, plan for little chillier days in Athens, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Akrotiri and Santo Winery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, stroll through Kamari Beach, and don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fira vacation planner.

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Santo Winery, Kamari Beach
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Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri

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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.
Hagia Sophia Museum and Basilica Cistern will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chora Museum and Neva Jewels. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip planning site.

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. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Fira in November, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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