20 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

20 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

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20 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Curitiba, Brazil
Fly + Drive:  21​h 30​min
1
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h 15​min
2
Rethymnon, Greece
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  3​h
3
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
4
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Curitiba, Brazil

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.
On the 6th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, look for gifts at Eli's Ceramic Art, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, then explore the ancient world of Malia Ruins, and finally kick back and relax at Stalis Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion tour planner.

Curitiba, Brazil to Heraklion is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Curitiba to Heraklion is 5 hours. When traveling from Curitiba in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Heraklion: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Stalis Beach, The Palace of Knossos, Malia Minoan Palace
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Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

1
night
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Baja Beach Club, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and finally take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Heraklion to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lake Kournas
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Baja Beach Club ©
Baja Beach Club
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Akrotiri and Ekklisia Panagia Platsani. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at KAMARA BEACH and Perivolos. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Perissa Black Sand Beach, get great views at Sunset in Oia, do a tasting at Santo Winery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fira trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Rethymnon to Fira in 3 hours. August in Fira sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Panormos Beach and Elia Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mykonos Town sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Panormos Beach, Elia Beach, Ornos Beach, Paraga Beach, Paradise Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

5
nights
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 Plaka District and Acropolis of Athens. Get some historical perspective at Parthenon and Ancient Agora of Athens. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Acropolis Museum, stroll the grounds of Kerameikos Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus (Thiseio), and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Athens itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Mykonos Town to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and subway. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mykonos Town in August: highs in Athens hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then kick back and relax at Dalia Beach, then steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally take a stroll through Sultanahmet District.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Do a combination of subway, flight, and train from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) 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
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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