11 days in Athens, Thessaloniki & Istanbul Itinerary

11 days in Athens, Thessaloniki & Istanbul Itinerary

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

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Temple of Athena Nike. Visit Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Plaka, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip builder site.

London, UK to Athens is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Athens. Traveling from London in May, things will get a bit warmer in Athens: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Temple of Athena Nike ©
Temple of Athena Nike
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Ypapanti Church, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, appreciate the history behind Monument of Alexander The Great, then visit Ladadika District, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Zeitenlik. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, explore the ancient world of Rotunda, contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, then see the interesting displays at Galerian Complex - Apsidal Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osios David (The Latomou Monastery).

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You can fly from Athens to Thessaloniki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Athens in May, Thessaloniki is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Ladadika District ©
Ladadika District
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki ©
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©

Queen of Cities

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Museum and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Discover out-of-the-way places like Istanbul Archaeological Museum and Yeni Camii. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and admire the landmark architecture of Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

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

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Thessaloniki in May, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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