13 days in Turkey, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

13 days in Turkey, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Dhaka City, Bangladesh
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Bursa, Turkey
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Konya, Turkey
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h
4
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Dhaka City, Bangladesh

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Yeni Camii. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip planning app .

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
Bursa, Turkey

Bursa ©
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for gifts at Covered Bazaar (Bedesten), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orhan Gazi Mosque (Orhan Camii), and finally steep yourself in history at Koza Hani.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bursa online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Bursa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, Bursa is little chillier than Istanbul - with highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Konya.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Shopping
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Koza Hani ©
Koza Hani
Orhan Gazi Mosque (Orhan Camii) ©
Orhan Gazi Mosque (Orhan Camii)

1
day
Konya, Turkey

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aziziye Cami, take a stroll through Konya Kultur Sokagi, then take a peaceful walk through Kent Ormani, and finally make a trip to Sille.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Konya road trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Bursa to Konya takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Bursa in October, Konya is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Konya

Outdoors Trails Nature
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Mevlana Muzesi ©
Mevlana Muzesi

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Plaka and Anafiotika. Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Hephaestus and Panathenaic Stadium. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, examine the collection at The Jewish Museum of Greece, stop by Olgianna Melissinos Sandals, and pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Athens online visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Konya to Athens with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Konya in October; daily highs in Athens reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at MATI Art Gallery and the White, Santorini. Get in touch with nature at Perivolos and Skaros Rock. Step out of Fira with an excursion to Eduart Gjopalaj in Kamari--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thera, and contemplate the long history of Ancient Thera.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fira trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Athens to Fira by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kamari, Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, Skaros Rock, Santo Winery, Akrotiri
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Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia ©
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia

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