14 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

14 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

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14 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
1
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
shuttle:  2​h
2
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  3​h 30​min
3
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
5
Kalambaka, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Delphi, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Sparta, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

1
night
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 23rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, see the interesting displays at Wooden Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Heraklion is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Heraklion. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Wooden Museum, Reptisland
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Ancient Aptera, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Falassarna Beach. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the activities along Lake Kournas.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town day trip planning tool .

Traveling by shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, Falassarna Beach, Lake Kournas, St. Nicholas Church
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Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©
Scuba & Snorkeling
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, then take in the exciting artwork at Thiras Art Gallery, then do a tasting at Santo Winery, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, visit a coastal fixture at Akrotiri LightHouse, examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thera, then explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, and finally look for gifts at the White, Santorini.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fira vacation maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Chania Town to Fira in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Santorini, Santo Winery, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Skaros Rock
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Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock

1
night
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 29th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Zeitenlik, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, then explore the ancient world of Rotunda, and finally steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Fira to Thessaloniki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Fira in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Thessaloniki. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zeitenlik
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki ©

2
nights
Kalambaka, Greece

Kalambaka ©
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Roussanou Monastery, then admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora. On the next day, admire the striking features of Church of Porta Panagia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koursoum Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Stefanos, then examine the collection at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hellenic Culture Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kalambaka trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Thessaloniki in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Kalambaka. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Delphi.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Porta Panagia, Koursoum Mosque
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Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Meteora ©
Meteora
Roussanou Monastery ©
Roussanou Monastery

1
night
Delphi, Greece

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tholos, contemplate the long history of Temple of Apollo, then take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Delphi.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Delphi trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Delphi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Sparta.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums
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Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum
Delphi ©
Delphi

1
night
Sparta, Greece

Sparta ©
Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Mystras and then kick back and relax at Simos Beach.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sparta trip planning site .

Getting from Delphi to Sparta by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sparta

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Simos Beach
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Mystras ©
Mystras
Simos Beach ©
Simos Beach

2
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 4th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum, wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip planner .

Getting from Sparta to Istanbul by car takes about 13 hours. Other options: fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sparta to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sparta, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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