18 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

18 days in Greece & Istanbul Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
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Rhodes Town, Greece
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 6 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Get a sense of the local culture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Topkapi Palace. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take a stroll through Ortakoy, get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress, and get a taste of the local shopping with Istiklal Caddesi.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Istanbul driving holiday planning site.

Chamarel, Mauritius to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mauritius Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chamarel in March, expect Istanbul to be cooler, temps between 14°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Fira, Greece

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Head to Sand Lily Boutique and Mnemossyne Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Akrotiri and Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera, indulge your senses at Safowi, enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fira trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Fira takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Fira. When traveling from Istanbul in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Fira, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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Athens, Greece

— 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Head to T'Anapliotiko Bakaliko and Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou'for plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis of Athens and National Archaeological Museum. Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Nafplio (Church of Agios Spyridonas, Nauplion Promenade, &more) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Plaka, visit Monastiraki, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Athens online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Athens takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. March in Athens sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 3:

Rhodes Town, Greece

— 3 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Great Hamam, explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, explore the world behind art at Art Park Rhodes, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Kamiros, and finally admire the striking features of Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Agathi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lindos Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rhodes Town tour planner.

Getting from Athens to Rhodes Town by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Rhodes Town can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Greece travel guide

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Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Rhodes travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Castles
Island of the Knights
An island of green hills, fertile valleys, and golden beaches, Rhodes blends cosmopolitan and traditional cultures, exemplified by its traditional taverns, upscale hotels, and archaeological sites. Nicknamed the "Island of Roses," this island offers visitors a chance to discover lively tourist resorts in the north and tranquil rural areas in the south. The island's slow pace seems utterly unaffected by the challenges of mass tourism, its permanent residents stubbornly clinging to their age-old traditions and relaxed lifestyle. As you explore the areas farther away from the busy coastline, take time to meet the garrulous locals in their natural environment, the village tavern.