29 days in Istanbul & Greece Itinerary

29 days in Istanbul & Greece Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
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Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
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Rhodes Town, Greece
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip planning app.

Chamarel, Mauritius to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mauritius Standard Time (MUT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chamarel in March, expect Istanbul to be colder, temps between 14°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 27:

Thessaloniki, Greece

— 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagios Demetrios and Museum of Byzantine Culture. Step out of Thessaloniki to go to Epanomi and see Ktima Gerovassiliou, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, learn about all things military at War Museum of Thessaloniki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), and contemplate the long history of Church of St.Sophia.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Thessaloniki trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Thessaloniki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Thessaloniki due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in March since evenings lows in Thessaloniki dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

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Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:

Athens, Greece

— 6 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Nafplio (Fortress Palamidi, Nauplion Promenade, &more) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, and take a stroll through Monastiraki.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Athens in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Thessaloniki in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Athens, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 5:

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 1 night

Chora Mykonos

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at Beautyworld Spa, don't miss a visit to Matoyianni Street, and then take a stroll through Little Venice.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Mykonos Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:

Fira, Greece

— 4 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Akrotiri and Akrotiri LightHouse. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera, look for gifts at Sand Lily Boutique, indulge your taste buds at Safowi, and learn about winemaking at Boutari Winery.

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Getting from Mykonos Town to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:

Heraklion, Greece

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules), delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, then see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Fira to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Rhodes Town, Greece

— 5 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.
Ancient Kamiros and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Rhodes Town's surroundings by going to Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli (in Eleousa), Valley of the Butterflies (in Petaloudes) and Art Park Rhodes (in Archipoli). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Big Fish Dive Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieros Naos Evaggelismoy ths Theotokoy, steep yourself in history at Great Hamam, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of Victory ''Santa Maria''.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rhodes Town road trip planning app.

Getting from Heraklion to Rhodes Town by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

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.

Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

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.