8 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: New Delhi, India


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3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Go for a jaunt from Athens to Mycenae to see Archaeological Site Mycenae about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, and take a stroll through Plaka.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Athens is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New Delhi to Athens. When traveling from New Delhi in May, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Athens: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

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Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Athens in May: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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