10 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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Aegina, Greece
— 3 nights
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights


Aegina, Greece

— 3 nights
Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf, 27km from Athens. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moni Island Beach and Temple of Aphaia. Let the collections at Archaeological Museum of Aegina and Musee Christos Capralos capture your imagination. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Klima Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Marathonas Beach, admire the striking features of The Tower of Markellos, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Minas Monastery.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Aegina online journey planner.

Venice, Italy to Aegina is an approximately 21.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Venice in August; daily highs in Aegina reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Athens.

Things to do in Aegina

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 18th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Dasoktima Tatoiou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, kick back and relax at Glyfada Beach, and then stop by Monastiraki.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Aegina to Athens in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Athens are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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 your shopping at Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Caddesi. Take a break from the city and head to Solar Plajı and Suma Beach. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, enjoy the sand and surf at Dalia Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Florya Sahil Parkı.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip maker.

Fly from Athens to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Istanbul is 1 hour. In August, Istanbul is little chillier than Athens - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
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Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
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.

Turkey travel guide

Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.