17 days in Greece, France & Istanbul Itinerary

17 days in Greece, France & Istanbul Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
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Chania Town, Greece
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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Paris, France
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

Newark, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Istanbul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, take a stroll through Plaka, then delve into the distant past at Theater of Dionysus, and finally browse the exhibits of Eleni Marneri Galerie.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Athens tour itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in June: high temperatures in Athens hover around 86°F and lows are around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Fira.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Akrotiri and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. Get in touch with nature at Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Santorini Sailing. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Santo Winery, get impressive views of Santorini Volcano, delve into the distant past at Ancient Thera, and examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fira trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Fira are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, contemplate the long history of Castello del Molo (Koules), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion visit planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. June in Heraklion sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a shuttle to Chania Town.
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Chania Town, Greece — 2 nights

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 18th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chania Town trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 3 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Popular historic sites such as Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Vieil Aix are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Chateau La Coste en Provence. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Marseille (Scuba & Snorkeling & Vallon des Auffes) and Arles (Musee Departemental Arles Antique & Eglise St-Trophime).

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip builder site.

You can fly from Chania Town to Aix-en-Provence in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Chania Town to Aix-en-Provence, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chania Town in June since evenings lows in Aix-en-Provence dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau of Vincennes and Musee Marmottan Monet. Visit Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris trip maker site.

You can fly from Aix-en-Provence to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Aix-en-Provence in June; daily highs in Paris reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.
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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.
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Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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