13 days in Greece, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

13 days in Greece, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: El Paso, United States
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
4
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
fly:  1 h
5
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
6
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Subway + Fly:  22 h
End: El Paso, United States

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take a stroll through Istiklal Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip app.

El Paso, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 19.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from El Paso in September, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
On the 6th (Sun), head outdoors with Royal Balloon, browse the exhibits of Zelve Open Air Museum, then make a trip to Camel Rock, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Goreme travel route builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Goreme are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Kocabag Winery, Zelve Open Air Museum
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:
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Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley)
Royal Balloon ©
Royal Balloon
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum

1
night
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia, then admire the landmark architecture of Serefiye Sarnici, then enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in September, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites
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Galata Tower ©
Galata Tower
Little Hagia Sophia ©
Little Hagia Sophia
Eyüp Sultan Mosque ©
Eyüp Sultan Mosque

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
To find out how to plan a trip to Athens, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Temple of Athena Nike ©
Temple of Athena Nike
Anafiotika ©
Anafiotika
Erechtheion ©
Erechtheion

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ornos Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint George, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally look for gifts at Mytho. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Bellonia Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Agia Irini, examine the collection at Eggares Olive Press Museum, then delve into the distant past at Portara, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mykonos Town road trip planner.

Do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Athens in September, you will find days in Mykonos Town are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). You'll set off for Fira on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Naxos, Naxos Town, Eggares Olive Press Museum, Ornos Beach, Paradise Beach
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Portara ©
Portara
Old Town ©
Old Town
Ornos Beach ©
Ornos Beach

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at MATI Art Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Asimis Kolaitou Art Gallery Santorini. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Dominican Sisters, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord, and finally see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Fira online trip builder.

Ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
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Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral ©
Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Spas

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then stroll through Philopappos Hill, and then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Athens holiday builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Athens takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

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