13 days in Greece, Rome & Istanbul Itinerary

13 days in Greece, Rome & Istanbul Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
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Fira, Greece
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Rome, Italy
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Istanbul, Turkey
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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.
You've added Plaka, Avysinias Square, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): wander the streets of Monastiraki and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Erechtheion, explore the ancient world of Parthenon, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hephaestus, and finally pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Athens vacation planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Athens is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeddah to Athens is minus 1 hour. In December, Athens is colder than Jeddah - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Fira, Greece

— 2 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You've now added Skaros Rock to your itinerary.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fira online journey planner.

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In December, daytime highs in Fira are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rome.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally pause for some photo ops at Trajan's Column.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Rome attractions planner.

You can fly from Fira to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fira in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rome, with lows around 4°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rahmi M. Koc Museum and Galata Tower. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, don't miss a visit to Miniaturk, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Rome to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in December, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.

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.