9 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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Fly to Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Drive to Knosos
Knosos, Greece
— 1 night
Drive to Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Fly to Athens
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights


Knosos, Greece — 1 night

On the 5th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Bulls Horn Statue, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and then explore the ancient world of The Throne Room.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Knosos road trip website.

Ahmedabad, India to Knosos is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Knosos due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Ahmedabad in April, with highs in Knosos at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Athens.
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Theater of Dionysus, then appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then visit Plaka.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Athens road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Knosos to Athens. In April in Athens, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Thessaloniki.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Thessaloniki, Greece — 1 night

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): visit Ladadika District, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, appreciate the history behind Monument of Alexander The Great, then make a trip to Aristotelous Square, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, delve into the distant past at Rotunda, then steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St.Sophia, and finally contemplate the long history of Arch of Galerius.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Thessaloniki trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Thessaloniki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Athens in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 10°C in Thessaloniki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.
Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Thessaloniki to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Thessaloniki to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. April in Istanbul sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Greece travel guide

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

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.