Help with Itinerary

Hi, We are a married couple of 29 and are planning to visit Turkey (Mainly Istanbul) and Greece (Athens and one Island) from 15th to 24th of August. Need some help in planning the itinerary. P.S: I know 9 days is really too less for a trip to both Greece and Turkey but we have been wanting to do this for quite some time and given the airfares we cannot think of two separate trips to Turkey and Greece 1. We can't seem to finalize on if we should fly into Istanbul and fly out of Athens or vice versa. Open jaw ticket fares for both are in the same range and are almost at par with return tickets from either location. Need your suggestions on what would be the best option. Can we take a ferry from a Greek island to Turkey and then get to Istanbul from there? 2. We want to do Athens and one Greek island. Which one should we look at? Would probably be an island with connectivity to Turkey 3. Mid to end August would be too hot and humid? We are from India and are pretty used to the heat, but how bad does it really get? 4. Any suggestions how we should split the trip? Thanks much in advance for all your suggestions! Cheers,
Biraja

Posted by Lee
Oregon
1639 posts

There are direct flights in July and August between Istanbul and Mykonos, but no other island. Check Pegasus Air and Atlas Jet. Fly into Athens and out of Istanbul. If you like the idea of Mykonos this would be a simple process and save you a lot of time. Otherwise go to an island close to Athens such as Hydra so you can easily return to the mainland in just a couple of hours for a flight to Turkey, although returning the day before is better advised so you aren't scrambling to catch a same-day flight to Istanbul. I seriously doubt that the heat in Greece will feel very bad to you since you live in India.