6 days in The Balkans Itinerary

6 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami . On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

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

Bengaluru, India to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Istanbul. When traveling from Bengaluru in October, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Athens, Greece

— 3 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 23rd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, then don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, and then take a stroll through Plaka. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Athens day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens. Traveling from Istanbul in October, Athens is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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