12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Singapore, Singapore

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Temple of Hephaestus and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Philopappos Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio), Lion Gate (in Mycenae) and Nafplio (Fortress Palamidi & Nauplion Promenade). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Plaka, explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, get great views at Mount Lycabettus, and make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Athens trip builder .

Singapore, Singapore to Athens is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Athens, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Athens to be cooler, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nafplio, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Lion Gate, Temple of Poseidon
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ulu Cami and Beyoglu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Istanbul: Bursa (Green Tomb & Koza Hani). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take in panoramic vistas at KIz Kulesi, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Istanbul road trip website .

Fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Athens, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Bursa
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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