16 days in Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

16 days in Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

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16 days in Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly + Subway:  16 h 45 min
1
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 10 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Fortress Palamidi. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Church of Kapnikarea. Go for a jaunt from Athens to Mycenae to see Lion Gate about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, take in the exciting artwork at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', and explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Athens is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Athens due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Athens hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Lion Gate, Fortress Palamidi
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi

10
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ulu Cami and Yeni Camii. Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Istanbul: Aya Yorgi Church (in Buyukada) and Bursa (Green Tomb & Koza Hani). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pierre Loti Tepesi, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi.

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You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Athens in December: highs in Istanbul hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Bursa, Aya Yorgi Church, Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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