8 days in The Balkans Itinerary

8 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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8 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens to go to Mycenae and see Archaeological Site Mycenae, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens road trip planning tool .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Athens is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Athens is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in April, expect Athens to be colder, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planner.

Fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Athens in April, with highs in Istanbul at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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