9 days in Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

9 days in Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Family-friendly places like Acropolis of Athens and Plaka will thrill your kids. When in Athens, make a side trip to see Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae, approximately Mycenae away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and have fun and explore at Hellenic Children's Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Athens trip planning site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Athens is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in March, expect nights in Athens to be a bit cooler, around 11°C, while days are cooler, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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.
Attractions like Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at KIz Kulesi.

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You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. In April, Istanbul is slightly colder than Athens - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods