9 days in Istanbul & Varna Itinerary

9 days in Istanbul & Varna Itinerary

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9 days in Istanbul & Varna Itinerary

Start: Tehran, Iran
Fly:  5 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
flight:  1 h
2
Varna, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Fly + Subway:  16 h 15 min
End: Tehran, Iran

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Horn and Sultanahmet District. Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip planning website .

Tehran, Iran to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Tehran in December, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 7°C at night. On the 31st (Mon), you're off toVarna.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
nights
Varna, Bulgaria

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
For shopping fun, head to Tina Art Gallery or Royal Beach Mall. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin and Stone Forest. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varna: Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Le Papillon and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Istanbul to Varna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Varna due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 0°C in Varna. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Cape Kaliakra, Royal Beach Mall
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Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik ©
Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra
Tina Art Gallery ©
Tina Art Gallery

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