30 days in The Balkans Itinerary

30 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Balkans holiday planner

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 2 nights
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Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
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Delphi, Greece
— 2 nights
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Nafplio, Greece
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
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Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and browse the exhibits of Galata Tower.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Toronto to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in November, expect nights in Istanbul to be much hotter, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale road trip tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Goreme, Turkey

— 4 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme online vacation planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Thessaloniki, Greece

— 2 nights

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos, make a trip to Aristotelous Square, then don't miss a visit to White Tower of Thessaloniki, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture. On the next day, explore the ancient world of The Greek Agora and Roman Forum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St.Sophia, pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, pause for some serene contemplation at Hagios Demetrios, then steep yourself in history at Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), and finally see the interesting displays at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Thessaloniki trip maker site.

Fly from Goreme to Thessaloniki in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Goreme to Thessaloniki is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Goreme in November, Thessaloniki is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kalambaka, Greece

— 1 night
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kalambaka trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Thessaloniki in November; daily highs in Kalambaka reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites

Delphi, Greece

— 2 nights
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Delphi and then take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Nikolaos Church and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Apollo In Delphi.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Delphi trip tool.

Drive from Kalambaka to Delphi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kalambaka in November; daily highs in Delphi reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites · Museums

Nafplio, Greece

— 3 nights
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Nafplio is known for historic sites, beaches, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae, step into the grandiose world of Fortress Palamidi, get engrossed in the history at Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, and contemplate the long history of Bourtzi.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Nafplio trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Delphi to Nafplio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in November, Nafplio is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Nafplio

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Athens trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Athens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nafplio in November, with highs in Athens at 22°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 3 nights

Jerusalem of Europe

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Sarajevo is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, don't miss a visit to Latin Bridge, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in panoramic vistas at The Yellow Fortress.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo day trip planning site.

Getting from Athens to Sarajevo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Belgrade, Serbia

— 1 night
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
On the 28th (Sun), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, then take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Belgrade online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Belgrade takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bled.

Things to do in Belgrade

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Bled, Slovenia

— 2 nights
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Triglav National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle, then take some stellar pictures from Mala Osojnica, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bled Island.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bled vacation planning website.

Getting from Belgrade to Bled by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bled

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature