22 days in The Balkans Itinerary

22 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
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Fethiye, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Drive to Marmaris, Ferry to Rhodes, Drive to Lindos
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Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Naxos Town
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry
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Paros, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Milos, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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Vasilikos, Greece
— 2 nights
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Corfu Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 nights

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like City Harbor and Cavtat Seaside Promenade. Step out of Dubrovnik to go to Cavtat and see Cavtat Old Town, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Old Town, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Blaise.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik tour planner.

Durham, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Durham to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Fri), admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally explore the galleries of Galata Tower.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Dubrovnik to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Fethiye.
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Fethiye, Turkey — 2 nights

A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
On the 6th (Sat), wander the streets of Old Town, make a short side trip with Day Trips, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Saklikent Milli Parki.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fethiye trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Istanbul to Fethiye in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Fethiye sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lindos.
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Lindos, Greece — 2 nights

A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 8th (Mon), stroll through Lindos Beach, then steep yourself in history at The Church of the Panagia, then head outdoors with Pefkos Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Pavlos Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery Tsambika, enjoy the sand and surf at Tsambika Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agathi Beach.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lindos journey planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fethiye to Lindos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fethiye in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lindos, with lows of 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naxos Town.
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Naxos Town, Greece — 1 night

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Agios Prokopios Beach, kick back and relax at Plaka Beach, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally delve into the distant past at The Temple of Apollo – Portara.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Naxos Town journey planner.

Getting from Lindos to Naxos Town by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Naxos Town can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Paros.
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Paros, Greece — 1 night

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Lefkes, take in the waterfront activity at Old Port of Naoussa, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum Parou, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, and finally step off the mainland to explore Parikia Town.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paros online tour builder.

You can ride a ferry from Naxos Town to Paros in an hour. In August in Paros, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 1 night

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): kick back and relax at Elia Beach, then wander the streets of Little Venice, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally don't miss a visit to Matoyianni Street.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town trip planning tool.

Ride a ferry from Paros to Mykonos Town in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santorini Sailing and Perivolos. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, contemplate the geological forces at Santorini Volcano, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Thera.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fira trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Milos.
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Milos, Greece — 1 night

The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarakiniko Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Firiplaka Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kleftiko Beach.

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Traveling by ferry from Fira to Milos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Milos are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 1 night

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 17th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and finally take a stroll through Plaka.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Athens itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Milos to Athens in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. While traveling from Milos, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Vasilikos.
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Vasilikos, Greece — 2 nights

Home to just a few hundred year-round residents, Vasilikos draws thousands of daily visitors with its beaches and restaurants during peak tourist season.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): expand your horizons at Hanne Mi.S.Ceramic Art Studio, then kick back and relax at St Nicholas Beach, then kick back and relax at Banana Beach, and finally stroll through Gerakas Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Xigia Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Marathonisi (Turtle Island), and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Vasilikos day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Athens to Vasilikos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Athens in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Vasilikos, with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Corfu Town.
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Corfu Town, Greece — 3 nights

Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
On the 20th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of The Liston, then examine the collection at Achilleion Museum, then examine the collection at Corfu Museum of Asian Art, and finally wander the streets of Corfu Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at La Grotta Beach, kick back and relax at Barbati Beach, and then experience the excitement of Aqualand Corfu Water Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Corfu Town tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Vasilikos to Corfu Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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