40 days in The Balkans Itinerary

40 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Denizli, Bus to Marmaris, Ferry to Rhodes, Fly to Heraklion
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 4 nights
Ferry to Stari Grad, Taxi to Hvar
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Hvar, Croatia
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Bled, Slovenia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker website.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiports are İstanbul Airport, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Pamukkale.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Baths

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): Head underground at Kaklik Cave, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Heraklion.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Heraklion, Greece — 2 nights

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
On the 18th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, do a tasting at Domaine Paterianakis, then explore the world behind art at Kazantzakis Museum, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Aegeo Spas. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at CRETAquarium, and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Heraklion day trip planning site.

Getting from Pamukkale to Heraklion by combination of taxi, bus, ferry, and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums
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Fira, Greece — 5 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and kick back and relax at Kamari Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fira journey planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. July in Fira sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 2 nights

Chora Mykonos

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 25th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with GoDive Mykonos PADI Diving Resort. Keep things going the next day: stop by Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then make a trip to Rarity Gallery, and finally make a trip to Matoyianni Street.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town road trip tool.

Ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods
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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.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, take a stroll through Plaka, and get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

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

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mykonos Town in July: highs in Athens hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Dubrovnik.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Dubrovnik, Croatia — 4 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Dedicate the 3rd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Walls of Dubrovnik, stroll through Zarkovica Animal Shelter, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Dubrovnik takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Dubrovnik is minus 1 hour. In July, Dubrovnik is a bit cooler than Athens - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Korcula Town.
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Tours · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Parks

Korcula Town, Croatia — 4 nights

Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Korcula Town is known for historic sites, wildlife, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: cast your line with a fishing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark's Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Abel, and stop by OPG Komparak.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Korcula Town itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hvar.
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Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trip

Hvar, Croatia — 5 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Hvar is known for sightseeing, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci, make a trip to The Harbour of Hvar, take some stellar pictures from Spanish Fortress, and kick back and relax at Mlini Beach.

Before you visit Hvar, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Korcula Town to Hvar in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Hvar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Split.
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Split, Croatia — 4 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Take a break from Split with a short trip to Krka National Park in Skradin, about 1h 10 min away. Dedicate the 16th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace, examine the collection at Froggyland, wander the streets of Riva Harbor, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Split driving holiday site.

Getting from Hvar to Split by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Split are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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Tours · Parks · Wineries · Nature
Side Trip

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 1 night

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bled.
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Bled, Slovenia — 4 nights

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Triglav National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, and indulge your senses at Wine Tasting Bled.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bled trip planner.

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Bled in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails
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