60 days in The Balkans Itinerary

60 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
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Svoronata, Greece
— 3 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 5 nights
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Corfu Town, Greece
— 6 nights
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Bled, Slovenia
— 4 nights
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 5 nights
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Hvar, Croatia
— 5 nights
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 5 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul online vacation planner.

Varna, Bulgaria to Istanbul is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. In July in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zemi Valley, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for little chillier nights in Goreme, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides

5
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Athens, Greece

Athens ©

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Church of Panaghia (in Nafplio) and Mycenae (Archaeological Site Mycenae & Lion Gate). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, take a stroll through Monastiraki, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Athens takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Goreme to Athens due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Athens when traveling from Goreme in July, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Svoronata.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
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Svoronata, Greece

Svoronata ©
Explore Svoronata's surroundings by going to Fishing Tourism Kefalonia Dimitrios-Efthimia (in Katelios), Skala Beach (in Skala) and Kefalonia Wine Tour (in Omala).

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Svoronata travel site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Athens to Svoronata. Expect little chillier evenings in Svoronata when traveling from Athens in July, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Svoronata

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Dias Beekeeping ©
Dias Beekeeping
Fishing Tourism Kefalonia Dimitrios-Efthimia ©
Gentilini Winery & Vineyards ©
Gentilini Winery & Vineyards

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Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
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 17th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, then learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules).

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Heraklion trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Svoronata to Heraklion with the Route module. July in Heraklion sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for wineries, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia, kick back and relax at Red Beach, and stroll through Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fira trip maker.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Delos (Mount Kynthos, Archaeological Site of Delos, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Little Venice, enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, stroll through Agios Sostis Beach, and learn about winemaking at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm.

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

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

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Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Corfu Town: St. Spyridon First Beach (in Agios Spyridonas) and Sakis Water Sports (in Kalami). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery Panagia of Tenedos, surround yourself with nature on Madalena Boat Trips, and explore the historical opulence of New Fortress.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Corfu Town road trip planner.

Fly from Mykonos Town to Corfu Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Mykonos Town, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Corfu Town, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Bled.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 3:
Highlights from your plan
Corfu Walking Tours ©
Corfu Walking Tours
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu

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Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bled: Bohinjsko Jezero (Hike&Bike Slovenia & Lake Bohinj). Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Triglav National Park. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take some stellar pictures from Mala Osojnica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Parish Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vintgar Gorge.

Plan a trip to Bled easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Corfu Town to Bled in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Corfu Town to Bled due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Corfu Town in August; daily highs in Bled reach 31°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:
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Triglav National Park ©
Triglav National Park
Parasailing & Paragliding
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge

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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Burgeti Lakes, explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, then take in the dramatic scenery at Slapovi Milke Trnine, then admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi, and finally admire the sheer force of Great Cascades.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park travel planning site.

Getting from Bled to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature · Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi
Ciginovac Lake ©
Ciginovac Lake

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Split, Croatia

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Dedicate the 13th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Palazzo di Diocleziano, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, walk around Marjan Park, and make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic).

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Split tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. August in Split sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©

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 adventure, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydiving Tandem Hvar, walk around Sumica Park, get great views at Spanjola, and step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar sightseeing planner.

Ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In August in Hvar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Tours · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Skydiving Tandem Hvar ©
Skydiving Tandem Hvar
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci

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Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Korcula Town is known for historic sites, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn the secrets of beer at Korcula Explorer, make a trip to Korcula Old City, contemplate the long history of Kula Morska Vrata, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pupnatska Luca Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Korcula Town trip itinerary planning tool.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Hvar to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. 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 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:
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Korcula Explorer ©
Korcula Explorer
Korcula Buggy ©
Korcula Buggy
Lovric Winery ©
Lovric Winery

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©

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.
When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately Cavtat away. On the 27th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, make a trip to Pile Gate, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and take a stroll through Old Town.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik road trip planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. August in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

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