14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Bus to Vienna, Fly to Split
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Split, Croatia
— 1 day
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Taxi to Stari Grad, Ferry to Korcula Town
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava

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Split, Croatia — 1 day

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Split trip itinerary website.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Split is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bratislava in August: high temperatures in Split hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Hvar.
Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Hvar, Croatia — 2 nights

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Jerolim, take some stellar pictures from Spanish Fortress, and then admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hvar holiday planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Split to Hvar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Korcula Town.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Korcula Town, Croatia — 2 nights

Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pupnatska Luka Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour, then make a trip to Korcula Town Walls, and then get outside with Badija.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Korcula Town travel planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Hvar to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 2 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.
On the 6th (Sat), get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, pause for some serene contemplation at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Walls of Dubrovnik, and finally step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island. On the next day, take a stroll through Old Town.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik day trip 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. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Athens.
Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): wander the streets of Plaka, then don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubrovnik to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubrovnik in August, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Heraklion.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Heraklion, Greece — 1 night

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 10th (Wed), meet the residents at CRETAquarium, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Heraklion: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips
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Fira, Greece — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 11th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamari Beach. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then get a dose of the wild on Santorini Sailing.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fira trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2.5 hours. August in Fira sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami . On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and then get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel website.

You can fly from Fira to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
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