14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Tallinn, Estonia
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Tallinn, Estonia

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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 your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, then admire the landmark architecture of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik attractions planner.

Tallinn, Estonia to Dubrovnik is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tallinn to Dubrovnik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Tallinn, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Dubrovnik, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Ston
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Marlais Winery ©
Marlais Winery
Milos Winery ©
Milos Winery

3
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
When in Korcula Town, make a side trip to see Ethno Museum Barilo in Blato, approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Boya Crayons Shop, contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls, get engrossed in the history at Bishop's Treasury Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Korcula Town trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 3 hours. January in Korcula Town sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bol.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ethno Museum Barilo, Lovric Winery, Boya Crayons Shop
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Revelin Tower ©
Revelin Tower
Ethno Museum Barilo ©
Ethno Museum Barilo
Boya Crayons Shop ©
Boya Crayons Shop

2
nights
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
On the 11th (Sat), do a tasting at Senjkovic Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Jaksic Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Museum uja, and finally admire the striking features of Kastil Gospodnetic Dol. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Wine Tasting Brac & Olive Oil Brac, see the interesting displays at The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip, and then step into the grandiose world of Museum of Brac.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Bol trip website .

Getting from Korcula Town to Bol by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Bol

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Skrip, Nerezisca, Jaksic Gallery, Kastil Gospodnetic Dol
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Museum uja ©
Museum uja
Kastil Gospodnetic Dol ©
Kastil Gospodnetic Dol
Senjkovic Winery ©
Senjkovic Winery

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take a stroll through Monastiraki, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, and admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Bol to Athens takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bol to Athens. January in Athens sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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