23 days in The Balkans Itinerary

23 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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23 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
4
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
5
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Copenhagen, Denmark

1
night
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale journey planner .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Pamukkale is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Copenhagen to Pamukkale, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

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: explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

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

1
night
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
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 16th (Thu): kick back and relax at Panormos Beach and then take a stroll through Little Venice.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town vacation builder .

Getting from Istanbul to Mykonos Town by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Mykonos Town is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Panormos Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

1
night
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 17th (Fri), do a tasting at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., identify plant and animal life at Santo Horse Riding, then stroll through Red Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Akrotiri takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Akrotiri can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A.
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Heraklion online travel planner .

Getting from Akrotiri to Heraklion by ferry takes about 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Heraklion are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Winery Stilianou, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos
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Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
When in Athens, make a side trip to see Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Heraklion in July: highs in Athens hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, adventure, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, examine the collection at War Photo Limited, and take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik road trip app .

You can fly from Athens to Dubrovnik in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Dubrovnik. Traveling from Athens in July, things will get slightly colder in Dubrovnik: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Neighborhoods Tours
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

3
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Get out of town with these interesting Korcula Town side-trips: Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Orebic), Vela Luka (Proizd Island & Vela Luka Marina) and Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at House of Marco Polo, don't miss a visit to Velika Knezeva Kula, and enjoy the sand and surf at Vela Przina Beach.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Korcula Town online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town by car takes about 3 hours. In July in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Vela Luka, Vela Przina Beach, Korcula Old City, Ethno Museum Barilo, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach
Proizd Island ©
Proizd Island
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City

3
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
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, nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci, admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, and stroll through Dubovica.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvar attractions planner.

You can drive from Korcula Town to Hvar in 5 hours. In July in Hvar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 1st (Sat), examine the collection at Froggyland, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then delve into the distant past at Palazzo di Diocleziano. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, then make a trip to Gaspina mlinica, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Split trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Hvar to Split takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Gaspina mlinica
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River Rafting & Tubing
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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