36 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly to Zagreb, Shuttle to Ljubljana
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Zagreb, Fly to Dubrovnik
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kalambaka, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Delphi, Greece
— 1 night
Drive
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Nafplio, Greece
— 4 nights
Bus to Athens, Fly to Naxos Town
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Antalya, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Ankara, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 3 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Visiting Škocjan Caves and Ljubljanica River will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Bled Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ljubljana: Predjama Castle (in Postojna), The Ossuary (in Kranj) and Vogel (in Bohinjsko Jezero). Spend the 26th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at House of Illusions, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and snap pictures at Triple Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ljubljana trip planning website.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Ljubljana is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Ljubljana when traveling from Copenhagen in January, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Croatian War of Independence and Fort Lovrijenac. Museum-lovers will get to explore Dulcic Masle Pulitika Gallery and Maritime Museum. When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Cemetery in Cavtat, approximately Cavtat away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Minceta Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Blaise, wander the streets of Lapad, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Ljubljana to Dubrovnik takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ljubljana in January, things will get a bit warmer in Dubrovnik: highs are around 12°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Diocletians Dream and Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Get some historical perspective at The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik and Old Split. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Split: Dubovica Beach (in Zarace) and Spanish Fortress (in Hvar). There's lots more to do: walk around Marjan Park, see Off-Road Tours, deepen your understanding at Prirodoslovni muzej, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Split trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Dubrovnik to Split in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Belgrade.
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Belgrade, Serbia — 3 nights

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Military Museum and Skadarlija. Get in touch with nature at Ada Ciganlija and Danube River. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and enjoy breathtaking views from The Millenary Monument.

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Getting from Split to Belgrade by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Split in February; daily highs in Belgrade reach 10°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki, Greece — 3 nights

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) and Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ladadika District and Rotunda. Explore Thessaloniki's surroundings by going to Afitos (Mandalena arts and crafts & Daysailing). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios, pause for some photo ops at Monument of Alexander The Great, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St.Sophia.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Thessaloniki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Thessaloniki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In February, Thessaloniki is a bit warmer than Belgrade - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kalambaka.
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Kalambaka, Greece — 2 nights

The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Roussanou Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada). On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Agios Stefanos, then examine the collection at Geological Formation Museum of Meteora, and then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum.

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Getting from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Thessaloniki in February: high temperatures in Kalambaka hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Delphi.
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Delphi, Greece — 1 night

Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Delphi, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo In Delphi.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Delphi trip planning website.

Drive from Kalambaka to Delphi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kalambaka in February, with highs in Delphi at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nafplio.
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Nafplio, Greece — 4 nights

Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Get a sense of the local culture at Offshore Hydropower Museum and Fortress Palamidi. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lion Gate and Akrokorinthos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nafplio: Archea Korinthos (in Corinth), Ancient Mantineia (in Mantineia) and Corinth Canal (in Isthmia). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Nauplion, delve into the distant past at Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Evaggelistria, and contemplate the long history of Land Gate.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nafplio journey planning app.

You can drive from Delphi to Nafplio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Nafplio when traveling from Delphi in February, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Naxos Town.
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Naxos Town, Greece — 2 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
On the 19th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Naos Tou Dionysou Yria, discover the deep blue sea with Blue Fin Divers Naxos Greece, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and finally explore the ancient world of The Temple of Apollo – Portara.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Naxos Town trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Nafplio to Naxos Town in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Traveling from Nafplio in February, things will get a bit warmer in Naxos Town: highs are around 18°C and lows about 12°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Antalya.
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Antalya, Turkey — 3 nights

Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Antalya Muzesi and Phaselis. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ancient Theater and Perge Ancient City. Step out of Antalya to go to Cirali and see Chimaera, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kelebek Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya journey maker website.

Fly from Naxos Town to Antalya in 9 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 Naxos Town to Antalya. Traveling from Naxos Town in February, Antalya is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.
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Goreme, Turkey — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Erciyes and Zelve Open Air Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Uchisar Castle and Turasan Sarapcilik. Change things up with a short trip to Dort Ayak Turbesi in Kayseri (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

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Fly from Antalya to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Antalya in February: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 12°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Ankara.
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Ankara, Turkey — 2 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): go for a walk through Kugulu Park, get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ankara trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Goreme to Ankara by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Goreme in February, you will find days in Ankara are little chillier (5°C), and nights are a bit warmer (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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