12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Karachi, Pakistan
Fly:  10 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 15 min
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Karachi, Pakistan

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul online visit planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to Istanbul. In May, daytime highs in Istanbul are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): wander the streets of Old Town and then head off the coast to Lokrum Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Photo Limited.

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

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Istanbul to Dubrovnik in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 26th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius and then get to know the fascinating history of Palazzo di Diocleziano. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Marjan Park, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Split trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Split, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

3
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens trip maker.

You can fly from Split to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Split to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Split in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Athens, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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