20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Bled, Slovenia
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
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Skala, Greece
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kefallinia Airport, Fly to Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, Drive to Gouvia
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Gouvia, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive to Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, Fly to Dubrovnik Airport
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry to Stari Grad, Taxi to Hvar
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Hvar, Croatia
— 4 nights
Ferry to Split, Fly to London Gatwick

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Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Vintgar Gorge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Straža Bled, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Triglav National Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bled trip itinerary maker site.

London, UK to Bled is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. Traveling from London to Bled, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Bled to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

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.
On the 13th (Tue), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Istanbul sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bled to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bled to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Bled in July, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, then stop by Plaka, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and finally steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Athens tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Heraklion, Greece

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 17th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip website.

Getting from Athens to Heraklion by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in July, expect nights in Heraklion to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Skala.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

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Skala, Greece

Mass tourism has transformed the once-sleepy village of Skala into a modern seaside resort, its major attraction a well-developed beach that happens to be one of the longest and sandiest on the island of Cephalonia.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanali Beach, then kick back and relax at Koroni Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skala Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaminia Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Fishing Tourism Kefalonia Dimitrios-Efthimia.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Skala trip website.

Getting from Heraklion to Skala by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gouvia.

Things to do in Skala

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Gouvia, Greece

Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Corfu Donkey Rescue and then make a splash at Aqualand Corfu Water Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Nissaki Cave and then take a tour by water with Apollo Dive Center.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Skala to Gouvia. In July, daytime highs in Gouvia are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Gouvia

Wildlife · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): wander the streets of Old Town and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik online trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gouvia to Dubrovnik. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gouvia to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Gouvia in July, plan for little chillier days in Dubrovnik, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Korcula Town is known for historic sites, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cast your line with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Pupnatska Luka Beach, contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls, and stop by OPG Komparak.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Korcula Town holiday planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

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Hvar, Croatia

Croatian St. Tropez

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, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci, indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage Studio Pharos, enjoy the sand and surf at Mlini Beach, and contemplate the long history of Spanish Fortress.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hvar trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Korcula Town to Hvar in 2.5 hours. In July in Hvar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites