52 days in Russia & The Balkans Itinerary

52 days in Russia & The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Train
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Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Denizli, Bus to Marmaris, Ferry to Rhodes, Fly to Heraklion
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 5 nights
Ferry to Stari Grad, Taxi to Hvar
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Hvar, Croatia
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Bled, Slovenia
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Venice, Fly to Bogota

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St. Petersburg, Russia

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, and get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral.

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Bogota, Colombia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 8 hours. Traveling from Bogota in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in St. Petersburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Moscow, Russia

— 5 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Step out of Moscow with an excursion to Church of The Holy Virgin in Dubrovitsy--about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square, explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uspensky Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Moscow trip planner.

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and explore the galleries of Galata Tower.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online trip planner.

You can fly from Moscow to Istanbul in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Moscow in August, expect Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

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.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale road trip planning website.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Heraklion, Greece

— 2 nights
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.
On the 18th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, then relax in the rural setting at Snail Farm and Fun, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Aegeo Spas.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Heraklion online travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, ferry, and flight from Pamukkale to Heraklion takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Pamukkale to Heraklion is minus 1 hour. In August in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Fira, Greece

— 4 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for wineries, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, surround yourself with nature on Santorini Sailing, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fira driving holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2.5 hours. In August in Fira, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 3 nights

Chora Mykonos

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.
Mykonos Town is known for nightlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Little Venice, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kalo Livadi Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. August in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, make a trip to Erechtheion, and take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Athens in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. When traveling from Mykonos Town in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, take in the waterfront activity at City Harbor, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik travel route builder site.

Getting from Athens to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens to Dubrovnik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Athens in August; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 5 nights
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: sample some tasty brews at Korcula Explorer, don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City, enjoy the sand and surf at Pupnatska Luka Beach, and examine the collection at House of Marco Polo.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Korcula Town trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Korcula Town are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Hvar, Croatia

— 5 nights

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.
On the 10th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Spanish Fortress, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Benedictine Monastery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage Studio Pharos.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hvar road trip site.

Getting from Korcula Town to Hvar by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Split, Croatia

— 4 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Dedicate the 15th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Diocletian's Palace, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Split day trip planner.

Getting from Hvar to Split by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, explore the activities along Lake Milino, admire the sheer force of Great Cascades, then explore the activities along Milanovac Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Burgeti Lakes.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park holiday planning tool.

Getting from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature

Bled, Slovenia

— 4 nights
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Triglav National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Vintgar Gorge, step off the mainland to explore Bled Island, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Parish Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bled trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Bled takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daily temperatures in Bled can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.