60 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Rovinj, Croatia
— 1 night
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Pula, Croatia
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Jelsa, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Sucuraj, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Cetinje, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Nevsehir, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Konya, Turkey
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Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
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Selcuk, Turkey
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Izmir, Turkey
— 1 night
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Bodrum City, Turkey
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Kos Town, Greece
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Hermoupolis, Greece
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Athens, Greece
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Corinth, Greece
— 1 night
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Epidavros, Greece
— 1 night
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Didyma, Greece
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Nafplio, Greece
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Mycenae, Greece
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Delphi, Greece
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Kalambaka, Greece
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Zagreb, Croatia — 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 20th (Mon), have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions, take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then make a trip to Tunel Gric, then stop by Apiterra, and finally get engrossed in the history at Image of War - War Photography Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, browse the fresh offerings at Dolac Market, view the masterpieces at Gallery of Croatian Naive Art, see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb journey planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Zagreb is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 16°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovinj.
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Rovinj, Croatia — 1 night

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Sottomuro, view the masterpieces at Raku Ceramics, then look for gifts at HED.ON.IST, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally make a trip to Port of Rovinj.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rovinj day trip site.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Rovinj takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In March in Rovinj, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Pula.
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Pula, Croatia

It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pula trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Rovinj to Pula in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You will leave for Plitvice Lakes National Park on the 23rd (Thu).
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 2 nights

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the activities along Milanovac Lake and then take in the dramatic scenery at The Lower Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pula to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Split.
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Split, Croatia — 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Diocletian's Palace and Museum of Brac. Get outdoors at Krka National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Split's surroundings by going to Skrip (Museum uja & The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip), Jaksic Gallery (in Donji Humac) and Parish church complex (in Supetar). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Diocletians Dream, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Roko, make a trip to Split Synagogue, and look for gifts at Filigran Split.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Split trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daily temperatures in Split can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jelsa.
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Jelsa, Croatia — 2 nights

Jelsa is a town in Croatia, on the island of Hvar, the seat of the eponymous municipalityGeographyThe town of Jelsa is situated in a bay on the middle of the north coast of the island of Hvar. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look and learn at Fort Napoljun - Napolean, stop by Mamma Mia the Boutique, and then take some stellar pictures from Spanish Fortress. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery and then do a tasting at Dubokovic Wine.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jelsa day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Split to Jelsa takes 1.5 hours. March in Jelsa sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sucuraj.
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Sucuraj, Croatia — 2 nights

Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Perna Inlet.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sucuraj journey planner.

Drive from Jelsa to Sucuraj in 1.5 hours. In March in Sucuraj, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. You'll set off for Dubrovnik on the 1st (Sat).
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Speed Boats Tours and Lokrum Island. Appreciate the collections at Red History Museum and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik, see the interesting displays at Love Stories Museum, visit Old Town, and look for gifts at Dubrovnik Heritage - Handmade Croatian Products.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Sucuraj to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cetinje.
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Cetinje, Montenegro — 2 nights

Culture and history come together at Cetinje, a city surrounded by mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Montenegro, take an in-depth tour of King Nicholas Museum, then Head underground at Lipa Cave, and finally examine the collection at Cetinje Monastery.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cetinje trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Cetinje takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pearl of the Adriatic

On the 6th (Thu), look for gifts at Note Bene.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip planner.

You can drive from Cetinje to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 4 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.
Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Chora Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, and contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning site.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nevsehir.
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Nevsehir, Turkey — 4 nights

Thousands of years of civilization are visibly present at Nevsehir, a major city in Cappaddocia famously graced with fairy chimneys, carved houses, churches, and frescoes.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Nevsehir Museum. Let the collections at Zelve Open Air Museum and Hacıbektaş Veli Müzesi capture your imagination. There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Red Valley, get to know the fascinating history of Hacibektas, and look for gifts at Cavusin Seramik.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Nevsehir holiday planner.

You can drive from Istanbul to Nevsehir in 7 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Nevsehir, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Konya.
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Konya, Turkey

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Konya trip planner.

You can drive from Nevsehir to Konya in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Konya are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. You'll set off for Antalya on the 14th (Fri).
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Antalya, Turkey — 2 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.
On the 14th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Antalya Bazaar and then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, and then take a stroll through Kaleici.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Antalya trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Konya to Antalya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Konya in April: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Babadaglilar Ishani, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner.

Drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Selcuk.
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Selcuk, Turkey — 2 nights

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Public Latrine. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isa Bey Mosque, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and then look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Selcuk sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Izmir.
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Izmir, Turkey — 1 night

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, then look for gifts at Has Deri Leather Shop, then wander the streets of Kemeralti Market, and finally explore the ancient world of Agora Open Air Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Izmir journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Izmir takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Selcuk in April, you will find days in Izmir are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bodrum City.
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Bodrum City, Turkey — 1 night

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bodrum City trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Izmir to Bodrum City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Izmir in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bodrum City: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. You will leave for Kos Town on the 21st (Fri).
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Kos Town, Greece — 2 nights

Situated on a tiny island big on history and culture, Kos Town sits in an area dotted with well-preserved ancient ruins.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): delve into the distant past at Kos Town Castle, then make a trip to Hippocrates Tree, and then kick back and relax at Therma Beach. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Casa Romana Kos, delve into the distant past at Asklepion Kos, then discover the deep blue sea with Kos Divers, and finally kick back and relax at Tigaki Beach.

Plan a Kos Town trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Bodrum City to Kos Town takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Bodrum City to Kos Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bodrum City in April, expect nights in Kos Town to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Hermoupolis.
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Hermoupolis, Greece — 2 nights

On the 24th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Ermoupolis City Hall, then get engrossed in the history at Ermoupolis Industrial Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Agathopes Beach. On your second day here, stop by Prekas Traditional Products, enjoy the sand and surf at Kini Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Galissas Beach.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hermoupolis road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kos Town to Hermoupolis takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Hermoupolis are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Acropolis Museum and Sofokli Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Lycabettus and Nautilus Dive Center. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, take in the exciting artwork at Eleni Marneri Galerie, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Hermoupolis to Athens takes 4.5 hours. In April in Athens, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Corinth.
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Corinth, Greece — 1 night

History remains the main attraction in Corinth, a city built near the site of its fabled ancient counterpart.
On the 30th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Archea Korinthos, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Corinth, and then stop by Kilix Ceramic Crafts.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Corinth trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Athens to Corinth in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Epidavros.
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Epidavros, Greece — 1 night

One of the ancient world's famed places of healing, Epidavros today remains best known as the site of a remarkably well-preserved Hellenic theater, designated as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the ancient world of The Sunken City - Ancient Epidaurus, don't miss a visit to Sanctuary of Asklepios, then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Asklipiiou Epidavrou, and finally take an in-depth tour of Epidaurus Archaeological Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Epidavros trip planner.

Getting from Corinth to Epidavros by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Corinth in April, expect Epidavros to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Didyma.
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Didyma, Greece — 1 night

On the 2nd (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Paralia Lepitsa, see the interesting displays at Ermionis - Bairaktaris Apiary, then Head underground at Didyma Caves, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Franchthi Cave.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Didyma trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Epidavros to Didyma in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Nafplio.
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Nafplio, Greece — 1 night

Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Nafplio sightseeing planner.

Getting from Didyma to Nafplio by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Nafplio sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. You will leave for Mycenae on the 3rd (Wed).
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Mycenae, Greece — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae, then steep yourself in history at Lion Gate, then explore the ancient world of Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, and finally stop by Golden Mycenae.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mycenae trip maker tool.

Mycenae is just a stone's throw from Nafplio. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Delphi.
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Delphi, Greece — 10 nights

Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Appreciate the collections at Delphi Archaeological Museum and Maritime Museum & Archaeological Collection of Galaxidi. Visit Delphi and Treasury of the Athenians for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Delphi side-trips: Gravia (Mnimio Odyssea Androutsou & Hani of Gravia), Livadia (Oracle of Trophonius, Kryas Livadeia Springs, &more) and Bread Museum of Amfiklia (in Amfikleia). Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Oitis National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo In Delphi, stop by Parnass Ski Snowboard, walk around Recreational Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Nikolaos Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Delphi tour planner.

Getting from Mycenae to Delphi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Mycenae in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Delphi, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Kalambaka.
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Kalambaka, Greece — 1 night

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 15th (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kalambaka online holiday builder.

Getting from Delphi to Kalambaka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in May, things will get slightly colder in Kalambaka: highs are around 26°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.
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Hvar Island travel guide

4.3
Lookouts · Nightlife · Islands
Island of the Sun
Hvar Island, "the queen of the Dalmatian islands," draws visitors to its beaches lapped by the crystal blue sea. Croatia's sunniest and longest island offers a mild climate, secluded pebble coves, ancient olive trees, vast lavender fields, and pine-forested hills. An important strategic and nautical point since prehistoric times, the island has been building its unique identity ever since. Experience the flavor of Hvar Island in small inns serving homemade wines, as locals sing old island songs. In contrast, the cosmopolitan Hvar offers luxurious five-star hotels, which can attract celebrities (and drive prices up). For a true Hvar experience, try private accommodations like hostels and apartments at private houses, which can service more diverse crowd. The town is crisscrossed by cobbled streets lined with Venetian palaces and offers exciting nightlife.
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Montenegro travel guide

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Historic Sites · Beaches · Bodies of Water
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.
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Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Antalya Province travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Ruins · Waterfalls
Once a land of ancient cities, Antalya Province lies along the Mediterranean coast and is now home to Turkey's largest international sea resort. Tour the narrow, cobbled streets and historical houses in the province's eponymous city, or pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Xanthos. Ancient cities and ruins scattered throughout the province give it its historical character. The 657 km (408 mi) long shoreline offers plenty of space to relax along its immaculate beaches and ports. Fill your holiday itinerary with a yacht tour, game of golf, rock climbing, and bird-watching.
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Izmir Province travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.
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Greece travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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Syros travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Churches · Government Buildings