15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3​h 45​min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h
6
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
7
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 day
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), and then explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Split driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Split is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Split is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Split reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll through Dubovica, take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, and then admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Hvar trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. October in Hvar sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

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.
On the 6th (Sun), wander the streets of Old Town and then get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, and then browse the exhibits of Rector's Palace.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip planner.

Getting from Hvar to Dubrovnik by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): wander the streets of Plaka, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Athens travel route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubrovnik to Athens is 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Athens are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

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

1
night
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Heraklion trip website .

Do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Heraklion in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. October in Heraklion sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos
Highlights from your plan
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

1
night
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 11th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Akrotiri trip itinerary maker app .

Ride a ferry from Heraklion to Akrotiri in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Boutari Winery
Highlights from your plan
Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

1
day
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
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 12th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Hierapolis and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Akrotiri to Pamukkale takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Akrotiri to Pamukkale. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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