15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Hersonissos, Greece
— 2 nights
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Paleokastritsa, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip planning tool.

London, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in August, with highs in Istanbul at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Corinth Canal (in Isthmia), Mycenae (Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, Archaeological Site Mycenae, &more) and Archea Korinthos (in Corinth). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Plaka, enjoy the sand and surf at Legrena Beach, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip maker.

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Athens is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in August, things will get a bit warmer in Athens: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Hersonissos, Greece

— 2 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stop by Nerium Oleander, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then kick back and relax at Voulisma Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, and finally head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Stalis Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, get in on the family fun at Acqua Plus Water Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then get in on the family fun at Dinosauria Park, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hersonissos trip planning website.

You can fly from Athens to Hersonissos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in August, expect Hersonissos to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly to Paleokastritsa.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paleokastritsa, Greece

— 2 nights
Heartily dedicated to tourism, Corfu's popular resort town of Paleokastritsa lures vacationers with lavish hotels and beaches surrounded by a hilly countryside of olive groves and fragrant fruit orchards.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): kick back and relax at Paleokastritsa Beach, stroll through Agios Petros Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Porto Timoni Beach, then kick back and relax at Agios Stefanos Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Canal D'Amour, and finally stroll through Paralia Sidari. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Rovinia Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, then cool off at Aqualand Corfu Water Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at La Grotta Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paleokastritsa road trip site.

Fly from Hersonissos to Paleokastritsa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Hersonissos in August, you will find days in Paleokastritsa are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Paleokastritsa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 2 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get outside with Freestyle, stroll through Vela Przina Beach, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pupnatska Luka Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Korcula Town Museum, and finally make a trip to Korcula Old City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Korcula Town Walls, stop by Kutak Knjiga, walk around Park Foretic, then get outside with Badija, then get engrossed in the history at Bishop's Treasury Museum, and finally walk around Kocje.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Korcula Town online route planner.

Traveling by car from Paleokastritsa to Korcula Town takes 14 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. August in Korcula Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, then stop by Old Town, then head off the coast to Lokrum Island, and finally kick back and relax at Sveti Jakov Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik driving holiday website.

Ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. August in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip