16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
5
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bol: Jaksic Galerija (in Donji Humac), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Supetar) and Kastil Gospodnetic Dol (in Postira). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Oil, get engrossed in the history at Dominican Monastery, and learn about winemaking at Senjkovic Winery.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bol journey planner.

New York City, USA to Bol is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Bol is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Bol to be a bit warmer, temps between 59°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Bol

Museums Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Skrip, Wine Tours & Tastings, Museum uja, Kastil Gospodnetic Dol, Senjkovic Winery
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Oil ©
Museum of Oil
Jaksic Galerija ©
Jaksic Galerija
Nautic Center Bol ©
Nautic Center Bol

3
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Korcula Town: Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato) and Vela Spila (in Vela Luka). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Revelin Tower, don't miss a visit to Korcula Town Walls, stop by Dekora, and learn about winemaking at Lovric Winery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Korcula Town trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bol to Korcula Town takes 5.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Korcula Island, Ethno Museum Barilo, Lovric Winery, Vela Spila
Highlights from your plan
Revelin Tower ©
Revelin Tower
Korcula Town Walls ©
Korcula Town Walls
Sveti Mihovil ©
Sveti Mihovil

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take a stroll through Old Town and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Franciscan Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace, then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, and finally see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited.

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

Getting from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik by car takes about 3 hours. In December in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

2
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: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubrovnik to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Dubrovnik in December, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Pamukkale, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Plaka, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Athens in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Pamukkale to Athens is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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