16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  14​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Subway:  2​h 30​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Singapore, Singapore

5
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), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, wander the streets of Taksim Square, and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In December, Istanbul is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 7°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Taksim Square ©
Taksim Square

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dubrovnik: Orebic (Korta Katarina Winery & Natura Antunovic), Ston (Church, St. Nicholas, Marlais Winery, & more) and Vino Spaleta (in Kuna Peljeska). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, and learn about winemaking at Winery Botaro.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Dubrovnik in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Dubrovnik. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dubrovnik: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ston, Orebic, Vino Spaleta
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Vino Spaleta ©
Vino Spaleta
Korta Katarina Winery ©
Korta Katarina Winery

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
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.
On the 25th (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Mykonos Brewing Company, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then wander the streets of Little Venice. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Panormos Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, and then make a trip to Kapopoulos Fine Arts.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mykonos Town online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Mykonos Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubrovnik to Mykonos Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubrovnik in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Mykonos Town. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Panormos Beach, Mykonos Brewing Company, Paradise Beach
Highlights from your plan
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

4
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: take a stroll through Plaka, explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Athens online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Mykonos Town to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

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

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