17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Drive
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Ferry
2
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry to Stari Grad, Taxi to Hvar
3
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry to Split, Fly to Corfu
4
Paleokastritsa, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then make a trip to Pile Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Onophrian Fountain and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik day trip website.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to Dubrovnik is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sarajevo in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Dubrovnik. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 2 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stroll through Pupnatska Luka Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Mihovil, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Korcula Town Walls, head outdoors with Badija, make a trip to Kula Morska Vrata, then view the masterpieces at Vapor gallery, then examine the collection at House of Marco Polo, and finally make a trip to Atelier Abel.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Korcula Town road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Hvar, Croatia

— 2 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll through Mlini Beach and then take some stellar pictures from Spanish Fortress.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvar tour builder tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Korcula Town to Hvar in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Hvar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Paleokastritsa.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at La Grotta Beach and then make a splash at Aqualand Corfu Water Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rovinia Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paleokastritsa Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paleokastritsa day trip site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Hvar to Paleokastritsa takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In August in Paleokastritsa, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Paleokastritsa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 3 nights

Chora Mykonos

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Panormos Beach and Paradise Beach. And it doesn't end there: stop by Little Venice, don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery, kick back and relax at Kalo Livadi Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with GoDive Mykonos PADI Diving Resort.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mykonos Town online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paleokastritsa to Mykonos Town in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Paleokastritsa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mykonos Town, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Heraklion, Greece

— 1 night
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 26th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Heraklion tour planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Heraklion takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 27th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at National Garden, visit Plaka, then appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, then make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Heraklion to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Heraklion in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul sightseeing planner.

Getting from Athens to Istanbul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. In August, Istanbul is little chillier than Athens - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping