18 days in The Balkans Itinerary

18 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
2
Bol, Croatia
— 3 nights
3
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
5
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
6
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights

1
night
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll around Marjan Park.

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Paris, France to Split is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in August: high temperatures in Split hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Bol.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Supetar Bay (in Supetar), Sumartin Beach (in Sumartin) and Museum uja (in Skrip). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vidova Gora, appreciate the extensive heritage of Golden horn from above, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take an in-depth tour of Dominican Monastery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bol vacation planner.

Ride a ferry from Split to Bol in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Bol are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Bol

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Supetar Bay, Sumartin Beach, Museum uja
Highlights from your plan
Vidova Gora ©
Vidova Gora
Museum uja ©
Museum uja
Scuba & Snorkeling

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: Vela Luka (Proizd Island & Jerolim). Next up on the itinerary: catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Vapor gallery, make a trip to Korcula Old City, and contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Korcula Town tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Bol to Korcula Town in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Vela Luka, Korcula Old City, Vela Przina Beach
Highlights from your plan
Badija ©
Badija
Proizd Island ©
Proizd Island
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City

3
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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik sightseeing planner.

You can ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In August, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, wander the streets of Plaka, then contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, and finally appreciate the history behind Erechtheion. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos.

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Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Athens takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubrovnik to Athens is 1 hour. In August, Athens is somewhat warmer than Dubrovnik - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

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

2
nights
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 16th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Snail Farm and Fun, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

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Getting from Athens to Heraklion by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. While traveling from Athens, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Heraklion, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul attractions planning site.

You can fly from Heraklion to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Heraklion to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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