18 days in The Balkans Itinerary

18 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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18 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Copenhagen, Denmark

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Sumartin Beach, kick back and relax at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn), and then stroll through Murvica Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Paklina Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovrecina Bay, and then contemplate the long history of Museum of Brac.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bol tour itinerary site .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Bol is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Copenhagen in July; daily highs in Bol reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Bol

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Murvica Beach, Sumartin Beach, Museum of Brac, Lovrecina Bay
Highlights from your plan
Murvica Beach ©
Murvica Beach
Lovrecina Bay ©
Lovrecina Bay
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)

1
night
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
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.
On the 11th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Spanjola, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Bol to Hvar takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Attractions like Vela Przina Beach and Zitna Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Korcula Town side-trips: Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Orebic) and Proizd Island (in Vela Luka). There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at House of Marco Polo, make a trip to Velika Knezeva Kula, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Korcula Town holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Hvar to Korcula Town in 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Korcula Old City, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Proizd Island, Zitna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
Proizd Island ©
Proizd Island

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.
On the 15th (Wed), wander the streets of Old Town and then get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, and then get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik online journey planner .

Drive from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

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

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Attractions like Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens make great kid-friendly stops. When in Athens, make a side trip to see Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Athens trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Dubrovnik to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, Athens is a bit warmer than Dubrovnik - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Heraklion takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in July, expect nights in Heraklion to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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 21st (Tue), wander the streets of Little Venice and then enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Elia Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Sostis Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli).

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mykonos Town day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Heraklion to Mykonos Town in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Panormos Beach, Elia Beach, Paradise Beach, Agios Sostis Beach
Highlights from your plan
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Agios Sostis Beach ©
Agios Sostis Beach

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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Dolmabahce Palace will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

Discover how to plan a Istanbul trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Istanbul by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Mykonos Town in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Istanbul, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

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