19 days in The Balkans Itinerary

19 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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19 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
train + foot + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Orebic, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Skrip, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + taxi + Fly + shuttle:  5​h
7
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Venture out of the city with trips to Acrocorinth (in Corinth), Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae) and Nauplion Promenade (in Nafplio). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Athens visit planner.

Washington DC, USA to Athens is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Athens is 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in January; daily highs in Athens reach 56°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Acrocorinth, Archaeological Site Mycenae, Nauplion Promenade
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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 17th (Fri), explore the galleries of Rector's Palace and then wander the streets of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik, then make a trip to Pile Gate, then explore the ancient world of Ston Old Town, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church, St. Nicholas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Dubrovnik takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Athens in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Dubrovnik: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Orebic.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ston
Highlights from your plan
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Church, St. Nicholas ©
Church, St. Nicholas

1
night
Orebic, Croatia

Orebić is a port town and municipality in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county in Croatia. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the striking features of Monastery of Our Lady of Andela, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then do a tasting at Vino Spaleta, and finally do a tasting at Matusko Winery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Orebic driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Orebic in 2 hours. In January in Orebic, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Orebic

Outdoors Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Matusko Winery, Vino Spaleta
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Vino Spaleta ©
Vino Spaleta
Matusko Winery ©
Matusko Winery

2
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a trip to Vela Spila, see the interesting displays at Ethno Museum Barilo, admire the striking features of Church Sveti Petar, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Mihovil, then admire the landmark architecture of Revelin Tower, and finally learn about winemaking at Lovric Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Bire winery, then look for gifts at Coral Shop Irena, then get engrossed in the history at Korcula Town Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Korcula Town Walls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Korcula Town trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Orebic to Korcula Town takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in January, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Skrip.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Vela Spila, Ethno Museum Barilo
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Korcula Town Walls ©
Korcula Town Walls
Revelin Tower ©
Revelin Tower
Sveti Mihovil ©
Sveti Mihovil

1
night
Skrip, Croatia

Skrip ©
On the 22nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museum of Oil, examine the collection at Museum uja, see the interesting displays at The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip, then do a tasting at Senjkovic Winery, and finally don't miss a visit to Jaksic Galerija.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Skrip travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Korcula Town to Skrip in 6 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Skrip

Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Senjkovic Winery, Museum uja, Jaksic Galerija
Highlights from your plan
The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip ©
The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip
Jaksic Galerija ©
Jaksic Galerija
Museum of Oil ©
Museum of Oil

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

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 23rd (Thu): make a trip to The Harbour of Hvar, then don't miss a visit to Mekicevica, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then look and learn at Napoleon Fortress (Napuljn).

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Skrip to Hvar takes 3 hours. January in Hvar sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Hvar

Tours Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
The Harbour of Hvar ©
The Harbour of Hvar
Napoleon Fortress (Napuljn) ©
Napoleon Fortress (Napuljn)

4
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ljubljana: Bled (Lake Bled & Bled Castle). There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Michael, take in the views from Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most), and don't miss a visit to Preseren Square.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana journey maker website .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Hvar to Ljubljana takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hvar in January, expect Ljubljana to be slightly colder, temps between 40°F and 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bled
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Ljubljanski Grad ©
Ljubljanski Grad

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