19 days in The Balkans Itinerary

19 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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19 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  14​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Singapore, Singapore

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, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip website .

Singapore, Singapore to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Istanbul is minus 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in October, with highs in Istanbul at 28°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Split.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 11th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), and then explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Narodni trg, then admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Split travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Split takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Split due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect Split to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): head off the coast to Scedro, steep yourself in history at Spanjola, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hvar sightseeing app .

Drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hvar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Change things up with these side-trips from Korcula Town: Vela Luka Marina (in Vela Luka) and Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato). There's much more to do: get outside with Freestyle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil, admire the striking features of Revelin Tower, and don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Korcula Town trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Hvar to Korcula Town in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Korcula Island, Vela Luka Marina, Freestyle, Ethno Museum Barilo
Highlights from your plan
Freestyle ©
Freestyle
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
Vela Luka Marina ©
Vela Luka Marina

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik road trip site .

Drive from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Acrocorinth (in Corinth) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus, and wander the streets of Monastiraki.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Athens tour planning app .

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Athens in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubrovnik to Athens. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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