20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  11​h
5
Delphi, Greece
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Nafplio, Greece
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Subway + Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Rethymnon, Greece
— 1 night
Taxi + Ferry:  2​h 30​min
8
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Manavgat, Turkey
— 1 night
Bus:  6​h 45​min
11
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 1st (Sun), wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata), then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb tour itinerary maker app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Zagreb is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. March in Zagreb sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata) ©
Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata)
Mirogoj Cemetery ©
Mirogoj Cemetery

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 3rd (Tue), hike along Vintgar Gorge, step into the grandiose world of Predjama Castle, then stroll around Tivoli Park, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, don't miss a visit to Preseren Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja), and finally take in the views from Tromostovje.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. March in Ljubljana sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Predjama Castle, Vintgar Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge

2
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a stroll through Skadarlija, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ada Ciganlija, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Holy Trinity. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Military Museum, explore the activities along Danube River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Vasilije of Ostrog, then take in panoramic vistas at The Millenary Monument, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at New Cemetery.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Belgrade trip planner.

You can fly from Ljubljana to Belgrade in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Ljubljana in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 3°C in Belgrade. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
Danube River ©
Danube River
New Cemetery ©
New Cemetery

1
night
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, step into the grandiose world of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni, contemplate the long history of Beskuca's Palace, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, then pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Carmel.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kotor trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Belgrade to Kotor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Belgrade in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Kotor, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Delphi.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Perast, Castle Of San Giovanni
Highlights from your plan
City Walls ©
City Walls
Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Castle Of San Giovanni
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor

1
day
Delphi, Greece

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): delve into the distant past at The Temple of Apollo, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, then explore the ancient world of Delphi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Delphi holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kotor to Delphi. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in Delphi are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Apollo temple
Highlights from your plan
Delphi ©
Delphi
Apollo temple ©
Apollo temple
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi

2
nights
Nafplio, Greece

Nafplio ©
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, take in the waterfront at Nauplion Promenade, and then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, contemplate the long history of Lion Gate, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Corinth Canal.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Nafplio vacation planner .

You can drive from Delphi to Nafplio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in March, Nafplio is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mycenae, The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Corinth Canal
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi
Lion Gate ©
Lion Gate
Citadel and Treasury of Atreus
Citadel and Treasury of Atreus

1
night
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
On the 11th (Wed), examine the collection at Contemporary Art Museum of Crete, then explore the activities along Lake Kournas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and finally make a trip to Monastery of Arkadi. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Five Virgins, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, then pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Of The Two Rocks, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of Archangel Michael.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rethymnon trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Nafplio to Rethymnon in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nafplio in March; daily highs in Rethymnon reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Church, Church of the Five Virgins, Panagia Of The Two Rocks, Byzantine Church of Archangel Michael, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©
Church of the Five Virgins ©
Church of the Five Virgins

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Ancient Thera, hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, then explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, and finally explore the activities along Amoudi Bay. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Santo Winery, then visit a coastal fixture at Akrotiri LightHouse, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, and finally do sightseeing your way with Private Tours.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fira travel tool .

Ride a ferry from Rethymnon to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Skaros Rock, Amoudi Bay, Akrotiri LightHouse, Ancient Thera
Highlights from your plan
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock
Akrotiri LightHouse ©
Akrotiri LightHouse

1
night
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
On the 15th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City, then take in the dramatic scenery at Duden Waterfalls, then take in the waterfront activity at Harbour District/ Antalya Marina, and finally delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kursunlu Waterfalls, and then delve into the distant past at Termessos Ruins.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Fira to Antalya takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Fira to Antalya, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fira in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Antalya, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Manavgat.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City
Termessos Ruins ©
Termessos Ruins
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate

1
night
Manavgat, Turkey

Manavgat ©
Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Phaselis, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Theater, and then contemplate the long history of Temple of Apollo.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manavgat online trip builder .

Getting from Antalya to Manavgat by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Manavgat are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Phaselis
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Phaselis ©
Phaselis
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Step off the beaten path and head to Uchisar Castle and Ihlara Valley. Escape the urban bustle at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and Goreme National Park. Step out of Goreme to go to Derinkuyu and see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Goreme road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Manavgat to Goreme takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Manavgat in March: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 16°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar Castle, Ihlara Valley, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

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