21 days in The Balkans Itinerary

21 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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21 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Moscow, Russia
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Kalamaki, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Hersonissos, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
7
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h 30 min
8
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
9
Naxos, Greece
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  7 h 45 min
10
Lindos, Greece
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Moscow, Russia

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 1st (Mon): examine the collection at Froggyland and then identify plant and animal life at Marjan Park.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Split day trip planner .

Moscow, Russia to Split is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in July, with highs in Split at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Trogir
Highlights from your plan
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Trogir Square ©
Trogir Square
Froggyland ©
Froggyland

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Blaise, take a stroll through Cavtat Old Town, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally don't miss a visit to Pile Gate. Keep things going the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip planner .

You can take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Church of Saint Blaise ©
Church of Saint Blaise
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Explore hidden gems such as Speed Boats Tours and Kassiopi. When in Corfu Town, make a side trip to see Paralia Agios Georgios in Agios Georgios, approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Paleokastritsa Monastery, don't miss a visit to The Liston, make a splash at Aqualand, and delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Corfu Town by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubrovnik to Corfu Town is 1 hour. When traveling from Dubrovnik in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Corfu Town, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kalamaki.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Corfu, Aqualand Corfu Water Park, Achilleion Museum, Speed Boats Tours, Paralia Agios Georgios
Highlights from your plan
Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum
Speed Boats Tours
Monastery of Paleokastritsa ©
Monastery of Paleokastritsa

2
nights
Kalamaki, Greece

Kalamaki ©
Home to a world-famous beach serving as a protected nesting ground for endangered loggerhead sea turtles, Kalamaki sits on the southeastern coastline of Zakynthos.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Porto Limnionas Beach, see the interesting displays at Aristeon Ecological Olive Press, then pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Dionisios Church, and finally stroll through Kalamaki Beach. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Keri Caves, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Caves.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kalamaki journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Corfu Town to Kalamaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Kalamaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Porto Limnionas, Speed Boats Tours, Keri Caves, Aristeon Ecological Olive Press, Blue Caves
Highlights from your plan
Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach
Porto Limnionas ©
Porto Limnionas
Keri Caves ©
Keri Caves

1
night
Hersonissos, Greece

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Stalis Beach, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, then ponder the design of Roman Fountain, then meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and finally meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hersonissos route planning tool .

Getting from Kalamaki to Hersonissos by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Kalamaki in July, expect nights in Hersonissos to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Stalis Beach
Highlights from your plan
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

2
nights
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 (Thu), contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, then explore the activities along Lake Kournas, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Eleutherna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plakias Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, then enjoy the sand and surf at Preveli Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Spili.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Rethymnon online trip builder .

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Preveli Beach, St. Nicholas Church, Lake Kournas, Church of Spili, Plakias Beach
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Preveli Beach ©
Preveli Beach

2
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
On the 13th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, and then kick back and relax at Falassarna Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach, then learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, then don't miss a visit to Chania Venetian Lighthouse, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town route planner .

Getting from Rethymnon to Chania Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Falassarna Beach, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, German War Cemetery, Agia Marina Beach
Highlights from your plan
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete ©
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete
Chania Venetian Lighthouse ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Perivolos. Go for a jaunt from Fira to Oia to see Speed Boats Tours about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, do a tasting at Santo Winery, and hike along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fira trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Chania Town to Fira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Fira sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri LightHouse, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Skaros Rock, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Highlights from your plan
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock
Museum of Prehistoric Thira ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira

2
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
On the 18th (Thu), kick back and relax at Agia Anna Beach, stroll through Agios Prokopios Beach, explore the ancient world of Portara, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally stop by Naos the Silver Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Kastro, then cool off at Aqua Fun Water Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikri Vigla Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Naxos, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Fira to Naxos by car takes about 5 hours. In July in Naxos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Naxos

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Kastro ©
Kastro

1
night
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 20th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsambika Beach, make a trip to Monastery Tsambika, then kick back and relax at Agathi Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of The Church of the Panagia. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Pavlos Beach.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lindos day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Naxos to Lindos in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lindos

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Agathi Beach, Tsambika Beach, Monastery Tsambika
Highlights from your plan
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
Monastery Tsambika ©
Monastery Tsambika
The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia

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