23 days in The Balkans Itinerary

23 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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23 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h
5
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h
6
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Subway:  2​h 45​min
7
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 30​min
8
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 day
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Change things up with a short trip to Jaksic Galerija in Donji Humac (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace, make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Split online tour itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Split is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. In October, Split is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Wineries

Side Trip

Jaksic Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Putalj Winery ©
Putalj Winery
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

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). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Freestyle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kula Svih Svetih, identify plant and animal life at Kocje, and admire the striking features of Revelin Tower.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Korcula Town journey tool .

Traveling by car from Split to Korcula Town takes 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
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.
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, steep yourself in history at Rector's Palace, examine the collection at War Photo Limited, and head off the coast to Island of Lokrum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then take a stroll through Little Venice, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Mykonos. On the next day, kick back and relax at Panormos Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, then see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Kapopoulos Fine Arts.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town day trip tool .

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Mykonos Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubrovnik to Mykonos Town is 1 hour. Traveling from Dubrovnik in October, Mykonos Town is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

1
night
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., then stroll through Santo Horse Riding, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri day trip planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Akrotiri takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Boutari Winery
Highlights from your plan
Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Heraklion journey planner.

You can ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Heraklion are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens with an excursion to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Athens travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

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
day
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip planner .

Getting from Athens to Pamukkale by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Pamukkale. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

4
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: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Istanbul are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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