28 days in The Balkans Itinerary

28 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Balkans attractions planner

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Zagreb, Fly to Dubrovnik
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Train to Tithorea, Taxi to Delphi
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Delphi, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nafplio, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 4 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Jakarta in March, with highs in Istanbul at 14°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 3 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Spend the 12th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Ljubljana Old Town, take in the views from Triple Bridge, stroll around Tivoli Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana itinerary tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Ljubljana in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Ljubljana, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in March, Ljubljana is colder at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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 15th (Mon), wander the streets of Old Town and then steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac and then learn about all things military at Museum of Croatian War of Independence.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Ljubljana to Dubrovnik takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ljubljana in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Dubrovnik, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Thessaloniki, Greece

— 1 night

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, then steep yourself in history at Church of St.Sophia, and finally don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Thessaloniki travel route planning website.

Fly from Dubrovnik to Thessaloniki in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubrovnik to Thessaloniki due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Thessaloniki are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Delphi.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums · Historic Sites

Delphi, Greece

— 2 nights
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 18th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, delve into the distant past at Delphi, then steep yourself in history at Temple of Apollo In Delphi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou. On the next day, make a trip to O Tafos tou Lokrou, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Nikolaos Church, then learn about all things military at Maritime Museum & Archaeological Collection of Galaxidi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tholos.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Delphi trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Thessaloniki to Delphi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Delphi, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Nafplio, Greece

— 2 nights
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 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Agios Spyridonas, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Panaghia, take an in-depth tour of Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, then get to know the fascinating history of Nauplion Promenade, and finally explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Nauplion, and then look for gifts at T'Anapliotiko Bakaliko.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nafplio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Delphi to Nafplio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in March, Nafplio is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens online itinerary planner.

Drive from Nafplio to Athens in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nafplio in March; daily highs in Athens reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Selcuk, Turkey

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 26th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Isa Bey Mosque, then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, then get a dose of the wild on Troy Tours, and finally look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Camlik Locomotive Museum, then delve into the distant past at Baths of Varius, then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip maker site.

You can fly from Athens to Selcuk in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Selcuk, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

Find out how to plan Pamukkale trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Goreme, Turkey

— 4 nights
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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park, and admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Goreme visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip