31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Wilmington, United States
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
+4
Shuttle + Fly + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  5​h
2
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Bol, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
7
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
8
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Wilmington, United States

3
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Take a break from Ljubljana with a short trip to Lake Bled in Bled, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Hauptmannova Hisa, wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church (Franciskanska cerkev).

Plan trip to Ljubljana with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Wilmington, USA to Ljubljana is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Wilmington to Ljubljana, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wilmington in March, things will get a bit cooler in Ljubljana: highs are around 53°F and lows about 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Lake Bled
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Room Escape Games
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): make a trip to The Harbour of Hvar, take in the exciting artwork at Forko souvenir shop, and then don't miss a visit to Mekicevica. On your second day here, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then look and learn at Napoleon Fortress (Napuljn).

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hvar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Ljubljana to Hvar takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, Hvar is a bit warmer than Ljubljana - with highs of 61°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Bol.

Things to do in Hvar

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fort Napoljun - Napolean ©
Fort Napoljun - Napolean
Forko souvenir shop ©
Forko souvenir shop
The Harbour of Hvar ©
The Harbour of Hvar

4
nights
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Get out of town with these interesting Bol side-trips: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Supetar), Nerezisca (Wine Tasting Brac & Olive Oil Brac & Senjkovic Winery) and Jaksic Galerija (in Donji Humac). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Zoo Station Bol, examine the collection at Museum of Oil, appreciate the extensive heritage of Golden horn from above, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bol trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Hvar to Bol in 4.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Bol can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Bol

Outdoors Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Skrip, Nerezisca, Jaksic Gallery, Stone
Highlights from your plan
Zoo Station Bol ©
Zoo Station Bol
Senjkovic Winery ©
Senjkovic Winery
Nautic Center Bol ©
Nautic Center Bol

4
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Explore Korcula Town's surroundings by going to Vela Luka Marina (in Vela Luka) and Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Freestyle, make a trip to Velika Knezeva Kula, contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Korcula Town trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Bol to Korcula Town by car takes about 5.5 hours. In March in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Vela Luka, Ethno Museum Barilo
Highlights from your plan
Revelin Tower ©
Revelin Tower
Freestyle ©
Freestyle
Ethno Museum Barilo ©
Ethno Museum Barilo

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.
When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Marlais Winery in Ston, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and make a trip to Dubrovnik West Harbour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik road trip site .

Drive from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Marlais Winery
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Marlais Winery ©
Marlais Winery

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: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Dubrovnik in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, steep yourself in history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Goreme online tour builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in March, with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Alaturca Taner, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Peri Bacalari
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

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 26th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale trip maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, take a stroll through Plaka, and make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Athens driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Athens in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pamukkale to Athens due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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