31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fly + Shuttle:  7 h 15 min
1
Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Corfu Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Milos, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  3 h
5
Rethymnon, Greece
— 4 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  4 h 45 min
6
Paros, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Naxos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
8
Lindos, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  7 h 45 min
9
Manavgat, Turkey
— 1 night
Bus:  6 h 45 min
10
Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Copenhagen, Denmark

2
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 2nd (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica, then steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, and finally explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Port of Rovinj and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rovinj trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Rovinj is an approximately 7,5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in juli, with highs in Rovinj at 35°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Porec, Amphitheatre de Pula
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. Euphemia ©
Church of St. Euphemia
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Euphrasius Basilica ©
Euphrasius Basilica

4
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.
Monastery of Paleokastritsa and Old Fortress Corfu will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of Saint Spiridon and Corfu Old Town. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corfu Town: Barbati Beach (in Barbati), La Grotta Beach (in Paleokastritsa) and Agios Gordios Beach (in Agios Gordios). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Liston, examine the collection at Achilleion Museum, and cool off at Aqualand Corfu Water Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Corfu Town online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Rovinj to Corfu Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Rovinj to Corfu Town is 1 hour. In juli, daytime highs in Corfu Town are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Milos.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Corfu, La Grotta Beach, Barbati Beach, Achilleion Museum, Agios Gordios Beach
Highlights from your plan
Church of Saint Spiridon ©
Church of Saint Spiridon
Monastery of Paleokastritsa ©
Monastery of Paleokastritsa
Agios Gordios Beach ©
Agios Gordios Beach

2
nights
Milos, Greece

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Paliochori Beach, then stroll through Kleftiko Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Agia Kiriaki Beach. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Venetian Castle of Milos, then kick back and relax at Sarakiniko Beach, then kick back and relax at Tsigrado Beach, and finally stroll through Firiplaka Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Milos online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Corfu Town to Milos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Corfu Town in juli: highs in Milos hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fira.

Things to do in Milos

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kleftiko Beach ©
Kleftiko Beach
Firiplaka Beach ©
Firiplaka Beach
Tsigrado Beach ©
Tsigrado Beach

4
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Akrotiri LightHouse and Perivolos. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santo Winery and Ancient Thera. There's still lots to do: stroll through Perissa Black Sand Beach, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fira road trip app.

You can drive from Milos to Fira in 4.5 hours. In juli, daytime highs in Fira are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Ancient Thera, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Amoudi Bay, Santo Winery
Highlights from your plan
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Akrotiri LightHouse ©
Akrotiri LightHouse
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach

4
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.
Visit Chania Venetian Lighthouse and Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Palace of Faistos and Church of Saint Titus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Matala beach (in Matala). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon online itinerary planner.

Getting from Fira to Rethymnon by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In juli in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Paros.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Church, Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Falassarna Beach, Lake Kournas, Palace of Faistos
Highlights from your plan
Chania Venetian Lighthouse ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach

2
nights
Paros, Greece

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
On the 18th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Souvlia Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Irini Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parikia Town, and finally explore the historical opulence of Frankish Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a stroll along the water at Old Port of Naoussa and then contemplate the long history of Lefkes.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paros trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Rethymnon to Paros takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In juli, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panagia Ekatondapiliani ©
Panagia Ekatondapiliani
Lefkes ©
Lefkes
Frankish Castle ©
Frankish Castle

3
nights
Naxos Town, Greece

Naxos Town ©
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
We've included these beaches for you: Agios Prokopios Beach and Mikri Vigla Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Distillery M. G. Vallindras Eirini Frangoudaki. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naxos Town: Panagia Damniotissa (in Chalkio) and Agiassos Beach (in Agiassos). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Plaka Beach, explore the ancient world of Portara, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Agia Irini.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Naxos Town driving holiday website.

You can drive from Paros to Naxos Town in 2 hours. In juli, daytime highs in Naxos Town are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Chalkio, Naxos, Agios Prokopios Beach, Mikri Vigla Beach, Agiassos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Agiassos Beach ©
Agiassos Beach

3
nights
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Relax by the water at Agathi Beach and Lindos Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castle of Monolithos and Stegna Beach. Step out of Lindos with an excursion to Ancient Kamiros in Kalavarda--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Monastery Tsambika, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Michael the Archangel, head outdoors with Pefkos Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsambika Beach.

Plan my day in Lindos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Naxos Town to Lindos by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in juli, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manavgat.

Things to do in Lindos

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rhodes, Archangelos, Pefkos Beach, Agathi Beach, Dormition of Theotokos Church
Highlights from your plan
Castle of Monolithos ©
Castle of Monolithos
Ancient Kamiros
Ancient Kamiros
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach

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 26th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Ancient Theater and then admire the landmark architecture of Temple of Apollo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Side Museum and then delve into the distant past at Aspendos Ruins and Theater.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Manavgat trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Lindos to Manavgat takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lindos in juli, you will find days in Manavgat are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Highlights from your plan
Side Museum ©
Side Museum
Aspendos Ruins and Theater ©
Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater

4
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.
Uchisar Castle and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gulludere Vadisi and Pasabag. When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Kaymakli Underground City in Derinkuyu, approximately Derinkuyu away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Goreme National Park, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Goreme trip website.

You can take a bus from Manavgat to Goreme in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Manavgat in juli, expect Goreme to be slightly colder, temps between 37°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Derinkuyu, Uchisar Castle
Highlights from your plan
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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