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
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Corfu Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
3
Skala, Greece
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  3 h
5
Rethymnon, Greece
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
6
Chania Town, Greece
— 4 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  6 h 45 min
7
Lindos, Greece
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
8
Naxos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
9
Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Copenhagen, Denmark

3
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Euphrasius Basilica and Lungo Mare are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Church of St. Euphemia and Trsat Castle. Explore Rovinj's surroundings by going to Porec (Jama - Grotta Baredine & Porec Old Town) and Amphitheatre de Pula (in Pula). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj and stop by Old Town.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rovinj trip maker.

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. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Copenhagen in juli: high temperatures in Rovinj hover around 35°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Porec, Trsat Castle, Amphitheatre de Pula, Lungo Mare
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. Euphemia ©
Church of St. Euphemia
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare

3
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 Monastery of Paleokastritsa and Agios Gordios Beach. Relax by the water at La Grotta Beach and Barbati Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Spiridon, make a trip to The Liston, stop by Corfu Old Town, and delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Corfu Town online trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Rovinj to Corfu Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, train, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rovinj to Corfu Town due to the time zone difference. juli in Corfu Town sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Skala.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Skala, Greece

Skala ©
Mass tourism has transformed the once-sleepy village of Skala into a modern seaside resort, its major attraction a well-developed beach that happens to be one of the longest and sandiest on the island of Cephalonia.
Relax by the water at Petani Beach and Makris Gialos Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Skala Beach and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Change things up with a short trip to Melissani Cave in Sami (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kaminia Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Myrtos Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Skala trip builder tool.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Corfu Town to Skala in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In juli in Skala, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Skala

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Boat Tours & Water Sports, Petani Beach, Kaminia Beach, Myrtos Beach, Makris Gialos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Petani Beach ©
Petani Beach
Makris Gialos Beach ©
Makris Gialos Beach
Skala Beach ©
Skala Beach

4
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Perivolos and Perissa Black Sand Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Santo Winery. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Venetsanos Winery, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Getting from Skala to Fira by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In juli, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Santo Winery, Ancient Thera, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Amoudi Bay, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Highlights from your plan
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Venetsanos Winery ©
Venetsanos Winery

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palace of Faistos and Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon. Explore hidden gems such as Stalis Beach and Frangokastello Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Matala beach (in Matala). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Imbros Gorge, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Rethymnon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in juli, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Palace of Faistos, Moni Profiti Ilia, Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon, Matala beach
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse and Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera. Step off the beaten path and head to Seitan Limania Beach and Maritime Museum of Crete. Venture out of the city with trips to Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna), Panagia Of The Two Rocks (in Fres) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at World War Two German Bunkers, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chania Town trip website.

Take a bus from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In juli, daytime highs in Chania Town are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Panagia Of The Two Rocks, Seitan Limania Beach, Falassarna Beach, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, Samaria Gorge National Park
Highlights from your plan
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse

3
nights
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castle of Monolithos and Stegna Beach. Ancient Kamiros and Archangelos Castle will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Agathi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Pavlos Beach, head outdoors with Pefkos Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dormition of Theotokos Church.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Lindos online day trip planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Lindos by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In juli, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Lindos

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll through Agios Prokopios Beach, kick back and relax at Plaka Beach, then steep yourself in history at Old Town, and finally delve into the distant past at Portara. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the ancient world of Temple of Demeter, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikri Vigla Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Naxos Town trip maker app.

Getting from Lindos to Naxos Town by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In juli, daytime highs in Naxos Town are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Temple of Demeter, Plaka Beach, Agios Prokopios Beach, Mikri Vigla Beach
Highlights from your plan
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Temple of Demeter ©
Temple of Demeter

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uchisar Castle and Burunguz Camii. Discover out-of-the-way places like Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Gulludere Vadisi. Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Ali Saip Pasa Cami (in Talas) and Kaymakli Underground City (in Derinkuyu). Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Naxos Town to Goreme in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Naxos Town to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Naxos Town in juli, plan for little chillier nights in Goreme, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Derinkuyu, Uchisar Castle, Ali Saip Pasa Cami, Pasabag, Burunguz Camii
Highlights from your plan
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Ali Saip Pasa Cami ©
Ali Saip Pasa Cami

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