33 days in The Balkans Itinerary

33 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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33 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Rethymnon, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
Lindos, Greece
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Naxos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
7
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Corfu Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Istanbul Modern. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, steep yourself in history at Valens Aqueduct, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Istanbul road trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Istanbul is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Eastern European Time is 6 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in November: highs in Istanbul hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Archaeological Site of Delos and Church of Saint George. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Agios Sostis Beach and Rarity Gallery. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kalo Livadi Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Dio Horia, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and take a stroll through Little Venice.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town road trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Mykonos Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Mykonos Town is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in November: highs in Mykonos Town hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Panormos Beach, Agios Sostis Beach, Archaeological Site of Delos, Kalo Livadi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Archaeological Site of Delos ©
Archaeological Site of Delos
Agios Sostis Beach ©
Agios Sostis Beach
Kalo Livadi Beach ©
Kalo Livadi 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 Santo Winery and Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail. Let the collections at Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos capture your imagination. Step out of Fira with an excursion to Perivolos in Perivolos--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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

Getting from Mykonos Town to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. November in Fira sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Imerovigli, Perivolos, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Highlights from your plan
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Perivolos ©
Perivolos

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Monastery of Arkadi and Chania Venetian Lighthouse. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Palace of Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Kournas (in Kournas), St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis) and Palace of Faistos (in Sivas).

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon tour itinerary planning website .

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

Chania Venetian Lighthouse, Palace of Faistos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Lake Kournas, St. Nicholas Church
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

4
nights
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castle of Monolithos and The Church of the Panagia. We've included these beaches for you: Agios Pavlos Beach and Tsambika Beach. Take a break from Lindos with a short trip to Ancient Kamiros in Kalavarda, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Lindos Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agathi Beach, make a trip to Monastery Tsambika, and explore the ancient world of Village of Lindos.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lindos vacation planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rethymnon to Lindos in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Lindos can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Lindos

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rhodes, Stegna Beach, Pefkos Beach, Agathi Beach, Monastery Tsambika
Highlights from your plan
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Prokopios Beach, then kick back and relax at Plaka Beach, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally explore the ancient world of Portara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then kick back and relax at Mikri Vigla Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Naxos Town trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Naxos Town takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Plaka Beach, Agios Prokopios Beach, Mikri Vigla Beach
Highlights from your plan
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fortress Palamidi and Erechtheion. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Poseidon. Take a break from Athens with a short trip to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and wander the streets of Plaka.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens vacation maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Naxos Town to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In November, daytime highs in Athens are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Archaeological Site Mycenae, Fortress Palamidi, Temple of Poseidon
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi

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.
Visit La Grotta Beach and Porto Timoni Beach for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Achilleion Museum and Old Fortress Corfu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corfu Town: St. Spyridon First Beach (in Agios Spyridonas), Barbati Beach (in Barbati) and Paralia Agios Georgios (in Agios Georgios). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Corfu Old Town, see the interesting displays at Corfu Museum of Asian Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Paleokastritsa, and take in the exciting artwork at Emporion D'artes.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Corfu Town sightseeing planning website .

Do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Corfu Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Corfu Town are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Achilleion Museum, Monastery of Paleokastritsa, Paralia Agios Georgios, Porto Timoni Beach, La Grotta Beach
Highlights from your plan
Corfu Old Town ©
Corfu Old Town
Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum
Porto Timoni Beach ©
Porto Timoni Beach

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.
Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Island of Lokrum will get you outdoors. Let the collections at War Photo Limited and Rector's Palace capture your imagination. Step out of Dubrovnik with an excursion to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, take in the exciting artwork at Art by Stjepko, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip planning app .

Getting from Corfu Town to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Corfu Town in December, you will find days in Dubrovnik are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town

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