37 days in The Balkans Itinerary

37 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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37 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Bol, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  5​h
9
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Take a break from Goreme with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and browse the exhibits of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Goreme day trip planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Goreme is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Melbourne to Goreme. Traveling from Melbourne in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, 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

Pamukkale ©
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 5th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale route planner .

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 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

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: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Athens 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. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In April in Athens, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kalambaka.

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

1
night
Kalambaka, Greece

Kalambaka ©
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kalambaka trip planning app .

Getting from Athens to Kalambaka by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Athens in April; daily highs in Kalambaka reach 20°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron

4
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dubrovnik: Ston (Ston Old Town & Marlais Winery). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, wander the streets of Old Town, and head outdoors with Doyouwed. Me.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Kalambaka to Dubrovnik takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kalambaka to Dubrovnik is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kalambaka in April since evenings lows in Dubrovnik dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ston
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

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). There's still lots to do: get outside with Freestyle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil, don't miss a visit to Velika Knezeva Kula, and steep yourself in history at Korcula Town Walls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Korcula Town trip planning app .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Korcula Town are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bol.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Supetar), Jaksic Galerija (in Donji Humac) and Nerezisca (Wine Tasting Brac & Olive Oil Brac & Senjkovic Winery). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Zoo Station Bol, see the interesting displays at The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip, appreciate the extensive heritage of Golden horn from above, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bol trip planner .

Drive from Korcula Town to Bol in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Hvar.

Things to do in Bol

Outdoors Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Skrip, Nerezisca, Jaksic Gallery, Kastil Gospodnetic Dol
Highlights from your plan
Zoo Station Bol ©
Zoo Station Bol
Kastil Gospodnetic Dol ©
Kastil Gospodnetic Dol
Senjkovic Winery ©
Senjkovic Winery

3
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.
Hvar is known for nightlife, nature, adventure, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Harbour of Hvar, step off the mainland to explore Sveti Klement, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery, and see the sky in a new way at Napoleon Fortress (Napuljn).

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Bol to Hvar takes 4.5 hours. In April in Hvar, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fort Napoljun - Napolean ©
Fort Napoljun - Napolean
Forko souvenir shop ©
Forko souvenir shop
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

4
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.
Explore Ljubljana's surroundings by going to Bled (Lake Bled, Vintgar Gorge, & more). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the views from Tromostovje, take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, and step into the grandiose world of Ljubljanski Grad.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana trip planner .

Getting from Hvar to Ljubljana by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Ljubljana when traveling from Hvar in April, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

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

5
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: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Ljubljana to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Istanbul. Traveling from Ljubljana in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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