42 days in The Balkans Itinerary

42 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Corfu Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Paxos, Greece
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Ithaca, Greece
— 3 nights
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Nidri, Greece
Ferry to Fiskardo, Taxi to Argostolion
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Argostolion, Greece
— 1 night
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Zakynthos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Fly to Kalamata Airport, Drive to Sparta
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Sparta, Greece
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kalamata Airport, Fly to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Drive to Hydra
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Hydra, Greece
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kalamata Airport, Fly to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Drive to Kithnos
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Kithnos, Greece
— 1 night
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Hermoupolis, Greece
— 2 nights
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Drive to Mikonos Airport, Fly to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Drive to Antiparos
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Antiparos, Greece
— 2 nights
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Drive to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Fly to Mikonos Airport, Drive to Naxos Town
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Naxos Town, Greece
Ferry
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Paros, Greece
Fly
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Milos, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ios, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive to Santorini Airport, Fly to Milas Bodrum International Airport
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Bodrum City, Turkey
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry to Santorini, Fly to Asuncion

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Corfu Town, Greece

— 3 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Paleokastritsa Beach in Paleokastritsa (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, explore the historical opulence of Mon Repos Palace, take a stroll through Corfu Old Town, and indulge in some culinary diversions at Corfu Walking Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Corfu Town trip app.

Asuncion, Paraguay to Corfu Town is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Paraguay Standard Time (PYT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Asuncion in June, with highs in Corfu Town at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paxos.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paxos, Greece

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paxos trip itinerary planning website.

Travel from Corfu Town to Paxos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can travel. In June, daytime highs in Paxos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You'll set off for Ithaca on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Paxos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Ithaca, Greece

— 3 nights
Ithaca or Ithaka is a Greek island located in the Ionian Sea, off the northeast coast of Kefalonia and to the west of continental Greece.Ithaca's main island has an area of 96km2 and had a population in 2011 of 3,231. Ithaca is known for beaches, outdoors, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Vathy Bay, pause for some serene contemplation at Koimiseos Theotokou Church, see Odyssey Outdoor Activities, and make a trip to Kathara Monastery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ithaca trip planning tool.

You can travel from Paxos to Ithaca in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can travel. In June, daily temperatures in Ithaca can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nidri.

Things to do in Ithaca

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Nidri, Greece

A major yachting destination in the Ionian Sea, Nidri serves as the gateway to Lefkada's satellite islets, reachable by regular boat tours.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Nydri Waterfalls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nidri online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Ithaca to Nidri by journey takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: travel. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Argostolion.

Things to do in Nidri

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Argostolion, Greece

— 1 night
A modern town with a traditional character, Argostolion draws visitors with museums, gardens, squares, pedestrianized shopping streets, and a cobbled seaside promenade.
On the 9th (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Argostolion online journey planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Nidri to Argostolion in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zakynthos Town.

Things to do in Argostolion

Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Zakynthos Town, Greece

— 1 night
The commercial center of the eponymous island, Zakynthos Town bustles with the energy as excited tourists and residents go about their daily business.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Enetiko Kastro Bochalis, then learn about winemaking at Solomos Wines, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Dionisios Church, and finally look for gifts at Memento. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Nicholas Church, then take a tour by water with Mario's Cave and Turtle Boat Trips, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Banana Beach.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zakynthos Town online route builder.

You can travel from Argostolion to Zakynthos Town in 4 hours. Another option is to travel. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sparta.

Things to do in Zakynthos Town

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Sparta, Greece

— 2 nights
Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. Sparta is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Mystras, take an unorthodox tour of Archaeological site Keadas, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sparta trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Zakynthos Town to Sparta with the Route module. In June, daily temperatures in Sparta can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hydra.

Things to do in Sparta

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Hydra, Greece

— 3 nights
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. Hydra is known for beaches, museums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ride a horse along Harriets Hydra Horses, kick back and relax at Saint Nicholas Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vlychos Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Komiseos Theotokou Monastery.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sparta to Hydra. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hydra when traveling from Sparta in June, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kithnos.

Things to do in Hydra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Kithnos, Greece

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Kanala, kick back and relax at Kolona Beach, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Kythnos Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Aqua Team Dive Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kithnos online road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Hydra to Kithnos with the Route module. While traveling from Hydra, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kithnos, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Kithnos

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 3 nights

Chora Mykonos

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), wander the streets of Little Venice, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Paradise Beach. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with GoDive Mykonos PADI Diving Resort, then stroll through Elia Beach, then make a trip to Rarity Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town route tool.

You can travel from Kithnos to Mykonos Town in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can travel. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Hermoupolis.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hermoupolis, Greece

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Thu), stop by Physis Keraloifi, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Nicholas Church, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Andreas Vokos, get a sense of history and politics at Ermoupolis City Hall, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Nikolaos Church Ploussios, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mnimeio Ethnikis Andistasis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Panagia Gorgona, enjoy the sand and surf at Kini Beach, then kick back and relax at Galissas Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of The Assumption of Virgin Mary.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hermoupolis sightseeing planner.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Hermoupolis by journey takes about 3 hours. Other options: travel. In June in Hermoupolis, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Antiparos.

Things to do in Hermoupolis

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antiparos, Greece

— 2 nights
Antiparos is a small island in the southern Aegean, at the heart of the Cyclades, which is less than one nautical mile (1.9 km) from Paros, the port to which it is connected with a local ferry. Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring the underground world of The Cave of Antiparos. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Captain Ben, enjoy the sand and surf at Faneromeni Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saint George Beach, and head outdoors with Fanari Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Antiparos travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hermoupolis to Antiparos. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Antiparos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Naxos Town, Greece

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Naxos Town trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Antiparos to Naxos Town with the Route module. In June, daytime highs in Naxos Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You will leave for Paros on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Paros, Greece

Poor Man's Mykonos

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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paros trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Naxos Town to Paros takes an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 30th (Wed), you're off to Milos.

Things to do in Paros

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Milos, Greece

— 2 nights

Island of Colors

The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarakiniko Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Milos road trip planning website.

Getting from Paros to Milos by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In June in Milos, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Ios.

Things to do in Milos

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Ios, Greece

— 2 nights
Halfway between Naxos and Santorini lies tiny Ios, famous worldwide as one of the Aegean's liveliest nightlife hubs.
Ios is known for beaches, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Manganari Beach, stroll through Ag. Theodoti Beach, add some adventure to your tour with Meltemi Watersports, and make a trip to La Tomba di Omero.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ios day trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Milos to Ios in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Ios can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Ios

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Bodrum City, Turkey

— 3 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Bodrum City is known for historic sites, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Castle of St. Peter, kick back and relax at Bitez Beach, examine the collection at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, and delve into the distant past at Bodrum Amphitheater.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bodrum City trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ios to Bodrum City. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ios in July, you will find days in Bodrum City are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rhodes Town, Greece

— 2 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Street of the Knights, then explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Medieval City. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights), cast your line with Makarounas Fishing Trip Rhodes, then pause for some photo ops at Colossus of Rhodes, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Anthony Quinn Bay.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rhodes Town day trip planning site.

Getting from Bodrum City to Rhodes Town by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Bodrum City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rhodes Town, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Heraklion, Greece

— 2 nights
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus. Keep things going the next day: trot along with Finikia Horseriding, then step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules), then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip maker website.

You can fly from Rhodes Town to Heraklion in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Corfu travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Specialty Museums · Bars & Clubs
Island of the Phaeacians
Designated as a World Heritage Site, Corfu retains many reminders of the island's Venetian, British, and French heritage.The northernmost of the Ionian Islands, the mild-weathered city made it into mythology as the idyllic place where Poseidon enjoyed marital bliss with the nymph Korkyra. Allegedly named after this mythical beauty, the island offers a blend of well-developed seaside areas and pristine mountain ranges, popular with both package tourists and casual backpackers. The island's top attraction remains the pleasant city of Corfu, an architectural gem made for sightseeing on foot. The island also serves as a convenient jumping-off point for tours of the Albanian and Italian coastlines.

Lefkada travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Waterfalls · Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Connected to mainland Greece by a long causeway and floating bridge, Lefkada represents more than just an island paradise of modern seaside resorts and pristine Ionian beaches. Though it measures only 35 km (22 mi) from north to south, the island offers a mosaic of landscapes that include excellent mountain biking spots. Evade the big crowds of the southern coastline's popular beaches and soak up some local culture by visiting the small villages along Lefkada's eastern side, where you can explore traditional taverns known for serving local dishes to the tune of traditional live music.

Zakynthos travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Islands
Flower of the East
Located just off the west coast of mainland Greece, Zakynthos enjoys a reputation as both a party destination and a family-friendly getaway. Packed with foreign tourists along its eastern and southeastern coastline, the island also features numerous tranquil pockets in its central region of forested mountains and rolling hills. Avoid the overcrowded east by discovering the island's less-explored northern sections, which contain a series of deep caves that feature sun reflecting on seawater and white stones, creating a striking shade of azure particular to this part of the world. The northern capes of the island also offer the calmest waters, which lap a string of developed beaches with plenty of modern facilities.

Syros travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Government Buildings · Architectural Buildings

Naxos travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea. Renowned for its unspoiled beaches and advantageous winds, the island offers excellent conditions for windsurfing and other watersports. Most of the island's western coastline boasts one sandy beach splashed by blue waters rich in marine life--a big draw for amateur scuba divers. The mountainous interior provides a look at the quieter side of the island, featuring a patchwork of lush valleys, quaint villages, and ancient sites. For a change of pace and a bit of modern dining and shopping, visit Hora, the island's biggest city.

Bodrum District travel guide

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Nightlife · Beaches · Castles
St.-Tropez of Turkey
Elegant Bodrum is a district and port city, watched over by its 15th-century seaside castle and is home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Formerly a simple fishing village, the town flourished after writer Kabaağaçlı put the city on the map: exiled here in 1925, he adopted the pen name, "The Fisherman of Halicarnassus"--an allusion to the city's name in aniquity. Today this seaside vacation spot charms visitors with a glittering marina, flower-filled cafes, palm-lined promenades, and a host of seafood restaurants. The serene simplicity that caught Kabaağaçlı's eye has since attracted other artists, giving Bodrum a sophistication that sets it apart from other coastal towns.

Rhodes travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Castles
Island of the Knights
An island of green hills, fertile valleys, and golden beaches, Rhodes blends cosmopolitan and traditional cultures, exemplified by its traditional taverns, upscale hotels, and archaeological sites. Nicknamed the "Island of Roses," this island offers visitors a chance to discover lively tourist resorts in the north and tranquil rural areas in the south. The island's slow pace seems utterly unaffected by the challenges of mass tourism, its permanent residents stubbornly clinging to their age-old traditions and relaxed lifestyle. As you explore the areas farther away from the busy coastline, take time to meet the garrulous locals in their natural environment, the village tavern.