45 days in The Balkans Itinerary

45 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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45 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru, India
Fly + Taxi:  17 h 45 min
1
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6 h
2
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Orebic, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
6
Bol, Croatia
— 5 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Zagreb, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h
9
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Bengaluru, India

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, then steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale travel planner.

Bengaluru, India to Pamukkale is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Bengaluru to Pamukkale, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Balloon Rides

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Change things up with a short trip to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, visit Plaka, and examine the collection at Technopolis City of Athens.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Athens vacation planning app .

Getting from Pamukkale to Athens by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Pamukkale to Athens is minus 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dubrovnik: Ston (Church, St. Nicholas, Marlais Winery, &more) and Lopud (Your black horizon Art Pavilion & Sutvrac Fortress). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town, stop by Vina Milicic, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik visit planner.

You can fly from Athens to Dubrovnik in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Athens in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dubrovnik: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Orebic.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Ston, Lopud
Highlights from your plan
Sutvrac Fortress ©
Sutvrac Fortress
Old Town ©
Old Town
Marlais Winery ©
Marlais Winery

3
nights
Orebic, Croatia

Orebic ©
Orebić is a port town and municipality in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county in Croatia. Get out of town with these interesting Orebic side-trips: Milos Winery (in Ston) and Blato Village (in Mljet Island). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Sveti Ilija Mountain, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Natura Antunovic, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gospe od Karmena, and do a tasting at Vino Spaleta.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Orebic using our trip planner.

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Orebic in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Orebic

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Milos Winery, Blato Village, Matusko Winery, Plaza Divna, Vino Spaleta
Highlights from your plan
Sveti Ilija Mountain ©
Sveti Ilija Mountain
Korta Katarina Winery ©
Korta Katarina Winery
Vino Spaleta ©
Vino Spaleta

5
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Korcula Town: Vela Luka Marina (in Vela Luka) and Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato). And it doesn't end there: stop by Boya Crayons Shop, don't miss a visit to Velika Knezeva Kula, admire the landmark architecture of Revelin Tower, and learn about winemaking at Lovric Winery.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Korcula Town route site .

Traveling by car from Orebic to Korcula Town takes an hour. In January in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bol.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Korcula Island, Ethno Museum Barilo, Vela Luka Marina
Highlights from your plan
Revelin Tower ©
Revelin Tower
Ethno Museum Barilo ©
Ethno Museum Barilo
Boya Crayons Shop ©
Boya Crayons Shop

5
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 Nerezisca (Senjkovic Winery & Wine Tasting Brac & Olive Oil Brac), Sutivan (The Ilic House Complex & Crkva Sveti Rok, Sutivan) and Church of Our Lady of Annunciation (in Milna). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Kastil Gospodnetic Dol, see the interesting displays at Museum uja, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dominican Monastery, and steep yourself in history at Museum of Brac.

To plan Bol vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Korcula Town to Bol in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in February, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Bol

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Skrip, Postira, Pucisce, Nerezisca, Sutivan
Highlights from your plan
Church of Our Lady of Annunciation ©
Church of Our Lady of Annunciation
Kastil Gospodnetic Dol ©
Kastil Gospodnetic Dol
Senjkovic Winery ©
Senjkovic Winery

5
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb, get engrossed in the history at Drazen Petrovic Museum - Memorial Center, have some family-friendly fun at Cat Caffe, and see the interesting displays at Typhlological Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zagreb road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Bol to Zagreb takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bol in February: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 8°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb
Sensperience ©
Sensperience
Typhlological Museum ©
Typhlological Museum

5
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Get out of town with these interesting Ljubljana side-trips: Escape Room Enigmarium Maribor (in Maribor) and Bled (Bled Jezero Railway Station & Bled Castle). There's much more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, get your game on at Axe Throwing Europe, wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ljubljana travel route planning website .

Getting from Zagreb to Ljubljana by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Fun & Games Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bled, Escape Room Enigmarium Maribor
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Escape Room Enigmarium Maribor ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Maribor
Photography Tours

4
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Change things up with a short trip to Olympic Center Jahorina in Jahorina (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, admire the striking features of Gradska vijecnica Sarajevo, make a trip to Sarajevo War Tunnel, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sarajevo travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Ljubljana to Sarajevo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Olympic Center Jahorina
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Olympic Center Jahorina ©
Olympic Center Jahorina
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija

6
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, stop by Ortakoy, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sarajevo to Istanbul is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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