9 days in The Balkans Itinerary

9 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
2
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
4
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
5
Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night

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night
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.
On the 19th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower and then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker site.

London, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Istanbul, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Istanbul is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, then pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Athena Nike, and then visit Plaka.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Athens travel planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: high temperatures in Athens hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take a stroll through Old Town and then get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Lokrum Island and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik vacation website.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Dubrovnik takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in August, things will get little chillier in Dubrovnik: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

2
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
On the 25th (Tue), see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, learn about winemaking at Lovric Winery, then head outdoors with Badija, and finally make a trip to Korcula Town Walls. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Korcula Town Museum, examine the collection at House of Marco Polo, enjoy breathtaking views from Zakerja Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Atelier Abel, and finally view the masterpieces at Bags by Kristina.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Korcula Town visit planner.

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In August in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Lovric Winery
Highlights from your plan
House of Marco Polo ©
House of Marco Polo
Badija ©
Badija
Lovric Winery ©
Lovric Winery

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Jerolim and then get great views at Spanjola.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hvar trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Korcula Town to Hvar in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Jerolim ©
Jerolim

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