12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
5
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: New Delhi, India

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihrimah Sultan Camii, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul online vacation planner .

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Istanbul is minus 2 hours. In July, Istanbul is a bit cooler than New Delhi - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Pamukkale vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 26th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then wander the streets of Plaka, and finally delve into the distant past at Erechtheion.

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

Getting from Pamukkale to Athens by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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.
On the 28th (Sun), take a stroll through Old Town and then take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, then enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and finally examine the collection at War Photo Limited.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Dubrovnik takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Athens in July; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 30th (Tue), examine the collection at Froggyland, do a tasting at Putalj Winery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split, and then explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Split route builder site .

You can take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
River Rafting & Tubing
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

2
nights
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Mala Osojnica, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vintgar Gorge, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bled trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Split to Bled by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Split in July, with highs in Bled at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Mala Osojnica ©
Mala Osojnica

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