15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Moscow, Russia
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Stari Grad, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
7
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 day
train + Fly:  5​h
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Moscow, Russia


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Ljubljana, Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
On the 28th (Mon), snap pictures at Tromostovje, then don't miss a visit to Preseren Square, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ljubljana visit planner.

Moscow, Russia to Ljubljana is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in January: high temperatures in Ljubljana hover around 5°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Fun & Games
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Room Escape Games
Tromostovje ©
Tromostovje
Preseren Square ©
Preseren Square

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): look for gifts at Vinoteka Vintesa, stop by Handmade in Zagreb, look for gifts at Notes of Zagreb, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Zagreb trip itinerary website .

Getting from Ljubljana to Zagreb by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. January in Zagreb sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Stari Grad.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Vinoteka Vintesa ©
Vinoteka Vintesa

1
night
Stari Grad, Croatia

Stari Grad ©
Stari Grad is a town on the northern side of the island of Hvar in Dalmatia, Croatia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): make a trip to Mekicevica, sample the tasty concoctions at Vunetovo Brewery, and then don't miss a visit to The Harbour of Hvar.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Stari Grad visit website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zagreb to Stari Grad. Traveling from Zagreb in January, things will get a bit warmer in Stari Grad: highs are around 15°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Stari Grad

Breweries

Side Trips

Hvar, Vunetovo Craft Beer
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The Harbour of Hvar ©
The Harbour of Hvar

3
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Korcula Town is known for nightlife, museums, historic sites, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Toreta winery, pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Mihovil, admire the landmark architecture of Revelin Tower, and get outside with Freestyle.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Korcula Town route maker .

Drive from Stari Grad to Korcula Town in 5.5 hours. In January in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Korcula Island
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Kula Morska Vrata ©
Kula Morska Vrata
Toreta winery ©
Toreta winery
Coral Shop Irena ©
Coral Shop Irena

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): partake in some friendly competition at Dubrovnik Trails, stop by Medusa Gift and Art Shop, stop by Tedi, then stop by Kokula Art and Craft Shop, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Gradske Zidine.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik tour itinerary app .

Ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in February, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Fun & Games Historic Sites Shopping
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Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
Kokula Art and Craft Shop ©
Kokula Art and Craft Shop
Dubrovnik Trails ©
Dubrovnik Trails

2
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, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and explore and take pictures at Panathenaic Stadium.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubrovnik to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubrovnik in February, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
day
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi, and finally contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and train from Athens to Selcuk in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Selcuk. Traveling from Athens in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Selcuk, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©

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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: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul attractions planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Selcuk to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Selcuk in February, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 11°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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