15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 day
ferry:  2​h
3
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  15​h
End: Washington DC, United States

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker website .

Washington DC, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Washington DC to Istanbul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect Istanbul to be little chillier, temps between 84°F and 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

1
day
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 21st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Santo Horse Riding, stroll through Red Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

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Getting from Istanbul to Akrotiri by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Akrotiri due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Akrotiri, with lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

1
night
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
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 22nd (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

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You can ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, then explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and then take a stroll through Plaka.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens online road trip planner .

Getting from Heraklion to Athens by combination of flight and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Heraklion in July: highs in Athens hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): wander the streets of Old Town and then get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, then enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik road trip planner.

Getting from Athens to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Athens in July, with highs in Dubrovnik at 85°F and lows at 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

2
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
On the 27th (Mon), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark's Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at House of Marco Polo. On your second day here, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, don't miss a visit to Korcula Town Walls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vela Przina Beach.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Korcula Town online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 3 hours. In July in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Korcula Old City, Vela Przina Beach
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Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get great views at Spanjola, admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hvar road trip planner .

Drive from Korcula Town to Hvar in 5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
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Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach

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nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius and then delve into the distant past at Palazzo di Diocleziano. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Froggyland and then learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Split vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Hvar to Split takes 1.5 hours. In July in Split, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
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Putalj Winery ©
Putalj Winery
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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