15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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15 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
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Bled, Slovenia
— 3 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.
On the 23rd (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Mihrimah Sultan Camii, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Delhi to Istanbul. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in July; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. On the next day, 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 appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Athens in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Athens sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can 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 step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Rector's Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, then steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, then take in the exciting artwork at Art by Stjepko, and finally examine the collection at War Photo Limited.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Dubrovnik takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Athens to Dubrovnik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in July: high temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Korcula Town.

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
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
On the 30th (Tue), make a trip to Atelier Abel, then see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Vela Przina Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Pupnatska Luca Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Korcula Town trip planner .

Drive from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vela Przina Beach, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach
Pupnatska Luca Beach ©
Pupnatska Luca Beach

2
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 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Froggyland, do a tasting at Putalj Winery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split, and then explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Split day trip planning website .

You can drive from Korcula Town to Split in 4.5 hours. July in Split sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Split

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

3
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 3rd (Sat): get great views at Mala Osojnica, then stroll through Vintgar Gorge, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle and then explore the activities along Lake Bled.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Bled attractions planning app .

You can drive from Split to Bled in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or fly. In August, Bled is slightly colder than Split - with highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Mala Osojnica ©
Mala Osojnica

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