17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Drive to Makarska, Ferry to Sumartin, Drive to Bol
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Bol, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry to Split, Fly to Athens
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry to Kuşadası, Taxi to Selcuk
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pearl of the Adriatic

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 7th (Fri), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls, and then admire the striking features of Minceta Fortress. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Pasjaca Beach, kick back and relax at Sunj Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, then make a trip to Pile Gate, and finally wander the streets of Old Town.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik route planner.

Stuttgart, Germany to Dubrovnik is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Stuttgart in August, things will get a bit warmer in Dubrovnik: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Bol.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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3
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Bol, Croatia

An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) and Lovrecina Bay. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sumartin Beach and Paklina Beach. Explore Bol's surroundings by going to Church of St. Jerolime (in Pucisce), Supetar (Parish church complex, Supetar cemetery, &more) and Skrip (Museum of Brac & Museum uja). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Vidova Gora, learn about winemaking at Wine Tasting Brac & Olive Oil Brac, enjoy the sand and surf at Murvica Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bol day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Dubrovnik to Bol in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Bol

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

2
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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Loutraki Beach and Sounio Beach. Get in touch with nature at Limni Vouliagmeni and Corinth Canal. Venture out of the city with trips to Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio), Vorres Museum (in Paiania) and Ancient Theater of Thorikos (in Thoricus). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Hephaestus, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and explore the ancient world of Erechtheion.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Athens holiday maker website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Bol to Athens in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Athens, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

1
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Akrotiri, Greece

Greek Pompeii

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Experience Horse Riding, do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Vlychada Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Caldera Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Akrotiri online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Akrotiri takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, you will find days in Akrotiri are a bit cooler (35°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

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Mykonos Town, Greece

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Naos tou Apollona - Portara and Agios Nikolakis Church. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Elia Beach and Panormos Beach. Step out of Mykonos Town to go to Eggares and see Eggares Olive Press Museum, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ornos Beach, kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church, and wander the streets of Little Venice.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town trip planner.

Getting from Akrotiri to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

1
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Selcuk, Turkey

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 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamucak Beach, wander the streets of Sirince Koyu, see the interesting displays at Camlik Locomotive Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then delve into the distant past at Memmius Monument, and finally explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Mykonos Town to Selcuk in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mykonos Town to Selcuk. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mykonos Town in August: highs in Selcuk hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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3
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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Altinkemer Local Beach and Sapanca Lake. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Balloon Rides. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Istanbul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Selcuk in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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