12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
2
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
3
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
5
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
6
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
7
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night

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 11th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum and then steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in July, expect little chillier with lows of °C in Istanbul. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, thenget engrossed in the history at War Childhood Museum, thenget the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sarajevo online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Sarajevo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Sarajevo, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sarajevo, with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Walking tours
War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Mon), admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, thensteep yourself in history at Spanjola, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral and then head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sarajevo to Hvar in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sarajevo in July, things will get a bit warmer in Hvar: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery
Spanjola ©
Spanjola

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 17th (Wed), wander the streets of Old Town and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Rector's Palace, thenget some thrills on the water with Dubrovnik Boat Rentals, and then step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip maker.

Traveling by ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Transportation
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 19th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, thenget engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and then take a stroll through Plaka.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Athens day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Athens takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In July, Athens is somewhat warmer than Dubrovnik - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Akrotiri.

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): ride a horse along Experience Horse Riding, do a tasting at Boutari Winery, thenstroll through Red Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Akrotiri takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Akrotiri, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Boutari Winery
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Experience Horse Riding ©
Experience 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, thenexplore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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

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