29 days in The Balkans Itinerary

29 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly to Rhodes, Bus to Lindos
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Lindos, Greece
— 4 nights
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Rethymnon
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly to Kastoria, Drive to Ohrid
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ulcinj, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Žabljak, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly
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Split, Croatia
— 5 nights
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Lindos, Greece — 4 nights

A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Village of Lindos and Acropolis of Lindos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Lindos Beach and Haraki Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lindos: Kounaki Wines (in Ebonas) and Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda). There's still lots to do: stroll through Agathi Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Pavlos Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Lindos holiday builder app.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Lindos is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in August, with highs in Lindos at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon, Greece — 4 nights

Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Get some cultural insight at The Palace of Knossos and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Step out of the city life by going to Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER and Matala Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Heraklion Archaeological Museum (in Heraklion), Komos Beach (in Pitsidia) and Georgioupolis Safari (in Georgioupolis). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, and contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon online trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Rethymnon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Lindos in August, plan for little chillier nights in Rethymnon, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Archaeological Site Mycenae are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Athens to go to Nafplio and see Fortress Palamidi, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Plaka, stop by Monastiraki, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Athens online holiday planner.

You can fly from Rethymnon to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Athens sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ohrid.
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia — 2 nights

Jerusalem of the Balkans

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Monastery Saint Naum, stop by Papa's Food Ohrid, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jovan Kaneo.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ohrid trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Athens to Ohrid takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Athens in September; daily highs in Ohrid reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ulcinj.
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Ulcinj, Montenegro — 1 night

While on vacation in Ulcinj, you'll be able to experience two distinct cultures without having to put one foot out of Montenegro.
On the 8th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Valdanos Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ada Bojana, and then kick back and relax at Long Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ulcinj vacation planner.

You can drive from Ohrid to Ulcinj in 5 hours. Traveling from Ohrid in September, expect Ulcinj to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kotor.
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Kotor, Montenegro — 1 night

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
On the 9th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Tryphon Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Kotor Old City, and then explore the activities along Bay of Kotor.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotor online route builder.

You can drive from Ulcinj to Kotor in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ulcinj in September, Kotor is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Žabljak.
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Žabljak, Montenegro — 1 night

A trip to Zabljak takes you to the north of the country, a mountainous region that's as steeped in great scenery and views as it is in history and culture.
On the 10th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bobotov Kuk.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Žabljak day trip website.

You can drive from Kotor to Žabljak in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 5 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lokrum Island and Zarkovica Animal Shelter. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walls of Dubrovnik and The Franciscan Church and Monastery. When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately Cavtat away. Dedicate the 15th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take an in-depth tour of Red History Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Žabljak to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Zagreb.
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Zagreb, Croatia — 1 night

Little Vienna

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 16th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and then visit Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zagreb journey tool.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Zagreb takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, things will get little chillier in Zagreb: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Split.
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Split, Croatia — 5 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Diocletian's Palace and Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bacvice Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Split: Hvar (Franciscan Monastery & Spanish Fortress). Dedicate the 21st (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marjan Park, and get a new perspective on nature at Diocletians Dream.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Split tour builder.

Getting from Zagreb to Split by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zagreb in September: high temperatures in Split hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Greece travel guide

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Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Despite its rich culture and outstanding natural beauty, the Republic of Macedonia remains relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. Life continues at a slower pace in this natural setting of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Tradition and local customs rule the country's idyllic villages, tiny pockets of hospitality scattered across a rugged region. Start your Macedonian adventure at the capital city of Skopje, an easygoing urban center offering good dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The city also serves as a convenient base for hiking and biking trips through the surrounding countryside, which is noted for its ancient monasteries, mosques, and archaeological sites.
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Montenegro travel guide

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Historic Sites · Beaches · Bodies of Water
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.
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Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.
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