31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Taxi to Stari Grad, Ferry to Korcula Town
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia — 3 nights

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Split is known for historic sites, wildlife, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace, shop like a local with Riva Harbor, stroll around Marjan Park, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Split online attractions planner.

New York City, USA to Split is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Split. May in Split sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hvar.
Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Outdoors
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Hvar, Croatia — 2 nights

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 5th (Thu): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then don't miss a visit to The Harbour of Hvar. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, get great views at Spanish Fortress, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Hvar tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. May in Hvar sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Korcula Town.
Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries
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Korcula Town, Croatia — 2 nights

Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stop by Coral Shop Irena, then view the masterpieces at Atelier Abel, and then steep yourself in history at Korcula Town Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Kula Morska Vrata, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Korcula Town route builder site.

Getting from Hvar to Korcula Town by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 nights

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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, capture your vacation like a pro with War Photo Limited, pause for some serene contemplation at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, and make a trip to Onophrian Fountain.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik road trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly to Athens.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, take a stroll through Monastiraki, and explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in May since evenings lows in Athens dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly to Mykonos Town.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 2 nights

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.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and then take a stroll through Little Venice. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with GoDive Mykonos PADI Diving Resort, then relax and rejuvenate at Beautyworld Spa, and then see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum.

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You can fly from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. May in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.
Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Fira, Greece — 4 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, stroll through Red Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, and don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fira, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Heraklion.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Side Trips
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Heraklion, Greece — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium, contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, and then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Heraklion tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. In May in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Goreme.
Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Side Trips
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Goreme, Turkey — 2 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Heraklion to Goreme in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Heraklion to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Heraklion in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 49°F in Goreme. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Istanbul, Turkey — 4 nights

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 historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

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

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in May, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Bled.
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Bled, Slovenia — 2 nights

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 30th (Mon), stroll through Triglav National Park. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, and then head off the coast to Bled Island.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bled vacation planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Bled in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Bled when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly back home.
Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails
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