37 days in The Balkans Itinerary

37 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 1 day
Taxi to Piraeus, Ferry to Mykonos Town
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
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Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Tirana, Albania
— 5 nights
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 2 nights
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
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Kalambaka, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece — 1 day

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Athens visit planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Athens is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in October, expect Athens to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 4 nights

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 day by day itinerary now includes Super Paradise Beach as well as Delos Tour. Get some cultural insight at Little Venice and Paraportiani Church. Get outdoors at Paradise Beach and Elia Beach. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Mykonos and make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli).

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 5 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You've added Heart of Santorini, Santo Winery, Three Bells of Fira, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Akrotiri and Catholic Church of St. Stylianos. Get a sense of the local culture at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani and Agios Nikolaos Church. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Red Beach, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fira day trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. October in Fira sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chania Town.
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Chania Town, Greece — 2 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Balos Lagoon. On the 3rd (Thu), make a trip to Lighthouse of Chania and then take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seitan Limania Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chania Town online route planner.

Fly from Fira to Chania Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daytime highs in Chania Town are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon, Greece — 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Venetian Fortezza as well as Rimondi Fountain. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): do a tasting at Winery Dourakis, take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, then admire the local landmark of Rimondi Fountain, then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and finally take in the waterfront at Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Heraklion.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, stop by Aromattika - The Store, contemplate the long history of Castello del Molo (Koules), take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, then don't miss a visit to Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Heraklion online attractions planner.

You can take a shuttle from Rethymnon to Heraklion in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. You will leave for Athens on the 9th (Wed).
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

Acropolis of Athens and Church of Kapnikarea will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. See some other sides of Athens: take a stroll through Ermou Street, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, stop by Olive Tree Store, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tzisdarakis Mosque.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip site.

Getting from Heraklion to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Tirana.
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Tirana, Albania — 5 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You've added Sfinksi, Rozafa Castle, Parku Kombetar i Qafe Shtames, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and Bunk'Art 1. Get some historical perspective at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania and Et`hem Bey Mosque. Venture out of the city with trips to Skanderbeg Monument (in Kruje) and Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Dajti, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and learn about all things military at BunkArt 2.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tirana trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Athens to Tirana in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Athens in November since evenings lows in Tirana dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Gjirokaster.
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Gjirokaster, Albania — 2 nights

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Gjirokastra Bazaar. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Gjirokaster, get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at The Blue Eye.

Planning Gjirokaster trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tirana to Gjirokaster in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tirana to Gjirokaster is 1 hour. Traveling from Tirana in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gjirokaster, with lows around 13°C. On the 19th (Sat), you're off to Ohrid.
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia — 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Icon Gallery-Ohrid and Bay of the Bones Museum. Lake Ohrid and St. Jovan Kaneo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Ohrid's surroundings by going to Bitola (Church of St. Demetrius, Clock Tower, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Monastery Saint Naum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia, make a trip to Samoil's Fortress, and get engrossed in the history at Memorial House of Hristo Uzunov.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ohrid trip planning site.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Ohrid by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Gjirokaster to Ohrid, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Gjirokaster in November: high temperatures in Ohrid hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. On the 22nd (Tue), you're off to Skopje.
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia — 3 nights

A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Free Skopje Walking Tours has been added to your itinerary. Old Bazaar, Skopje and Memorial House of Mother Teresa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Archaeological Museum of Macedonia and Museum of Macedonian Struggle will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, get to know the fascinating history of Macedonia Square, take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Memorial Centre, and don't miss a visit to Fallen Heroes of Macedonia.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Skopje trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Skopje takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You'll set off for Kalambaka on the 25th (Fri).
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Kalambaka, Greece — 2 nights

The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
On the 25th (Fri), trek along with Visit Meteora Travel.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kalambaka trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Skopje to Kalambaka by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You will leave for Athens on the 27th (Sun).
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Athens tour website.

You can drive from Kalambaka to Athens in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kalambaka in November; daily highs in Athens reach 22°C and lows reach 15°C. On the 29th (Tue), you're off to 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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Crete travel guide

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Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.
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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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