8 days in The Balkans Itinerary

8 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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8 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Paphos, Cyprus
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kavala, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Thassos Town (Limenas), Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Alexandroupoli, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  7​h
End: Paphos, Cyprus

1
night
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Hagios Demetrios.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Thessaloniki tour planner .

Paphos, Cyprus to Thessaloniki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Thessaloniki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Kavala.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

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night
Kavala, Greece

Kavala ©
Kavala is a city in northern Greece, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the capital of Kavala regional unit. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kalamitsa, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then step into the grandiose world of The Castle of Kavala, and finally delve into the distant past at Archeologikos Choros Filippi.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kavala trip tool .

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Kavala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kavala can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Thassos Town (Limenas).

Things to do in Kavala

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Archeologikos Choros Filippi
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Kalamitsa ©
Kalamitsa
Spas
The Castle of Kavala ©
The Castle of Kavala

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night
Thassos Town (Limenas), Greece

Thassos Town (Limenas) ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Ancient Agora and then stroll through Paradise Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Thassos Town (Limenas) road trip tool .

Getting from Kavala to Thassos Town (Limenas) by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Alexandroupoli.

Things to do in Thassos Town (Limenas)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

The Ancient Agora
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
The Ancient Agora ©
The Ancient Agora

1
night
Alexandroupoli, Greece

Alexandroupoli ©
Alexandroupoli is a city in Greece and the capital of the Evros regional unit in East Macedonia and Thrace. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Ethnological Museum of Thrace and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Paraskevi Beach.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Alexandroupoli trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Thassos Town (Limenas) to Alexandroupoli takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Alexandroupoli

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ethnological Museum of Thrace ©
Ethnological Museum of Thrace

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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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Alexandroupoli to Istanbul takes 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Alexandroupoli to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Alexandroupoli in July: highs in Istanbul hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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