60 days in The Balkans Itinerary

60 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Balkans trip itinerary planner

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 6 nights
Fly to Mykonos, Ferry to Paros
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Paros, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly to Thessaloniki, Train to Kalambaka
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Kalambaka, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Delphi, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive
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Olympia, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nafplio, Greece
— 5 nights
Drive
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Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly to Izmir, Train to Pamukkale
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antalya, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Turkey
— 7 nights
Bus
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Ankara, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Croatian War of Independence and Minceta Fortress. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Lovrijenac and Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Explore Dubrovnik's surroundings by going to Cavtat Cemetery (in Cavtat) and Stonske zidine - Ulaz (in Ston). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls, make a trip to Pile Gate, get engrossed in the history at War Photo Limited, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Blaise.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip planner.

New York City, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In March, Dubrovnik is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Paros.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 7:

Paros, Greece

— 1 night

Poor Man's Mykonos

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
On the 8th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou, then steep yourself in history at Lefkes, and finally head off the coast to Parikia Town.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Paros trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Dubrovnik to Paros takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubrovnik to Paros due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Paros when traveling from Dubrovnik in March, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Paros

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 8:

Fira, Greece

— 6 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Take a break from the city and head to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Skaros Rock. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and Akrotiri. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera, examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, do a tasting at Domaine Sigalas, and do sightseeing your way with Private Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fira tour itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Paros to Fira in 4.5 hours. In March in Fira, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 14:

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Roussanou Monastery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Varlaam Monastery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then don't miss a visit to Meteora, and then contemplate the long history of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kalambaka vacation planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Fira to Kalambaka in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In March, Kalambaka is little chillier than Fira - with highs of 55°F and lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Delphi, Greece

— 4 nights
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Get a sense of the local culture at Delphi and Hosios Loukas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Temple of Apollo In Delphi and Byzantine Church of Agia Eleousa (Panagia Mavromantila). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tholos, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum & Archaeological Collection of Galaxidi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Nikolaos Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Delphi visit planner.

You can drive from Kalambaka to Delphi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March in Delphi, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

Olympia, Greece

— 3 nights
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE. Inscribed on the World Heritage List, the remains of Olympia's sanctuary allow visitors to admire the timeless mastery of ancient Greek builders.
Get a sense of the local culture at Offshore Hydropower Museum and Archimedes Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Archaeological Site of Olympia and Hermes by Praxiteles. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Olympia, relax in the rural setting at Klio's Honey Farm, learn about winemaking at Olympia Land Winery, and examine the collection at Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of antiquity.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Olympia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Delphi to Olympia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Olympia can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

Nafplio, Greece

— 5 nights
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mystras and Citadel and Treasury of Atreus. Explore hidden gems such as Fortress Palamidi and Akrokorinthos. Take a break from Nafplio with a short trip to Corinth Canal in Isthmia, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Nauplion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Agios Spyridonas, get to know the fascinating history of Tiryns, and delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site Mycenae.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nafplio trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Olympia to Nafplio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Olympia in March, things will get little chillier in Nafplio: highs are around 57°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 28:

Athens, Greece

— 6 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion. Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple of Hephaestus and Mount Lycabettus. Go for a jaunt from Athens to Sounio to see Temple of Poseidon about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and delve into the distant past at Theater of Dionysus.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Athens route maker site.

Getting from Nafplio to Athens by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nafplio in March; daily highs in Athens reach 63°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 3:

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale online travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Athens to Pamukkale in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Pamukkale is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:

Antalya, Turkey

— 4 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Get outdoors at Lower Duden Waterfalls and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Visit Perge Ancient City and Phaselis for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Ancient Theater in Side (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, explore the ancient world of Termessos Ruins, steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate, and go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya travel planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 9:

Goreme, Turkey

— 7 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Goreme National Park and Fairy Chimneys. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kaymakli and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), get outside with Outdoor Activities, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the striking landscape at Love Valley.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Antalya in April: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 66°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 16:

Ankara, Turkey

— 3 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anitkabir and Hamamonu Restored Area. Popular historic sites such as Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii) and Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii) are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi and see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Ankara itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Goreme to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Goreme in April, you will find days in Ankara are little chillier (54°F), and nights are a bit warmer (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 7 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Little Hagia Sophia and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , wander the streets of Ortakoy, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip site.

You can fly from Ankara to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Ankara in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can fly to Belgrade.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 26:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 3 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Popular historic sites such as St. Sava Temple and Kalemegdan are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Crkva Svetog Marka and Skadarlija. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ada Ciganlija, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Belgrade tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Istanbul to Belgrade by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29: