21 days in The Balkans Itinerary

21 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly
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Karpathos, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly to Rhodes, Bus to Lindos
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Lindos, Greece
— 3 nights
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Chania Town
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Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Milos, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Corfu Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online tour builder.

London, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Istanbul is 3 hours. Traveling from London in July, things will get a bit warmer in Istanbul: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Karpathos.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

Karpathos, Greece — 2 nights

Known largely for its secluded coves and untamed mountains, rugged Karpathos reputedly remains one of the last truly authentic Greek islands.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Lefkos Beach, then kick back and relax at Apella Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kira Panagia Beach. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Amoopi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diakoftis Beach, and then kick back and relax at Chicken Bay.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Karpathos visit site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Karpathos in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Karpathos. Traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Karpathos, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lindos.
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Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Lindos, Greece — 3 nights

A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Visiting Tsambika Beach and Agathi Beach will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Lindos Beach and Stegna Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Glystra Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery Tsambika, stroll through Agios Pavlos Beach, and head outdoors with Pefkos Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lindos trip planner.

Getting from Karpathos to Lindos by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel 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.
On the 31st (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Kournas, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada). On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Chania.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chania Town trip website.

Getting from Lindos to Chania Town by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Chania Town are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can fly to Milos.
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Milos, Greece — 2 nights

Island of Colors

The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
On the 2nd (Wed), stroll through Paliochori Beach, stroll through Tsigrado Beach, and then stroll through Firiplaka Beach. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Oneiro Milos and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sarakiniko Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Milos trip planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Milos by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 4 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kamari Beach and Vlychada Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Akrotiri and Ancient Thera. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Perivolos, explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, and stroll through Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

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You can ride a ferry from Milos to Fira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Fira are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Naxos Town.
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Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

Naxos Town, Greece — 3 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Visit Agios Prokopios Beach and Mikri Vigla Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as The Temple of Apollo – Portara and Plaka Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Naxos Town: Mykonos Town (Rarity Gallery, The Windmills (Kato Milli), &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Anna Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with Blue Fin Divers Naxos Greece.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Naxos Town trip maker website.

Ride a ferry from Fira to Naxos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Naxos Town, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can fly to Corfu Town.
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Corfu Town, Greece — 3 nights

Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Get in touch with nature at Madalena Boat Trips and Paradise Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monastery of Paleokastritsa and Casa Parlante. Explore Corfu Town's surroundings by going to La Grotta Beach (in Paleokastritsa) and Barbati Beach (in Barbati). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Liston, examine the collection at Achilleion Museum, stop by Corfu Old Town, and delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Corfu Town day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Naxos Town to Corfu Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. When traveling from Naxos Town in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Corfu Town, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13: