31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Fly:  21​h
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Paros, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Naxos, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
6
Rethymnon, Greece
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
7
Lindos, Greece
— 4 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  9​h
11
Rovinj, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Porto Alegre, Brazil

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Escape the urban bustle at Vouliagmeni Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Dasoktima Tatoiou in Acharnes (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Athens travel route planner .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Athens is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Porto Alegre to Athens, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Athens is somewhat warmer than Porto Alegre - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Athens

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Vouliagmeni Beach, Dasoktima Tatoiou
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Vouliagmeni Beach ©
Vouliagmeni Beach
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

2
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
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.
On the 24th (Mon), head off the coast to Pontikonisi and then examine the collection at Achilleion Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of New Fortress, then stroll the grounds of British Cemetry, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Old Fortress Corfu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Spiridon.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Corfu Town trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Corfu Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. September in Corfu Town sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paros.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Achilleion Museum, Canal D'Amour, Pontikonisi
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Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum
Church of Saint Spiridon ©
Church of Saint Spiridon
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu

2
nights
Paros, Greece

Paros ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral, then take in the exciting artwork at Yria Ceramic Studio, then stroll through Parikia Town, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Piso Aliki Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Krios Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paros day trip website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Corfu Town to Paros in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. September in Paros sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral ©
Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral
Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town

3
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Portara and Temple of Apollo. Visiting Alyko Beach and Pyrgaki will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tower of Zevgolis, examine the collection at Eggares Olive Press Museum, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Naxos trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by ferry from Paros to Naxos takes an hour. In September in Naxos, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Naxos

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Portara ©
Portara
Alyko Beach ©
Alyko Beach
Eggares Olive Press Museum ©
Eggares Olive Press Museum

4
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Red Beach and KAMARA BEACH. Popular historic sites such as Akrotiri and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fira trip itinerary site .

Traveling by ferry from Naxos to Fira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. October in Fira sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Scuba & Snorkeling, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Cultural Village, Kamari Beach
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Four Martyrs Church, take in the exciting artwork at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, and then identify plant and animal life at Biotopoi Nature Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rethymnon trip itinerary app .

Ride a ferry from Fira to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. In October in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Biotopoi Nature Park ©
Biotopoi Nature Park
Four Martyrs Church ©
Four Martyrs Church
Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop ©
Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop

4
nights
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Village of Lindos and Acropolis of Lindos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Lindos Beach and Ostria Beach Bar will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Lindos side-trips: Art Park Rhodes (in Archipoli) and Bee Museum (in Pastida). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Church of the Panagia and examine the collection at Tsambika Byzantine Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lindos holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Rethymnon to Lindos in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October in Lindos, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bee Museum, Art Park Rhodes, Ostria Beach Bar
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The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos

1
night
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 10th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamucak Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Selcuk trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Lindos to Selcuk in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Lindos in October, Selcuk is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches
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Pamucak Beach ©
Pamucak Beach
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
The Temple of Artemis ©
The Temple of Artemis

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Florya Sahil Parkı and Suma Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and kick back and relax at Solar Plajı.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Selcuk to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Selcuk in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Istanbul. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
On the 15th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Grubonja Palace, make a trip to Sea Gate, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Blazena Ozana, then pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Eustachius, and finally get to know the fascinating history of City Walls.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kotor online journey maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Istanbul to Kotor takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect colder evenings in Kotor when traveling from Istanbul in October, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites

Side Trips

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, Church of St. Eustachius
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
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R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
City Walls ©
City Walls
Church of St. Eustachius ©
Church of St. Eustachius

3
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Porec Old Town and Euphrasius Basilica. Escape the urban bustle at Fazana Beach and Chiavalon Premium Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Explore Rovinj's surroundings by going to Traktor Story (in Nova Vas), Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum (in Vodnjan) and Amphitheatre de Pula (in Pula). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of STARI GRAD, get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and don't miss a visit to Main Street.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovinj road trip planner .

Drive from Kotor to Rovinj in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Kotor in October, expect nights in Rovinj to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Porec, Vodnjan, Amphitheatre de Pula, Fazana Beach, Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town
Old Town ©
Old Town

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