15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Balkans vacation planner

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
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Borovets, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 3 nights

Jerusalem of Europe

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
When in Sarajevo, make a side trip to see Olympic Center Jahorina in Jahorina, approximately Jahorina away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and make a trip to Vijećnica.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sarajevo trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Sarajevo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Athens.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

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Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and visit Plaka.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip planner.

You can fly from Sarajevo to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sarajevo to Athens. In February in Athens, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Thessaloniki, Greece

— 1 night

Mother of Israel

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 14th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, contemplate the long history of Arch of Galerius, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, and finally make a trip to Aristotelous Square.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki route maker site.

Fly from Athens to Thessaloniki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, Thessaloniki is a bit cooler than Athens - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Borovets.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites · Museums
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Borovets, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then fly down the slopes at Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Go Borovets.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Borovets online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Borovets takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Borovets to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Istanbul are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
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