10 days in The Balkans Itinerary

10 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Strumica, Republic of North Macedonia
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 day
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Žabljak, Montenegro
— 1 night
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
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Nis, Serbia
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Strumica, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 night
Strumica is the largest city in eastern Republic of Macedonia, near the Novo Selo-Petrich border crossing with Bulgaria. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): do a tasting at Royal Winery Queen Maria. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Koleshino Waterfall, make a trip to Monastery of St Leontius, and then don't miss a visit to Monastery of the Most Holy Theotokos Eleusa.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Strumica travel route tool.

Varna, Bulgaria to Strumica is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Strumica

Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

— 2 nights

Jerusalem of the Balkans

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jovan Kaneo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia, then contemplate the long history of Monastery Saint Naum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Climent of Ohrid.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ohrid trip planner.

You can drive from Strumica to Ohrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Ohrid, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Shkoder, Albania

— 2 nights
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
On the 9th (Fri), shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Shkoder trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Shkoder takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Ohrid in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Shkoder: highs are around 39°C and lows about 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Kotor, Montenegro

— 1 day

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

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 10th (Sat), delve into the distant past at St. Tryphon Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Rocks, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, and finally make a trip to Njegoš Mausoleum.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kotor road trip planning website.

Drive from Shkoder to Kotor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Shkoder in July, plan for little chillier nights in Kotor, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Žabljak.

Things to do in Kotor

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Žabljak, Montenegro

— 1 night
A trip to Zabljak takes you to the north of the country, a mountainous region that's as steeped in great scenery and views as it is in history and culture.
On the 11th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Black Lake, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Heroes and Partizans of World War II, then snap pictures at Đurđevića Tara Bridge, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Valovito Lake.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Žabljak day trip planner.

You can drive from Kotor to Žabljak in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Žabljak

Nature · Parks

Belgrade, Serbia

— 1 night
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Skadarlija, then steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Belgrade trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Žabljak to Belgrade takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In July in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Belgrade

Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Nis, Serbia

— 1 night
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Monument to the Liberators of Nis, then steep yourself in history at Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, then steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, and finally delve into the distant past at Skull Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Nis planner.

You can drive from Belgrade to Nis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites

Montenegro travel guide

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Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.

Serbia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Room Escape Games · Churches
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.