10 days in The Balkans Itinerary

10 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montenegro trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Tivat Airport, Drive to Budva
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Budva
— 1 night
Drive
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Ulcinj
— 1 night
Drive
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Podgorica
— 1 night
Drive
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Žabljak
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotor
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Tivat
— 2 nights
Drive to Tivat Airport, Fly to Washington

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Budva

— 1 night
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duljevo Monastery, make a trip to Budva City Walls, then contemplate the long history of Citadel, then steep yourself in history at Budva Old Town, and finally pause for some photo ops at Ballet Dancer Statue. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Lipa Cave, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Budva trip itinerary planning website.

Washington, USA to Budva is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Budva is 6 hours. May in Budva sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ulcinj.

Things to do in Budva

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Ulcinj

— 1 night
While on vacation in Ulcinj, you'll be able to experience two distinct cultures without having to put one foot out of Montenegro.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll through Ada Bojana, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, and then take a stroll through Ulcinj Old Town.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Ulcinj trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Budva to Ulcinj in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Ulcinj

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Podgorica

— 1 night
One of Europe's most relaxed and newest capital cities, Podgorica sits on the confluence of two rivers, with two sides of it offering two different options for exploring.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the activities along Morača River and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Skadar.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Podgorica road trip planner.

You can drive from Ulcinj to Podgorica in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Žabljak.

Things to do in Podgorica

Parks · Nature

Žabljak

— 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 12th (Wed), explore the activities along Valovito Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Savin Kuk Ski Resort, explore the activities along Black Lake, then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Heroes and Partizans of World War II, and finally take in the views from Đurđevića Tara Bridge.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Žabljak vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Podgorica to Žabljak by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Žabljak

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Kotor

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): head off the coast to Island of Saint George, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rocks, and then explore the activities along Bay of Kotor. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at St. Tryphon Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Kotor Old City, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Luke, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kotor City Walls & Fortress.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kotor online road trip planner.

Drive from Žabljak to Kotor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Tivat.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Tivat

— 2 nights
Known for its marina and promenade, Tivat bathes in sunshine during summer, making it an ideal stop for trips around Kotor Bay.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Porto Montenegro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Mother Rozaria, and then explore the striking landscape of Lovćen National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tivat online route planner.

Tivat is just a stone's throw from Kotor. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tivat

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Durmitor National Park travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Bridges · Mountains