11 days in The Balkans Itinerary

11 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Budva, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Tivat, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Plav, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Pec, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive
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Prizren, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Drive to Priština Adem Jashari International Airport, Fly to Riyadh

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Budva, Montenegro

— 3 nights
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Change things up with these side-trips from Budva: Lovćen National Park (in Cetinje), Lipa Cave (in Lipa) and Lake Skadar (in Podgorica). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Budva Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Mogren Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Jaz Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Budva trip maker tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Budva is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Budva. Traveling from Riyadh in June, things will get colder in Budva: highs are around 34°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Budva

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kotor, Montenegro

— 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.
On the 24th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Kotor Old City, then don't miss a visit to Kotor City Walls & Fortress, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rocks, and finally don't miss a visit to Our Lady of Health. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): explore the ancient world of St. Tryphon Cathedral, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, and finally contemplate the long history of Church of St. Elijah the Prophet.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kotor tour planner.

Kotor is just a stone's throw from Budva. In June, daytime highs in Kotor are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tivat.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Tivat, Montenegro

— 1 night
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 26th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Mother Rozaria, then get outside with Mount Vrmac, then take a leisurely stroll along Porto Montenegro, and finally browse the exhibits of Cultural Center.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tivat using our trip planner.

Tivat is just a stone's throw from Kotor. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Plav.

Things to do in Tivat

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Plav, Montenegro

— 1 night
If you choose to vacation in Plav, you'll reach the town by a road following the river Lim, which flows through a landscape dominated by the country's highest mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the activities along Plav Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Prokletije National Park, and then take in panoramic vistas at Redžepagić Tower.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Plav day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tivat to Plav takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Pec.

Things to do in Plav

Parks · Nature

Pec, Kosovo

— 1 night
On the 28th (Mon), take in breathtaking views at Rugova Canyon, contemplate the long history of Patriarchate of Pec, then Head underground at Sleeping beauty Cave, and finally admire the sheer force of White Drin Waterfall.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pec driving holiday planner.

Getting from Plav to Pec by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Prizren.

Things to do in Pec

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Prizren, Kosovo

— 2 nights

Kosovo's Cultural Capital

Kosovo's second city, Prizren sits on the slopes of the rugged Sar Mountain, a region bordered by both Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.
On the 29th (Tue), take in the views from Stone Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque), deepen your knowledge of military history at Kalaja Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Holy Saviour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinan Pasha Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint George.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Prizren route builder tool.

Drive from Pec to Prizren in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites

Plav Region travel guide

4.6
Mountains · Bodies of Water · Observation Decks

Kosovo travel guide

3.9
Monuments · Museums · Churches
A disputed territory in the central Balkans, Kosovo is considered by many nations to be Europe's newest country. The independent state, once part of Serbia, has no shortage of colorful history. Tourism is still a small industry in the country, and visitors will witness the scars of war as recently as 1999, when Serbia revoked the territory's autonomy. Today, Kosovo is mainly ethnically Albanian, with a Serb majority in the north, as well as large numbers of ethnic minorities. Active UN troops still work in the country, guarding Serbian monasteries that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Despite this, Kosovo is a safe and stable country to visit to explore off-the-beaten path. The mix of World Heritage Sites, wild countryside, and welcoming hospitality will surely bring visitors in droves as the word gets out.