15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Shuttle to Klagenfurt, Fly to Sofia
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive
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Kavadarci, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive
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Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Budva, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Cetinje, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Danilovgrad, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive
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Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Drive
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Fly to Zagreb, Shuttle to Ljubljana

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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia online route maker.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Sofia is an approximately 9-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 night
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): browse the different shops at Skopje City Mall, then take in the views from The Stone Bridge, and then wander the streets of Old Bazaar, Skopje.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Skopje travel route builder.

You can drive from Sofia to Skopje in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Sofia to Skopje, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Skopje, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Kavadarci.

Things to do in Skopje

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Kavadarci, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 night
Kavadarci is a town in the Tikveš region of the Republic of Macedonia. On the 30th (Mon), do a tasting at Tikves Winery and then steep yourself in history at Stobi.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kavadarci visit app.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Kavadarci takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bitola.

Things to do in Kavadarci

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 night
Bitola is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Pelister.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bitola trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Kavadarci to Bitola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kavadarci in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Bitola, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Ohrid.

Things to do in Bitola

Parks · Nature
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 night

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 2nd (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Ohrid.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ohrid day trip planning website.

You can drive from Bitola to Ohrid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tirana.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks · Nature
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Tirana, Albania

— 1 night
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): browse the exhibits of Muzeu Historik Kombetar and then stroll through Spille Beach.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tirana trip planning app.

You can take a shuttle from Ohrid to Tirana in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ohrid in May, expect nights in Tirana to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Budva.

Things to do in Tirana

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Budva, Montenegro

— 1 night
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
On the 4th (Fri), kick back and relax at Jaz Beach, then steep yourself in history at Citadel, and then kick back and relax at Bečići Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Budva tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Budva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In May in Budva, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cetinje.

Things to do in Budva

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cetinje, Montenegro

— 1 night
Culture and history come together at Cetinje, a city surrounded by mountains.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): walk around Lovćen National Park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cetinje driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Budva to Cetinje takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Danilovgrad.

Things to do in Cetinje

Parks · Nature
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Danilovgrad, Montenegro

— 1 night
In the center of the country, right in the heart of the Zeta River valley, Danilovgrad allows you to discover Montenegro's cultural and religious heritage.
On the 6th (Sun), experience rural life at Farma Magaraca Martinici and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ždrebaonik Monastery.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Danilovgrad trip planner.

Drive from Cetinje to Danilovgrad in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Kotor.

Things to do in Danilovgrad

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kotor, Montenegro

— 1 night

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 7th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castle Of San Giovanni, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Rocks, and then explore the activities along Bay of Kotor.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kotor trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Danilovgrad to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Kotor, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 2 nights
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, contemplate the waterfront views at Jablanicas Lake, then snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), and finally hunt for treasures at Old Bazar Kujundziluk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mostar trip planner.

Getting from Kotor to Mostar by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Mostar are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Jajce.

Things to do in Mostar

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night
Jajce is a town and municipality located in the central part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Bosanska Krajina region. On the 9th (Wed), make a trip to Fortress of Jajce, admire the sheer force of Pliva Waterfall, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pliva Lakes.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read Jajce attractions planner.

Drive from Mostar to Jajce in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mostar in May; daily highs in Jajce reach 22°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Banja Luka.

Things to do in Jajce

Parks · Nature
Banja Luka, ) or Banjaluka is the largest city and the de facto capital of the Republika Srpska entity and second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the capital Sarajevo. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Banja Luka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mariastern Abbey, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Vrbas River.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Banja Luka online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Jajce to Banja Luka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Jajce in May since evenings lows in Banja Luka dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Banja Luka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): shop like a local with Gradska Trznica, shop like a local with W Market Epicerie Fine, then get a taste of the local shopping with Magaza, and finally steep yourself in history at Bascarsija.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sarajevo online road trip planner.

You can drive from Banja Luka to Sarajevo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites · Shopping