16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Colorado Springs, United States
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Budva, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Bovec, Slovenia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19​h
End: Colorado Springs, United States

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Marjan Park. Get a sense of the local culture at The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower and Historic City of Trogir. Go for a jaunt from Split to Hvar to see Spanjola about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: go for a stroll along the water at Riva Harbor, steep yourself in history at Old Split, make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Split vacation app .

Colorado Springs, USA to Split is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Colorado Springs to Split is 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in May since evenings lows in Split dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Budva.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Trogir, Spanjola
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Riva Harbor ©
Riva Harbor

2
nights
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
On the 27th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, then appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Budva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Porto Montenegro, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then don't miss a visit to Budva City Walls.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Budva online travel planner .

You can drive from Split to Budva in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotor, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, Porto Montenegro
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Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni
City Walls ©
City Walls
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Appreciate the collections at War Photo Limited and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort Lovrijenac and Church of Saint Blaise. When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Lapad, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik online visit planner .

Getting from Budva to Dubrovnik by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac
Lapad ©
Lapad

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Croatian Museum of Naive Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally stroll the grounds of Mirogoj Cemetery.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zagreb online route planner .

Fly from Dubrovnik to Zagreb in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Zagreb. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Croatian Museum of Naive Art ©
Croatian Museum of Naive Art
Mirogoj Cemetery ©
Mirogoj Cemetery
Cathedral of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of the Assumption

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
On the 3rd (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Predjama Castle, hike along Vintgar Gorge, and then take in the views from Tromostovje. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja), then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ljubljana trip itinerary website .

Drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bovec.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vintgar Gorge, Predjama Castle
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Predjama Castle ©
Predjama Castle

2
nights
Bovec, Slovenia

Bovec is a town in the Littoral region in northwestern Slovenia, close to border with Italy. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kobarid Museum (Kobariski muzej), take in the dramatic scenery at Slap Kozjak, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bovec route builder app .

Getting from Ljubljana to Bovec by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Bovec are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bovec

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Kobarid
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Kobarid Museum (Kobariski muzej) ©
Kobarid Museum (Kobariski muzej)
Slap Kozjak ©
Slap Kozjak

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