18 days in The Balkans Itinerary

18 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Budva, Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
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Prizren, Kosovo
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Belgrade, Serbia

— 1 night
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The National Assembly, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crkva Svetog Marka, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Military Museum, steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, then look for gifts at Remake Home, then contemplate the long history of Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Church.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Belgrade road trip app.

Helsinki, Finland to Belgrade is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Belgrade. Traveling from Helsinki in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Belgrade: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 2 nights

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 1st (Sun): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take an in-depth tour of Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, then make a trip to Vijećnica, then contemplate the long history of Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), and finally make a trip to The Yellow Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, then go all around town with City Tours, and then see the interesting displays at War Childhood Museum.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo trip maker app.

Getting from Belgrade to Sarajevo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Belgrade in July, plan for little chillier nights in Sarajevo, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at War Photo Exhibition, contemplate the long history of Kajtaz House, take in the views from Old Bridge (Stari Most), take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, and finally take an in-depth tour of Bosnaseum.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mostar tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sarajevo to Mostar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sarajevo in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Mostar: highs are around 39°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Split, Croatia

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower and Omis and Cetina River. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Punta Rata Beach and Brela Beach. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at Froggyland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace, and appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Split road trip planner.

You can drive from Mostar to Split in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. August in Split sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Cavtat Cemetery. Get in touch with nature at Sveti Jakov Beach and Lokrum Island. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, see the interesting displays at Love Stories Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Dubrovnik Beer Company, and wander the streets of Old Town.

Before you visit Dubrovnik, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Split to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Budva.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Budva, Montenegro

— 3 nights
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Get some historical perspective at St. Tryphon Cathedral and Citadel. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Skadar and Blue Grotto. Change things up with these side-trips from Budva: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Virpazar), Kotor Old City (in Kotor) and Lipa Cave (in Lipa). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Miločer Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duljevo Monastery, and appreciate the history behind Ballet Dancer Statue.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Budva trip maker.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Budva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in August, Budva is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Budva

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 14th (Sat): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jovan Kaneo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Mary Perybleptos. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of National Park Galicica.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ohrid tour planning site.

Getting from Budva to Ohrid by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Budva in August, things will get little chillier in Ohrid: highs are around 34°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Prizren.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Prizren, Kosovo

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint George, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Saviour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinan Pasha Mosque, and finally deepen your knowledge of military history at Kalaja Fortress.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Prizren vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Ohrid to Prizren in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites

Serbia travel guide

4.3
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.

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Montenegro travel guide

4.4
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.

Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Despite its rich culture and outstanding natural beauty, the Republic of Macedonia remains relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. Life continues at a slower pace in this natural setting of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Tradition and local customs rule the country's idyllic villages, tiny pockets of hospitality scattered across a rugged region. Start your Macedonian adventure at the capital city of Skopje, an easygoing urban center offering good dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The city also serves as a convenient base for hiking and biking trips through the surrounding countryside, which is noted for its ancient monasteries, mosques, and archaeological sites.

Kosovo travel guide

3.9
Monuments · History 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.