20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Pristina, Kosovo
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Pristina, Kosovo

— 1 night
Long regarded as a gray and traffic-congested provincial town with little tourist appeal, Pristina today possesses a youthful vibrance and a newfound sense of sophistication, as the result of the city's large community of foreign functionaries.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): walk around Germia Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Marble Cave, then don't miss a visit to Gracanica Monastery, and finally contemplate the long history of Medieval Monuments in Kosovo. On your second day here, trek along Via Ferrata Ari, admire the landmark architecture of Džamija cara, and then see the interesting displays at Illusium.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pristina attractions tool.

Karachi, Pakistan to Pristina is an approximately 32-hour flight. Traveling from Karachi to Pristina, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Pristina

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tirana, Albania

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then look for gifts at Artistic Jewellery Pirro, and then take in the awesome beauty at Dajti. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Bunk'Art 1, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Tirana itinerary app.

Getting from Pristina to Tirana by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In May in Tirana, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Tirana

Nature · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Kotor, Montenegro

— 3 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.
Kotor is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, get outside with Mount Vrmac, don't miss a visit to Kotor Old City, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Holy Mother Rozaria.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotor route planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Kotor in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In May in Kotor, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mostar.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 4 nights
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Mostar is known for historic sites, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Old Bridge (Stari Most), take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Studio Pandur, and don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mostar holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Mostar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 4 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.
Sarajevo is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, take in the views from Latin Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Galerija 11/07/95, and take in the awesome beauty at Igman.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo trip planner.

Drive from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Belgrade, Serbia

— 4 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Take a break from Belgrade with a short trip to Petrovaradin Fortress in Petrovaradin, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Belgrade trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Belgrade takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. In June, daily temperatures in Belgrade can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks · Tours · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.

Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

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.

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.

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.