21 days in The Balkans Itinerary

21 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly
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Bled, Slovenia
— 1 night
Shuttle to Zagreb, Fly to Dubrovnik
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry to Stari Grad, Taxi to Hvar
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Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Drive to Split, Ferry to Supetar, Drive to Bol
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Bol, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Žabljak, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
Shuttle to Tirana, Fly to Paris

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Bled, Slovenia

— 1 night
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 6th (Fri), hike along Triglav National Park. On your second day here, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then hike along Vintgar Gorge.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bled day trip planning app.

Paris, France to Bled is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. August in Bled sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then don't miss a visit to Pile Gate.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Bled to Dubrovnik in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Dubrovnik when traveling from Bled in August, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 2 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
On the 10th (Tue), make a trip to Korcula Old City and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Korcula Town Walls, learn about winemaking at Lovric Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pupnatska Luka Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Mihovil.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Korcula Town tour planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Hvar, Croatia

— 3 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Hvar is known for adventure, nightlife, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Spanish Fortress, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubovica Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hvar travel route planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Korcula Town to Hvar in 2.5 hours. August in Hvar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 15th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace. On the next day, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then contemplate the long history of Historic City of Trogir.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Split day trip planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Hvar to Split takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Rovinj.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Rovinj, Croatia

— 2 nights

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 17th (Tue), try out the rides at Aquapark Istralandia. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town and then explore the ancient world of Pula Arena.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rovinj day trip website.

You can fly from Split to Rovinj in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Split in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rovinj, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bol.

Things to do in Rovinj

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bol, Croatia

— 3 nights
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) and then learn about winemaking at Stina. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Vidova Gora and then take a leisurely stroll along Supetar Bay.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bol online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Rovinj to Bol takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. Traveling from Rovinj in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bol, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Žabljak.

Things to do in Bol

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trip

Žabljak, Montenegro

— 1 night
A trip to Zabljak takes you to the north of the country, a mountainous region that's as steeped in great scenery and views as it is in history and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the activities along Black Lake, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Heroes and Partizans of World War II, and then take in the views from Đurđevića Tara Bridge. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Tara River Canyon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Žabljak road trip app.

Traveling by car from Bol to Žabljak takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Žabljak

Nature · Parks

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kotor to Krimovica to see Ploče Beach about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kotor Old City, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, don't miss a visit to Our Lady of Health, and get to know the fascinating history of Kotor City Walls & Fortress.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kotor trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Žabljak to Kotor by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kotor can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ohrid trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Ohrid takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Ohrid is a bit cooler than Kotor - with highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C. On the 25th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks

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.