30 days in The Balkans Itinerary

30 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montenegro route maker

Make it your trip
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Podgorica
— 4 nights
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Ulcinj
— 2 nights
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Budva
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cetinje
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotor
— 4 nights
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Tivat Region
— 3 nights
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Herceg-Novi
— 3 nights
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Plužine
— 1 night
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Žabljak
— 2 nights
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Dobrilovina
— 1 night
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Podgorica
— 3 nights
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Podgorica

— 4 nights
One of Europe's most relaxed and newest capital cities, Podgorica sits on the confluence of two rivers, with two sides of it offering two different options for exploring.
You've now added Lake Skadar to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at St. George's Church and Dajbabe Monastery. Popular historic sites such as Ostrog Monastery and Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Podgorica: Prokletije National Park (in Plav) and Mrtvica Canyon (in Medjurecje). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at 13 Jul Plantaže Vineyard, get your game on at Karting Centar, and explore the stunning scenery at Morača River Canyon.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Podgorica trip planner.

London, UK to Podgorica is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Podgorica is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Ulcinj.

Things to do in Podgorica

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ulcinj

— 2 nights
While on vacation in Ulcinj, you'll be able to experience two distinct cultures without having to put one foot out of Montenegro.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Petka, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sutomore Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas' Church, and finally admire the striking features of Sailors' Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach and then kick back and relax at Zenska plaza.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ulcinj trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Podgorica to Ulcinj by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In April, daytime highs in Ulcinj are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Budva.

Things to do in Ulcinj

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Budva

— 4 nights
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Reževići Monastery and Citadel will appeal to history buffs. We've included these beaches for you: Crvena Glavica Beach and Perazića Do. Take a break from Budva with a short trip to Wine Tasting - Winery Mašanović in Virpazar, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery Praskvica, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bečići Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mogren Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Budva trip maker app.

You can drive from Ulcinj to Budva in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Budva can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Cetinje.

Things to do in Budva

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cetinje

— 2 nights
Culture and history come together at Cetinje, a city surrounded by mountains.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Court Church on Cipur, explore the galleries of Money Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Lovćen National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Lipa Cave, then admire the striking features of The building of the former Embassy of Great Britain in Montenegro, and then explore the galleries of National Museum of Montenegro.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cetinje trip itinerary website.

Getting from Budva to Cetinje by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Cetinje

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Kotor

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Our Lady's Temple of Prčanj and Church of St. Eustachius are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kampana Tower and Zmajević Palace. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery and Church of St. Clare, steep yourself in history at Trg Sv. Tripuna, admire the striking features of The Church of St. Matthew, and make a trip to Radoničić Milošević Palace.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Kotor road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Cetinje to Kotor takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kotor are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tivat Region.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Tivat Region

— 3 nights
Tivat Municipality is the smallest municipality in Montenegro by area, situated in the Bay of Kotor. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Roko Church and St. Mary's Church. Visiting Kalardovo Beach and Mount Vrmac will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Ethnographic Museum in Tivat (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Bucha Palace, make a trip to Tivat Solila - Special Nature Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Sava, and take in the waterfront at Porto Montenegro.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tivat Region trip planning website.

Tivat Region is just a short distance from Kotor. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Herceg-Novi.

Things to do in Tivat Region

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Herceg-Novi

— 3 nights
Herceg-Novi welcomes visitors into the Bay of Kotor and spreads before them an array of attractions kissed by almost permanent sunshine.
Blue Grotto has been added to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Promenade Pet Danica and Zanjic Cove. Explore hidden gems such as Church of Michael the Archangel and Drinking fountain Karacha. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Heritage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St. Jerome, stop by Herceg Novi Old Town, and pause for some photo ops at Chimney Sweep Monument.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Herceg-Novi route planner.

Drive from Tivat Region to Herceg-Novi in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Herceg-Novi, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Plužine.

Things to do in Herceg-Novi

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Plužine

— 1 night
Piva Lake remains a top attraction in Pluzine, located in the mountainous northern section of the country.
You've now added Piva Canyon to your itinerary. On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Piva and then explore the stunning scenery at Piva Canyon.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Plužine day trip site.

Drive from Herceg-Novi to Plužine in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Herceg-Novi in April; daily highs in Plužine reach 19°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Žabljak.

Things to do in Plužine

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Žabljak

— 2 nights
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 25th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Canyon Nevidio and then make a trip to Stecci. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Jablan Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Zminje Lake, then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Heroes and Partizans of World War II, and finally take in the views from Đurđevića Tara Bridge.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Žabljak trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plužine to Žabljak takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dobrilovina.

Things to do in Žabljak

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Dobrilovina

— 1 night
As you explore the northern and central sections of the country, you'll find Dobrilovina a good base for your vacation.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Dobrilovina Monastery and then take in breathtaking views at Tara River Canyon.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Dobrilovina holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Žabljak to Dobrilovina takes an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Podgorica.

Things to do in Dobrilovina

Nature · Parks

Podgorica

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Skadar. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Grmozhur Fortress, then explore the activities along Lake Skadar, then explore the galleries of Centre of Contemporary Art at Petrović Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Martyr Dimitrije. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Monument to A.S. Pushkin and N.N. Goncharova and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ždrebaonik Monastery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Podgorica trip maker website.

Getting from Dobrilovina to Podgorica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Podgorica

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Durmitor National Park travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Bridges · Mountains