31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 5 nights
Shuttle to Zagreb, Fly to Sarajevo
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 5 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bled (Triglav National Park, Zakladi Slovenije, &more). Spend the 6th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: visit Ljubljana Old Town, take in the views from Dragon Bridge, take a stroll through Metelkova, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church of the Annunciation.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana road trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Ljubljana is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Ljubljana, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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: squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours, see the interesting displays at War Childhood Museum, take an in-depth tour of Galerija 11/07/95, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo trip maker tool.

Getting from Ljubljana to Sarajevo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 3 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: take in the views from Old Bridge (Stari Most), don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and take an in-depth tour of Bosnaseum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mostar route maker website.

You can drive from Sarajevo to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Mostar can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Split, Croatia

— 4 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Change things up with these side-trips from Split: Hvar (Spanish Fortress & Franciscan Monastery). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Diocletian's Palace, make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), see the interesting displays at Froggyland, and get a taste of the local shopping with Riva Harbor.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Split day trip planning site.

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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Cavtat Old Town about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, take a stroll through Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and stop by Duchkas Concept Store.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik vacation website.

Getting from Split to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, contemplate the long history of Kotor Old City, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum, and get outside with Mount Vrmac.

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

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kotor when traveling from Dubrovnik in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tirana, Albania

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 25th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with Albania Adventure, then take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Bunk'Art 1, and finally examine the collection at Bektashi World Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirana trip maker tool.

Getting from Kotor to Tirana by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In May in Tirana, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Athens, Greece

— 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Plaka, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, and admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tirana to Athens in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tirana to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tirana in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.

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.

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.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.