32 days in The Balkans Itinerary

32 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Start: Bilbao, Spain
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Koper, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
3
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
7
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Budva, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
10
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
11
Prizren, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
12
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  2 h
13
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Bilbao, Spain

1
night
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): snap pictures at Triple Bridge, make a trip to Prešeren Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja), then snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, then explore the activities along Ljubljanica River, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at TojeTo, then stroll the grounds of Zale Cemetery, then head outdoors with Smarna Gora, and finally get outside with Balonarski Center Barje.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read Ljubljana road trip planning site.

Bilbao, Spain to Ljubljana is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Ljubljana when traveling from Bilbao in August, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Koper.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Balonarski Center Barje ©
Balonarski Center Barje
Ljubljanica River ©
Ljubljanica River

3
nights
Koper, Slovenia

Koper ©
A bridge between the Mediterranean and alpine regions of Slovenia, Koper is a small town with big appeal.
On the 4th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Strunjan Nature Reserve, don't miss a visit to Piazza Tito, take in the exciting artwork at Loza Gallery, then admire the landmark architecture of Praetorian Palace, and finally ponder the design of Da Ponte Fountain. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Chiesetta Romanica Con Danza Macabra, explore the fascinating underground world of Škocjan Caves, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally view the masterpieces at Nika's Tiny House.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Koper journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Koper takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Ljubljana in August, Koper is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Split.

Things to do in Koper

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Piran, Wine Tours & Tastings, Chiesetta Romanica Con Danza Macabra, Strunjan Nature Reserve, Škocjan Caves
Highlights from your plan
Strunjan Nature Reserve ©
Strunjan Nature Reserve
Praetorian Palace ©
Praetorian Palace
Škocjan Caves ©
Škocjan Caves

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Explore hidden gems such as Swim with Dolphins and Galerija Mestrovic. Step out of Split to go to Kastel Novi and see Church Of St. Roch, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Pjaca, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Split Archaeological Museum, and contemplate the long history of Old Split.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Split tour planner.

You can drive from Koper to Split in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Split when traveling from Koper in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Split

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Pjaca ©
Pjaca
Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic) ©
Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic)

3
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Explore hidden gems such as Korcula Old City and St. Mark's Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Zitna Beach (in Zavalatica) and Jerolim (in Vela Luka). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pupnatska Luca Beach, don't miss a visit to Kula Svih Svetih, do a tasting at Lovric Winery, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Korcula Town itinerary planning website.

Getting from Split to Korcula Town by car takes about 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Zitna Beach, Jerolim, Korcula Old City, Lovric Winery
Highlights from your plan
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
House of Marco Polo ©
House of Marco Polo

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zarkovica Animal Shelter and Vlaho Bukovac House. When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately Cavtat away. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Lokrum Island, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, sample the tasty concoctions at Dubrovnik Beer Company, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Dubrovnik trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. In August in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cavtat
Highlights from your plan
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Minceta Fortress ©
Minceta Fortress

3
nights
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 16th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Bosnaseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, then make a trip to Old Bridge (Stari Most), and finally make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazar Kujundziluk, then brush up on your military savvy at War Photo Exhibition, then steep yourself in history at Kajtaz House, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Neretva River.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mostar trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Dubrovnik in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Mostar, with highs around 39°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can take a train to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Neretva River ©
Neretva River
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque ©
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque

1
night
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
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 18th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Monument All Man Multicultural, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo, examine the collection at War Childhood Museum, then steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), then stop by Isfahan Gallery, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed during Siege, take in the views from Latin Bridge, contemplate the long history of Vijećnica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Old Sarajevo Clock Tower, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Sarajevo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Mostar to Sarajevo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Sarajevo is slightly colder than Mostar - with highs of 33°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
Vijećnica ©
Vijećnica

3
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Crkva Svetog Marka, wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ružica, then have some family-friendly fun at OldTown Archery Belgrade, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Petka's Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Topcider Park, then steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, then brush up on your military savvy at Military Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Zemunski kej.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Belgrade trip itinerary website.

Fly from Sarajevo to Belgrade in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Belgrade when traveling from Sarajevo in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Budva.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Saint Petka's Chapel ©
Saint Petka's Chapel
Zemunski kej ©
Zemunski kej
Ružica ©
Ružica

2
nights
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
On the 22nd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Podmaine Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): appreciate the history behind Statua Ballerina, kick back and relax at Mogren Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity, then steep yourself in history at Citadel, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Budva.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Budva trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Budva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Citadel ©
Citadel
Budva City Walls ©
Budva City Walls
Mogren Beach ©
Mogren Beach

2
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): go for a walk through St John Fortress, then explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery and Church of St. Clare, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Namfleg. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Radoničić Milošević Palace, admire the striking features of The Church of St. Matthew, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nikola Church, then take in panoramic vistas at Kampana Tower, and finally delve into the distant past at St. Tryphon Cathedral.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kotor trip itinerary maker site.

Kotor is just a short distance from Budva. August in Kotor sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Prizren.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dobrota
Highlights from your plan
St. Tryphon Cathedral ©
St. Tryphon Cathedral
Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
St. Nikola Church ©
St. Nikola Church

2
nights
Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren ©
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.
On the 27th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinan Pasha Mosque, expand your understanding of the military at Kalaja Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Saviour, and finally snap pictures at Stone Bridge. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Khalwati Tekke, explore the striking landscape of Shar Mountain National Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint George.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Prizren trip planner.

Drive from Kotor to Prizren in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Prizren

Nature Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shar Mountain National Park ©
Shar Mountain National Park
Kalaja Fortress ©
Kalaja Fortress
Sinan Pasha Mosque ©
Sinan Pasha Mosque

2
nights
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

Ohrid ©
Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
On the 29th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Mary Perybleptos, then don't miss a visit to Samoil's Fortress, then make a trip to River Drim, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Clement of Ohrid. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at National Workshop For Handmade Paper and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jovan Kaneo.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ohrid travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Prizren to Ohrid in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. August in Ohrid sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Tirana.

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

River Drim, Church of St. Clement of Ohrid
Highlights from your plan
Holy Mary Perybleptos ©
Holy Mary Perybleptos
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo
Samoil's Fortress ©
Samoil's Fortress

2
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tirana route builder app.

You can take a shuttle from Ohrid to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Tirana is somewhat warmer than Ohrid - with highs of 39°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ethnographic Museum of Kruja
Highlights from your plan
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja ©
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja
Et`hem Bey Mosque ©
Et`hem Bey Mosque
BunkArt 2 ©
BunkArt 2

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