33 days in The Balkans Itinerary

33 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Pristina, Kosovo
— 2 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 4 nights
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 5 nights
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Ferizaj, Kosovo
— 1 night
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Pristina, Kosovo

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik), surround yourself with nature on Bear Sanctuary Prishtina & Thesaret e Natyres, and then examine the collection at Illusium. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, then stroll through Via Ferrata Ari, and then don't miss a visit to Gracanica Monastery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Pristina travel itinerary planner.

Belgrade, Serbia to Pristina is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Belgrade.

Things to do in Pristina

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Belgrade, Serbia

— 4 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Popular historic sites such as Kalemegdan and St. Sava Temple are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Nikola Tesla Museum and Josip Broz Tito Mausoleum. Get out of town with these interesting Belgrade side-trips: Museum Smederevo (in Smederevo) and Winery Despotika (in Smederevska Palanka). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, take in the exciting artwork at FAB Living by Una, brush up on your military savvy at Military Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Pristina to Belgrade in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Novi Sad, Serbia

— 4 nights

Serbian Athens

The regional and cultural center of northern Serbia, the riverside city of Novi Sad occupies a strategically advantageous position between Belgrade and Budapest.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Podrum Probus and Acumincum Winery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Privina Glava monastery and Upper Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Novi Sad: Sid (Galerija Slika "Sava Sumanovic" Sid & Muzej-galerija naivne umetnosti ILIJANUM), Zrenjanin (Narodni muzej Zrenjanin & Fizio Spa - Physio Spa) and Kikinda National Museum (in Kikinda). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Gallery of Matica srpska, contemplate the waterfront views at Dunav (The Danube), admire the masterpieces at Spomen-zbirka Pavla Beljanskog, and do a tasting at Vinarija Kis.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Novi Sad online journey planner.

You can take a shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Prenj and Igman. Get some historical perspective at Bascarsija and Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque. Change things up with a short trip to Mosque in Umoljani in Trnovo (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at War Childhood Museum, wander the streets of Ferhadija Pedestrian Street, steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), and admire the masterpieces at Galerija 11/07/95.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Novi Sad to Sarajevo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kotor Old City and Our Lady of the Rocks. Visiting Bay of Kotor and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Tryphon Cathedral, look for gifts at Gallery Nives, cruise along Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovćen, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum.

To find reviews and more tourist information, use the Kotor trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Sarajevo to Kotor by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In November in Kotor, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Shkoder, Albania

— 1 night
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory.

To find out how to plan a trip to Shkoder, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kotor to Shkoder in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Kotor in December, expect nights in Shkoder to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get some cultural insight at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and Bunk'Art 1. Step out of the city life by going to Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta and Canyons of Erzen River. Change things up with these side-trips from Tirana: Petrela Castle (in Petrele) and The Cave of Pellumbas (in Pellumbas). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, examine the collection at Museum of Secret Surveillance, get engrossed in the history at House of Leaves, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirana trip planner.

Drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and shuttle; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Tirana are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Ohrid.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

— 4 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Lake Ohrid and Bay of the Bones Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Mavrovo National Park and National Park Pelister. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Memorial House of Hristo Uzunov, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jovan Kaneo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia, and shop like a local with Atelier Marta Pejoska.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ohrid trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by shuttle from Tirana to Ohrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tirana in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ohrid: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 5 nights
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Visiting Mountain of Vodno and Lake Matka will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Memorial House of Mother Teresa and Acanthus Gallery. Take a break from Skopje with a short trip to Tikves Winery in Kavadarci, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Old Bazaar, Skopje, take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Memorial Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mustafa Pasha Mosque, and learn more about the world around you at Macedonian Museum of Natural History.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Skopje journey maker.

You can drive from Ohrid to Skopje in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ferizaj.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Ferizaj, Kosovo

— 1 night
Ferizaj or Uroševac is a city and municipality located in the Ferizaj District of Kosovo. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Madhe Mosque.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ferizaj trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Skopje to Ferizaj in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ferizaj

Historic Sites