37 days in The Balkans Itinerary

37 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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37 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly + shuttle:  21​h 15​min
1
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Piran, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
7
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Nis, Serbia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
11
Pristina, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
12
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
13
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
14
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  20​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Bled and then walk around Tivoli Park. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most), then take in the views from Tromostovje, then take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ljubljanski Grad.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana trip planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ljubljana is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Ljubljana due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Buenos Aires in November, with highs in Ljubljana at 11°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Piran.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Bled
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Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Triple Bridge ©
Triple Bridge

2
nights
Piran, Slovenia

Piran ©
Considered one of the prettiest cities on the country's coast, Piran owes much of its development to salt.
On the 6th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Tartini Square (Tartinijev trg), shop like a local with Giuseppe Tartini Memorial Room, don't miss a visit to Piran Town Walls, then put a fun spin on your tour with Creative Ways, then examine the collection at Sergej Masera Maritime Museum (Pomorski muzej), and finally take in the waterfront at Port Piran. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower, explore the fascinating underground world of Skocjan Caves, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Francis of Assisi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. George.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Piran road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Piran takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ljubljana in November: high temperatures in Piran hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Piran

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower, Skocjan Caves
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Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Skocjan Caves ©
Skocjan Caves
Tartini Square (Tartinijev trg) ©
Tartini Square (Tartinijev trg)

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 8th (Fri), get your game on at Legame Studio - VR Gaming Studio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, browse the fresh offerings at Dolac Market, then make a trip to Tkalciceva, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb trip planner .

Traveling by car from Piran to Zagreb takes 3 hours. Traveling from Piran in November, expect Zagreb to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Walking tours
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

3
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.
When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik attractions planning app .

Fly from Zagreb to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in November, expect Dubrovnik to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then explore the world behind art at Mestroviceve Crikvine Kastilac, and finally delve into the distant past at Palazzo di Diocleziano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, walk around Marjan Park, then steep yourself in history at Old Split, and finally look for gifts at Filigran Split.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Split trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Split can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Apparition Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Neretva River, then don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Bosnaseum.

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

You can drive from Split to Mostar in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Split in November, Mostar is slightly colder at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Apparition Hill
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Neretva River ©
Neretva River

2
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, take in the views from Latin Bridge, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and make a trip to Old Sarajevo Clock Tower.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sarajevo trip planner .

You can take a train from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Nis.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Trails Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Sarajevo War Tunnel ©
Sarajevo War Tunnel

2
nights
Nis, Serbia

Nis ©
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, contemplate the long history of Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then pause for some photo ops at King Aleksandar Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Liberators of Nis. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Skull Tower, then admire the striking features of Stambolija House, and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Hall.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Nis trip planner .

Getting from Sarajevo to Nis by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nis Fortress ©
Nis Fortress
The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca ©
Skull Tower ©
Skull Tower

4
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Go for a jaunt from Belgrade to Topola to see Oplenac about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get to know the resident critters at Belgrade Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at The Millenary Monument.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Belgrade online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Nis to Belgrade takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Belgrade sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Oplenac
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Walking tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): examine the collection at Namfleg. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lapidarium in St. Michael's Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Stari Grad Kotor.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kotor travel planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Belgrade to Kotor in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Belgrade in November: highs in Kotor hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pristina.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Spiljari, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
Highlights from your plan
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

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nights
Pristina, Kosovo

Pristina ©
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.
On the 30th (Sat), walk around Germia Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrale Nënë Tereza, make a trip to Gracanica Monastery, then get lost in a book at Pristina National Library, then take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik), and finally appreciate the history behind Newborn Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg statue, pause for some photo ops at Bill Clinton Statue, and then admire the striking features of Džamija cara.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pristina trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Kotor to Pristina takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ohrid.

Things to do in Pristina

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Gracanica Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Katedrale Nënë Tereza ©
Katedrale Nënë Tereza
Gracanica Monastery ©
Gracanica Monastery
Germia Park ©
Germia Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia, then steep yourself in history at St. Jovan Kaneo, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Bay of the Bones Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery Saint Naum.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ohrid trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Pristina to Ohrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo
Monastery Saint Naum ©
Monastery Saint Naum

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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, then explore the activities along Lake Matka, and then take a stroll through Old Bazaar, Skopje. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Skopje Eye Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Macedonia Square, and then snap pictures at The Stone Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Skopje tour app .

You can drive from Ohrid to Skopje in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church St. George Rotunda and then steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sofia trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Skopje to Sofia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Skopje to Sofia is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery

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