16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Pristina, Kosovo
— 1 night
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Budva, Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 6 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, hit the slopes at Vitosha Mountain, then stop by Gifted Sofia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church St. George Rotunda.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sofia trip itinerary maker app.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Sofia is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jeddah to Sofia. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in September; daily highs in Sofia reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pristina.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Pristina, Kosovo

— 1 night
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 17th (Fri): explore the galleries of Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik), surround yourself with nature on Bear Sanctuary Prishtina & Thesaret e Natyres, and then don't miss a visit to Gracanica Monastery.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pristina trip planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Pristina in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Pristina. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Budva.

Things to do in Pristina

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
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Budva, Montenegro

— 3 nights
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Skadar and Lipa Cave. Get outdoors at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Miločer Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Budva: Njegoš Mausoleum (in Cetinje), Kotor (Bay of Kotor, Kotor City Walls & Fortress, &more) and Our Lady of the Rocks (in Perast). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Ballet Dancer Statue and steep yourself in history at Citadel.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Budva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pristina to Budva takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Budva

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lokrum Island and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cavtat Seaside Promenade and Church of Saint Blaise. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, make a trip to Onophrian Fountain, and visit Lapad.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip app.

Traveling by car from Budva to Dubrovnik takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Budva in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Dubrovnik, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Split, Croatia

— 6 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Riva Harbor and Punta Rata Beach. Get outdoors at Brela Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Dedicate the 27th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace, appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and stop by Break Time.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Split online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Split takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Split sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Split

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Kosovo travel guide

3.8
Monuments · Museums · Churches
A disputed territory in the central Balkans, Kosovo is considered by many nations to be Europe's newest country. The independent state, once part of Serbia, has no shortage of colorful history. Tourism is still a small industry in the country, and visitors will witness the scars of war as recently as 1999, when Serbia revoked the territory's autonomy. Today, Kosovo is mainly ethnically Albanian, with a Serb majority in the north, as well as large numbers of ethnic minorities. Active UN troops still work in the country, guarding Serbian monasteries that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Despite this, Kosovo is a safe and stable country to visit to explore off-the-beaten path. The mix of World Heritage Sites, wild countryside, and welcoming hospitality will surely bring visitors in droves as the word gets out.

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.

Croatia travel guide

4.5
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.