19 days in Slovenia, Serbia & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

19 days in Slovenia, Serbia & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 6 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 5 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 6 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Wine Tours & Tastings and Franciscan Church of the Annunciation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Contemporary History and Škofja Loka Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Ljubljana: Anthony's Shaft Mining Museum (in Idrija), Bled (St. Martin's Parish Church, Bled Castle, &more) and Church of St. Oswald (in Spodnje Gorje). Spend the 16th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cankarjevo Nabrežje, and explore the activities along Ljubljanica River.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Ljubljana is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Ljubljana is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Ljubljana reach 5°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Belgrade.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Belgrade, Serbia

— 4 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Zepter Museum , Belgrade and Museum of Yugoslavia will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like The National Assembly and Ružica. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, admire the striking features of Cathedral Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Crkva Svetog Marka.

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You can fly from Ljubljana to Belgrade in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at War Childhood Museum and Old Sarajevo Clock Tower. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain) and Bascarsija. Step out of Sarajevo with an excursion to Olympic Center Jahorina in Jahorina--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, steep yourself in history at Gazi Husrev Begova Medresa, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque.

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You can fly from Belgrade to Sarajevo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 5 nights
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Popular historic sites such as Apparition Hill and Biscevica Kuca (Biscevic House) are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum Battle for the Wounded on Neretva River and Old Bridge Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mostar: Cathedral Temple of Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord (in Trebinje) and Vjetrenica (in Zavala). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, contemplate the long history of Old Bridge (Stari Most), browse the exhibits of Bosnaseum, and view the masterpieces at Art Studio Pandur.

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You can drive from Sarajevo to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Mostar, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Mostar

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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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.

Serbia travel guide

4.3
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.

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.