21 days in The Balkans Itinerary

21 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Piran, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia
— 3 nights
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Rovinj, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 2 nights
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 20th (Wed): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ljubljana trip planning app.

Venice, Italy to Ljubljana is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Venice in October, with highs in Ljubljana at 18°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Piran.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Piran, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Considered one of the prettiest cities on the country's coast, Piran owes much of its development to salt.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Magical World of Shells Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Fish Spa Piran, and then admire the landmark architecture of Benečanka Venetian House. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Izolana - House of the Sea, ponder the design of Da Ponte Fountain, then admire the striking features of Piazza Tito, and finally don't miss a visit to Taverna Koper.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Piran tour builder.

Getting from Ljubljana to Piran by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, Piran is a bit warmer than Ljubljana - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Bohinjsko Jezero.

Things to do in Piran

Spas · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia

— 3 nights
The mirror-like waters of the largest glacial lake in Slovenia make Bohinjsko Jezero one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Bohinj and Tolmin Castle. Step out of Bohinjsko Jezero to go to Kranjska Gora and see Nadiza, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vogel, take in the dramatic scenery at Savica Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at Oplen House Museum, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bohinjsko Jezero trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Piran to Bohinjsko Jezero takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Piran in October, expect Bohinjsko Jezero to be slightly colder, temps between 16°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Bohinjsko Jezero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Rovinj, Croatia

— 3 nights

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Port of Rovinj and Museum Olei Histriae. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovinj: Pula (Temple Of Augustus & Pula Arena). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, make a trip to Trevisol Street, stop by Artrovinj, and take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Sottomuro.

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You can drive from Bohinjsko Jezero to Rovinj in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bohinjsko Jezero in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Rovinj: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 2 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 30th (Sat), take in the local highlights with Barac Caves, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Konjicki Klub Rakovica, and then explore the activities along Milanovac Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Galovac Lake and then explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Rovinj to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
You've now added Room Escape Games to your itinerary. On the 1st (Mon), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then make a trip to The Well of Life. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, then examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zagreb itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can fly to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Fun & Games · Parks · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll through Zarkovica Animal Shelter and then take a stroll through Cavtat Old Town. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Lokrum Island and then take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Zagreb to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, Dubrovnik is a bit warmer than Zagreb - with highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

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Korcula Town, Croatia

— 2 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stop by Jerolim and then get engrossed in the history at Ethno Museum Barilo. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Abel, then contemplate the long history of Kula Morska Vrata, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Mihovil.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Korcula Town road trip tool.

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In November in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Split.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Avere Tourism, don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), and then steep yourself in history at Starigrad Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Split Synagogue, then examine the collection at Froggyland, and then look for gifts at Break Time.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Split trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Korcula Town to Split takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. November in Split sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Split

Side Trips

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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.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
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.