22 days in The Balkans Itinerary

22 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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22 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
2
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Rijeka, Croatia
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
7
Opatija, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Pula, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Pag, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
11
Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Sibenik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
13
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Budva, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

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nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Belgrade is known for historic sites, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), examine the collection at Muzej Nikole Tesle (Nikola Tesla Museum), and make a trip to Avala Tower.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Belgrade trip planner .

Skopje, Republic of Macedonia to Belgrade is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Belgrade are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Room Escape Games
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija

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.
To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sarajevo holiday tool .

Getting from Belgrade to Sarajevo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Tours
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Walking tours
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Sarajevo War Tunnel ©
Sarajevo War Tunnel

3
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Step out of Zagreb with an excursion to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Plitvice Lakes National Park--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), make a trip to Tkalciceva, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zagreb online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Zagreb takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Plitvice Lakes National Park
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
On the 25th (Tue), take in the views from Tromostovje, don't miss a visit to Mestni Trg, don't miss a visit to Preseren Square, then wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ljubljanski Grad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Ljubljana holiday planner .

You can drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Ljubljanski Grad ©
Ljubljanski Grad
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 27th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bled and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vintgar Gorge.

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Getting from Ljubljana to Bled by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Rijeka.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled

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hours
Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Korzo, then wander the streets of Kastav, and then explore the historical opulence of Trsat Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Rijeka holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Bled to Rijeka takes 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bled in June since evenings lows in Rijeka dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Opatija.

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kastav ©
Kastav
Trsat Castle ©
Trsat Castle
Korzo ©
Korzo

few
hours
Opatija, Croatia

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Opatija day trip site .

Opatija is just a short distance from Rijeka. June in Opatija sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Opatija

Historic Sites
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Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare

1
night
Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
On the 29th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Arco dei Sergi, explore the historical opulence of Kastel, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Augustus, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium Pula.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Pula journey tool .

Traveling by car from Opatija to Pula takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Opatija in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Pula, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pag.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Temple Of Augustus ©
Temple Of Augustus
Aquarium Pula ©
Aquarium Pula

1
night
Pag, Croatia

Pag ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Zrce Beach, don't miss a visit to Rucica Beach, and then look for gifts at Sirana Gligora. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Assumption and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Simuni Beach.

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Traveling by car from Pula to Pag takes 4.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Pag are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Pag

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Novalja, Sirana Gligora, Simuni Beach
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Zrce Beach ©
Zrce Beach
Rucica Beach ©
Rucica Beach
Sirana Gligora ©
Sirana Gligora

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zadar day trip planner.

Getting from Pag to Zadar by car takes about an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Zadar can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites
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Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Paseo Maritimo ©
Paseo Maritimo

1
night
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
To find maps and more tourist information, read our Hvar trip maker site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Zadar to Hvar in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hvar when traveling from Zadar in July, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Sibenik.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites
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Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

1
night
Sibenik, Croatia

Sibenik
Sibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the coast, sits as a naturally protected harbor.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sibenik day trip website .

You can drive from Hvar to Sibenik in 2.5 hours. In July in Sibenik, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Mostar.

Things to do in Sibenik

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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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 5th (Fri): make a trip to Old Bridge (Stari Most), then hunt for treasures at Old Bazar Kujundziluk, then learn about all things military at War Photo Exhibition, and finally make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Mostar trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sibenik to Mostar takes 3 hours. In July in Mostar, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Budva.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Old Bazar Kujundziluk ©
Old Bazar Kujundziluk

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nights
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Ballet Dancer Statue, kick back and relax at Mogren Beach, then contemplate the long history of Citadel, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Budva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Budva online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mostar to Budva in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Budva are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Budva

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotor, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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Mogren Beach ©
Mogren Beach
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva

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