24 days in London & The Balkans Itinerary

24 days in London & The Balkans Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Leskovac, Serbia
— 1 day
Drive
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Pristina, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom — 1 night

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, then admire the landmark architecture of Tower of London, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to London is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Montreal to London due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Montreal in May: highs in London hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tirana.
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Tirana, Albania — 2 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Kruja Castle (in Kruje) and Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, admire the landmark architecture of Reja "The Cloud", and make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Tirana online journey maker.

You can fly from London to Tirana in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in Tirana at 28°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Ohrid.
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia — 2 nights

Jerusalem of the Balkans

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
On the 15th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Ohrid trip planner.

Getting from Tirana to Ohrid by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in May, things will get slightly colder in Ohrid: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Skopje.
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia — 2 nights

A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
On the 16th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Savior Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, and then wander the streets of Old Bazaar, Skopje. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, take in the views from The Stone Bridge, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Macedonia Square, and finally steep yourself in history at Kale.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Skopje trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Skopje takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ohrid in May, expect nights in Skopje to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Leskovac.
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Leskovac, Serbia — 1 day

Leskovac is a city and the administrative center of the Jablanica District in southern Serbia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Justiniana Prima.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Leskovac trip planner.

Getting from Skopje to Leskovac by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Leskovac are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pristina.
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Pristina, Kosovo — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get advice or help at Pristina National Library, make a trip to Gracanica Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrale Nënë Tereza, then pause for some photo ops at Newborn Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik), and finally stroll around Germia Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pristina trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Leskovac to Pristina takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kotor.
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Kotor, Montenegro — 2 nights

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
On the 20th (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lapidarium in St. Michael's Church. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kotor City Walls & Fortress, then explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of the Rocks, and finally admire the striking features of St. Tryphon Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kotor trip planner.

You can drive from Pristina to Kotor in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Kotor, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 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.
Explore Dubrovnik's surroundings by going to Cavtat (Cavtat Seaside Promenade & Cavtat Old Town). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, race across the water with a speed boat tour, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, and view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik online route planner.

You can drive from Kotor to Dubrovnik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mostar.
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2 nights

Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Neretva River, steep yourself in history at Kajtaz House, and then make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Bosnaseum, don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koski-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, then snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), and finally hunt for treasures at Old Bazar Kujundziluk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mostar trip app.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Mostar by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Mostar can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Split.
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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 28th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, then learn more about the world around you at Diocletians Dream, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally contemplate the long history of Diocletian's Palace. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marjan Park, contemplate the long history of Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan, then contemplate the long history of Historic City of Trogir, and finally stop by Jewlery/coral shop Misel.

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You can drive from Mostar to Split in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Split can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to fly to Zagreb.
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Zagreb, Croatia — 3 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 30th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, stroll around Strossmayer Square, and get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

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Fly from Split to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Zagreb when traveling from Split in May, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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