32 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina & Albania Itinerary

32 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina & Albania Itinerary

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 6 nights
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Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 6 nights
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Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 4 nights
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Himare, Albania
— 4 nights
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Saranda, Albania
— 6 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 6 nights

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.
Attractions like Bascarsija and Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, make a trip to Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed during Siege, enjoy breathtaking views from The Yellow Fortress, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sarajevo sightseeing planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Sarajevo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Dhabi to Sarajevo is minus 3 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in July, with highs in Sarajevo at 32°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jajce.
Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 23:

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2 nights

Jajce is a town and municipality located in the central part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Bosanska Krajina region. On the 24th (Sun), make a trip to Watermills and then make a trip to Fortress of Jajce. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Pliva Lakes, admire the sheer force of Pliva Waterfall, and then examine the collection at AVNOJ museum.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jajce online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sarajevo to Jajce takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. July in Jajce sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mostar.
Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 6 nights

Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and il Monte Della Croce. Family-friendly places like Old Bridge (Stari Most) and Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Mostar side-trips: The historic urban site of Pocitelj (in Pocitelj), Prenj (in Konjic) and Apparition Hill (in Medjugorje). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Kravica, head outdoors with River Buna Spring, take in the views from Crooked Bridge (Kriva Cuprija), and take an in-depth tour of Museum of War and Genocide Victims 1992-1995.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mostar journey planner.

You can drive from Jajce to Mostar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Jajce in July, expect Mostar to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trebinje.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:

Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 3 nights

Trebinje is the southernmost municipality and city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vjetrenica and Tvrdoš Monastery. Attractions like Hercegovacka Gracanica and Arslanagica Bridge make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Trebinje Old City, get to know the fascinating history of Trg Slobode, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Temple of Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Trebinje holiday maker site.

Getting from Mostar to Trebinje by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mostar in July: highs in Trebinje hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Shkoder.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:

Shkoder, Albania — 4 nights

Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Komani Lake and Marubi National Museum of Photography. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, and take in the views from Mesi Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Shkoder trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Trebinje to Shkoder in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Trebinje in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Shkoder: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Himare.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Himare, Albania — 4 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gjipe Beach and Dhermi Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Himara Seas The Day and The Castle of Himara.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Himare trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Shkoder to Himare in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shkoder to Himare due to the time zone difference. In August in Himare, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saranda.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Saranda, Albania — 6 nights

A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Step off the beaten path and head to Saranda Jeep and Skenduli House. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and Spas & Wellness. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saranda: Blue Eye (in Vlore) and Gjirokaster (Zekate House & Gjirokaster). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park, explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, and discover the deep blue sea with Spiranca Diving Center.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Saranda holiday site.

Traveling by car from Himare to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 17:

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.5
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.

Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.