60 days in The Balkans Itinerary

60 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 6 nights
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Budva, Montenegro
— 8 nights
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Tirana, Albania
— 7 nights
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Berat, Albania
— 3 nights
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Butrint, Albania
— 1 night
Drive to Sarandë, Shuttle to Ohrid
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 5 nights
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Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 8 nights
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Pristina, Kosovo
— 5 nights
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Prizren, Kosovo
— 2 nights
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Podgorica, Montenegro
— 6 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 7 nights
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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 Apparition Hill and Hercegovacka Gracanica. Get in touch with nature at Medjugorje Tours & Travel Day Tour and Vjetrenica. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mostar: Kravica (in Studenci), il Monte Della Croce (in Medjugorje) and The historic urban site of Pocitelj (in Pocitelj). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koski-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, contemplate the waterfront views at Neretva River, don't miss a visit to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, and steep yourself in history at Kajtaz House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mostar online trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Mostar is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Mostar, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Mostar is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 62°F and lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Budva.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 7:

Budva, Montenegro

— 8 nights
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Lovćen National Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ulcinj Old Town and St. Nikola Church. Explore Budva's surroundings by going to Njegoš Mausoleum (in Cetinje), St. Nicholas' Church (in Ulcinj) and Kotor (Wine Tours & Tastings, Cats of Kotor, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Miločer Park, take a stroll through Herceg Novi Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Jaz Beach, and don't miss a visit to Budva City Walls.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Budva day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Mostar to Budva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Budva are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 15:

Tirana, Albania

— 7 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Et`hem Bey Mosque and Kapllan Pasha’s Tomb. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kruja Castle. Explore Tirana's surroundings by going to Shkoder (Rozafa Castle & Walking tours) and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja (in Kruje). On the 22nd (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, explore the galleries of Bunk'Art 1, see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, and discover the deep blue sea with Albania Adventure.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Tirana online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Budva to Tirana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Tirana are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 22:

Berat, Albania

— 3 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Visit Apollonia Archaeological Park and Holy Trinity Church for their historical value. Cobo Winery and Nurellari Winery and Guest House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Berat trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tirana to Berat by car takes about 2 hours. In March in Berat, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Butrint.

Things to do in Berat

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:

Butrint, Albania

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Butrint online journey planner.

You can drive from Berat to Butrint in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Berat in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 47°F in Butrint. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ohrid.

Things to do in Butrint

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Plaoshnik and National Park Galicica. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Saint Climent of Ohrid and Holy Mary Perybleptos. Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring at Lake Ohrid. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia, get engrossed in the history at Bay of the Bones Museum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and see the interesting displays at National Workshop For Handmade Paper.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Ohrid journey maker website.

Do a combination of car and shuttle from Butrint to Ohrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Butrint to Ohrid. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Butrint in March; daily highs in Ohrid reach 54°F and lows reach 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bitola.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:

Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 night
Bitola is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. On the 1st (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Memorial d'Orient, then explore the ancient world of Heraclea Lyncestis, and then see the interesting displays at Bitola Museum.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bitola trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Bitola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Bitola can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Bitola

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:

Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 8 nights
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Xhamia E Larme and Mustafa Pasha Mosque. Explore hidden gems such as Explore Macedonia Daily Tours and Mountain of Vodno. Step out of Skopje to go to Tetovo and see Isa Beg Hammam, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Savior Church, get to know the fascinating history of Macedonia Square, admire the landmark architecture of Daut Pasha Hamam, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Macedonian Struggle.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Skopje trip planner.

You can drive from Bitola to Skopje in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Skopje can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pristina.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 9:

Pristina, Kosovo

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Visoki Decani Monastery and Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik). Do some cultural sightseeing at Patriarchate of Pec and Saint Demetrius Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Pec (Rugova Canyon, Via Ferrata Ari, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Gracanica Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of Džamija cara, stroll around Germia Park, and appreciate the history behind Newborn Monument.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pristina trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Pristina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Prizren.

Things to do in Pristina

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:

Prizren, Kosovo

— 2 nights

Kosovo's Cultural Capital

Kosovo's second city, Prizren sits on the slopes of the rugged Sar Mountain, a region bordered by both Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Saviour, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Kalaja Fortress, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinan Pasha Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint George. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Marash Park, explore the galleries of Albanian League of Prizren Museum [Muzeu Lidhja Shqiptare e Prizrenit], then don't miss a visit to Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque), and finally snap pictures at Stone Bridge.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Prizren trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Pristina to Prizren in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

Podgorica, Montenegro

— 6 nights
One of Europe's most relaxed and newest capital cities, Podgorica sits on the confluence of two rivers, with two sides of it offering two different options for exploring.
Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ and Ostrog Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Wine Tours & Tastings and Komovi Mountain Range. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. George's Church, soak in style at Banya Wellness & Spa, explore the activities along Lake Skadar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manastir Celija Piperska.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Podgorica trip builder tool.

Getting from Prizren to Podgorica by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Podgorica

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 22:

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 7 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.
Popular historic sites such as Underground Labyrinth Ravne and Gazi Husrev Begova Medresa are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo and Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarajevo: Olympic Center Jahorina (in Jahorina) and ARK D-0: Tito's Nuclear Bunker (in Konjic). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, take a stroll through Ferhadija Pedestrian Street, see the interesting displays at Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and get engrossed in the history at War Childhood Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sarajevo driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Podgorica to Sarajevo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 29:

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.

Montenegro travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.

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.

Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Despite its rich culture and outstanding natural beauty, the Republic of Macedonia remains relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. Life continues at a slower pace in this natural setting of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Tradition and local customs rule the country's idyllic villages, tiny pockets of hospitality scattered across a rugged region. Start your Macedonian adventure at the capital city of Skopje, an easygoing urban center offering good dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The city also serves as a convenient base for hiking and biking trips through the surrounding countryside, which is noted for its ancient monasteries, mosques, and archaeological sites.

Kosovo travel guide

3.8
Monuments · Museums · Churches
A disputed territory in the central Balkans, Kosovo is considered by many nations to be Europe's newest country. The independent state, once part of Serbia, has no shortage of colorful history. Tourism is still a small industry in the country, and visitors will witness the scars of war as recently as 1999, when Serbia revoked the territory's autonomy. Today, Kosovo is mainly ethnically Albanian, with a Serb majority in the north, as well as large numbers of ethnic minorities. Active UN troops still work in the country, guarding Serbian monasteries that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Despite this, Kosovo is a safe and stable country to visit to explore off-the-beaten path. The mix of World Heritage Sites, wild countryside, and welcoming hospitality will surely bring visitors in droves as the word gets out.