17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Fly to Zagreb, Shuttle to Ljubljana
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Zagreb, Fly to Split
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
Taxi to Stari Grad, Ferry to Korcula Town
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia

— 1 night
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
On the 13th (Thu), engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum, steep yourself in history at The National Assembly, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Crkva Svetog Marka, and finally stop by Skadarlija. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Church, then steep yourself in history at Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ružica, and finally admire the masterpieces at Zepter Museum , Belgrade.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Belgrade trip itinerary maker website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Belgrade is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in May, with highs in Belgrade at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at War Childhood Museum and Bascarsija. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Svrzo House and Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alipasina Mosque, take in the history at Sniper Alley, and see the interesting displays at The Despic House.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo road trip planning site.

Getting from Belgrade to Sarajevo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Wildlife
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Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 3 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cankarjevo Nabrežje and Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Ljubljanica River will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ljubljana: Škofja Loka (Capuchin Church & Škofja Loka Castle), Old Town Centre of Radovljica (in Radovljica) and Bled (Mala Osojnica, Bled Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Ljubljana Castle, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ljubljana online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sarajevo to Ljubljana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Split.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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 21st (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Roko, get engrossed in the history at Split Archaeological Museum, stroll around Marjan Park, then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and finally see the interesting displays at Froggyland. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Historic City of Trogir, then contemplate the long history of The City Hall - Duke's Palace, then contemplate the long history of Palace Cipiko, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kairos Collection.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Split sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Ljubljana to Split takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ljubljana in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Split, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Hvar, Croatia

— 1 night

Croatian St. Tropez

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Roch, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St John, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Stephen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fortress Church of St. Mary of Mercy.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvar attractions website.

Traveling by ferry from Split to Hvar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Hvar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 2 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Bishop's Treasury Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Vapor gallery, don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Sveti Petar, and finally stroll around Kocje. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Atelier Abel, explore the galleries of Bags by Kristina, then contemplate the long history of Kula Morska Vrata, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil, and finally head outdoors with Freestyle.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Korcula Town trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Hvar to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. In May in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Dubrovnik City Walls and Dominican Monastery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to War Photo Limited and St. John's Fortress. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue, and delve into the distant past at Minceta Fortress.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dubrovnik, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Serbia travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Room Escape Games · Churches
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.

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.

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.