19 days in The Balkans Itinerary

19 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Saranda, Albania
— 1 night
Drive to Ioannina, Fly to Athens
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Fly
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Drive
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Žabljak, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then steep yourself in history at St. Jovan Kaneo. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Ohrid.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ohrid route planner.

London, UK to Ohrid is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Ohrid. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ohrid, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Saranda.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Saranda, Albania

A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
On the 14th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle and then surround yourself with nature on Saranda Jeep.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saranda tour planning site.

Take a shuttle from Ohrid to Saranda in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ohrid to Saranda is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ohrid in July, with highs in Saranda at 38°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Saranda

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

3
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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens with an excursion to Seahorse Dive Center in Vari--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

Discover how to plan a Athens trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Saranda to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Istanbul. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Athens in July; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

1
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Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia tour planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Sofia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Sofia is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sofia, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sofia

Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 21:

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Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
On the 22nd (Thu), kick back and relax at Ada Ciganlija, contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, then take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Belgrade road trip planning app.

You can drive from Sofia to Belgrade in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Belgrade is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.
Sarajevo is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, make a trip to Sarajevo War Tunnel, explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, and get engrossed in the history at Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sarajevo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Sarajevo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sarajevo when traveling from Belgrade in July, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Žabljak.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

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Žabljak, Montenegro

A trip to Zabljak takes you to the north of the country, a mountainous region that's as steeped in great scenery and views as it is in history and culture.
On the 26th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bobotov Kuk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Jablan Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Valovito Lake, then get outside with Adventure Park Durmitor, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Black Lake.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Žabljak trip maker site.

Getting from Sarajevo to Žabljak by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Žabljak

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
On the 30th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, and get your bearings at The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik online trip builder.

You can drive from Žabljak to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.

Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
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.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

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.

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.