59 days in The Balkans Itinerary

59 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 6 nights
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Zadar, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 7 nights
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 7 nights
Drive
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 7 nights
Drive
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 7 nights
Drive
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Budva, Montenegro
— 7 nights
Drive
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Podgorica, Montenegro
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vlore, Albania
— 3 nights
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Himare, Albania
— 4 nights
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Butrint, Albania
— 1 night
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Zagreb, Croatia

— 6 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zagreb: The Lower Lakes (in Plitvice Lakes National Park) and Plitvica (Milanovac Lake, Gavanovac Lake, &more). Spend the 7th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll around Zrinjevac, stop by Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and take a stroll through Lower Town.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Zagreb is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also 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. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in July; daily highs in Zagreb reach 34°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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Zadar, Croatia

— 4 nights
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zadar: Sibenik (Archipelago Tours, Rak Winery, &more), The Upper Lakes (in Plitvica) and Wine Garden (in Skradin). There's much more to do: make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), stop by Natura Zara, explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, and contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zadar online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Zadar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Split, Croatia

— 7 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Split: Hvar (Franciscan Monastery & Spanish Fortress) and Historic City of Trogir (in Trogir). Spend the 18th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Dedicate the 19th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Diocletian's Palace, kick back and relax at Bacvice Beach, see Off-Road Tours, and don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic).

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Split online holiday planner.

Drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Split, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Split

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 21:

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 7 nights
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mostar: il Monte Della Croce (in Medjugorje) and Kravica (in Studenci). The adventure continues: take in the views from Old Bridge (Stari Most), browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazar Kujundziluk, view the masterpieces at Art Studio Pandur, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of War and Genocide Victims 1992-1995.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Mostar road trip planner.

You can drive from Split to Mostar in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Mostar, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.
On the 1st (Sun), spend a day ambling around Vrelo Bosne. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, make a trip to Sarajevo War Tunnel, examine the collection at War Childhood Museum, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sarajevo trip planner.

You can drive from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mostar in July: high temperatures in Sarajevo hover around 32°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 4:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 7 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat (about 34 minutes away). On the 7th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Dedicate the 8th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town, look for all kinds of wild species at Zarkovica Animal Shelter, take in the waterfront activity at City Harbor, and get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls.

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Drive from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sarajevo in August, Dubrovnik is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Budva.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Budva, Montenegro

— 7 nights
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Explore Budva's surroundings by going to Perast (Our Lady of the Rocks & Church of Holy Mother Rozaria), Bucha Palace (in Tivat) and Kotor (Kotor Old City, Bay of Kotor, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Budva Old Town, kick back and relax at Jaz Beach, make a trip to Njegoš Mausoleum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mogren Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Budva route planner.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Budva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Budva when traveling from Dubrovnik in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Podgorica, Montenegro

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Podgorica side-trips: Komovi Mountain Range (in Andrijevica), Ostrog Monastery (in Dabojevići) and Bukumirsko Lake (in Podgorica Municipality). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Skadar, snap pictures at Virpazar Stone Bridge, take in breathtaking views at Piva Canyon, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Podgorica trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Budva to Podgorica in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vlore.

Things to do in Podgorica

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vlore, Albania

— 3 nights
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Vlore is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Blue Eye, step into the grandiose world of Kanine Castle, don't miss a visit to Zvernec Monastery, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

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You can drive from Podgorica to Vlore in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, car, and train; or do a combination of car and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Himare.

Things to do in Vlore

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Himare, Albania

— 4 nights
Go for a jaunt from Himare to Dhermi to see Dhermi Beach about 32 minutes away.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Himare trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by shuttle from Vlore to Himare takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vlore to Himare. Traveling from Vlore in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Himare. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Butrint.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Butrint, Albania

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Butrint itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Himare to Butrint in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Butrint can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Butrint

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.

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.