46 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Belgrade, Serbia
— 5 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
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Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 5 nights
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Žabljak, Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Podgorica, Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
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Berat, Albania
— 2 nights
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Himare, Albania
— 4 nights
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 5 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia — 5 nights

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice and Zepter Museum , Belgrade. Get in touch with nature at Strand and Danube River. Explore Belgrade's surroundings by going to Novi Sad (Hram Sveta tri jerarha, Dunavska Street, &more), Petrovaradin Fortress (in Petrovaradin) and Sremski Karlovci (Vinarija Kis & Podrum Probus). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ada Ciganlija, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Church, and learn about all things military at Military Museum.

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

Calgary, Canada to Belgrade is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Calgary to Belgrade due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in July: high temperatures in Belgrade hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Sarajevo.
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995 and History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vijećnica and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: examine the collection at War Childhood Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, wander the streets of Ferhadija Pedestrian Street, and pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Sarajevo.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Belgrade to Sarajevo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Belgrade in July since evenings lows in Sarajevo dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mostar.
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 4 nights

Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Popular historic sites such as Koski-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque and Old Bridge (Stari Most) are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Apparition Hill and Medjugorje Tours & Travel. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Konjic), Medjugorje (Statue Of the Queen of Peace & il Monte Della Croce) and The historic urban site of Pocitelj (in Pocitelj). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museum of War and Genocide Victims 1992-1995, don't miss a visit to Sniper Tower, take in the exciting artwork at War Photo Exhibition, and steep yourself in history at Kajtaz House.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mostar trip planning tool.

You can drive from Sarajevo to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sarajevo in July, things will get a bit warmer in Mostar: highs are around 39°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Trebinje.
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Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2 nights

Trebinje is the southernmost municipality and city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Trebinje Old City, pause for some serene contemplation at Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Hercegovacka Gracanica, then learn about winemaking at Andjelic Wine Cellar, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Hercegovina Museum. On your second day here, make a trip to Trg Slobode, take a stroll around Tourist organization of Trebinje, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tvrdoš Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Temple of Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord, then take in the views from Arslanagica Bridge, and finally deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Strac (Tvrdava Strac).

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

Getting from Mostar to Trebinje by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Mostar in July, you will find days in Trebinje are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kotor.
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Kotor, Montenegro — 5 nights

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Tryphon Cathedral and St. Nikola Church. Get some cultural insight at Kotor Old City and Herceg Novi Old Town. Get out of town with these interesting Kotor side-trips: Ploče Beach (in Krimovica), Herceg-Novi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Savina Monastery, &more) and Blue Grotto (in Luštica). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, take an in-depth tour of Perast Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of the Rocks.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Kotor travel planner.

Traveling by car from Trebinje to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Trebinje in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kotor, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Žabljak.
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Žabljak, Montenegro — 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Black Lake and Tara River Canyon. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bobotov Kuk and Rafting. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Đurđevića Tara Bridge, explore the activities along Valovito Lake, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Heroes and Partizans of World War II.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Žabljak trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Kotor to Žabljak in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Podgorica.
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Podgorica, Montenegro — 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Ostrog Monastery and Fortress Besac are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church Of Saint John and King Nicholas Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Podgorica: Cetinje (Money Museum & Lovćen National Park), Lipa Cave (in Lipa) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Virpazar). There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Skadar and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Podgorica travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Žabljak to Podgorica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Shkoder.
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Shkoder, Albania — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lead Mosque. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, contemplate the long history of Kole Idromeno Street, then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally take in the views from Mesi Bridge.

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You can drive from Podgorica to Shkoder in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Shkoder can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.
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Tirana, Albania — 4 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bunk'Art 1 and House of Leaves. BunkArt 2 and Durres Archaeological Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres), Kruje (Skanderbeg Monument, Kruja Castle, &more) and Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery 43, and take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tirana trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Traveling from Shkoder in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Tirana. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Berat.
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Berat, Albania — 2 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): indulge your taste buds at 1001 Albanian Adventures, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, then admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ardenica Monastery, learn about winemaking at Cobo Winery, then do a tasting at Nurellari Winery, and finally make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Berat trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Berat takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Berat can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.
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Gjirokaster, Albania — 1 night

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
On the 6th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, then make a trip to Gjirokastra Bazaar, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gjirokaster itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Berat to Gjirokaster takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Gjirokaster when traveling from Berat in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Himare.
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Himare, Albania — 4 nights

Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello and Ali Pasha Castle will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gjipe Beach and Livadhi Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Himare side-trips: Llogara National Park (in Llogara National Park), Dhermi Beach (in Dhermi) and Palase Beach (in Palase).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Himare trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Himare takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Himare are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ohrid.
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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.
Get some cultural insight at St. Jovan Kaneo and National Workshop For Handmade Paper. Popular historic sites such as Plaoshnik and Holy Mary Perybleptos are in your itinerary. Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at National Park Galicica. Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring at Lake Ohrid. The adventure continues: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery Saint Naum, get engrossed in the history at Memorial House of Hristo Uzunov, and view the masterpieces at Atelier Marta Pejoska.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ohrid online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Himare to Ohrid takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Himare in August, expect Ohrid to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 17°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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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.
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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.
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Montenegro travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Beaches · Bodies of Water
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.
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Albania travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Military Museums
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.
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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.
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