39 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

39 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Split, Croatia
— 5 nights
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Decan, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 6 nights
Fly to Zagreb, Shuttle to Ljubljana
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 5 nights
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Split, Croatia — 5 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Take a break from the city and head to Punta Rata Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower and Diocletians Dream. When in Split, make a side trip to see Historic City of Trogir in Trogir, approximately Trogir away. Dedicate the 3rd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Klis Fortress, take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan, and take a stroll through Riva Harbor.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Split travel route planner.

Seattle, USA to Split is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Split. When traveling from Seattle in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Split: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Get outdoors at Apparition Hill and Beach under The Old bridge. Get some cultural insight at il Monte Della Croce and Old Bridge (Stari Most). Get out of town with these interesting Mostar side-trips: Radimlja (in Stolac), Sisman Ibrahim Pasha Mosque (in Pocitelj) and Altare esterno (in Medjugorje). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kajtaz House, do a tasting at Andrija Wine Cellars, pause for some serene contemplation at St. James' Parish Church, and take an in-depth tour of Bosnaseum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mostar day trip planner.

You can drive from Split to Mostar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in October, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Mostar. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sarajevo.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain) and Galerija 11/07/95. Get some historical perspective at Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ferhadija Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Optical Illusions Sarajevo, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo route planner.

Traveling by car from Mostar to Sarajevo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Mostar in October, things will get slightly colder in Sarajevo: highs are around 63°F and lows about 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Belgrade.
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Belgrade, Serbia — 4 nights

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ada Ciganlija and The National Assembly. Get some cultural insight at Ružica and Military Museum. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Church, and take a stroll through Knez Mihailova.

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Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Belgrade takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. In October in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Decan.
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Decan, Kosovo — 1 night

Deçan or Dečani is a town and municipality located in the Gjakova District of Kosovo. On the 17th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Visoki Decani Monastery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Decan trip maker site.

You can drive from Belgrade to Decan in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ohrid.
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia — 3 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 Monastery Saint Naum and Saint Climent of Ohrid. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Jovan Kaneo and Bay of the Bones Museum. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring at Lake Ohrid. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Plaoshnik.

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You can drive from Decan to Ohrid in 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ohrid can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Tirana.
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Tirana, Albania — 1 night

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 21st (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, then brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tirana trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Ohrid to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ohrid in October: highs in Tirana hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ploče Beach and Bay of Kotor. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Tryphon Cathedral and St. Nikola Church. Get out of town with these interesting Kotor side-trips: Herceg-Novi (The Great Church, Savina Monastery & Herceg Novi Old Town) and Blue Grotto (in Luštica). The adventure continues: cruise along Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovćen, don't miss a visit to Njegoš Mausoleum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of the Rocks, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kotor trip itinerary site.

Getting from Tirana to Kotor by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 6 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Lokrum Island. Do some cultural sightseeing at Walls of Dubrovnik and Lapad. Venture out of the city with trips to Cavtat (Cavtat Cemetery & Cavtat Old Town). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, pause for some serene contemplation at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, wander the streets of Old Town, and get great views at Minceta Fortress.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik online vacation maker.

You can drive from Kotor to Dubrovnik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kotor in October, Dubrovnik is a bit warmer at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 5 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Get some cultural insight at Wine Tasting Bled and Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Get in touch with nature at Lake Bohinj and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Ljubljana side-trips: Bled (Parasailing & Paragliding, Bled Castle, &more) and Vintgar Gorge (in Zgornje Gorje). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall, and make a trip to Ljubljana Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ljubljana travel route website.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Dubrovnik to Ljubljana in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubrovnik in November; daily highs in Ljubljana reach 50°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Croatia travel guide

4.5
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.
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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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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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Kosovo travel guide

3.9
Monuments · History 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.
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Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

4.1
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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Albania travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Castles · 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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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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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.
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