14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4​h
2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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 12th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Gradska vijecnica Sarajevo, then contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel, make a trip to Latin Bridge, steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), then get engrossed in the history at War Childhood Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galerija 11/07/95.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sarajevo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Sarajevo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Sarajevo War Tunnel ©
Sarajevo War Tunnel

3
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ljubljana: Bled (Parasailing & Paragliding, Bled Island, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to Preseren Square, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ljubljanica River.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ljubljana vacation maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sarajevo to Ljubljana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Ljubljana

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Side Trip

Bled
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Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace, look for all kinds of wild species at Zarkovica Animal Shelter, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls.

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Getting from Ljubljana to Dubrovnik by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ljubljana in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Dubrovnik: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

1
night
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Stari Grad Kotor and then explore the activities along Bay of Kotor.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kotor day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kotor, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get engrossed in the history at BunkArt 2, and then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tirana travel tool.

Drive from Kotor to Tirana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In September in Tirana, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Tirana

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square
BunkArt 2 ©
BunkArt 2

1
night
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the views from The Stone Bridge, admire the architecture and history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and then explore the activities along Lake Matka.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Skopje tour itinerary builder site.

Drive from Tirana to Skopje in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tirana in September: highs in Skopje hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Skopje

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge
Memorial House of Mother Teresa ©
Memorial House of Mother Teresa

2
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sofia road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Skopje to Sofia in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Skopje to Sofia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Temple Sveti Nikolay ©
Temple Sveti Nikolay

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