20 days in The Balkans & Romania Itinerary

20 days in The Balkans & Romania Itinerary

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Drive to Stuttgart Airport, Fly to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Drive to Novi Sad
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 1 night
Drive
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sighisoara, Romania
— 1 night
Drive
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Sibiu, Romania
Drive
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Brasov, Romania
— 1 night
Drive
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Sinaia, Romania
— 1 night
Drive
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Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Rila, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive
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Mavrovo, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Prizren, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive
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Saranda, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
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Novi Sad, Serbia

— 1 night

Serbian Athens

The regional and cultural center of northern Serbia, the riverside city of Novi Sad occupies a strategically advantageous position between Belgrade and Budapest.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Sremski Karlovci, do a tasting at Podrum Probus, and then kick back and relax at Strand. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Danube Park, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Petrovaradin Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Dunavska Street, and finally pause for some photo ops at A Girl with the Horn of Plenty Statue.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Novi Sad online vacation maker.

Metzingen, Germany to Novi Sad is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Metzingen in August: high temperatures in Novi Sad hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 2 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, and then take a stroll through Skadarlija. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Belgrade Zoo, make a trip to Knez Mihailova, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple, then engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum, and finally look for gifts at FAB Living by Una.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Belgrade road trip planning app.

You can take a shuttle from Novi Sad to Belgrade in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Belgrade sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sighisoara.

Things to do in Belgrade

Neighborhoods · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Sighisoara, Romania

— 1 night
As a World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is visited mostly for its fortified Old Town surrounded entirely by city walls.
For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sighisoara trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Belgrade to Sighisoara takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sighisoara when traveling from Belgrade in September, with lows around 11°C. You'll set off for Sibiu on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Sighisoara

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Sibiu, Romania

Red Town

Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sibiu trip maker.

Drive from Sighisoara to Sibiu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Sibiu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll set off for Brasov on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Brasov, Romania

— 1 night
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
On the 4th (Sat), make a trip to Council Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Church (Biserica Neagra), then take an in-depth tour of Rope Street Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rasnov Citadel.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Brasov online trip planner.

You can drive from Sibiu to Brasov in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sinaia.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Sinaia, Romania

— 1 night

Pearl Of The Carpathians

Named after the monastery around which it was built, Sinaia is a mountain resort and popular holiday destination for Romanians and foreigners alike.
On the 5th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Crucea Caraiman, step into the grandiose world of Pelisor Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Peles Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinaia Monastery.

Plan a Sinaia trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Brasov to Sinaia takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sinaia

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Bucharest, Romania

— 1 night
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, then steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery, then view the masterpieces at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", and finally walk around Herăstrău Park.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bucharest itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sinaia to Bucharest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Bucharest

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. On the 7th (Tue), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo trip planner.

Drive from Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

— 1 night

City of the Seven Hills

Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stroll around Park Tsar Simeon, explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Plovdiv online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and finally pause for some photo ops at Saint Sofia Monument.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Sofia trip maker.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sofia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Plovdiv in September since evenings lows in Sofia dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

Rila, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 10th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Medi Valley Winery and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

Plan trip to Rila with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Rila are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ohrid.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 night

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 your trip to Ohrid by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rila to Ohrid. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September in Ohrid, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll set off for Mavrovo on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Ohrid

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Mavrovo, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Mavrovo National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mavrovo tour itinerary app.

Drive from Ohrid to Mavrovo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Mavrovo

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 2 nights
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 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Kale, explore the activities along Lake Matka, and then take in the history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Skopje Art Bridge, snap pictures at The Stone Bridge, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Macedonia Square, and finally shop like a local with Old Bazaar, Skopje.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Skopje trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mavrovo to Skopje takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Skopje can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Prizren.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Prizren, Kosovo

— 1 night

Kosovo's Cultural Capital

Kosovo's second city, Prizren sits on the slopes of the rugged Sar Mountain, a region bordered by both Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Our Lady of Ljevis, take an in-depth tour of Albanian League of Prizren Museum [Muzeu Lidhja Shqiptare e Prizrenit], expand your understanding of the military at Kalaja Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Saviour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinan Pasha Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint George.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Prizren online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Prizren takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Saranda, Albania

— 1 night
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Saranda Embankment, then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, and then step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park and then kick back and relax at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Saranda trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Prizren to Saranda in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

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 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, then see the interesting displays at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally don't miss a visit to Bulevardi Republika.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Berat day trip app.

Getting from Saranda to Berat by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Saranda to Berat is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Berat when traveling from Saranda in September, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

Tirana, Albania

— 1 night
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tirana trip planner.

Getting from Berat to Tirana by car takes about 2 hours. September in Tirana sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

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.

Romania travel guide

4.4
Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · 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.

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.

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.

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.