28 days in The Balkans Itinerary

28 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Piran, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kobarid, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 6 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 6 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiports are İstanbul Airport, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Belgrade.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 10:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 4 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Oplenac (in Topola) and Petrovaradin Fortress (in Petrovaradin). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stop by Skadarlija, and get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Belgrade trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Belgrade in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Belgrade due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Belgrade. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Piran.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 14:

Piran, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Considered one of the prettiest cities on the country's coast, Piran owes much of its development to salt.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stroll around Park Pietro Coppo, admire the striking features of Praetorian Palace, explore the fascinating underground world of Škocjan Caves, take in the waterfront at Port Piran, then see the interesting displays at Magical World of Shells Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Tartini Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Friary, pause for some serene contemplation at Hrastovlje Church of the Holy Trinity, then enjoy the sand and surf at Strunjan Nature Reserve, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George's Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Piran driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Belgrade to Piran takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kobarid.

Things to do in Piran

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Kobarid, Slovenia

— 2 nights
At the very heart of picturesque Soca Valley, Kobarid delivers some of the most stunning views of Slovenia's highest peaks, as well as a chance to enjoy some exciting alpine rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the history at Ravelnik Open Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get outside with Isonzo, and then admire the verdant scenery at Soča Valley.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kobarid tour site.

You can drive from Piran to Kobarid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Piran in July, expect Kobarid to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Bohinjsko Jezero.

Things to do in Kobarid

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia

— 1 night
The mirror-like waters of the largest glacial lake in Slovenia make Bohinjsko Jezero one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Savica Waterfall, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then explore the activities along Lake Bohinj.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bohinjsko Jezero day trip site.

You can drive from Kobarid to Bohinjsko Jezero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Bohinjsko Jezero, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Bohinjsko Jezero

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 6 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ljubljana: Vintgar Gorge (in Zgornje Gorje), Bled (Bled Island, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more) and Postojna (Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas, soar above the sights with Balonarski Center Barje, and stroll around Tivoli Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ljubljana day trip site.

Traveling by car from Bohinjsko Jezero to Ljubljana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 25:

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.
Zagreb is known for museums, fun & games, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, visit Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zagreb travel site.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:

Slovenia travel guide

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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.