The Balkan Adriatic

Romantic
Romantic
21 - 26
days

Traverse the coast of the breathtaking Adriatic Sea, visiting small towns and exciting cities with your loved one before moving inland toward vibrant metropolises.

In this trip

  • BeachesBeaches
  • Small TownsSmall Towns
  • CultureCulture
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Sofia, Bulgaria

  • 2

    Skopje, Macedonia

  • 3

    Ohrid, Macedonia

  • 4

    Tirana, Albania

  • 5

    Budva, Montenegro

  • 6

    Dubrovnik, Croatia

  • 7

    Hvar, Croatia

  • 8

    Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • 9

    Split, Croatia

  • 10

    Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia

  • 11

    Bled, Slovenia

  • 12

    Budapest, Hungary

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Things to do in and around Sofia

  • Sofia: Sin City HDR
  • Sofia
  • Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Sofia - National Museum of History
  • Ancient Roman Bathhouse and Church
  • Boyana Church
  • Ledenika cave
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  • Bulgaria-02877 - National Archaeological Museum
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  • Plovdiv
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Sofia

Bulgaria, Sofia City region

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Bulgaria's capital is a fusion of old and new, with historic churches and Soviet remnants alongside modern amenities, parks, and galleries.

Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria and is the 15th largest city in the European Union. The city is located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain in the western part of the country, within less than 50km drive from the Serbian border. Its location in the center of the Balkan peninsula means that it is the midway between the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea, whereas the Aegean Sea is the closest to it. Sofia has been an area of human habitation since at least 7000BCE and is Europe's second-oldest city. Among its many attractions you may find the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, National Art Gallery, Natural History Museum, palaces, churches, and much more.
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Things to do in and around Skopje

  • Skopje view
  • Skopje
  • Skopska Čaršija - Skopje Bazaar
  • Skopje - Public Beach
  • Museum of Macedonia in Skopje
  • Kuklica_01
  • Matka Canyon
  • Chair at Museum construction site
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, March 2015
  • Skopje Fortress
  • Lemur
  • Stobi Ruins
  • Mavrovo ezero
   
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Skopje

Macedonia, Skopje region

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Macedonia's largest city is also its capital, known for historical landmarks, cultural institutions, and varied nightlife.

Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia. It is the country's political, cultural, economic, and academic center. It was known in the Roman period under the name Scupi. Skopje is located on the upper course of the Vardar River, and is located on a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens. Industrial development of the city has been accompanied by development of the trade, logistics, and banking sectors, as well as an emphasis on the fields of transportation, culture and sport. Its main attractions include Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, Memorial House Mother Teresa, Old Bazaar, Skopje Zoo, and more.
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Things to do in and around Ohrid

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  • Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
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  • Heraclea Lyncestis, Republic of Macedonia
  • Pelister National Park - Macedonia
  • Greek Theatre built in 200 BC, Lychnidos, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia FYROM
  • Ohrid
  • Church of St. Bogorodica Perivlepta
  • Church of St. Sophia
  • Galičica National Park
  • Macedonia (Struga) St.Naum Monastery
  • Church of St. John at Kaneo, Ohrid
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  • presilhas vermelhas
  • Fortress Towers of Marko
  • Mavrovo Lake
  • Stobi Ruins
   
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Ohrid

Macedonia, Southwestern region

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The largest city on the Ohrid lake is home to a variety of churches, several monasteries, and other historic landmarks.

Ohrid is a city in the Republic of Macedonia and the seat of Ohrid Municipality. It is the largest city on Lake Ohrid and the eighth-largest city in the country. Ohrid is notable for once having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a "Jerusalem (of the Balkans)". The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. Ohrid is one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO's World Heritage that are both Cultural and Natural sites. The main sights of this city are Lake Ohrid, Church of St. Sophia, the amphitheater, Holy Mary Peribleptos, Samuil's Fortress, and more.
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Things to do in and around Tirana

  • Tirana, Albania
  • Sheshi Skënderbrej, Tiranë
  • National History Museum, Skanderbeg Square
  • Archeological museum in Tirana
  • Tile in Ephesus
  • vlora coastline
  • Verso
  • Vista sul lago
  • Boredom
  • Albanian national gallery Tirana
  • Park Rinia, Tirana, Albania
  • #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover, May 15, Top 15 Trails to Blaze on BLM’s National Conservation Lands
  • Butrint national park
   
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Tirana

Albania, Tirana region

CultureNight lifeFoodHistoric1 night

Albania's modern capital city boasts colorful buildings, world-class museums, historic sites, and sprawling parks.

The capital and largest city of Albania, Tirana is host to many public institutions and universities, and is the center of the political, economic, and cultural life of the country. The main cultural institutions of Tirana are the National Theater, the National Theater of Opera and Ballet of Albania and the National Arts Gallery. Performances of renowned world composers are regularly performed. The city hosts the Tirana Biennale, Tirana Jazz Festival, Summer Day, White Night, Rally Albania, Buy Albanian Regional Delicacies Expo, and Tirana Fashion Week. Tirana has been redesigning its identity to a Mediterranean city, lined with cafes and nightlife.
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Things to do in and around Budva

  • Budva
  • St.Stefan - Montenegro
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  • Mogren Beach, Budva
  • Черногория. Старая Будва
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  • Budva
  • Nautical Display in Citadel Museum - Budva - Montenegro
  • Buna (Ada Bojana) River, Albania
  • red beach
  • Skadar lake
  • The Gulf of Kotor/Котор/Cattaro
   
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Budva

Montenegro, Coastal region

Night lifeBeachesHistoricNatureFood2 nights

Dating to 5C BC, this coastal town offers great beaches, a medieval fortress, and vibrant nightlife.

Budva is a Montenegrin town on the Adriatic Sea. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budva Riviera, is the center of Montenegrin tourism, known for its well preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. Its main attractions include the isle of Sveti Stefan, a citadel, Catholic Church of St. John, the Dancing Girl Statue, the Mogren Beach, and more.
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Things to do in and around Dubrovnik

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Dubrovnik
  • Dubrovnik City Walls
  • Morning market at Gundulić Square
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  • Island of Lokrum
  • Cavtat, Croatia
  • War Photo Limited, Dubrovnik
  • Saint Blaise Church
  • Velika Onofrijeva fontana (Onofrio's Big Fountain)
  • Croatia-01619 - Rector's Palace
  • Towards Elafiti Islands
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  • Pile Gate, Old City of Dubrovnik
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  • 027 City wall walk - Across to St Ivan's Tower and the Maritime Museum
  • Makarska
  • Quiet beach
   
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Dubrovnik

Croatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva region

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With its dramatic scenery, a wealth of historic sites, quaint streets, and marvelous beaches, this vibrant city is a superb destination.

Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. According to CNNGo, Dubrovnik is among the 10 best preserved medieval walled cities in the world.
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Things to do in and around Hvar

  • Hvar
  • Hvar Centre
  • Bucht von Dubovica
  • Franciscan Monastery
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  • Hvar Island
  • View from Trogir Cathedral tower
  • Old Venetian Loggia, Hvar Town
  • Acque cristalline
  • Jelsa
  • Hvar & Pakleni islands
   
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Hvar

Croatia, Split-Dalmatia region

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A beautiful resort, this vibrant city is home to stunning architecture, picturesque beaches, and an array of historic monuments.

Hvar’s location at the center of the Adriatic sailing routes has long made this island an important base for commanding. It has been inhabited since prehistoric times, originally by a Neolithic people whose distinctive pottery gave rise to the term Hvar culture, and later by the Illyrians. The ancient Greeks founded the colony of Pharos in 384 BC on the site of today’s Stari Grad, making it one of the oldest towns in Europe. They were also responsible for setting out the agricultural field divisions of the Stari Grad Plain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prosperity brought culture and the arts, with one of the first public theatres in Europe, nobles’ palaces and many fine communal buildings.
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Things to do in and around Mostar

  • View from the Minaret
  • 1408201141 - Bosnia Mostar Street
  • Kujundziluk (Old Bazar) Mostar
  • Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque & Neretva River
  • Turkish House, Mostar
  • Lukomir
  • Neretva at midday
   
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Mostar

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton region

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Herzegovina's cultural center is a bustling city with a rich history, varied architecture, and several thriving art establishments.

Mostar is a city and municipality in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the most important city in the Herzegovina region, its cultural capital, and the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation. Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and is the fifth-largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge is one of the most recommended attractions of the city, followed by Koski Mehmed-Pasina Dzamija Mosque, Partisan Cemetery, Kujundziluk Old Bazzar, and more.
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Things to do in and around Split

  • Split
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  • Peristyle and Silver Gate.
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  • Ivan Mestrovic gallery
  • View from Trogir Cathedral tower
  • Zadar
  • Croatia-01251 - Chorus
  • Kastelet, Split
  • Restaurant de Malo Grablje, Croatie
  • Primosten
  • Sibenik Cathedral, Croatia 4
   
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Split

Croatia, Split-Dalmatia region

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Croatia's second-largest city is home to several remarkable historic landmarks, rich museums, diverse architecture, and nice beaches.

In 1979, the historic center of Split was included into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Split is said to be one of the centres of Croatian culture. Its literary tradition can be traced to medieval times, and includes names like Marko Marulić, while in more modern times Split excelled by authors famous for their sense of humor. Among them the most notable is Miljenko Smoje, famous for his TV series Malo misto and Velo misto, with the latter dealing with the development of Split into a modern city.
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Things to do in and around Plitvicka Jezera

  • Reflections of Bliss
  • Curving downward path.
  • Autumn in Croatia
  • Upper Town - view of the lower town--Cathedral
  • Zadar
  • Roofs of Rovinj
  • Rijeka
  • Porec vista general
   
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Plitvicka Jezera

Croatia, Lika region

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A small town, mostly known for being a sleeping destination for travelers who want to explore the Plitvice Lakes Park more thoroughly.

Plitvicka Jezera is a municipality in central Croatia, in the eastern part of the Lika-Senj county, that lies in and near the eponymous Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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Things to do in and around Bled

  • Lake Bled
  • Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • Assumption of Mary Church on Bled Island
  • The island in Lake Bled
  • Bled Castle - Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • Lake Bled
  • Castle on the hill at cold winter night
  • Bled
  • Adventure Park, Alleghe-IMG_2597
  • Church of St Martin, Bled, Slovenia
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  • Skocjan Caves
  • Triglav - 1
   
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Bled

Slovenia, Upper Carniola region

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Home to several historic and recreational attractions, this picturesque town is situated next to a glacier lake of the same name.

Bled is a town on Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenia. It is most notable as a popular tourist destination in the Upper Carniola region and in Slovenia as whole. Bled is known for the glacial Lake Bled, which makes it a major tourist attraction. Perched on a rock overlooking the lake is the iconic Bled Castle. The town is also known in Slovenia for its vanilla and cream pastry Today it is a convention centre and tourist resort, offering a wide range of sports activities such as golf, fishing, and horseback-riding. Other notable near-by landmarks are the Assumption of Mary Church and Triglav National Park.
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Things to do in and around Budapest

  • Parliament
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Budapest
  • Buda Castle, Budapest
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  • Above the Trains
  • Szentendre (Ungheria)
  • Visegrád
  • Fővárosi Állat- és Növénykert (Zoo)
  • Palatinus Strand on Margaret Island, Budapest
  • Central Market Hall Budapest
  • Magyar Állami Operaház DSCF4654 1024x738
  • Autumn pattern I
  • Eger panorama
  • buda castle national gallery interior
  • Hungary  2010  -  Budapest
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  • Hungarian National Museum
  • Kecskemet 12
  • Székesfehérvár
   
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Budapest

Hungary, Central Hungary region

Night lifeCultureFoodHistoric2 nights

The capital of Hungary offers centuries of history and architecture, as well as surprising nightlife and culinary scenes.

Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary. It is the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation center, sometimes described as the primate city of Hungary. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest's extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes' Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second-oldest metro line in the world. The city contains around 80 geothermal springs and a plethora of remarkable attractions, such as the Castle Hill, the neo-Gothic Parliament, Saint Stephen's Basilica, Matthias Church, Dohany Street Synagogue, and more.
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