58 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

58 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Fly
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
— 2 nights
Train
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Sibiu, Romania
— 4 nights
Fly to Chişinău International Airport, Drive to Rezina
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Rezina, Moldova
— 1 day
Drive
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Orhei, Moldova
— 1 night
Bus
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Chisinau, Moldova
— 6 nights
Drive
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Straseni District, Moldova
— 1 night
Drive to Chişinău International Airport, Fly to Plovdiv
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Train
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
Bus
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
Bus
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Prizren, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Bus
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Bus
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Bus to Elbasan, Drive to Berat
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Berat, Albania
— 2 nights
Bus to Brindisi Autorità Portuale, Bus to Tirana
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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Bus
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Podgorica, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Bus
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Bus
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Bus
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Bus
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania — 2 nights

The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
On the 11th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Moara de Vant, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoia Baciu Forest, and then stroll the grounds of Cimitirul Central. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Sic Calvinist Reformed Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Reformed Church of Cluj-Napoca, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Piarist Church.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cluj-Napoca online trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Cluj-Napoca is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Cluj-Napoca is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Cluj-Napoca to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Sibiu.
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Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Sibiu, Romania — 4 nights

Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Get some historical perspective at Catedrala Reintregirii Neamului and Fortress Walls. Step off the beaten path and head to Passage of Stairs and Turnul Dulgherilor. And it doesn't end there: walk around Citadel Park of Sibiu, don't miss a visit to Axente Sever, take in panoramic vistas at Potters Tower, and stroll through Expo Reptile Vii.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sibiu itinerary builder site.

Getting from Cluj-Napoca to Sibiu by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In April in Sibiu, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Rezina.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Apr 12 — 16:

Rezina, Moldova — 1 day

Rezina is a city in Moldova and the capital of Rezina District. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saharna Monastery and then head off the coast to Hanul Lui Hanganu.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rezina trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sibiu to Rezina. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rezina when traveling from Sibiu in April, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Orhei.
Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

Orhei, Moldova — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Curchi Monastery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Orhei trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Rezina to Orhei takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Chisinau.
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Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:
Highlights from your trip

Chisinau, Moldova — 6 nights

Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sculpture of Lovers and Sankt Ioan Botezator. Get some historical perspective at Chitcani Monastery (Noul Neamt) and Eternal Flame. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chisinau: Tighina Military Cemetery (in Bender), Tiraspol (The Christmas Cathedral & Kvint) and Monument of Lenin (in Comrat). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Art Museum of Moldova, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dormition of the Theotokos, ponder the world of politics at Chisinau City Hall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Divine Providence.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chisinau travel itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Orhei to Chisinau in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Straseni District.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums
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Find places to stay Apr 17 — 23:

Straseni District, Moldova — 1 night

Strășeni is an administrative district in the central part of Moldova. On the 24th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Hancu Monastery, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Cojusna, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Condrita Monastery.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Straseni District visit planner.

You can drive from Chisinau to Straseni District in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Plovdiv.
Historic Sites · Wineries
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Plovdiv, Bulgaria — 3 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple and Hisarja. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sveta Marina Church and Hisar Kapia. Step out of Plovdiv with an excursion to Red Church in Perushtitsa--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Small Basilica, examine the collection at Air Museum Plovdiv, don't miss a visit to Agora, and take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv online trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Straseni District to Plovdiv. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sofia.
Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Sofia, Bulgaria — 5 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Prohodna Cave and Dancing Bears Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Park "Kambanite" and Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex. Step out of Sofia to go to Borovets and see Horseback Riding Tours, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: look for gifts at Galeria Nina.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia visit planner.

You can take a train from Plovdiv to Sofia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Sofia are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can fly to Belgrade.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 3:

Belgrade, Serbia — 3 nights

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Krusedol Monastery and Oplenac. Get some historical perspective at Saint Petka's Chapel and Crkva Svetog Marka. Change things up with a short trip to The Special Nature Reserve of Zasavica in Sremska Mitrovica (about 1h 45 min away).

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Take a bus from Sofia to Belgrade in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Belgrade. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Prizren.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Prizren, Kosovo — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque) and then explore the striking landscape of Shar Mountain National Park. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Stone Bridge and then delve into the distant past at Mahmet Pasha Hamam.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Prizren planning app.

Getting from Belgrade to Prizren by bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Skopje.
Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

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 8th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Panteleimon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xhamia E Larme, then contemplate the long history of Isa Beg Hammam, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mustafa Pasha Mosque. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Skopje Art Bridge, don't miss a visit to Phillip II of Macedon, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Clement of Ohrid.

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You can take a bus from Prizren to Skopje in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Skopje can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ohrid.
Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia — 2 nights

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): examine the collection at National Workshop For Handmade Paper, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nikola Gerakomija, then contemplate the long history of Early Christian Basilica, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Mary Perybleptos. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Halveti Hayati Tekke, then don't miss a visit to River Drim, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Archangel Michael Cave Church, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Before you visit Ohrid, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by bus from Skopje to Ohrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Skopje in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ohrid: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Berat.
Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Berat, Albania — 2 nights

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Holy Trinity Church and Halveti Teqe will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bulevardi Republika and Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Berat: Ardenica Monastery (in Ardenice) and Holta Canyon (in Gramsh).

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Berat trip maker tool.

Getting from Ohrid to Berat by combination of bus and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Ohrid, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Berat, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tirana.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Tirana, Albania — 3 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Food Tours. Get some historical perspective at Petrela Castle and Durres Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Royal Villa of Durres (in Durres), Laguna e Karavastase (in Divjake) and Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze). It doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and get engrossed in the history at Bektashi World Center.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tirana road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Berat to Tirana in 29 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Tirana, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Podgorica.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

Podgorica, Montenegro — 3 nights

One of Europe's most relaxed and newest capital cities, Podgorica sits on the confluence of two rivers, with two sides of it offering two different options for exploring.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ and Dajbabe Monastery. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. George's Church, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower, and get your game on at Karting Centar.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Podgorica attractions site.

Take a bus from Tirana to Podgorica in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kotor.
Wineries · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Kotor, Montenegro — 3 nights

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Popular historic sites such as Zmajević Palace and Kampana Tower are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Church of Blažena Ozana and Trg Sv. Tripuna. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Drago Palace, take in the pleasant sights at Ulica 2 sjever-jug, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Paul, and see the interesting displays at Namfleg.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kotor road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Podgorica to Kotor takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Kotor, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dominican Monastery and Fishing Charters & Tours. Little Church of St. Nicholas (Crkva sv. Nikole) and Prijeko street will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. John's Fortress, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Annunciation, and examine the collection at Love Stories Museum.

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Traveling by bus from Kotor to Dubrovnik takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to Split.
Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Split, Croatia — 3 nights

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Knin Fortress and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Split to go to Solta Island and see Tvrdic Honey, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Split Synagogue, examine the collection at Live Museum Split, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and delve into the distant past at Temple of Jupiter.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Split holiday maker tool.

You can take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In May in Split, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mostar.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 1 night

Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 31st (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Jablanicas Lake, then don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, then step into the grandiose world of Stjepan Grad - Blagaj Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Sniper Tower.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mostar road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Split to Mostar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. May in Mostar sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Sarajevo.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 30 — 31:

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2 nights

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 1st (Mon), contemplate the long history of Gazi Husrev Begova Medresa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor's Mosque, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Alifakovac Cemetery, then snap pictures at Goat's Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Underground Labyrinth Ravne. Keep things going the next day: take in the history at Sniper Alley, steep yourself in history at Old Sarajevo Clock Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Bazerdzan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alipasina Mosque.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sarajevo trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Mostar to Sarajevo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Zagreb.
Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

Zagreb, Croatia — 2 nights

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Samobor Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marija Bistrica Church, and then explore the activities along Jarun Lake. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Medvednica, make a trip to Republic of Croatia Square / Trg Republike Hrvatske, then partake in some friendly competition at Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Discover how to plan a Zagreb trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Sarajevo to Zagreb by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:

Romania travel guide

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Castles · Churches · Historic Walking Areas
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.

Moldova travel guide

3.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Parks · Monuments
As one of the smallest countries in Europe, Moldova earned its independence in 1991 and remains quite unknown to most of the world. As Moldova is located between Romania and the Ukraine, much of its culture borrows elements, such as language and traditional food, from its two neighbors. Moldova sports a rugged countryside with a mild and sunny climate thanks to the neighboring Black Sea. This region's outdoor activities--biking, hiking, horseback riding, and exploring caves--are its main attractions. While Moldova doesn't attract much tourism, it is one of the last places in Europe where you can get a completely authentic local experience.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
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.

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.

Kosovo travel guide

3.9
Monuments · 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.

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.

Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
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.

Montenegro travel guide

4.5
Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
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.

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.

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.