23 days in Bulgaria, Serbia & Croatia Itinerary

23 days in Bulgaria, Serbia & Croatia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
2
Belgrade, Serbia
— 5 nights
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
4
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
5
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
6
Skradin, Croatia
— 1 night
7
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
8
Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights

4
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sofia: Rila Monastery (in Rila), Borovets (Horseback Riding Tours & Borovets Ski Resort) and Plovdiv (Plovdiv Roman Theatre, Plovdiv Old Town, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, get a taste of the local shopping with Vitosha Boulevard, and contemplate the long history of Church St. George Rotunda.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sofia trip planning app.

Mumbai, India to Sofia is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Sofia. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in October; daily highs in Sofia reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Plovdiv, Borovets, Rila Monastery, Zlatnite_Mostove -Golden Bridges
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

5
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belgrade: Oplenac (in Topola), Petrovaradin Fortress (in Petrovaradin) and Podrum Probus (in Sremski Karlovci). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, kick back and relax at Ada Ciganlija, make a trip to Skadarlija, and wander the streets of Knez Mihailova.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Belgrade attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Belgrade takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sofia to Belgrade, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Belgrade can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Belgrade

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Novi Sad, Oplenac, Podrum Probus
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Walking tours
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): wander the streets of Old Town, thenadmire the striking features of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace, and then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): head off the coast to Lokrum Island, steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, browse the exhibits of Art by Stjepko, thenexplore the galleries of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and finally make a trip to Pile Gate.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Belgrade to Dubrovnik takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Belgrade in October: high temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Parks Nature
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
On the 27th (Tue), do a tasting at Tomic Winery and then step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Spanjola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery, and then head off the coast to Jerolim.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tomic Winery
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): walk around Marjan Park, look for gifts at Nadalina cokolada, and then get to know the fascinating history of Palazzo di Diocleziano. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

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You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Split in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Split are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Skradin.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

1
night
Skradin, Croatia

Skradin ©
Skradin is a small town in the Šibenik-Knin County of Croatia, with a population about 3,986 . Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Roski Slap and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Krka National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Skradin driving holiday planner.

Drive from Split to Skradin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Skradin, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Skradin

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Krka National Park
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Krka National Park ©
Krka National Park
Roski Slap ©
Roski Slap

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Batinovac Waterfall, explore the activities along Veliko Lake, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Milanovac Lake, thenexplore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Burgeti Lakes. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap, Head underground at Barac Caves, contemplate the waterfront views at Gradinsko Lake, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Veliki Prstavac, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Ciginovac Lake, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park planning site.

You can drive from Skradin to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rovinj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

2
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 3rd (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, do a tasting at Stancija Collis, get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Winery San Tommaso, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Augustus, thendelve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium Pula, and finally stop by Uljara Tonin.

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Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rovinj are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Pula, Vodnjan, Winery San Tommaso
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Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil ©
Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Old Town ©
Old Town

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