13 days in Zagreb, Montenegro & Sofia Itinerary

13 days in Zagreb, Montenegro & Sofia Itinerary

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13 days in Zagreb, Montenegro & Sofia Itinerary

Start: Berlin, Germany
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Zabljak, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Herceg-Novi, Montenegro
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Budva, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Berlin, Germany

4
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
When in Zagreb, make a side trip to see Plitvice Lakes National Park in Plitvice Lakes National Park, approximately 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zagreb day trip planning tool .

Berlin, Germany to Zagreb is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Zabljak.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Veliko Lake, Plitvice Lakes National Park
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

1
night
Zabljak, Montenegro

Zabljak ©
Žabljak is a small town in northern Montenegro. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): head outdoors with Adventure Park Durmitor, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Heroes and Partizans of World War II, and then take in the awesome beauty at Bobotov Kuk.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zabljak planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Zagreb to Zabljak takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Herceg-Novi.

Things to do in Zabljak

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Bobotov Kuk ©
Bobotov Kuk
Adventure Park Durmitor ©
Adventure Park Durmitor

1
night
Herceg-Novi, Montenegro

Herceg-Novi ©
Herceg Novi is a coastal town in Montenegro located at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor and at the foot of Mount Orjen. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to Drinking fountain Karacha, don't miss a visit to Mamula Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Belavista Square, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Herceg-Novi trip planning site .

You can drive from Zabljak to Herceg-Novi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Budva.

Things to do in Herceg-Novi

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bay of Kotor
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Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
Mamula Fortress ©
Mamula Fortress

3
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Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Altstadt (Old Town) Budva, then contemplate the long history of Stari Grad Kotor, and then delve into the distant past at St. Tryphon Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Citadel, take some stellar pictures from Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen, then admire the landmark architecture of The Church of St. Matthew, then pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, and finally don't miss a visit to City Walls.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Budva online itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Herceg-Novi to Budva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kotor, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, The Church of St. Matthew
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Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

3
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Go for a jaunt from Sofia to Rila to see Rila Monastery about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia tour builder website .

Traveling by car from Budva to Sofia takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Budva in October, with highs in Sofia at 20°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

Zlatnite_Mostove -Golden Bridges, Rila Monastery
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery

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