|by PAN MILL|
|15 Days Road-Trip to Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia -Herzegovina and Montenegro|
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Are you going on a Road Trip around the Former Yugoslav ring from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. Here is a Trip Itinerary on what to do and see.
Fly in with a morning flight to Belgrade Airport (Nikola Tesla)
RENT A CAR from BELGRADE Airport
You'll Need To Take:
An international driving licence is required if your local licence is printed with non Roman Alphabet A passport will be required for identification purposes Your full valid Driving Licence; and the eVoucher
OR alternatively, if you want to rent the car later on Day 3 from Belgrade City Centre.
Take a Taxi:
Once you are in the Airport baggage reclaim area go to the city service TAXI INFO desk.
There they will give you a taxi receipt at the information desk which contains the name of your destination [eg: “Belgrade Hotel Name“] and the fixed price for the taxi service. YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO PAY MORE THAN THE FIXED PRICE INDICATED ON YOUR RECEIPT.
The price for ZONE 2 must be ~РСД1800 (~€15)
After you get the RECEIPT then proceed to the Taxi Stand
Take the Srpskih vladara (Kralja Milana) street,
connecting Belgrade Fortress, Knez Mihailova street and Republic Square with Slavija Square and The Temple of Saint Sava dominate the view as you walk towards it. Notice Terazije Fountain, Hotel Moskva (Former Palace of Russia), The Old Royal Palace, following the New Palace, and theater Jugoslovensko Dramsko Pozorište, as you wander around.
The Old Royal Palace at Nikola Pasic Sqaure
built in 1881, it was residence of Serbian kings, now used as Town Hall.
The New Palace
is located next to Тhe Old Royal Palace, the square Andrićev venac(Андрићев венац) no. 1st. It was built between 1911 and 1922, as the residence of King Petar I Karađorđević. Today is the official seat of the President of the Republic of Serbia.
National Assembly of Serbia
located across from the Old Royal Palace, at Nikola Pasic Sqaure
St. Sava Cathedral – The Largest Orthodox Church in the World
Kalemegdan - Belgrade Fortress.
Once important military fortification, it now serves as the central park of Belgrade. Accessible from the end of the Knez Mihailova street, it offers beautiful views, especially during sunset. Most part of it is a park and the fortress walls, with several cafes, tennis and basketball courts, museums and observatory. Don't forget to take a look at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, and the statue of Pobednik (Winner), one of the symbols of Belgrade. Study this monument from all its sides!!
Knez Mihailova Street.
Main pedestrian street in Belgrade. Crowded during the day and night. Mostly shopping and numerous cafes.
Republic Square (Main Square).
Main meeting point in the city (also called kod konja - "by the horse"), right next to statue of Mihailo Obrenovic (riding a horse), National Theater, National Museum and Knez Mihailova Street.
Skadarlija (Skadarska street).
Pedestrian street filled with restaurants and cafes, most in the spirit of old Belgrade. Live bands playing old Belgrade music can be heard here in the evenings. The street is paved in cobblestone so high heels are not advised. Blank-walled buildings on the south side have been painted with impressive 'trompe-l'oeil' paintings to add to the atmosphere.
Drive or take a Taxi to:
Tito's Mausoleum and the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia
Artifacts from the former Yugoslavia and around the world given to Tito in his years as president.
If you have time also visit:
The Residence of Princess Ljubica
Kneza Sime Markovića 8,
The residence is now managed by the Museum of Belgrade and is used to display the museum material and painting exhibitions. The permanent exhibition at the Residence consists of original furniture, made in Oriental-Balkan style and other styles of the time (Classicism, Biedermeier, neo-baroque).
3 h 35 min (392.6 km) if you take Roads A3 and E70
Gornji grad, (Upper Town) and Donji grad (Lower Town) are the cultural, religious, and commercial hubs of Zagreb. These are where most of the restaurants, bars and tourist sites are located.
The Upper Town, which is the medieval core of the city, developed as two separate (and often warring) towns - Kaptol, the seat of the Bishop (where the imposing Cathedral now stands), and Gradec, the free town where tradesmen and artisans lived (proclaimed by King Bela of Hungary in the 12th century) merged in the 1770s to form the northern section of historic Zagreb. Following this, the city expanded south of today's Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica (Jelacic Square) to the railway station and the Sava River.
Old Town Gate, at the top of Radićeva street (Upper Town). Now a shrine to Virgin Mary - the "Kamenita vrata" where you can light a candle or place a vow and your wish will be granted. Please be silent and respectful, even if just passing through the Gate. The portrait of Mary is said to be sacred, because it is the only thing that survived the great fire in Zagreb in 1731.
Near the Old Town Gate is the sculpture of St. George having slain the dragon.
The other statue, him fighting the dragon, is located on the Marshal Tito's Square near the Croatian National Theatre.
Zagreb >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ljubljana, Slovenia
1 h 39 min (140.4 km) if you take Road E70
Remember to buy a Slovenia Vignette at a gas station near the Border.
pm: Ljubljana City Sightseeing
Triple Bridge (Tromostovje). Designed by Jože Plečnik. Tromostovje consists of three separate picturesque bridges located next to one another. The neighboring Prešeren square with the statue of Slovenian greatest poet France Prešeren is the central location of downtown Ljubljana and a common meeting point. From here, cross Ljubljanica and turn left for Open Market and the Dragon Bridge, or go straight and then right for the old town.
Old Town. Squeezed between the castle hill and Ljubljanica river is the old town with two squares, Mestni trg (City square) with the Robba fountain and the city hall behind it, and, further on, Gornji trg (Upper square). Well preserved medieval buildings now house local designer shops, and several popular cafes and restaurants. Although they may look creepy, the perfectly safe narrow lanes lead to charming little squares and buildings.
Zmajski Most (Dragon Bridge). Completed in 1901, designed by Croatian Jurij Zainovich. It is guarded by four detailed dragon statues from the city's coat-of-arms. Look out for the dragon motif throughout the city. Be careful around the Dragon Bridge area, as it is on a major busy road just outside the pedestrian zone and near misses (and worse) between inattentive tourists and traffic are common. The dragon bridge is located at the end of the Ljubljana Open Market, just a block or two down the river (north-east direction) from the Triple bridge.
Ljubljana Castle. You can catch the "tourist train" from the Triple Bridge to the castle, or walk up the (quite steep) hill to the castle (5-10min), or take the Funicular Railway (€3/2 (adult/concession), 4€ return for one adult), the lower station is at the top of the main Open market. Entrance to the Castle Courtyard, Chapel, Wall and Gift shop is free, but there is a charge for access to the tower. The tower has magnificent views all over the city. You can also see the Sava River and Kamnik Alps in the distance. Included is a 3D Movie of the history of Ljubljana from a pre-historic settlement to Roman Empire to modern times (€5 for adults, €3.5 for students, seniors).
View of Castle Hill from Congress SquareSquare of the Republic. Where crowds gathered as Slovenia announced its independence from the Yugoslav Federation in 1991. The square has significant importance for Slovene history, as it was a place of important public gatherings (and demonstrations) in the past. Across the road is the Slovene Parliament. Its facade is decorated with artistic nude statues of Slovenes at work and leisure. The square also houses the International Business Centre.
Roman Ruins. A short walk west of the centre of town are the remains of the Roman City Walls, including a number of pillars from an entrance gate.
Krakovo. A village-like part of the city connecting the centre to the Trnovo suburb
Metelkova City. A self-declared autonomous culture place to gather for alternative artists, many subcultures and youth. What used to be a military barracks is now full of underground artists, bars and nightclubs. It is within 5 minute of walk from main Train Station.
Do go see the Triple Bridge at night
Ljubljana >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Predjama Castle
52 min (62.3 km) if you take Road A1/E70
Visit Predjama Castle
Opening Hours (All Year Round): 0900-1800
Entrance Fee: €9
Predjama Castle >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Plitvice Lakes National Park
3 h 8 min (225.1 km) if you take Road E65
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Entrance Fee: kn110 [€15]
A ticket is required to enter the park (there are ticket offices on the paths as you enter the park). The tickets also entitle you to free travel on the boats which run on the lakes.
MUST SEE is the barrier between the lakes Gavanovac and Kaluđerovac
Plitvice Lakes National Park >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Split
2 h 28 min (241.9 km) if you take Road E71
am: Split City Sightseeing
Diocletian's Palace (UNESCO heritage site)
pm: Visit the Klis Fortress up the mountain
23 min (13.4 km) from Split
Hvar - A day trip by boat to this island is well worth the effort. Boats leave five times a day in peak season (July–August), three times a day outside this period (a single trip cost about €6 [kn42] to Stari Grad on Hvar). Hvar town is small but extremely attractive, with numerous large yachts moored in the harbour.
3 h 15 min (226.3 km) if you take scenic road by the sea D8
Dubrovnik City Sightseeing
See Old Town
Dubrovnik is the Pearl of the Adriatic, the UNESCO World Heritage listed walled city of Dubrovnik.
With a paved town centre enclosed in fortress-like 13th century stone walls, the city is easy to explore on foot and is full of character. A great start to your exploration of Dubrovnik could be with a walk around the city walls. Stretching almost 2 kilometres around the old town, the walls offer stunning rooftop and city views out to the turquoise blue Adriatic Sea. Founded in the 7th century, for a time in its glorious past the city was a serious rival for Venice in terms of maritime trade. It is hard to believe now but in 1991, two out of every three buildings were damaged during the bombardment of the Yugoslav War. Since then the buildings and walls have been painstakingly restored to pristine condition and represents one of the most beautiful and solid fortress systems on the Mediterranean. There are several other historic attractions worth a visit near the main street (Stradun), such as the 14th century Franciscan monastery which houses a treasury full of sacred art and artefacts, as well as one of the oldest continually working pharmacies in the world, dating back to 1317.
Take the Cable Car to the top of Mount Srđ.
Cable car – HRK 97 return (€13)
Visit Dubrovnik Beaches
Take a ferry from the Old Town port to visit Lokrum Island
Last ferry back at 8pm
Lokrum Island – ferry HRK 80 (€11)
Dubrovnik, Croatia>>>>>>>Kotor, Montenegro
1 h 9 min (59.7 km) if you take scenic road by the Bay of Kotor D8
Kotor is a walled city nestled at the bottom of Europe’s deepest fjord.
Kotor’s Stari Grad (the old town of Kotor), is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a tricky labyrinth of cobbled alleys, squares and ancient churches, including St Tryphon's Cathedral built in 1166.
The mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to this beautiful town as they come down steeply, almost to the waterfront
Climb the walls of the ancient fort of Sveti Ivan which spans some 4.5 kilometres above the city on almost vertical cliffs. Your efforts will be rewarded by an excellent view of Kotor and the bay.
1 h 6 min (33.9 km) if you take Jadranska magistrala and E-65/E-80
Visit Budva’s Stari Grad (Old Town of Budva)
Budva is 2,500 years old, one of the oldest and most popular settlements on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro. This vibrant seaside town is well known for its sandy beaches, historic old town and beautiful examples of Mediterranean architecture.
Budva>>>>>>>> Sveti Stefan Islet
11 min (8.9 km) if you take E-65/E-80
Have Lunch at Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan >>>>>>>>Dubrovnik
2 h 24 min (100.6 km) if you take E-65/E-80 and D8
Dubrovnik >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Mostar, BiH
2 h 6 min (139.4 km) if you take Motorway M6
Mostar City Sightseeing
See the Stari Most (Old Bridge)
Mostar is the prettiest city in Herzegovina. Situated on the Neretva river and is the fifth-largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (natively: mostari) who kept the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over Neretva river. The city is particularly famous for this beautiful single span bridge, Stari Most, which collapsed into the Neretva River during the Yugoslav War in 1993. Built in 1556 by the Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Great, Stari Most had been a globally recognised landmark and a national symbol for Bosnia-Herzegovina. It had survived centuries of conflict including both world wars and proved that, whatever happened, the mainly Christian west bank and mainly Muslim east remained united. The destruction of the bridge was a huge blow to the local people, but in 2004 the bridge was rebuilt as a replica of the original using pieces of masonry salvaged from the riverbed. Its reopening represented the hope that Muslims, Croats and Serbs could once again live side by side and that Mostar would be healed after a decade of ethnic division.
Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque - €2.5 (includes minaret)
Karad-zozbegova Mosque - €2.5 (includes minaret)
Turkish House – BAM 2
Memorial Museum of Herzegovina – BAM 1.5
Mostar, BiH >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sarajevo, BiH
1 h 59 min (126.7 km) if you take Motorway M17
Sarajevo City Sightseeing
Walk in the Old City. (Bascarsija)
Latin Bridge. See the plaque commemorating the assassination of Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Ferdinand
Markale Market Place
Vijecnica (City Hall)
Gallery 11/07/95 [about the Srebrenica massacre]
Tunnel Museum, the entrance to the tunnel used during the Bosnian War
Sarajevo is a fascinating mixture of western and eastern cultures. Known as the ‘Jerusalem of Europe’, the city was once famous for its religious diversity, with people of Islamic, Orthodox Christian, Catholic Christian and Jewish faiths coexisting relatively peacefully for centuries. The atmosphere of calm and tolerance changed dramatically when violence erupted in the mid 1990s and the city underwent the longest siege in modern military history during the Yugoslav War. Today the city is largely recovered and is packed with fascinating museums bazaars, markets and bridges. During your time here you could explore the cobbled streets, mosques and Oriental style shops of the Old Town, visit the Bosnian Historical Museum to learn about the siege of Sarajevo and visit the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum, the tunnel which was used to ferry supplies into the besieged city during the conflict, next to the airport. For history buffs a must see is the “Latin Bridge" spanning the river in the down-town area. The bridge bears a plaque commemorating the assassination of Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Ferdinand, the event that sparked the beginning of World War I. Today the city is largely recovered and is packed with fascinating museums.
Take a drive in the Surrounding Hills of Sarajevo to see the views.
Sarajevo, BiH >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Belgrade, Serbia
4 h 33 min (294.8 km) if you take Motorway M19
Belgrade >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Belgrade Airport
18 min (19.0 km) if you take A3
Drop off your Rental CAR:
Fly out from Belgrade Airport (Nikola Tesla)
Applies to ALL former Yugoslav countries:
EU Citizens: Visa not required [90 days Stay] valid ID card required.
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