Planning a Road trip through Hungary, Bosnia, Crotia.....
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Mar 1, 2012 4:26 AM Last Post By: Ninoosh
Feb 20, 2012 11:18 AM
Q: Is this a good itinerary?
Q: How long should we plan outside Vienna (planning 5 x days in Vienna + 14 x days elsewhere)
Q: Is it safe tio drive through these countries
Q: Other spots that we may have missed
Q: Any other hints to have a pleasant trip
We love vibrant cities and the countryside plus good food and cultural events
Feb 20, 2012 1:38 PM
1Q1 & 2 - Largely depends on what your interests are. All are great cities in their own right. Personally, I think you should swap Ljubljana for Zagreb. Don't miss Sarajevo.
Q3 - I've driven to each of these cities (except Sarajevo), some several times; safety isn't an issue but heavy traffic is. Once you're in the city, park your car in a safe place (ask at your hotel) and leave it there for the duration of your stay. Use public transport.
I'm assuming you're renting in Vienna. If so, make sure you let them know you'll be going to the former Yugoslavia. Some agencies may not not allow you to take a car out of the EU, while others will insist on paying supplemental insurance. Don't lie about this.
Feb 20, 2012 2:01 PM
2Agree with pirano about Lljublana and would add a day trip from there to Lake Bled. Personally I would suggest splitting the days up like this:
Vienna: 5 days
Budapest: 4 days
Belgrade: 3 days
Sarajevo: 2 days
Mostar: 1 day (leave the car in Sarajevo and take the train for some spectacular views)
Lljublana: 3 days (with 1 day at Lake Bled)
Which gives you 1 day spare for a bit of flexibility.
You need to check which countries you will need a vignette (road tax) to drive through. You can buy these around the border crossings, however it is not always made clear that tourists need to buy one. Fines can be up to $800 so it really is not worth the risk of driving without one.
Mar 1, 2012 4:26 AM
3Of course, the advice always reflects ones personal interests also but having done a similar road trip, Id suggest:
Croatia 's coastline... simply beautiful! Lots of scenic towns on the way (eg Opatjia is stunning) and Split is also worthwhile for a visit. It takes a while as the roads are winding - perhaps do a stretch of the coast so at least you get a feel for it.
- Bosnia is an all time favourite country for me so I cant say enough, the history, culture, architecture (blend of the old and new)... Id add a stop at Blagaj which is close to Mostar (so I second James2020 - Mostar is beautiful) - we stayed in a place called Villa Ottoman, which by day is a small musuem but has a few rooms they let out at night to stay! talking about experiencing culture! Its not the most comfortable and cleanest of places but surely a memorable stay!). Oh and dont wander off the roads - left over land mines are an issue. In Sarajevo suggest Haris Hostel - the owner is super friendly :) The food in Bosnia is also a highlight - try out the national dishes including their kebab's - yum
- Budapest - ask a local to see if they can mention a local Bistro to you - we came across one that served a smorgasboard of traditional dishes - there was not one tourist in sight (apart from us!) - food is intended for locals and is fresh and delicious (also at a fair price)
We found it very safe to drive through all countries - just drive carefully (we got stopped by police a couple of times - note for instance headlights need to be on in certain countries even during day time...) - Also note (at least when we went thru) GPS didnt work in Bosnia - but we still managed to drive even through busy Sarajevo at night time with a trusty LP and the mini map inside it plus asking friendly locals!
Enjoy the trip!
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