Traveling in Balkans
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Oct 29, 2012 5:09 AM Last Post By: battybilly
Oct 18, 2012 5:55 PM
Traveling in BalkansHello,
I posted a thread a little while ago related to this, but since then, my plans have changed enough so that I think it's worth starting fresh and making a new thread. As usual, I appreciate any help. Sorry to ask for it again. Here is my dilemma:
I'll be visiting Plitvice, Split, and Dubrovnik in Croatia. As a part of the same trip, I'd also like to see Mostar and Sarajevo, as well as Kotor and Ohrid. From there I'd also like to make it to Kosovo, Belgrade, and then on to Plovdiv and Istanbul. I'm wondering how it is possible to make all of this happen. I've tried doing research both online and in the guide book I have, and I can't determine the best travel route. Do I go from Split to Kotor & Sarajevo,then back in to Croatia to see Dubrovnik? Then to Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia and Bulgaria? I'd hate to backtrack, but it doesn't seem avoidable here. Are there websites I can view to at least get a time frame/schedule and budget for each leg?
Just wondering if this is itinerary is even feasible. I'd have a hard time taking any one or two places out, but obviously sacrifices need to be made here and there. Thanks again for any help. My first questions helped me get this far, so I appreciate all that's been done already.
Edited by: borntorun16
Oct 18, 2012 9:32 PM
1You didn't need to start a new thread. This really is a continuation of your previous thread which you need to go back and reread.
1. You don't go to Kotor, Montenegro and then back to Dubrovnik, Croatia. You go from Split to Sarajevo and stop in Mostar on your way to Dubrovnik and then go to Kotor.
2. I don't think you can travel from Kosovo to Serbia as the Serbs think entering from Kosovo is illegal entry into their country.
3. Also it isn't simple to get from Montenegro (Kotor) to Macedonia (Ohrid).
You can't do what you want to do without extensive backtracking. I gave you some options previously and will provide another here but you are simply trying to accomplish too much unless you have several months.
There are no websites which will give you a budget. Train possibilities in this part of the world are VERY limited. Bus schedules must be checked on the ground and are not reliable online.
Finding bus prices and schedules for this part of the world is VERY difficult but it is possible to get some estimates with lots of time and energy searching. Start with the balkanology.com website, also look at the destination guides here on the LP website, search for other posts here on the TT, check out the inyourpocket.com guides which are also useful in planning travel in this region.
You need to make some choices. Either you accept that there will be lots of backtracking and you won't have much time in some of these places or you eliminate places.
This is a combination of my two previously mentioned options but requires extensive backtracking.
Split to Sarajevo (bus or train from Ploce)
Sarajevo to Mostar (bus or train)
Mostar to Dubrovnik (bus only)
Dubrovnik to Kotor (bus only)
Kotor to Bar (bus only)
Bar to Belgrade (train)
Belgrade to Pristina (bus?)
Pristina to Prizren (bus)
Prizren to Tetovo to Ohrid (bus)
Ohrid to Skopje (bus)
to Bulgaria (bus or train)
Oct 25, 2012 9:45 PM
2I lived six months this year in Kosovo as a US Fulbright Scholar. You are welcome to check my blog for any posts that might be helpful: http://davidmctierinkosovo.com . I had another two months in Europe before and after my grant and was able to visit 20 countries; many are covered on my blog. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email through the "contact" page. Cheers!
Oct 29, 2012 5:09 AM
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