What to Take

  • Travel insurance covering all the activities you're planning.
  • GPS devices with the right maps, particularly for drivers and cyclists.
  • Swiss army knife for slicing local cheese and popping wine corks.
  • European plug adapter for your gadgets.
  • Unlocked mobile phone so you can use local SIM cards

What to Wear

You should have a set of smart clothes for visiting religious sites and other demure attractions, as well as the odd evening out in nicer restaurants. A decent-sized shawl or headscarf is recommended for women when entering Orthodox churches and mosques.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Check airline baggage restrictions, including for regional flights
  • If you plan on driving, don't leave home without an International Driving Permit
  • If you plan to spend time in the wilderness, consider vaccinations against rabies and tick-borne encephalitis