35 days in Central Serbia, Montenegro & Athens Itinerary

35 days in Central Serbia, Montenegro & Athens Itinerary

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Fly to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Drive to Kragujevac
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Kragujevac, Serbia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Žabljak, Montenegro
— 6 nights
Drive
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Podgorica, Montenegro
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 7 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 11 nights
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Kragujevac, Serbia

Kragujevac is the fourth largest city of Serbia and the administrative center of the Šumadija District in central Serbia. Get some cultural insight at Viminacium Archaeological Park and Cathedral Church of Kragujevac. Oplenac and Ravanica Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Arandjelovac (Risovaca Cave & Izvor Aqua Park), Winery Aleksandrovic (in Topola) and Despotovac (Manasija Monastery & Resavska Cave). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Smederevo Fortress, see the interesting displays at Galerija Milena Pavlovic Barili, admire the striking features of First high school in Kragujevac (Kragujevacka gimnazija), and buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping mall Kragujevac Plaza.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kragujevac trip itinerary planning site.

Vancouver, Canada to Kragujevac is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Žabljak.

Things to do in Kragujevac

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Žabljak, Montenegro

A trip to Zabljak takes you to the north of the country, a mountainous region that's as steeped in great scenery and views as it is in history and culture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Black Lake and Zminje Lake. Visiting Tara River Canyon and Bobotov Kuk will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Žabljak side-trips: Plužine (Waterfall Rafting Centre, Lake Piva, &more) and Canyon Nevidio (in Savnik Municipality). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Đurđevića Tara Bridge, get outside with Adventure Park Durmitor, and contemplate the waterfront views at Jablan Lake.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Žabljak trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kragujevac to Žabljak takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Podgorica.

Things to do in Žabljak

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Podgorica, Montenegro

One of Europe's most relaxed and newest capital cities, Podgorica sits on the confluence of two rivers, with two sides of it offering two different options for exploring.
Visiting Lake Skadar and Red Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Biogradska Gora National Park and Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. Go for a jaunt from Podgorica to Plav to see Plav Lake about 2h 30 min away.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Podgorica sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Žabljak to Podgorica in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Kotor on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Podgorica

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Kotor, Montenegro

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Get outdoors at Bay of Kotor and Plavi Horizonti Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Jaz Beach and Bečići Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Blue Grotto (in Luštica), Miločer Park (in Sveti Stefan) and Budva (Budva Old Town & Santa Maria in Punta Church). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Citadel, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rocks, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, and step aboard Porto Montenegro.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kotor trip planner.

You can drive from Podgorica to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Kotor sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for Athens.

Things to do in Kotor

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Head to Taf The Art Foundation and Ermou Streetfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Astir Beach (in Vouliagmeni) and Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and wander the streets of Plaka.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Athens online tour planner.

You can fly from Kotor to Athens in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kotor in August since evenings lows in Athens dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Central Serbia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Ruins
Central Serbia, also referred to as Serbia proper, is the part of Serbia lying outside of the provinces of Vojvodina to the north and the disputed territory of Kosovo to the south. Central Serbia is a term of convenience, not an administrative division of Serbia as such, and does not have any form of separate administration.Broadly speaking, Central Serbia is the historical core of modern Serbia, which emerged from the Serbian Revolution and subsequent wars against the Ottoman Empire. In the following century, Serbia gradually expanded south, acquiring South Serbia, Kosovo, Sandžak and Vardar Macedonia, and in 1918 – following the unification and annexation of Montenegro and unification of Austro-Hungarian areas left of the Danube and Sava – it merged with other South Slavic territories into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The current borders of Central Serbia were defined after World War II, when Serbia became a republic within SFR Yugoslavia, with Kosovo and Vojvodina as its autonomous provinces.

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Montenegro travel guide

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Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.