I'm Damian from Taipei, TAIWAN.
I'm a fit 31yr-old male.
I'll quit my job this summer for a 10-month round-the-world trip.
I'd like to ask for your insights about the Balkan part of my itineraries.
(I'll visit the several Balkan countries after three Baltic countries, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.
Then I'll fly from Tirana, Albania to South America for several countries.)
[I cut Croatia since (a) it's expensive in August, and (b) otherwise I'll need a multiple-entry visa from BiH.]
It's most likely I'll arrive in the Balkan part in August or late July.
This is a tight-budget trip.
I'll rely on public transportation and try to couch-surf or get hostel bunk beds.
I love arts, architectures, music, museums, and foods.
I enjoy hiking and lots of walking,
and if activities like rafting tour aren't too expensive, I'd like to try them from time to time too.
Some major questions/problems:
1) Are there good websites for bus/train info? Info is hard to find and can be contradicting;
2) Should I cut down the number of days? [if there're sights too samey in qualities]
(Originally I planned for only 6 weeks);
3) Maybe some cities can be used as centers from which I can visit other cities as daytrips?
Any advice is welcome,
especially regarding whether the iti makes sense,
or whether it's too tight or too loose.
As I said, I'm really not sure about certain parts of the transportation
Thanks in advance!!
Day 0 Hungary
Day 1 to Subotica, Serbia
Day 2 to Novi Sad
Day 3 Novi Sad + daytrip to
Fruska Gora + Sremski Karlovci
Day 4 N.S. to Belgrade, Serbia
Day 5 Belgrade
Day 6 Belgrade
Day 7 bus
+ taxi? to Monastery Manasija,
+ then how to go to Niš (for "Ćele Kula")
Day 8 Nis bus to Novi Pazar
Day 9 to Zlatibor
(Zlatibor = Kraljeve Vode?)
(too expensive to visit/stay?)
+ tour? to Drvengrad (Mokra Gora)
Day 10 Zlatibor
+ daytrip (via Uzice to) Studenica Monastery
Day 11 (bus to?) Višegrad, BiH
+ then to Sarajevo
Day 12 Sarajevo, BiH
Day 13 2hr bus to Travnik
+ 1.5hr to Jajce, BiH
Day 14 to Trebinje + Mostar, BiH
Day 15 Mostar, BiH
Day 16 Mostar
+ tour to Blagaj, Pocitelj, Medugorje, Kravice Waterfalls
Day 17 Herceg-Novi, Montenegro
Day 18 Kotor, Montenegro
Day 19 Kotor
Day 20 to Cetinje
+ daytrip to Lovcen National Park
Day 21 (Cetinje to) Budva
+ daytrip to Sveti Stefan
(or should I do Sveti Stefan as a Podgorica daytrip instead?)
Day 22 (Budva? to) Stari Bar
+ to Podgorica?
Day 23 Podgorica
+ daytrip/tour? to Lake Skadar?
Day 24 Podgorica
+ daytrip to Ostrog Monastery (how to get there?)?
Day 25 (from Podgorica?) Durmitor National Park (@Zabljak?). And back?
[not sure about rafting]
Day 26 (backtrack to Podgorica to? go to) Peć/ Peja,
Day 27 Dečani Monastery+ Prizren
Day 28 Prizen+ Gračanica Monastery
[Is it safe to visit?
Will there be visa problem for me?]
Day 29 Pristina
Day 30 (how to get to?) Skopje, Macedonia
Day 31 Skopje
Day 32 Skopje
Day 33 (2¼ hours to) Prilep
Day 34 Prilep
+ daytrips to Treskavec Monastery and Zrze Monastery
Day 35 to Bitola
+ daytrip to Krusevo
Day 36 Bitola
Day 37 Ohrid
Day 38 Ohrid
+ daytrip: how to visit Galicnik National Park?
Day 39 Ohrid bus to Sveti Naum
+ then to Tirana or Berat, Albania?"
Day 40 Berat
Day 41 Berat
Day 42 how to go to Drymades for Llogaraja Pass National Park?
sleep in Drymades?
Day 43 to Saranda
for Butrint National Park
Day 44 Saranda
for tour to Blue Eye Spring?
Day 45 to Gjirokasttra
Day 46 to Shkodra for Rozafa Fortress?
Day 47 Tirana + daytrips
Day 48 Tirana + Kruja + flight to Bogota, Colombia