Itinerary to Southeast Europe

That was quite a tiring trip but it was all worth it. Visiting 5 countries in Southeast Europe for a period of 9 days was a record for me. When I received the flyer offering cheap trip to the Balkans, I did not hesitated to book it because I was thinking  it will be my chance to visit some of the countries I wish to see in this part of Europe.

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The monument in front of the Castle in Maribor, Slovenia. © www.countrysidetrip.com

To make the story short, I booked and joined this  travel where I was in a group of the most-travelled people in the world. Any idea who these people are?  I will share about it  before I end this post.  so keep on reading. I booked most of my trips in Europe in this travel agency. I usually call them everytime I book a trip from them.   Before the travel agent confirmed my trip to   Southeast  Europe, she asked me if I need a travel insurance. I told her not really because I already have one.

Talking about travel insurance, do you get one  before you travel? To all my friends  from Australia, you can visit this site   duinsure.com.au to know the importance of having a travel insurance especially if you plan to have  an international travel.

Back to the main topic. Our itinerary to Southeast Europe last month was an unforgettable one.  Here it is;

Day 1–  Our bus picked us up in Regensburg, Germany.  Our first stop for sightseeing was in Maribor, a city in Slovenia. It is the European Capital of Culture in 2012. We were given two hours to explore the city. After that we proceeded to Tuhelj, Croatia  and had an  overnight at  Therme  Tuhelj,  the biggest spa hotel in Croatia.

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Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia. Taken last April 2013.  © www.countrysidetrip.com

Day 2–  We had a half-day sightseeing in the capital and largest city of  Croatia, Zagreb.  This vibrant city with its charming  medieval “old city” reminds me of my visit to Prague, Vienna and Budapest. After our sightseeing  there, we proceeded to our hotel in Biograd na Moru. I love  the location of this town with its nice waterfront.

Day 3–   One of the cities I love during the whole duration of the travel is Dubrovnik.  For some reason, I just fell in love with this city. After some hours  exploring this lovely city, we proceeded to  Budva, Montenegro. A short stop-over for lunch took place in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on the right side in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Day 4– Sightseeing in the old town of Budva. I also did some walks on its beautiful  promenades.

Day 5–  During this day, we  had a trip in Albania and visited  Shkoder, also historically known   as  Scutari. It is one of the oldest and most historic places in Albania, as well as an important cultural and economic center. We also had a tour at  the Rosafa Castle located near this city.

Day 6– This day,  we  visited Cetinje, Njegusi and Kotor in Montenegro.  Kotor  is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites with its over 2,000 years of history.

Day 7– The trip is almost ending. We  were slowly going  back  home but  the trip  was still not  over. We  should be  visiting Krka  National Park  that afternoon but it did not happened because they don’t accept Euros for the entrance but only their currency which  is Kuna.  Three buses were stranded there that afternoon from the same company where I booked my trip. I can’t believed that Croatia will be joining the European countries  soon, I guess in July but still  they are not accepting Euros as entrance to Krka national Park. Tourist government should take a look into this   especially if  groups of tourists want to visit that area.

Day 8– We ended up driving back to Krka National Park this day.  We were only given two hours for sightseeing because we will still be have another place to visit,  Rastoke.  It is a historic center of the Croatian municipality of Slunj. This old part of Slunj is known for its well-preserved mills and the picturesque little waterfalls along the Slunjčica river, which flows into the river Korana at this place.

Day 9– After our breakfast, it is time to slowly goodbye.  That 9-day trip was so far for me an awesome experience  visiting many countries in the Balkans.

Before I end, I would love to share that the most travelled people in the world are the Germans. It was estimated that in 2009, German travelers shelled out a whopping $80.8 billion while outside their country.  Isn’t it a pleasure to always join them everytime I travel?

 
 

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