Balkans

After a short Italian preview, the Balkans are the very first section of our big trip.

Although politically, religiously and ethnically fragmented, all the Ex-Yugoslavian countries share together a unique sense of welcoming authenticity and powerful vitality in all the aspects of their multi-colored mosaic.

OUR BALKAN LOG (March & April – 2016):

02/03: Lonigo > Venice – 92 km

03/03: Venice > Trieste – 162 km

  • by bus, Flixbus, from Mestre train station, 5 € if booked online.

04/03: Trieste > Ljubljana (SI)94 km

  • car pooling, BlaBlaCar, 5 €, booked online.

05/03: Ljubljana > Bled Lake > Ljubljana – 110 km

  • by bus, Arriva, 12.60 € return, bought in the bus.

06/03: Ljubljana > Zagreb (HR)143 km

08/03:  Zagreb > Belgrade (SRB)393 km

10/03: Belgrade > Novi Sad > Belgrade – 188 km

11/03: Belgrade > Plitvice National Park (HR) – 520 km

  • by bus, App, around 28 €, bought at the bus station.

12/03: Plitvice > Zadar – 118 km

13/03: Zadar > Split – 158 km

  • by bus, App, around 11 €, bought on the site Getbybus.

15/03: Split > Sarajevo (BIH)242 km

18/03: Sarajevo > Mostar – 129 km

19/03: Mostar > Korcula (HR)184 km in total

  • by bus to Slano (HR)
  • after regular bus to Ston, 1.80 €
  • later hitchhiking to Orebic
  • and finally ferry to Korcula, Jadrolinija, around 15 € in total, bought at the ferry office.

20/03: Korcula > Dubrovnik – 121 km

  • hitchhiking

22/03: Dubrovnik > Trebinje (BIH) > Herceg Novi (MNE) – 70 km in total

  • walking up to the Bosnia border
  • hitchhiking to Trebinje
  • finally by bus to Herceg Novi, Blue Line, around 6.5 €, bought at the bus station

23/03: Herceg Novi > Kotor – 43 km

  • by bus, KRIVOKAPIĆ TURS Cetinje, 3.5 €, bought in the bus.

24/03: Kotor > Cetinje – 54 km

  • by bus, Bjelopavlija TransAutoboka A.D., 6 €, bought at the bus station.

25/03: Cetinje > Lovcen National Park > Cetinje – 46 km

  • walking + hitchhiking.

26/03: Cetinje > Podgorica > Pristina (RKS) – 355 km

  • car pooling
  • by bus, Barileva Turist Rožaje, 16.50 €, bought at the bus station.

29/03: Pristina > Skopje (MK) – 96 km

  • by bus, regular line, 5.50 €, bought at the bus station. You can check the timetable on the site Balkanviator.

30/03: Skopje > Prizren (RKS) – 103 km

  • by bus, regular line, 9 €, bought at the bus station. You can check the timetable on the site Balkanviator.

31/03: Prizren (RKS) > Shkodra (AL) – 185 km

  • by bus, Touristic Company Atmaxha, 15 €, bought at the office.

01/04: Shkodra > Kruja > Tirana – (85 km + 38 km)

  • car pooling to Kruja
  • van to Old Town
  • by minibus to Tirana, local line, 1 €, bought in the minibus.

02/04: Tirana > Pogradec – 128 km

  • by minibus, Nderqytetas Agency, 3.20 €, bought in the minibus.

03/04: Pogradec > Ohrid > Pogradec – 92.8 km

  • cycling the full perimeter of Ohrid Lake

04/04: Pogradec > Elbasan > Lushnja > Berat – (84 km + 61km + 39km)

  • by minibus to Elbasan, local line, 2.80 €, bought in the minibus.
  • by minibus to Lushnja, local line, 2.20 €, bought in the minibus.
  • by minibus to Berat, local line, 1 €, bought in the minibus.

06/04: Berat > Gjirokastra – 157 km

  • by minibus, Nderqytetas Agency, 6 €, bought in the minibus.

07/04: Gjirokastra > Blue Eye Spring > Saranda – 90 km

  • by van to Blue Eye, 1.50 €, bought in the van.
  • hitchhiking to Saranda

08/04: Saranda > Ioannina > (GR) > Kalambaka – (107 km + 105 km)

  • by bus to Ioannina, Butrinti Travel Agency, 10 €, bought in the bus.
  • by bus to Kalambaka, KTEL of Trikala, 13.60 €, bought in the bus.

10/04: Kalambaka > Trikala > Athens – 348 km

14/04: Athens > Fira (Santorini) – 300 km

16/04: Santorini > Heraklion (Crete) > Chania – (145 km + 142 km)

  • by ferry, Anek Lines, 39.50€, bought at the port.
  • by bus, KTEL, 15€, bought at the bus station.

17/04: Chania > Agia Roumeli – (43 km + 16 km)

  • by bus, KTEL, 7.5 €, bought at the bus station.
  • walking through the Samaria National Park (entrance fee 5 €)

18/04: Agia Roumeli > Loutro > Hora Skafion – (20 km + 7 km)

  • by boat to Loutro, Anendyk, 7 €, bought at the boat office
  • on foot to Hora Skafion.

19/04: Hora Skafion > Fragokastello > Lefkogeia – Rethymno (15 km + 31 km + 6 km + 32 km)

  • by minibus to Fragokastello , KTEL, 2.80 €, bought in the minibus
  • hitchhiking to Lefkogeia
  • on foot to Preveli Palm Beach
  • hitchhiking to Rethymno.

21/04: Rethymno > Heraklion > Agios Nikolaos (81.4 km + 62.6 km)

  • by bus to Heraklion, KTEL, 8.30 €, bought at the bus station.
  • by bus to Agios Nikolaos, KTEL, 7.70 €, bought at the bus station.

23/04: Agios Nikolaos > Sitia > Rhodes Town (69.8 km + 298 km)

  • by bus, KTEL, 8.30 €, bought at the bus station.
  • by ferry, Anek Lines, 28€, bought at the port.

25/04: Rhodes Town > Fethiye (TR) – 92.2km

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