After a lot of talking and deliberating myself and my boyfriend have finally began to book our trip through Eastern Europe for the end of September!
The countries we are (hoping!) to cover in order are Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Slovakia over the course of 20 days. I know it is a lot of countries to squeeze into such a short time – but that’s what road trips are all about!
Initially we had intending on going interrailing throughout the countries but after some research we realized this option is only best through central Europe. There aren’t even any trains which run from Montengro into Bosnia making a round trip extremely difficult without having to spend hours on a train (Going by the interrail.eu website they do not offer night trains in these countries which would eat into our sight seeing time). Although using a train is the most common form of transport for a trip like this, we have opted to take trains from Hungary to Serbia and Slovenia to Austria and Bratislava and drive the rest of the way. This gives us the freedom to visit mountain ranges such as the Tara Mountains in Serbia and national parks at our ease – stopping wherever we feel like! Travelling by car will really take its toll but it seems like the best option at the moment. We can always change our minds when we get there or hand the car in early if we find it is too much hassle for us and take buses instead as they are very cheap!
The trip is hopefully going to be a mix of adventure (visiting national parks, hiking, etc) and leisure (relaxing in kotor, split, hvar) but only time will tell! I’m also aware that not all of the countries that we intend to visit are in Eastern Europe, but given that most of the countries are I think it is the most fitting way to describe the trip without people assuming we are going through Germany/Spain/Italy, etc.
The next few months will be all saving, planning and of course buying 😜
If you have any recommendations on what to see in these countries please let me know!