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All the quotes are from my LonelyPlanet: Bulgaria: Camping in the wild (ie outside a camping ground) is technically prohibited but normally accepted if you’re discreet and, most impor tantly, do not build wood fires (which attract attention and damage the environment). Greece: Free (wild) camping is illegal, but the law is not always ...


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Depending on where you plan to stay in Bosnia, you'll meet predominantly Christians or Muslims. Easter and Easter Monday are public holidays there so larger cities like Sarajevo or Banja Luka will have shops and monuments closed. Most of the bars, cafes and restaurants will be open and perhaps some smaller shops. But if you decide to you stay at smaller ...


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I am currently in Skopje in Macedonia and there is a 6am bus to Thessaloniki every Monday, Wednesday and Friday see Skopje bus station site No trains at the moment.


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From observations, there are even more petrol stations in Bulgaria than in, for example, Sweden. The main reason is that the market is not as consolidated as in other countries, and among a handful of prominent gas station chains (Petrol, Shell, Lukoil, OMV, etc.) there are also a number of local gas stations as well. Gas stations are also spread out in the ...


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One option is Trianastar(BG). There is a daily bus in 16:00 from Bucharest(Filaret), 22:00 in Sofia. One way ticket costs 52 BGN (26 EUR), return ticket costs 82 BGN (41 EUR)


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In Bosnia (and Herzegovina), the government does something slightly differently, due to the diversity of religion. In addition to certain public holidays (including Easter), each person is permitted two working days per year to fulfill their religious needs. These days are not considered official public holidays, but if taken around other public holidays ...


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Can't advise on Kosovo, never been there. I like the northern route: Nis (Serbia) Kopaonik National Park Novi Pazar -- several notable monasteries in the vicinity. Moraca river canyon (Montenegro) -- memorable road, remarkably steep drops Podgorica Either proceed directly to Skhoder, Albania (60km) or take a small detour down the Montenegrin coast down ...


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I have camped in Montenegro in the mountains without any problems. I have also heard a second-hand story of a group of tourists camping in the Durmitor National Park and being approached by rangers in the evening. They told them to move to another place a few hounded meters away to have a better view on the valley :)


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we have been doing a bit of a eastern Europe camping, in our old merc camper, Croatia its illegal, especially near the coast and the national parks, but if you get away from the touristy areas, and camp then its generally ok, met a couple from germany who got a fine and moved on, but they were not far from the national park, and the locals there want the ...


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In terms of trains, I think you're currently out of luck. Rail Europe report that as of January 2011, all international trains from Greece have been cancelled until further notice. That means no trains linking Thessaloniki with Sofia, Belgrade, Budapest and Istanbul. As the cancellations are down to the financial situation, it may be some time (years) until ...


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If hiking interests you, I'd recommend the Rhodope mountains in Bulgaria -- there are a lot of popular tourist trails between the mountain refuges. The mountain is virtually uninhabited (there are a few large-ish towns and small villages), so if you are tired of civilization, this might be something to consider. Depending on your interests, you can choose ...


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According to the site of the National Railway Company, a trip between Kolašin and Podgorcia costs 3.20 EUR in the second class and 4.80 in the first class. http://www.zcg-prevoz.me/ Enter your route in the timetable search engine onm the top left of the page and you will receive a timetable and the fares.


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In Bosnia, must sees are Sarajevo (2/3 days should be enough), and Mostar (1 day).


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Well I can recommend the Transylvanian mountains in Romania. Bucharest you'll likely go through (the capital) but I found it a bit dull and oppressive. Head out to Brasov in the mountains, a fantastic town, and with lots to do in the mountains all around, from Bran Castle (marketed as Dracula's castle), a mountain fortress and more. And if you're lucky, ...


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In Montenegro: UNESCO-protected Kotor Old Town, Ostrog Monastery, Cetinje (Historical Capital), Skadar Lake. If you have enough time, it would be nice to see some mountains too: Zabljak, Durmitor, as well as Biogradska gora. If you'd like to take part in night life than Budva is very good and while you're there, you could visit Budva Old Town. Also Maximus ...


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For Croatia and Romania, it depends on your citizenship and possibly on your country of residence and a few other details but not really on where you are currently travelling from. These two countries are EU member states and they should not stamp EU passports (nor even require EU citizens from travelling with a passport, if they hold an ID card). I guess ...


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I only have anecdotal evidence for you as a Croat who frequently travels with a foreign non-euro passport through ex-Yugo countries. On some of the land borders the agents get quite lazy and will literally just look at the outside of the passport and wave you through. These guys you can quite easily ask for stamp if they don't automatically do it (mime it if ...


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Rome2Rio has comparison of transport prices for these two cities. Bus - $8-$45 Train - $4 (takes 1 hour 20) and if you have a car, fuel is around $12-$18. Click the details on the mode of transport on the site for further details.


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There are no trains from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik. There are also no convenient train to Split. However, what you can do is take a train down to Ploce. This is a quite agreeable and scenic trip. The train leaves at 6:51, and arrives in Ploce at 10:58. Ploce is a regular stop on all Split - Dubrovnik and vv buses, so you should not have any trouble finding ...


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Bus: http://www.autobusni-kolodvor.com/en/terminal.aspx?k=173&d=070 (Zenica - Dubrovnik, Sarajevo - Split). Train: Look like there are no trains to Dubrovnik. You can read this topic: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294450-i6234-k4733548-Sarajevo_to_Dubrovnik-Sarajevo_Sarajevo_Canton.html


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Yes, you can - but they want to see a justification why you're not applying from within your home country. The justification can be as simple as "I'm living in this country (please see attached copy of my residence permit)".


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I've been wild camping a couple of times in Macedonia and Kosovo and I've never had any problems. Your only real concerns are the small packs of Sharpinina dogs that roam the forests/mountains at night.


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I just can add a small piece of information. Again I quote my LonelyPlanet from 2009: Because Serbia doesn't consider Kosovo's entry and exit points to be official international borders, attempts to enter Serbia from Kosovo may be futile unless you initially entered Kosovo from Serbia. Additionally if you plan to hitchhike into Kosovo, I wouldn't ...


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In Bosnia, besides Sarajevo and Mostar, there is Pocitelj, Kravice waterall, Hutovo Blato, even Stolac (all Herzegovina is very lovely).


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This link may be useful for you: It says that there are buses between Greece and Macedonia, but a lot of them are not running anymore. Still you should be able to find some!


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You can indeed take the train. However it cannot be booked online. According to the Man in Seat 61, the price is 25-30 GBP. Source: http://www.seat61.com/Bulgaria.htm


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The Julian calendar Easter (celebrated by Orthodox Christians, ie. Serbs in Bosnia) is April 15th, so at least in the Serbian parts of Bosnia, it will be "business as usual" the weekend before Easter (when you want to visit).


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All they want is to collect the tourist tax from you. So go to local Tourist office and register there. You will have to repeat that as you move (travel around). Be aware that wild camping is not tolerated. Make a deal with a local farmer to stay on they land :), or do not get cough.


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Yes, you will get stamps. You will only not get stamps when travelling between Schengen countries. Croatia and Romania are not (yet) in the Schengen Area, and Serbia is not even in the EU (though there are non-EU Schengen countries, Serbia is not one of them).


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All Balkan countries that require registration of visitors without permanent address (an example is Montenegro) have some procedure for people staying in non-tourist accommodation. As far as I know this is always registering at the nearest police station. If you are staying in tourist accommodation, they (= people from the accommodation) will make this ...



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