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Since each of these countries would unilaterally decide whether they recognize Schengen visas and under which conditions, I don't think it's possible to find an official list anywhere. I am marking this answer as “community wiki” so that we can come up with a list: Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Cyprus (all EU members) have rules modelled on those of the ...


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Your first problem is not at the border, but to find a car rental company in Switzerland allowing you to drive their rental car to any Balkan country. Different companies operate with different lists of allowed countries and in some cases, the list of allowed countries also depend on the vehicle class, but the Balkan area is an absolute no-go zone for most ...


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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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These are old Yugoslavian War Memorials (or at least most of them). Somebody created a great google map overlay of these: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zxPqN7FUTnEs.kTu_C4z_ZK5c for some reason I am struggling to get the exact coordinates from that map, but you can zoom in all the way on each of them to see the actual monument at a decent ...


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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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Here is a list of all monuments coordinates except Brezovica. It is partially based on @Aleks G's link and @davidvc pastebin of it, however, some coordinates there are misleading. For such ones, the proper coordinates were found and the source or proof is given. Petrova Gora (45.316426, 15.805206) Grmeč (44.687329, 16.4376500) Ilirska Bistrica (45....


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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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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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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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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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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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No, there is no such universal website. The simple reason is that far from everything is computerized and even if it is, the infrastructure is often so primitive it's not linked to any search engines. In your specific case you've got two options: Estimate the driving time on Google Maps and plan to grab a taxi instead of a bus. Use GetByBus to find the ...


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It's actually not easy at all to find actual official legal information about some of these countries. In general, it seems that wild camping is mostly tolerated, however, technically illegal. As long as you are smart about it, you should not find yourself in any kind of trouble. Make sure to pitch your tent out of sight, leave no trace, avoid touristic ...


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In addition to the rental contract, you need the "green card," the international insurance document. You must tell the rental agency which countries you intend to take the car into to ensure that you are allowed to do so and that the car will be insured in those countries. In some countries, at least, you are unlikely to be asked for these documents when ...


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It is certainly uncommon enough that I have never seen this happen. Specifically, since you are asking about Balkan countries and you have tagged your post with Montenegro, I can say that this did not happen even once last month when I was traveling through 3 Balkan countries. For water taxis, we were quoted the price ahead of time but did not need to pay ...


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There are 19 countries that are not part of the Schengen Area and which you can visit without a national visa if you do hold a schengen visa. For more information, please have a look at http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/non-eu-countries-where-you-can-go-with-schengen-visa/


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Since i couldn't find any conclusive information on the rumor that splitting the trip from Bucharest to Sofia makes it cheaper i decided to do some empirical research so here goes: Direct train from Bucharest(from Bucharest Nord) to Sofia costs 140 ROM (35euros) lei and there are few departures per day, 12:55, 23:55 that i am aware of. Direct bus costs 52 ...


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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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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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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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I'm able to find two outdoor gear stores in Skopje: Scout Outdoor Shop, opening hours Monday - Friday 0830 - 2100, Saturday 1000 - 1800. Located on ulitsa Maksim Gorki Br. 17. Outdoor, opening hours Monday - Friday 0900 - 2000, Saturday 1000 - 1700. Located on ulitsa Makedonija br. 16. I haven't visited these stores myself but they seem to carry the ...


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They may be lazy to stamp any passport, not only EU. I personally prefer to ask to stamp the passport if the border offices forget to do it. In my own experience, I had to ask to stamp my passport at Albanian-Montenegrin border. While some people suggest that its OK, I would advice to always check that passport was stamped and was stamped with the correct ...


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We've been there and it was good. Bus from the airport can be paid with euros, as in the most restaurants in Skopje and Ohrid. Credit cards are also accepted nearly everywhere, but not on the airport bus. As the course of the "Denare" is bound to the euro, you can exchange it in the city centre to really good exchange-rates with an absolute minimum of loss.


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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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I think best way to get this informations is ask the consuls this country in your country (it is good because he/she probably speak in your language and know this regulations). A few years ago I was traveling in Balkans (Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia) and I slept in such a places which owners for sure don't register me. When your are going by car just look ...


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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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According to Seat61, the Belgrade-Thessaloniki train resumes summer 2017. This train goes through Macedonia. Train service has resumed in Greece, including Sofia (BG) to Thessaloniki and Athens, but that service does not enter Macedonia.


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