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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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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 strictly ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 to ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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