11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Foot + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
4
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
5
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Santiago de Compostela, Spain

1
night
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Ada Ciganlija, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), then wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, and finally take a stroll through Skadarlija.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Belgrade trip site .

Santiago de Compostela, Spain to Belgrade is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santiago de Compostela in July: high temperatures in Belgrade hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Belgrade

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija
Knez Mihailova ©
Knez Mihailova

2
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, and then explore the activities along Bay of Kotor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni, then get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, then take a leisurely stroll along Porto Montenegro, and finally make a trip to Blue Grotto.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotor road trip planning site .

Getting from Belgrade to Kotor by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kotor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, Blue Grotto, Porto Montenegro, Castle Of San Giovanni
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Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Castle Of San Giovanni
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

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Traveling by flight from Kotor to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kotor to Istanbul. While traveling from Kotor, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
On the 26th (Sun), stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park and then explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Goreme online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Goreme, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Gulludere Vadisi ©
Gulludere Vadisi
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. Explore hidden gems such as Vitosha Mountain and The Rotunda Church of St George. There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by flight from Goreme to Sofia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Goreme to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Goreme in July, expect nights in Sofia to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain
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