12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Train + Bus:  9 h 45 min
3
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Bus:  7 h 45 min
4
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Bus:  6 h
5
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Bus:  10 h
6
Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 15 min
7
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Subway + Fly:  8 h
End: Doha, Qatar

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder tool.

Doha, Qatar to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Doha in December: highs in Istanbul hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument, admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay, admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then stop by Chilli Hills, and finally take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Sofia trip website.

Getting from Istanbul to Sofia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Sofia is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sofia, with lows of -3°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Shopping Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

1
night
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

Ohrid ©
Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jovan Kaneo, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ohrid vacation site.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Ohrid takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Ohrid. In January, daytime highs in Ohrid are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo
Saint Sophia ©
Saint Sophia

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Our Lady of Health, explore the ancient world of St. Tryphon Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nikola Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen and then contemplate the long history of Stari Grad Kotor.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kotor trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Kotor takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, Kotor is a bit warmer than Ohrid - with highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, Our Lady of Health
Highlights from your plan
Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen ©
Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen
Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, then walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), then admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tirana online road trip planner.

Drive from Kotor to Tirana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 1°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square
Grand Park (Parku i Madh) ©
Grand Park (Parku i Madh)

1
night
Kalambaka, Greece

Kalambaka
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kalambaka online tour builder.

You can drive from Tirana to Kalambaka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Tirana in January, expect Kalambaka to be slightly colder, temps between 7°C and -1°C. You'll set off for Athens on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Kalambaka

Outdoors Tours Parks

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and wander the streets of Monastiraki.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip planner.

You can drive from Kalambaka to Athens in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kalambaka in January: high temperatures in Athens hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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