13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 day
bus:  9​h
2
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 day
train:  5​h
3
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
bus:  6​h
5
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
train:  2​h
6
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 30​min
7
Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
8
Nis, Serbia
— 1 day
bus:  3​h
9
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 30​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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day
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 16th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major airports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. November in Istanbul sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
day
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolis Cathedral of Agios Gregorios Palamas, step into the grandiose world of Heptapyrgion, examine the collection at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Zeitenlik, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osios David (The Latomou Monastery).

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Thessaloniki trip planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Thessaloniki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Thessaloniki is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Thessaloniki when traveling from Istanbul in November, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Zeitenlik, Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Heptapyrgion ©
Heptapyrgion
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture

1
night
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Memorial Centre, then take in breathtaking views at Matka Canyon, then do a tasting at Brzanov Winery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Clement of Ohrid.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Skopje trip maker website .

Getting from Thessaloniki to Skopje by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Thessaloniki to Skopje. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Thessaloniki in November, with highs in Skopje at 15°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Skopje

Nature Parks Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Brzanov Winery ©
Brzanov Winery
Church of St. Clement of Ohrid ©
Church of St. Clement of Ohrid
Holocaust Memorial Centre ©
Holocaust Memorial Centre

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, cruise along Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nikola Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Blazena Ozana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Plavi Horizonti Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady's Temple of Prcanj, and then take an in-depth tour of Perast Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotor day trip site .

You can drive from Skopje to Kotor in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Skopje in November, expect Kotor to be somewhat warmer, temps between 21°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Kotor

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Perast, Our Lady's Temple of Prcanj, Plavi Horizonti Beach
Highlights from your plan
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
Plavi Horizonti Beach ©
Plavi Horizonti Beach
St. Nikola Church ©
St. Nikola Church

1
night
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mostar trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Kotor to Mostar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can take a train to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Andrija Wine Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Sniper Tower ©
Sniper Tower
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque ©
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque
Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)

1
night
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Galerija 11/07/95, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Sarajevo.

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You can take a train from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Galerija 11/07/95 ©
Galerija 11/07/95
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
Vrelo Bosne ©
Vrelo Bosne

3
nights
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 23rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ružica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Petka's Chapel, then steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, then learn about all things military at Military Museum, and finally wander the streets of Knez Mihailova. On the next day, wander the streets of Skadarlija, steep yourself in history at Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, admire the striking features of Crkva Svetog Marka, examine the collection at National Museum Belgrade, then learn about winemaking at Podrum Probus, and finally steep yourself in history at Sremski Karlovci.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Belgrade sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Belgrade takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Belgrade are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Sremski Karlovci, Smederevo Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Saint Petka's Chapel ©
Saint Petka's Chapel
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save) ©
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija

1
day
Nis, Serbia

Nis ©
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Hall, steep yourself in history at Tinkers Alley, pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, then contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Christogram Monument, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nis tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Belgrade to Nis by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November in Nis, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hram Svetog Pantelejmona ©
Hram Svetog Pantelejmona
Nis Fortress ©
Nis Fortress
Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp ©
Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp

1
night
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Sofia Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex, get to know the fascinating history of Vitosha Boulevard, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Nikolai Sofiyski, take in the dramatic natural features at Zlatnite_Mostove -Golden Bridges, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Paraskeva.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sofia online visit planner .

Getting from Nis to Sofia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. In November in Sofia, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Zlatnite_Mostove -Golden Bridges
Highlights from your plan
Vitosha Boulevard ©
Vitosha Boulevard
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain

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night
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Little Hagia Sophia, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, examine the collection at Sakip Sabanci Museum, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sehzade Mehmet Mosque, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and then admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Istanbul tour itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Sofia to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Sofia in November, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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