15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Beirut, Lebanon
Fly:  5​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Virpazar, Montenegro
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Beirut, Lebanon

3
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.
Do your shopping at Kapali Carsi and Anatolian Carpet Shop. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and take a stroll through Sultanahmet District.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker app .

Beirut, Lebanon to Istanbul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beirut to Istanbul. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Beirut in August; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Virpazar.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
day
Virpazar, Montenegro

Virpazar ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Wine tasting - Winery Masanovic, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the activities along Skadar Lake National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Virpazar road trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Istanbul to Virpazar with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Virpazar is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect nights in Virpazar to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Virpazar

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Lake Skadar
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Lake Skadar ©
Lake Skadar

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, then explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, and then steep yourself in history at Altstadt (Old Town) Budva. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni, take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the waterfront at Porto Montenegro, then don't miss a visit to City Walls, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Namfleg.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kotor trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Virpazar to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Virpazar in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kotor, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, Altstadt (Old Town) Budva, Porto Montenegro
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R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
City Walls ©
City Walls
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor

2
nights
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 11th (Sun): snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), then brush up on your military savvy at War Photo Exhibition, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazar Kujundziluk, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Kravica, don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, then get a taste of the local shopping with Bosnaseum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Art Studio Pandur.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Mostar trip itinerary app .

Drive from Kotor to Mostar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Mostar are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kravica
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Kravica ©
Kravica
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque ©
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque

6
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Walls of Dubrovnik. Explore hidden gems such as Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum and Cavtat Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubrovnik: Sunj Beach (in Lopud) and Cavtat (Cavtat Seaside Promenade & Cavtat Old Town). There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, step off the mainland to explore Elaphiti Islands, and see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip planning app .

You can drive from Mostar to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Mostar in August, expect nights in Dubrovnik to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cavtat, Sunj Beach
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Lapad ©
Lapad
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town

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