16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Bucharest, Romania

— 3 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Bucharest is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bucharest road trip website.

Kochi (Cochin), India to Bucharest is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) to Bucharest is minus 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in April, expect Bucharest to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 17th (Sat), catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, and finally appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sofia trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Bucharest to Sofia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours

Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 2 nights
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Panteleimon, then make a trip to Skopje Eye Bridge, then explore the activities along Lake Matka, and finally take in the views from Skopje Art Bridge. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Macedonia Square, then take in the views from The Stone Bridge, then take a stroll through Old Bazaar, Skopje, and finally admire the architecture and history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Skopje online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Skopje takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Skopje. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bratislava.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 2 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Devin Castle, steep yourself in history at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), appreciate the extensive heritage of Bratislava Old Town, then enjoy breathtaking views from UFO Observation Deck, and finally contemplate the long history of Michalska Brana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Stary most, make a trip to Slavin War Memorial, explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, then take in the views from New Bridge (Novy Most), then pause for some photo ops at Cumil, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Church of St. Elizabeth.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bratislava online route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Skopje to Bratislava in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Skopje in April: highs in Bratislava hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 1 night
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then get great views at Lavka pod Zamkem, and finally steep yourself in history at Cesky Krumlov Castle.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cesky Krumlov itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Cesky Krumlov takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. April in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Museums

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Charles Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Prague attractions planner.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Prague in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Prague sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Romania travel guide

4.3
Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Despite its rich culture and outstanding natural beauty, the Republic of Macedonia remains relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. Life continues at a slower pace in this natural setting of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Tradition and local customs rule the country's idyllic villages, tiny pockets of hospitality scattered across a rugged region. Start your Macedonian adventure at the capital city of Skopje, an easygoing urban center offering good dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The city also serves as a convenient base for hiking and biking trips through the surrounding countryside, which is noted for its ancient monasteries, mosques, and archaeological sites.

Slovakia travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.