16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sofia, Bulgaria
1
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Nis, Serbia
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Pristina, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Prizren, Kosovo
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  2 h
7
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Elbasan, Albania
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h 45 min
9
Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h
10
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
End: Sofia, Bulgaria

1
night
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 8th (Fri), get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sofia day trip site.

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major aiport is Sofia Airport. In mayo, daytime highs in Sofia are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Nis.

Things to do in Sofia

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours

few
hours
Nis, Serbia

Nis ©
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca and then steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nis sightseeing planner.

Drive from Sofia to Nis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Nis is minus 1 hour. mayo in Nis sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pristina.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nis Fortress ©
Nis Fortress

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.
On the 15th (Fri), wander the streets of Old Bazaar, Skopje and then take in the views from Skopje Art Bridge. Keep things going the next day: admire the architecture and history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, steep yourself in history at Kale, then get to know the fascinating history of Macedonia Square, and finally take in the views from The Stone Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Skopje travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Prizren to Skopje in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In mayo, daily temperatures in Skopje can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Skopje Art Bridge ©
Skopje Art Bridge

1
night
Pristina, Kosovo

Pristina ©
Long regarded as a gray and traffic-congested provincial town with little tourist appeal, Pristina today possesses a youthful vibrance and a newfound sense of sophistication, as the result of the city's large community of foreign functionaries.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik) and then get your bearings at Pristina National Library.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pristina trip planner.

Getting from Skopje to Pristina by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Prizren.

Things to do in Pristina

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik) ©
Pristina National Library ©
Pristina National Library

few
hours
Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren ©
Kosovo's second city, Prizren sits on the slopes of the rugged Sar Mountain, a region bordered by both Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.
On the 10th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint George, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinan Pasha Mosque, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Holy Saviour.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Prizren online journey builder.

Getting from Pristina to Prizren by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sinan Pasha Mosque ©
Sinan Pasha Mosque
Church of Holy Saviour ©
Church of Holy Saviour
Church of Saint George ©
Church of Saint George

2
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), then pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue, then admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Clock Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then take an in-depth tour of BunkArt 2, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tirana route planner.

Traveling by car from Prizren to Tirana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In mayo, daytime highs in Tirana are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Ohrid.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square
BunkArt 2 ©
BunkArt 2

3
nights
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.
On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Jovan Kaneo, and then explore the activities along Lake Ohrid.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ohrid journey maker site.

Traveling by shuttle from Tirana to Ohrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in mayo, expect Ohrid to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Elbasan.

Things to do in Ohrid

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

few
hours
Elbasan, Albania

Elbasan ©
Elbasan is a city and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque Pasha, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower Sahati, then take in the spiritual surroundings of King Mosque, and finally don't miss a visit to Kalaja E Elbasanit.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Elbasan trip builder site.

You can drive from Ohrid to Elbasan in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ohrid in mayo: highs in Elbasan hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Elbasan

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kalaja E Elbasanit ©
Kalaja E Elbasanit
King Mosque ©
King Mosque

2
nights
Saranda, Albania

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
On the 16th (Sat), kick back and relax at Pulebardha Beach, stroll through Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of 40 Saints, stroll through Santa Quaranta beach, and then head outdoors with Bora Bora Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Saranda trip simple and quick.

Drive from Elbasan to Saranda in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in mayo, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Saranda

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bora Bora Beach ©
Bora Bora Beach
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rotunda, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, then pause for some photo ops at Monument of Alexander The Great, and finally don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, then appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, and finally admire the masterpieces at International Fairgrounds and Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Thessaloniki online travel planner.

You can drive from Saranda to Thessaloniki in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In mayo in Thessaloniki, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture

3
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
On the 20th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, and then admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument, then take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, then stop by Chilli Hills, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery.

Discover how to plan a Sofia trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Thessaloniki to Sofia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In mayo, Sofia is little chillier than Thessaloniki - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
Highlights from your plan
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

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