17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  4​h
1
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
bus:  6​h
2
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
bus:  9​h
3
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Lumbarda, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
8
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h 30​min
End: Madrid, Spain


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1
night
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Borisova Gradina has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take a stroll through Mladost, take in nature's colorful creations at Borisova Gradina, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then take a stroll through Boyana Village, and finally take a stroll through Nadezhda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banya Bashi Mosque, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Petka of the Saddlers.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sofia trip itinerary planner .

Madrid, Spain to Sofia is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Madrid in July, with highs in Sofia at 34°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Sofia

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Church of St Petka of the Saddlers ©

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.
For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Skopje vacation site .

Traveling by car from Sofia to Skopje takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sofia to Skopje, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Skopje can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Memorial House of Mother Teresa ©
Memorial House of Mother Teresa
Brzanov Winery ©
Brzanov Winery

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): make a trip to Our Lady of Health, make a trip to Trg Sv. Tripuna, take in the exciting artwork at Namfleg, then admire the striking features of Piazza of the arms, then see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Trg Sv. Luke. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Manastir Svetog Francisa, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the historical opulence of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni, then contemplate the long history of Stari Grad Kotor, then steep yourself in history at Kampana Tower, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kotor trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Skopje to Kotor by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kotor are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Spiljari, Milocher Park
Highlights from your plan
Maritime Museum ©
Maritime Museum
Milocher Park ©
Milocher Park
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor

2
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.
On the 25th (Thu), admire the local landmark of Nikola Mihanovic Fountain, see the interesting displays at Love Stories Museum, examine the collection at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, then contemplate the long history of Dominican Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Sebastian, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dubrovnik Beer Company. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, then steep yourself in history at Fort Bokar, then see the interesting displays at Etnografski Muzej, and finally identify plant and animal life at Trsteno Arboretum.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Kotor to Dubrovnik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kotor in July, you will find days in Dubrovnik are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lumbarda.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Trsteno Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
St. John's Fortress ©
St. John's Fortress
Sveti Jakov Beach ©
Sveti Jakov Beach

2
nights
Lumbarda, Croatia

Lumbarda ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Bags by Kristina.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lumbarda trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Lumbarda in 3 hours. In July in Lumbarda, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Split.

Things to do in Lumbarda

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Korcula Town, Korcula Old City
Highlights from your plan
St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach
Korcula Town Walls ©
Korcula Town Walls

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Temple of Jupiter, admire the landmark architecture of Cindro Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, then take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split, and finally make a trip to Narodni trg. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Marjan Park, learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery, explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, get engrossed in the history at Split Archaeological Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Split holiday app .

Traveling by car from Lumbarda to Split takes 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Putalj Winery ©
Putalj Winery
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Split Archaeological Museum ©
Split Archaeological Museum

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Elias - St Elias Church, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ancient Glass, and then step into the grandiose world of Fortica Castle. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to The Forum, then steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, then explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, and finally get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zadar online vacation maker .

Drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Split in July since evenings lows in Zadar dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Fortica Castle
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates
Fortica Castle ©
Fortica Castle

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the next day, see the interesting displays at Krapina Neanderthal Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marija Bistrica Church, don't miss a visit to Tunel Gric, then see the interesting displays at Zagreb City Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zagreb online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Zadar to Zagreb takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Zadar in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Zagreb, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Marija Bistrica Church, Krapina Neanderthal Museum
Highlights from your plan
Krapina Neanderthal Museum ©
Krapina Neanderthal Museum
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb ©
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb
Atelier Mestrovic ©
Atelier Mestrovic

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