17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Lahore, Pakistan
Fly:  8 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
2
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Shuttle:  2 h
4
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
7
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Lahore, Pakistan

1
night
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.
For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul attractions planner.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pakistan Time (PKT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Lahore in March: highs in Istanbul hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. You will leave for Skopje on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Nightlife Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Old Bazaar, Skopje, then explore the activities along Lake Matka, and then take in the history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Skopje trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Istanbul to Skopje in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Skopje due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Skopje, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Skopje

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Memorial House of Mother Teresa ©
Memorial House of Mother Teresa

1
night
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 18th (Wed), explore the activities along Lake Ohrid.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ohrid holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Skopje to Ohrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Ohrid sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C at night. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tirana.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
Saint Sophia ©
Saint Sophia

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 19th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, and then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue, then get engrossed in the history at Bunk'Art 1, then admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirana day trip website .

Traveling by shuttle from Ohrid to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Ohrid in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tirana, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1

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.
You've now added Porto Montenegro to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of St. Tryphon Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Stari Grad Kotor, pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, then admire the striking features of Crkva Gospe od Skrpjela, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, and finally take in the waterfront at Porto Montenegro.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kotor trip maker tool .

You can drive from Tirana to Kotor in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mostar.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Perast, Porto Montenegro
Highlights from your plan
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
St. Tryphon Cathedral ©
St. Tryphon Cathedral

1
night
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kravica. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and then don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mostar trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kotor to Mostar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Mostar can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kravica
Highlights from your plan
Kravica ©
Kravica
Mehmed Karadoz Moschee
Mehmed Karadoz Moschee

3
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.
You've now added Avaz Twist Tower to your itinerary. On the 24th (Tue), stop by Isfahan Gallery, then make a trip to Avaz Twist Tower, and then squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sarajevo War Tunnel, steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, walk around Vrelo Bosne, then ponder the world of politics at Gradska vijecnica Sarajevo, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Childhood Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Sarajevo online journey builder .

You can take a train from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mostar in March: high temperatures in Sarajevo hover around 13°C and lows are around 1°C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vrelo Bosne
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum

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.
Explore Belgrade's surroundings by going to Upper Church (in Sremski Karlovci) and Petrovaradin Fortress (in Petrovaradin). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, and make a trip to Knez Mihailova.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Belgrade travel planning app .

Getting from Sarajevo to Belgrade by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Belgrade can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Upper Church, Petrovaradin Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Petrovaradin Fortress ©
Petrovaradin Fortress

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally make a trip to Sogukcesme Sokak.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul planner.

You can fly from Belgrade to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Belgrade to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Belgrade in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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