18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

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

1
night
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
On the 15th (Sat), take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, then get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), and finally stroll through Ada Ciganlija. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Belgrade Zoo, contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Belgrade attractions website .

Istanbul, Turkey to Belgrade is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Belgrade is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in August since evenings lows in Belgrade dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Nikola Tesla Museum ©
Nikola Tesla Museum
Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija

3
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
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.
Sarajevo is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, take in the views from Latin Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995, and try out the rides at Terme Ilidza.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Belgrade to Sarajevo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belgrade in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sarajevo, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Igman ©
Igman
Sarajevo War Tunnel ©
Sarajevo War Tunnel

2
nights
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and finally make a trip to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind il Monte Della Croce and then admire the sheer force of Kravica.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mostar day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Sarajevo to Mostar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sarajevo in August, with highs in Mostar at 39°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

il Monte Della Croce, Kravica
Highlights from your plan
Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Kravica ©
Kravica

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 22nd (Sat): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Grotto, then kick back and relax at Plavi Horizonti Beach, and finally examine the collection at Cats Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castle Of San Giovanni, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Tryphon Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Stari Grad Kotor, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotor trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Mostar to Kotor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Budva.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Castle Of San Giovanni, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, Blue Grotto, Plavi Horizonti Beach
Highlights from your plan
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Speed Boats Tours
Blue Grotto ©
Blue Grotto

2
nights
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
On the 24th (Mon), stroll through Jaz Beach, pause for some photo ops at Statua Ballerina, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mogren Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Budva. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Citadel, make a trip to Budva City Walls, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gradiste monastary.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Budva journey planner.

Budva is just a short distance from Kotor. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Nis.

Things to do in Budva

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gradiste monastary, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Jaz Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mogren Beach ©
Mogren Beach
Jaz Beach ©
Jaz Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Nis, Serbia

Nis ©
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. On the 26th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Skull Tower, then steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, then steep yourself in history at Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, and finally appreciate the history behind The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Hall, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Liberators of Nis, then delve into the distant past at Mediana, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nis, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Budva to Nis takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Nis are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nis Fortress ©
Nis Fortress
Skull Tower ©
Skull Tower
The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca ©

2
nights
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 28th (Fri): shop like a local with Old Bazaar, Skopje, then explore the activities along Lake Matka, and then browse the exhibits of Memorial House of Mother Teresa. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mountain of Vodno, then don't miss a visit to Skopje Eye Bridge, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Macedonia Square, and finally snap pictures at The Stone Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Skopje online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Nis to Skopje in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Skopje can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Skopje

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Mountain of Vodno ©
Mountain of Vodno
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia, then contemplate the long history of St. Jovan Kaneo, and then explore the activities along Lake Ohrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Samoil's Fortress, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then steep yourself in history at Monastery Saint Naum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ohrid tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Ohrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Skopje in August, you will find days in Ohrid are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Tirana.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
Parasailing & Paragliding
Monastery Saint Naum ©
Monastery Saint Naum

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a shuttle from Ohrid to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ohrid in August; daily highs in Tirana reach 39°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

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