18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

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

2
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.
On the 16th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Igman, then laugh and play at Terme Ilidza, then see the interesting displays at War Childhood Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, wander the streets of Ferhadija Pedestrian Street, then take an in-depth tour of Galerija 11/07/95, and finally contemplate the long history of Bascarsija.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sarajevo trip maker app .

Istanbul, Turkey to Sarajevo is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Sarajevo is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect little chillier with lows of 16°C in Sarajevo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

3
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 18th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Apparition Hill, then take a stroll through The historic urban site of Pocitelj, and then snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most). On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Kajtaz House, make a trip to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, then shop like a local with Bosnaseum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kravica.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read our Mostar trip planner.

Traveling by train from Sarajevo to Mostar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sarajevo in August: high temperatures in Mostar hover around 39°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

The historic urban site of Pocitelj, Kravica, Apparition Hill
Highlights from your plan
Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Kravica ©
Kravica
Apparition Hill ©
Apparition Hill

1
night
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 20th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Castle Of San Giovanni, delve into the distant past at St. Tryphon Cathedral, then make a trip to Stari Grad Kotor, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, then kick back and relax at Plavi Horizonti Beach, then make a trip to Blue Grotto, and finally examine the collection at Cats Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kotor trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Mostar to Kotor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Kotor sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Budva.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Ploce Beach, stroll through Jaz Beach, then contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Budva, and finally contemplate the long history of Citadel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kamenovo Beach, then stroll through Mogren Beach, then appreciate the history behind Statua Ballerina, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gradiste monastary.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Budva day trip site .

Budva is just a stone's throw from Kotor. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Budva

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gradiste monastary, Ploce Beach, Jaz Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jaz Beach ©
Jaz Beach
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
Mogren Beach ©
Mogren Beach

few
hours
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque.

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

Drive from Budva to Tirana in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Ohrid.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Et`hem Bey Mosque ©
Et`hem Bey Mosque
BunkArt 2 ©
BunkArt 2
Spas & Wellness

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jovan Kaneo, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Bay of the Bones Museum, then contemplate the long history of Monastery Saint Naum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Plaoshnik.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ohrid trip planner.

Getting from Tirana to Ohrid by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in August, expect Ohrid to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Macedonia Square, then take a stroll through Old Bazaar, Skopje, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Skopje trip planner.

Getting from Ohrid to Skopje by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Ohrid in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Skopje: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Belgrade.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Macedonia Square ©
Macedonia Square
Memorial House of Mother Teresa ©
Memorial House of Mother Teresa

2
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Skadarlija, then contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ada Ciganlija. On your second day here, do a tasting at Podrum Probus, see the interesting displays at National Museum Belgrade, then take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, then engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Belgrade trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Skopje to Belgrade in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Skopje, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Belgrade, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Podrum Probus
Highlights from your plan
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
St. Sava Temple ©
St. Sava Temple
Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija

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nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel, look for gifts at Isfahan Gallery, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Sarajevo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Yellow Fortress, take in the views from Latin Bridge, then get in on the family fun at Eco Futura, and finally get to know the resident critters at Sarajevo Zoo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sarajevo trip builder.

Getting from Belgrade to Sarajevo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sarajevo when traveling from Belgrade in August, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Tours Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Serbian Orthodox Cathedral ©
Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

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