19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 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
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Budva, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Shuttle:  2 h
6
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Nis, Serbia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
10
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995, see the interesting displays at War Childhood Museum, steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), then enjoy breathtaking views from The Yellow Fortress, and finally laugh and play at Terme Ilidza. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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 steep yourself in history at Bascarsija.

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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. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in August since evenings lows in Sarajevo dip to 16°C. 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 Neighborhoods
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War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 18th (Tue), wander the streets of The historic urban site of Pocitelj, tour the pleasant surroundings at Apparition Hill, and then admire the sheer force of Kravica. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Bosnaseum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and then snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more 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 a bit 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 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Mostar

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Side Trips

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

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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): explore the historical opulence of Castle Of San Giovanni, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Tryphon Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Stari Grad Kotor, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plavi Horizonti Beach, then Head underground at Blue Grotto, and finally examine the collection at Cats Museum.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kotor trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Mostar to Kotor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Budva.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Plavi Horizonti Beach, Blue Grotto, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, Castle Of San Giovanni
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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

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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, then enjoy the sand and surf at 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 next day: kick back and relax at Kamenovo Beach, steep yourself in history at Ruins of Roman-Era Necropolis, then appreciate the history behind Statua Ballerina, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mogren Beach.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Budva trip itinerary maker tool .

Budva is just a short distance from Kotor. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Budva

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jaz Beach, Ploce Beach
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Jaz Beach ©
Jaz Beach
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
Mogren Beach ©
Mogren Beach

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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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque and then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then get a new perspective on nature at National Archaeological Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Dajti.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tirana trip itinerary planner.

You can 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, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to Ohrid.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dajti, Kruja Castle
Highlights from your plan
Dajti ©
Dajti
Kruja Castle ©
Kruja Castle
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar

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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 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jovan Kaneo, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Bay of the Bones Museum, contemplate the long history of Monastery Saint Naum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Plaoshnik.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ohrid online vacation maker .

Getting from Tirana to Ohrid by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tirana in August, with highs in Ohrid at 34°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) 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

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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): steep yourself in history at Old Bazaar, Skopje, explore the activities along Lake Matka, and then admire the architecture and history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

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

You can drive from Ohrid to Skopje in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ohrid in August, you will find days in Skopje are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Nis.

Things to do in Skopje

Parks Nature 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

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nights
Nis, Serbia

Nis ©
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then steep yourself in history at Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, and finally delve into the distant past at Skull Tower.

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Traveling by car from Skopje to Nis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Nis sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Belgrade.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nis Fortress ©
Nis Fortress
Skull Tower ©
Skull Tower
Hram Svetog Pantelejmona ©
Hram Svetog Pantelejmona

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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 30th (Sun), wander the streets of Skadarlija, contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, and then kick back and relax at Ada Ciganlija. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Podrum Probus, wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save).

To find where to stay, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Belgrade online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Nis to Belgrade in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Podrum Probus
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
St. Sava Temple ©
St. Sava Temple
Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): sample the tasty concoctions at Sarajevska Pivara, take an in-depth tour of Svrzo House, pick up some local products at Pijaca Markale, then pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Sarajevo, and finally categoryPhrases.phrase.deepen_your_understanding_of_the_past_and_present_with a heritage tour. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel, get engrossed in the history at History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, then contemplate the long history of Gazi Husrev Begova Medresa, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo, and finally find something for the whole family at Eco Futura.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo online itinerary builder .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sarajevo

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