17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h
6
Stepantsminda, Georgia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 30 min
7
Trabzon, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  24 h
End: Brisbane, Australia

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and then stop by Mısır Çarşısı.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Istanbul, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in June: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi
Mısır Çarşısı ©
Mısır Çarşısı

1
night
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 16th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery and then ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bucharest road trip site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Bucharest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Bucharest. Traveling from Istanbul in June, Bucharest is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cluj-Napoca.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

3
nights
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca ©
The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stroll around Simion Bărnuțiu Central Park, then appreciate the history behind King Matthias Corvin Statue, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cheile Turzii - Turda Gorge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cluj-Napoca online route planner.

Getting from Bucharest to Cluj-Napoca by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bucharest in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cluj-Napoca: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 19th (Fri), you'll travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cheile Turzii - Turda Gorge ©
Cheile Turzii - Turda Gorge
Simion Bărnuțiu Central Park ©
Simion Bărnuțiu Central Park
King Matthias Corvin Statue ©
King Matthias Corvin Statue

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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Belgrade trip planner.

You can drive from Cluj-Napoca to Belgrade in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Belgrade is minus 1 hour. June in Belgrade sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Oplenac
Highlights from your plan
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Oplenac ©
Oplenac
St. Sava Temple ©
St. Sava Temple

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul
For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Belgrade to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Stepantsminda on the 22nd (Mon).

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Nightlife Shopping

3
nights
Stepantsminda, Georgia

Stepantsminda ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Gveleti Waterfall and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Kazbek.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Stepantsminda tour itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Istanbul to Stepantsminda. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Stepantsminda. On the 25th (Thu), you're off to Trabzon.

Things to do in Stepantsminda

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mt Kazbek ©
Mt Kazbek
Gveleti Waterfall ©
Gveleti Waterfall

1
night
Trabzon, Turkey

Trabzon ©
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Soumela Monastery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Trabzon vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Stepantsminda to Trabzon. The time zone changes from Georgia Time (GET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for Istanbul.

Things to do in Trabzon

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Soumela Monastery ©
Soumela Monastery

1
night
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel planner.

Fly from Trabzon to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You will leave for home on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Nightlife Shopping

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