21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  2 h 45 min
1
Pristina, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Prizren, Kosovo
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h
3
Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  2 h
5
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
8
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

1
night
Pristina, Kosovo

Pristina ©
Long regarded as a gray and traffic-congested provincial town with little tourist appeal, Pristina today possesses a youthful vibrance and a newfound sense of sophistication, as the result of the city's large community of foreign functionaries.
On the 31st (Fri), examine the collection at Illusium, make a trip to Gracanica Monastery, then steep yourself in history at Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, and finally admire the striking features of Džamija cara. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xhamia e Llapit, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ulpiana, then hike along Via Ferrata Ari, and finally browse the different shops at ALBI Shopping Mall.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pristina online travel route planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Pristina is an approximately 3- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Prizren.

Things to do in Pristina

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Gracanica, Via Ferrata Ari, Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
Highlights from your plan
Džamija cara ©
Džamija cara
Gracanica Monastery ©
Gracanica Monastery
Via Ferrata Ari ©
Via Ferrata Ari

1
night
Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren ©
Kosovo's second city, Prizren sits on the slopes of the rugged Sar Mountain, a region bordered by both Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Marash Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Khalwati Tekke, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Holy Saviour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinan Pasha Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque), and finally snap pictures at Stone Bridge.

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You can drive from Pristina to Prizren in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Shkoder.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sinan Pasha Mosque ©
Sinan Pasha Mosque
Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque) ©
Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque)
Church of Holy Saviour ©
Church of Holy Saviour

1
night
Shkoder, Albania

Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Shkoder sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by bus from Prizren to Shkoder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle

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 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Bektashi World Center, examine the collection at Museum of Secret Surveillance, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Shkoder in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tirana: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Ohrid.

Things to do in Tirana

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Dajti
Highlights from your plan
Dajti ©
Dajti
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar

3
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.
Explore Ohrid's surroundings by going to Holy Mother of God (in Kalista), Saint Archangel Michael Cave Church (in Struga) and National Park Pelister (in Bitola). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid, contemplate the long history of St. Jovan Kaneo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Climent of Ohrid, and examine the collection at Memorial House of Hristo Uzunov.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ohrid online day trip planner.

Getting from Tirana to Ohrid by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in February, expect Ohrid to be slightly colder, temps between 10°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Holy Mother of God, Saint Archangel Michael Cave Church, National Park Pelister
Highlights from your plan
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo
National Park Pelister ©
National Park Pelister
Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid

3
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.
Skopje is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Matka, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the striking features of Kapan Han, and take in the history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Skopje vacation tool.

Drive from Ohrid to Skopje in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Skopje, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Skopje

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

4
nights
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Explore Thessaloniki's surroundings by going to Veroia (Panagia Dovra Church & Iera Moni Agion Panton (All Saints Monastery)) and Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) (in Vergina). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rotunda, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St.Sophia.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Thessaloniki trip planner.

You can drive from Skopje to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Skopje in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Thessaloniki, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Veroia, Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, examine the collection at Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Athens itinerary planner.

Fly from Thessaloniki to Athens in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Thessaloniki in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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