23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Porto, Portugal
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 day
Shuttle:  2 h
6
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Pec, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
8
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
11
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
12
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
13
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
14
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
15
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
16
Bled, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
17
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Porto, Portugal

1
night
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then admire the striking features of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", and then steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bucharest sightseeing site .

Porto, Portugal to Bucharest is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Porto in August, you will find days in Bucharest are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery

1
night
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Church St. George Rotunda, then admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia trip planning tool .

Fly from Bucharest to Sofia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Sofia, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain
Church St. George Rotunda ©
Church St. George Rotunda

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rotunda, then enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, and finally don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Sofia to Thessaloniki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sofia in August: high temperatures in Thessaloniki hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take a stroll through Plaka, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, then admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and then explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Athens online trip maker .

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Athens in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Thessaloniki in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Athens. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Ohrid.

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

1
day
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 8th (Sat): 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.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ohrid travel route builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Athens to Ohrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Athens to Ohrid, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Ohrid is a bit cooler than Athens - with highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tirana.

Things to do in Ohrid

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

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, take an in-depth tour of Bunk'Art 1, then stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), then admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tirana trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Ohrid to Tirana by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ohrid in August: high temperatures in Tirana hover around 39°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pec.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1

1
night
Pec, Kosovo

Pec ©
On the 10th (Mon), admire the sheer force of White Drin Waterfall, Head underground at Sleeping beauty Cave, then take in breathtaking views at Rugova Canyon, and finally contemplate the long history of Patriarchate of Pec.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pec trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Tirana to Pec takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Pec

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
White Drin Waterfall ©
White Drin Waterfall
Patriarchate of Pec ©
Patriarchate of Pec
Rugova Canyon ©
Rugova Canyon

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Trg Sv. Tripuna, then explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, then steep yourself in history at Stari Grad Kotor, and finally examine the collection at Cats Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotor driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Pec to Kotor in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Kotor sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
Cats Museum ©
Cats Museum

1
night
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 12th (Wed), wander the streets of Old Town and then head off the coast to Island of Lokrum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Kotor to Dubrovnik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kotor in August: highs in Dubrovnik hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

1
night
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, then snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and finally don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee.

Plan my day in Mostar using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Mostar by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dubrovnik in August: highs in Mostar hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque ©
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque

1
night
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Sarajevo War Tunnel, then look for gifts at Isfahan Gallery, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally contemplate the long history of Bascarsija.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sarajevo day trip tool .

You can take a train from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mostar in August: high temperatures in Sarajevo hover around 33°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Sarajevo War Tunnel ©
Sarajevo War Tunnel

1
night
Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, then take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save).

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Belgrade tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Belgrade takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sarajevo in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Belgrade. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Split.

Things to do in Belgrade

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
St. Sava Temple ©
St. Sava Temple

1
night
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 16th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Roko, then walk around Marjan Park, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Split day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belgrade in August, Split is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Veliko Lake and then take in the dramatic scenery at The Lower Lakes.

Plan a trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Drive from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb tour planner .

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb
Walking tours
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka)

3
nights
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Straza Bled, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On your second day here, hike along Vintgar Gorge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bled Island, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Parish Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bohinj.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bled trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Zagreb to Bled in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Bled are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Lake Bohinj, Vintgar Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle
Lake Bohinj ©
Lake Bohinj

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Predjama Castle, explore the fascinating underground world of Postojna Cave, then take in the views from Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most), then snap pictures at Triple Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Preseren Square.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ljubljana road trip app .

Traveling by car from Bled to Ljubljana takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Postojna, Skocjan Caves
Highlights from your plan
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Tivoli Park ©
Tivoli Park

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