26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Chisinau, Moldova
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
2
Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
Subway + Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

4
nights
Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau ©
Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. Step out of Chisinau with an excursion to Curchi Monastery in Orhei--about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Stephen the Great Monument, stroll around Stefan cel Mare Park, admire the natural beauty at Valea Morilor, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chisinau attractions site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Chisinau is an approximately 7- hour flight. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bucharest.

Things to do in Chisinau

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Curchi Monastery, Cricova Winery
Highlights from your plan
Cricova Winery ©
Cricova Winery
Stephen the Great Monument ©
Stephen the Great Monument
Curchi Monastery ©
Curchi Monastery

3
nights
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Bucharest is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, take a stroll through Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Museum of History of the Jewish Community, and walk around Herăstrău Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bucharest travel planning website.

You can fly from Chisinau to Bucharest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Bucharest are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament
Muzeul National al Satului
Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"

5
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sofia: Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School (in Borovets), Rila Monastery (in Rila) and Plovdiv (Plovdiv Roman Theatre, Plovdiv Old Town, &more). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sofia trip tool.

You can fly from Bucharest to Sofia in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Plovdiv, Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, Rila Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Room Escape Games

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.
Go for a jaunt from Skopje to Tetovo to see Xhamia E Larme about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, appreciate the history behind Millennium Cross, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain of Vodno, and snap pictures at The Stone Bridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Skopje trip planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Skopje in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Skopje due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Skopje are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Xhamia E Larme
Highlights from your plan
Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) (in Vergina), Metamorfoseos Sotiros Moutsiani Church (in Veroia) and Kalogria Beach (in Nikiti). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, steep yourself in history at Ladadika District, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St.Sophia.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Thessaloniki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Skopje to Thessaloniki. Traveling from Skopje in October, Thessaloniki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), Metamorfoseos Sotiros Moutsiani Church, Edessa Waterfalls, Kalogria Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kalogria Beach ©
Kalogria Beach
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki

6
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Akrokorinthos (in Corinth), Nafplio (Nauplion Promenade & Fortress Palamidi) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Athens tour builder website.

Traveling by flight from Thessaloniki to Athens takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Thessaloniki in October since evenings lows in Athens dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nafplio, Akrokorinthos, Archaeological Site Mycenae
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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