31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
12
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h 30​min
13
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  12​h
End: Boston, United States

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palazzo di Diocleziano and Spanjola. Step off the beaten path and head to Historic City of Trogir and Cathedral of Saint Domnius. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Split, look for all kinds of wild species at Marjan Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan, and see the interesting displays at Froggyland.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary planner.

Boston, USA to Split is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Split is 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boston in May: high temperatures in Split hover around 73°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Historic City of Trogir, Spanjola, Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan
Highlights from your plan
Old Split ©
Old Split
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dubrovnik City Walls and The Franciscan Church and Monastery. Get some cultural insight at Old Town and War Photo Limited. Step out of Dubrovnik with an excursion to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, explore the galleries of Art by Stjepko, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Blaise.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Split to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni, pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Stari Grad Kotor, don't miss a visit to City Walls, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Mother Rozaria.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kotor route maker app .

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in May since evenings lows in Kotor dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Perast, Castle Of San Giovanni
Highlights from your plan
Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Castle Of San Giovanni
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 11th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, then brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 1, and then get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Tirana trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Kotor to Tirana in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In May in Tirana, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Et`hem Bey Mosque ©
Et`hem Bey Mosque

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lion Gate and Erechtheion. Get some historical perspective at Acropolis of Athens and Church of Kapnikarea. When in Athens, make a side trip to see Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tirana to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Tirana in May, Athens is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mycenae
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
On the 15th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Pavlos Beach and then kick back and relax at Tsambika Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights), then don't miss a visit to Mandraki Harbour, and then delve into the distant past at Ancient Kamiros.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rhodes Town trip planner .

Getting from Athens to Rhodes Town by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tsambika Beach, Ancient Kamiros, Agios Pavlos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
Ancient Kamiros
Ancient Kamiros
Mandraki Harbour ©
Mandraki Harbour

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Goreme National Park and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Popular historic sites such as Uchisar Castle and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the masterpieces at Guray Museum, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme driving holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Rhodes Town to Goreme in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Rhodes Town in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Goreme, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guray Museum, Uchisar Castle, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle

3
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 a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at The Ecumenical Patriarchate, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, and then don't miss a visit to Stavropoleos Monastery.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bucharest trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Bucharest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bucharest when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

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

2
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Church St. George Rotunda and then pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, then catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, and then admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

Plan a Sofia trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Sofia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain
Church St. George Rotunda ©
Church St. George Rotunda

2
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take a stroll through Skadarlija, don't miss a visit to Knez Mihailova, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then learn about all things military at Military Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Belgrade trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Sofia to Belgrade in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save) ©
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, then steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque. Keep things going the next day: hike along Vrelo Bosne and then examine the collection at War Childhood Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sarajevo holiday planner .

You can fly from Belgrade to Sarajevo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vrelo Bosne
Highlights from your plan
Galerija 11/07/95 ©
Galerija 11/07/95
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): trek along Vintgar Gorge and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Tromostovje, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja), and then explore the historical opulence of Predjama Castle.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ljubljana online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Sarajevo to Ljubljana in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Predjama Castle, Parasailing & Paragliding, Vintgar Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge
Predjama Castle ©
Predjama Castle
Parasailing & Paragliding

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