35 days in Europe Itinerary

35 days in Europe Itinerary

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35 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  21 h
1
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Prizren, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Pristina, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Varna, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
11
Gdansk, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
12
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
13
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
14
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
15
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Mexico City, Mexico


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1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 16th (Mon), make a trip to Skanderbeg Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tirana trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Tirana is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mexico City to Tirana due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in December; daily highs in Tirana reach 17°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Prizren.

Things to do in Tirana

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Shar Mountain National Park, deepen your knowledge of military history at Kalaja Fortress, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinan Pasha Mosque.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Prizren trip planner .

You can drive from Tirana to Prizren in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Pristina.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sinan Pasha Mosque ©
Sinan Pasha Mosque
Kalaja Fortress ©
Kalaja Fortress

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): walk around Germia Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrale Nënë Tereza, Head underground at Marble Cave, steep yourself in history at Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, then take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik), and finally examine the collection at Illusium.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pristina tour itinerary app .

Traveling by bus from Prizren to Pristina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Pristina

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
Highlights from your plan
Germia Park ©
Germia Park
Marble Cave ©
Marble Cave
Illusium ©
Illusium

2
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.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Matka, then admire the architecture and history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and then take in the views from The Stone Bridge. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Millennium Cross, take in the awesome beauty at Mountain of Vodno, and then take a stroll through Old Bazaar, Skopje.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Skopje trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Pristina to Skopje takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Skopje are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

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

3
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Explore Sofia's surroundings by going to Borovets (Borovets Ski Resort & Horseback Riding Tours). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sofia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Sofia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Borovets
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, then don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Bachkovo Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): get your game on at Level Up and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv online holiday planner .

You can drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Varna.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Bachkovo Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Bachkovo Monastery ©
Bachkovo Monastery

1
night
Varna, Bulgaria

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): view the masterpieces at INHOM Art Glass Gallery, then do a tasting at Prisoe Winery, then examine the collection at Museum of National Revival, and finally view the masterpieces at Tina Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Varna road trip planning app .

Getting from Plovdiv to Varna by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Varna are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bucharest.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Shopping Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Museum of National Revival ©
Museum of National Revival
Tina Art Gallery ©
Tina Art Gallery
Prisoe Winery ©
Prisoe Winery

2
nights
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 28th (Sat), stroll around Herăstrău Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, and finally steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bucharest trip planning app .

Drive from Varna to Bucharest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Varna in December, things will get little chillier in Bucharest: highs are around 5°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

4
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Take a break from Krakow with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Krakow holiday builder site .

You can fly from Bucharest to Krakow in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. December in Krakow sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

3
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the masterpieces at The National Museum in Warsaw, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To plan Warsaw vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Krakow to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Warsaw, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Gdansk.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Warszawa ©
Room Escape Warszawa
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie

3
nights
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Gdansk is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gdansk online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Warsaw to Gdansk by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January in Gdansk, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Gdansk

Museums Fun & Games Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci ©
Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci
Old Town ©
Old Town
St. Mary's Church ©
St. Mary's Church

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nights
Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius ©
The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Trakai Island Castle Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika).

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vilnius trip planning website .

You can fly from Gdansk to Vilnius in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gdansk to Vilnius. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Gdansk in January: high temperatures in Vilnius hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kaunas.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus)

2
nights
Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas ©
Situated between the Neris and Nemunas rivers, Kaunas is known for its old town, which, though smaller than the capital's, is in much better condition.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Kaunas Town Hall, get engrossed in the history at Old car museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazaislis Monastery, and finally contemplate the long history of Ninth Fort. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kaunas Castle, and finally test your team's savvy at Beglys.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kaunas trip builder .

You can take a train from Vilnius to Kaunas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kaunas are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Riga.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Pazaislis Monastery ©
Pazaislis Monastery
National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum ©
National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum

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nights
Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Riga is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga), steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Alberta Iela, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Riga online day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Kaunas to Riga in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Jurmala
Highlights from your plan
Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

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nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

Plan trip to Helsinki with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Riga to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Riga in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -9°C in Helsinki. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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