38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h
6
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Split, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Calgary, Canada

5
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Popular historic sites such as Matthias Church and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) are in your itinerary. Visiting Beach and Margaret Island will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Budapest: Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral (in Esztergom) and Wesselenyi Beach Balatonalmadi (in Balatonalmadi). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Halaszbastya, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Budapest day trip planning tool .

Calgary, Canada to Budapest is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Calgary to Budapest, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Calgary in August; daily highs in Budapest reach 32°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral, Wesselenyi Beach Balatonalmadi, Beach
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

1
day
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 26th (Mon), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Patriarchal Cathedral, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Coral Temple.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bucharest road trip planning website .

Getting from Budapest to Bucharest by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Budapest, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bucharest, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Old Town ©
Old Town
Patriarchal Cathedral ©
Patriarchal Cathedral

3
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Nina, and then wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Boyana Waterfall and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sofia trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Bucharest to Sofia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Vitosha Boulevard ©
Vitosha Boulevard

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
We've included these beaches for you: Asteras Glyfada Beach and Glyfada Beach. Popular historic sites such as Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Hephaestus are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Vouliagmeni (Megalo Kavouri & Vouliagmeni Beach) and Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio). Spend the 3rd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Plaka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens.

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

Fly from Sofia to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sofia in August, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Ohrid.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vouliagmeni, Glyfada, Temple of Poseidon
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Poseidon ©
Temple of Poseidon
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Saint Naum, then examine the collection at National Workshop For Handmade Paper, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jovan Kaneo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Mary Perybleptos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Ohrid.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ohrid online travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Athens to Ohrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Ohrid is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in September: high temperatures in Ohrid hover around 28°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Tirana.

Things to do in Ohrid

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

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 6th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Spille Beach and then relax in sumptuous surroundings at local Arab baths.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tirana route planning tool .

You can take a shuttle from Ohrid to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ohrid in September, expect Tirana to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Tirana

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Spille Beach ©
Spille Beach
Arab Baths

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni and Stari Grad Kotor. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Plavi Horizonti Beach. When in Kotor, make a side trip to see Herceg- Novi Old Town in Herceg-Novi, approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, make a trip to Our Lady of Health, admire the striking features of Piazza of the arms, and get to know the fascinating history of City Walls.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kotor online route planner .

Traveling by car from Tirana to Kotor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. September in Kotor sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Plavi Horizonti Beach, Herceg Novi Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
City Walls ©
City Walls

5
nights
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.
Visiting Speed Boats Tours and Island of Lokrum will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Cavtat Old Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubrovnik: Cavtat (Church of St Nicholas & Church of Our Lady of the Snow). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dominican Monastery, and make a trip to Brsalje Street.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Dubrovnik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kotor in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Dubrovnik. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town

2
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
On the 15th (Sun), cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, then make a trip to Korcula Old City, then admire the landmark architecture of Tower Kanalevic, and finally contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls. On the next day, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then kick back and relax at Vela Przina Beach, and then do a tasting at Lovric Winery.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Korcula Town online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town takes 3 hours. September in Korcula Town sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Korcula Old City, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Highlights from your plan
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach
Lovric Winery ©
Lovric Winery

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Jerolim Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Spanjola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery, and then wander the streets of Milna.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip planner.

Getting from Korcula Town to Hvar by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Milna ©
Milna

5
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Punta Rata Beach and Brela Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Split side-trips: Omis (Omis and Cetina River & Fortress Starigrad (Fortica)), Historic City of Trogir (in Trogir) and Hilltop 15th Century Church of St. George in Old Town Primosten (in Primosten). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Split, enjoy the sand and surf at Bacvice Beach, don't miss a visit to Split Synagogue, and explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace.

To find out how to plan a trip to Split, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hvar to Split in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Split can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bol.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Omis, Historic City of Trogir, Church Of St. Roch, Punta Rata Beach, Hilltop 15th Century Church of St. George in Old Town Primosten
Highlights from your plan
Old Split ©
Old Split
River Rafting & Tubing
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir

2
nights
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish church complex, then take in the awesome beauty at Vidova Gora, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn). Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Stina, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Paklina Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bol trip planner .

You can drive from Split to Bol in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bol can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bol

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Parish church complex
Highlights from your plan
Vidova Gora ©
Vidova Gora
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)
Scuba & Snorkeling

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