40 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

40 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Paphos, Cyprus
— 2 nights
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Yerevan, Armenia
— 2 nights
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Tbilisi, Georgia
— 2 nights
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 2 nights
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Chisinau, Moldova
— 2 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Pristina, Kosovo
— 1 night
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Heviz, Hungary
— 1 night
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Bovec, Slovenia
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Shuttle to Sarandë, Drive to Butrint
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Butrint, Albania
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Areopagus, see the interesting displays at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally head outdoors with Bay of Zea (Pasalimani). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through ARCHELON Τhe Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, and then head outdoors with Astir Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner.

Salt Lake City, USA to Athens is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Salt Lake City to Athens is 9 hours. Traveling from Salt Lake City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Athens, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Paphos.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Paphos, Cyprus

— 2 nights
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Avakas Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Sea Caves, and then kick back and relax at Latchi Beach. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Marios Golf Park, then see TT Motorcycle Rentals & Tours Paphos, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with ABC Dive Club.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paphos driving holiday tool.

Getting from Athens to Paphos by flight takes about 4.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Paphos can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for Yerevan.

Things to do in Paphos

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Yerevan, Armenia

— 2 nights

Pink City

Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
On the 23rd (Wed), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, learn about winemaking at Van Ardi Winery, do a tasting at Armenia Wine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hovhannavank Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saghmosavank Monastery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Street Sweeper Monument. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind A. Griboedov Monument, explore the fascinating underground world of Master Levon's Divine Underground, walk around Yerevan Botanical Garden, make a trip to Elite Plaza Business Center, then see the interesting displays at Ervand Kochar Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Visitor Centre of the CBA / Money Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yerevan trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Paphos to Yerevan. The time zone difference when traveling from Paphos to Yerevan is 2 hours. Traveling from Paphos in June, Yerevan is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Yerevan

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Tbilisi, Georgia

— 2 nights
On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Monument of King Vakhtang Gorgasali, then take in the dramatic natural features at Legvachtahvi Gorge, then examine the collection at Museum of Illusions, and finally learn the secrets of beer at All Around Georgia - Tours by Davit. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lisi Lake, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Mtatsminda Pantheon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Anchiskhati Basilica, and finally walk around Rike Park.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tbilisi sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Yerevan to Tbilisi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Yerevan in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tbilisi: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Tbilisi

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 2 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
On the 27th (Sun), make a trip to Narodniy Dim Ukraine, head off the coast to Trukhaniv Island, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally make a trip to Sofiiskaya Belfry. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Liberman Mansion - Writers' Union House, explore the fascinating underground world of Zverinets Caves and Archangel Mykhail Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Michael Sanctifier Kyiv Metropolitan, then walk around Pokrovskiy Park, then get outside with Extreme Park Crazy Squirrel, and finally appreciate the history behind Anatoliy Kuznetsov Monument.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyiv (Kiev) trip planner.

You can fly from Tbilisi to Kyiv (Kiev) in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tbilisi to Kyiv (Kiev) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tbilisi in June: highs in Kyiv (Kiev) hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Chisinau.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Chisinau, Moldova

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): do a tasting at Asconi Winery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Dormition of the Theotokos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, and finally make a trip to Afghan War Memorial To Sons of Motherland - Eternal Memory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Trip to Moldova Day Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chisinau itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kyiv (Kiev) to Chisinau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Bucharest.

Things to do in Chisinau

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bucharest, Romania

— 3 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rent4Ride. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche and Ceausescu Mansion. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, admire the striking features of Coral Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedrala Patriarhala, and get outside with Romania Motorcycle Tours.

Make your Bucharest itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Chisinau to Bucharest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): walk around Doctors' Garden, admire the natural beauty at City Garden, look for gifts at Gifted Sofia, admire the masterpieces at The Red Flat, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Paraskeva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Saint Sofia Monument, take a tour by water with Zig Zag Holidays, then make a trip to Dragalevtsi Monastery, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Zapaden Park.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sofia online trip builder.

You can fly from Bucharest to Sofia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pristina.

Things to do in Sofia

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Pristina, Kosovo

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Carshia Mosque (Xhamia e Carshise), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xhamia e Llapit, make a trip to Clock-tower, stroll around Parku i Qytetit, then get to know the fascinating history of Ulpiana, and finally Head underground at Marble Cave. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Xhamia e Zallit, make a trip to Miner's Monument, ponder the design of Shadervani Fountain, then steep yourself in history at Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, and finally stroll through Via Ferrata Ari.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pristina online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Pristina in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Pristina

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belgrade, Serbia

— 2 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Get outdoors at Strand and Sava. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Podrum Probus and Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice. Venture out of the city with trips to Novi Sad (The Name of Mary Church & Svetozar Miletic Square). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church, look for gifts at Remake Home, make a trip to Avala Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Zepter Museum , Belgrade.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Belgrade travel route planner.

Getting from Pristina to Belgrade by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Budapest.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): head outdoors with City Park Városliget, bet on your favorite at Hungaroring, then stroll around Lazar Equestrian Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Gresham Palace. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Castle Garden, admire the local landmark of Fountain of King Matthias, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the fascinating underground world of Palvolgyi Caves, then view the masterpieces at Koller Gallery, and finally do a tasting at Faust Wine Cellar.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Budapest holiday builder website.

Getting from Belgrade to Budapest by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. July in Budapest sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Heviz.

Things to do in Budapest

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Heviz, Hungary

— 1 night
Located on Heviz Lake, the world's second-largest thermal lake, Heviz is a charming little spa town.
On the 13th (Tue), kick back and relax at Helikon Beach, explore the ancient world of Roman Ruin Garden, do a tasting at Egregy Cellars, then delve into the distant past at Tomb of the Roman Soldier, and finally boost your wellbeing at Spa Heviz. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Hungary Church, explore the fascinating underground world of Csodabogyos-barlang Balatonederics, explore the fascinating underground world of Csodabogyos Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Szentharomsag Kapolna, then explore the striking landscape at Hegyestu, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Malom Lake.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Heviz journey planner.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Heviz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Heviz

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 15th (Thu), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, have fun and explore at House of Experiments - Hisa eksperimentov, then don't miss a visit to Gornji Trg, then head outdoors with Mount Saint Mary, and finally get outside with Balonarski Center Barje.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ljubljana journey tool.

Drive from Heviz to Ljubljana in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bovec.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors · Tours · Childrens Museums · Museums

Bovec, Slovenia

— 1 night
In the north-west part of Slovenia, Bovec sits in an area known for its rich and colorful culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the activities along Source of the Soča River, glide through natural beauty at Planica Nordic Centre & Zipline, look for all kinds of wild species at Planica Valley, then look for all kinds of wild species at Zelenci Nature Reserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, and finally don't miss a visit to Tromeja -Triple border. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Mangart Saddle, then don't miss a visit to Fort Hermann, then witness the site of a historic battle at Ravelnik Open Air Museum, and finally surround yourself with nature on Kayak Soča.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bovec online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Ljubljana to Bovec by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bovec are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Bovec

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Starigrad Fortress, contemplate the waterfront views at Omis and Cetina River, stop by Origin Croatian Cosmetics, then explore the stunning scenery at Omis Cetina Canyon, and finally contemplate the long history of Fortress Mirabella (Peovica). Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Archbishop's Palace, then discover the deep blue sea with Diving Center Venus, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kasuni Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bacvice Beach.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Split trip planner.

You can drive from Bovec to Split in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Bovec in July, expect Split to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 2 nights

Jerusalem of Europe

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 20th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Nermine, dodi, appreciate the history behind Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed during Siege, explore the galleries of Svrzo House, contemplate the long history of Gazi Husrev Begova Medresa, then see the interesting displays at Museum Alija Izetbegovic, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Sarajevo Clock Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Skakavac, explore the striking landscape at Bosnian Pyramid Of The Sun Park, then steep yourself in history at Underground Labyrinth Ravne, and finally walk around Park Ravne 2.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Split to Sarajevo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Split in July; daily highs in Sarajevo reach 82°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stroll through Zarkovica Animal Shelter, kick back and relax at Beach Kupari, then enjoy the sand and surf at Srebreno Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, explore the galleries of Love Stories Museum, explore the ancient world of Minceta Fortress, then look for gifts at House of Nature, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip builder.

Getting from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sarajevo in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Dubrovnik, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kotor, Montenegro

— 1 night

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

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 24th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Cultural Center, get a dose of the wild on Magical Montenegro, take in the pleasant sights at Ulica 2 sjever-jug, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Church, and finally explore the galleries of Namfleg.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kotor trip site.

Drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 64°F in Kotor. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ohrid.

Things to do in Kotor

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 night

Jerusalem of the Balkans

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ohrid road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Ohrid takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kotor in July, with highs in Ohrid at 84°F and lows at 59°F. You'll set off for Butrint on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Butrint, Albania

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Butrint trip planner.

Getting from Ohrid to Butrint by combination of shuttle and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Ohrid to Butrint is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ohrid in July; daily highs in Butrint reach 91°F and lows reach 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Butrint

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Cyprus travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Churches
From sandy beaches to stone castles, and from bustling nightclubs to romantic tavernas, Cyprus is the perfect destination for those who seek a complete Mediterranean experience. Many civilizations have left their mark on the island's long and vibrant history, and consequently its customs, cuisine, and architecture. Beyond the divide between the predominantly Greek south and Turkish north, throughout the island you'll recognize Venetian, Genoese, British, and Middle Eastern influences. Of course, the main attraction that draws tourists from all over the world is the sunny coast, dotted with historical cities and fully equipped beaches. There is also a selection of peaceful villages, both inland and by the sea, where those looking for a more secluded holiday can retreat. A visit to the country's capital Nicosia, with its vibrant art and culture scene and numerous sightseeing opportunities, is definitely worth adding to your itinerary wherever you're staying.

Armenia travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
A trip to Armenia may very well feel like a journey back in time, yielding the treasures of an ancient land that became the first Christianized country in distant 301 CE. Landlocked and mountainous, Armenia features a varied scenery that quickly shifts from extremely dry landscapes to dense forests carpeting steep foothills of the Lesser Caucasus. Perhaps the highlight of a vacation in Armenia, the magnificent mountains are ideal for hiking and any other outdoor activity you can think of. National capital Yerevan remains one of the world's least explored ancient cities; spend some time here to discover the bulk of Armenia's museums and other cultural venues narrating the rich story of an often-troubled region straddling two continents.

Georgia travel guide

4.4
Churches · Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas
Home to four World Heritage Sites, the beautiful country of Georgia epitomizes the saying, "the best of both worlds." Geographically, the land is divided in half by the Likhi mountain range, which yields a humid, subtropical climate to the west, and an arid, continental climate to the east. Experience a spectacular array of natural destinations, from low-land swamps, rainforests, mineral springs, and hot springs, to volcanic plateaus, snow-tipped mountains, and glaciers. Embrace the laid-back attitude, rich folklore, and ecclesiastic architecture among the sub-tropical gardens. Georgia boasts a healthy mix of rural charm and urban modernity, combined with Mediterranean hospitality. Here you'll find the deepest cave in the world, Krubera Cave, with 2,140 m (7,021 ft) of known depth. Relax in the sun along the pebbled beaches of the Black Sea, and sample the mouth-watering Georgian specialties, including "Khinkali," traditional meat dumplings, to round out your authentic Georgian holiday.

Ukraine travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Monuments
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.

Moldova travel guide

3.9
Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Monuments
As one of the smallest countries in Europe, Moldova earned its independence in 1991 and remains quite unknown to most of the world. As Moldova is located between Romania and the Ukraine, much of its culture borrows elements, such as language and traditional food, from its two neighbors. Moldova sports a rugged countryside with a mild and sunny climate thanks to the neighboring Black Sea. This region's outdoor activities--biking, hiking, horseback riding, and exploring caves--are its main attractions. While Moldova doesn't attract much tourism, it is one of the last places in Europe where you can get a completely authentic local experience.

Romania travel guide

4.4
Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Government Buildings
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Kosovo travel guide

3.9
Monuments · Museums · Churches
A disputed territory in the central Balkans, Kosovo is considered by many nations to be Europe's newest country. The independent state, once part of Serbia, has no shortage of colorful history. Tourism is still a small industry in the country, and visitors will witness the scars of war as recently as 1999, when Serbia revoked the territory's autonomy. Today, Kosovo is mainly ethnically Albanian, with a Serb majority in the north, as well as large numbers of ethnic minorities. Active UN troops still work in the country, guarding Serbian monasteries that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Despite this, Kosovo is a safe and stable country to visit to explore off-the-beaten path. The mix of World Heritage Sites, wild countryside, and welcoming hospitality will surely bring visitors in droves as the word gets out.

Serbia travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Churches · Room Escape Games
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Historic Sites · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

Montenegro travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.

Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

4
Bodies of Water · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Despite its rich culture and outstanding natural beauty, the Republic of Macedonia remains relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. Life continues at a slower pace in this natural setting of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Tradition and local customs rule the country's idyllic villages, tiny pockets of hospitality scattered across a rugged region. Start your Macedonian adventure at the capital city of Skopje, an easygoing urban center offering good dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The city also serves as a convenient base for hiking and biking trips through the surrounding countryside, which is noted for its ancient monasteries, mosques, and archaeological sites.

Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.