41 days in Europe Itinerary

41 days in Europe Itinerary

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41 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Quebec City, Canada
Fly:  18​h
1
Gdansk, Poland
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Chisinau, Moldova
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Tulcea, Romania
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
4
Bran, Romania
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Alba Iulia, Romania
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Curtea de Arges, Romania
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Kalofer, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Rila, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Bansko, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 6 nights
bus:  2​h
12
Eger, Hungary
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Quebec City, Canada

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku and St. Mary's Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Westerplatte and Sanktuarium Matki Bozej Brzemiennej. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gdansk: Rezerwat "Katy Rybackie" (in Katy Rybackie), Slowinski National Park (in Baltic Coast) and Mennonite Cemetery (in Malbork). There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, identify plant and animal life at Kepa Redlowska & Klif Orlowski, kick back and relax at Jelitkowo Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church (Kosciol sw. Jana).

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gdansk day trip website .

Quebec City, Canada to Gdansk is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Quebec City to Gdansk. When traveling from Quebec City in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gdansk: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Gdansk

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Malbork, Slowinski National Park, Rezerwat Ptasi Raj, Rezerwat "Katy Rybackie", Kepa Redlowska & Klif Orlowski
Highlights from your plan
Slowinski National Park ©
Slowinski National Park
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
St. Mary's Church ©
St. Mary's Church

2
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hancu Monastery and Stephen the Great Monument. Get a sense of the local culture at Curchi Monastery and Cricova Winery. Explore Chisinau's surroundings by going to Noul Neamt Monastery (in Tiraspol), Capriana Monastery (in Capriana) and Bender (Bendery Fortress & Tighina Military Cemetery). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dormition of the Theotokos, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture of Skateboarders, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Chisinau trip maker website .

You can fly from Gdansk to Chisinau in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tulcea.

Things to do in Chisinau

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Bender, Capriana Monastery, Curchi Monastery, Hancu Monastery, Noul Neamt Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Curchi Monastery ©
Curchi Monastery
Capriana Monastery ©
Capriana Monastery
Bendery Fortress ©
Bendery Fortress

1
day
Tulcea, Romania

Tulcea ©
Tulcea is a city in Dobrogea, Romania. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tulcea vacation planner.

You can drive from Chisinau to Tulcea in 6 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tulcea are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bran.

Things to do in Tulcea

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve ©
Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve

1
day
Bran, Romania

Bran ©
Bran is a commune in Brașov County, Romania. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): view the masterpieces at La Cabane Aux Images, then step into the grandiose world of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), then explore the striking landscape at La Prapastii Zarnesti, and finally identify plant and animal life at Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Bran day trip tool .

Drive from Tulcea to Bran in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Alba Iulia.

Things to do in Bran

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Zarnesti, La Cabane Aux Images
Highlights from your plan
La Prapastii Zarnesti ©
La Prapastii Zarnesti
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti ©

3
nights
Alba Iulia, Romania

Alba Iulia ©
Alba Iulia is a city located on the Mureş River in Alba County, Transylvania, Romania, with a population of 63,536. Take a break from the city and head to Rapa Rosie and Arboretumul Simeria. Your inner history buff will appreciate Citadel of Alba Iulia and Catedrala Reintregirii Neamului (Coronation Cathedral). Get out of town with these interesting Alba Iulia side-trips: Ramet Gorge (in Baia de Aries), Clocota Waterfalls (in Geoagiu Bai) and Coltesti Castle Ruins (in Coltesti). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sarmizegetusa Regia, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Szekelyko, and expand your understanding of the military at Camera de garda-Sala Armelor.

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Getting from Bran to Alba Iulia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Alba Iulia, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Curtea de Arges.

Things to do in Alba Iulia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Szekelyko, Arboretumul Simeria, Rapa Rosie, Coltesti Castle Ruins, Clocota Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Rapa Rosie ©
Rapa Rosie
Citadel of Alba Iulia ©
Citadel of Alba Iulia
Coltesti Castle Ruins ©
Coltesti Castle Ruins

3
nights
Curtea de Arges, Romania

Curtea de Arges ©
Curtea de Argeș is a city in Romania on the right bank of the Argeş River, where it flows through a valley of the lower Carpathians (the Făgăraș Mountains), on the railway from Pitești to the Turnu Roșu Pass. Get some historical perspective at Cetatea Poienari and Culele de la Maldaresti. Take a break from the city and head to Trovanti Museum Natural Reserve and Transfagarasan Highway. Step out of Curtea de Arges with an excursion to Moldoveanu Peak in Fagaras--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Balea Glacier Lake and see human ingenuity at work at Vidraru Dam.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Curtea de Arges day trip site .

You can drive from Alba Iulia to Curtea de Arges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. September in Curtea de Arges sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Kalofer.

Things to do in Curtea de Arges

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Moldoveanu Peak, Cetatea Poienari, Balea Glacier Lake, Culele de la Maldaresti, Trovanti Museum Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Balea Glacier Lake ©
Balea Glacier Lake
Cetatea Poienari ©
Cetatea Poienari
Transfagarasan Highway ©
Transfagarasan Highway

3
nights
Kalofer, Bulgaria

Kalofer ©
Kalòfer is a town in central Bulgaria, located on the banks of the Tundzha between the Balkan Mountains to the north and the Sredna Gora to the south. Take a break from the city and head to Valley of Roses and Devetashka Cave. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay) and Hotalich Fortress. Step out of Kalofer to go to Krushuna and see Krushunskiye Waterfalls, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Central Balkan National Park. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Suchurum Waterfall and stroll through White River Eco Trail.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalofer trip planner.

You can drive from Curtea de Arges to Kalofer in 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rila.

Things to do in Kalofer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Suchurum Waterfall, Hotalich Fortress, Krushunskiye Waterfalls, Valley of Roses, Devetashka Cave
Highlights from your plan
Central Balkan National Park ©
Central Balkan National Park
Devetashka Cave ©
Devetashka Cave
Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay) ©

2
nights
Rila, Bulgaria

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 19th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rila trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kalofer to Rila. In September in Rila, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Rila ©
Rila

2
nights
Bansko, Bulgaria

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pirin National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church, delve into the lush surroundings at Park Bachinovo, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bansko trip planner .

Getting from Rila to Bansko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bansko can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Bansko

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Blagoevgrad, Pirin National Park
Highlights from your plan
Pirin National Park ©
Pirin National Park
Vihren ©
Vihren
Park Bachinovo ©
Park Bachinovo

4
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and The Rotunda Church of St George. Get some historical perspective at Vitosha Boulevard and Temple Sveti Nikolay. Get out of town with these interesting Sofia side-trips: Borovets (Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, Horseback Riding Tours, & more) and Prohodna Cave (in Karlukovo). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sofia tour planner.

Traveling by car from Bansko to Sofia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Sofia sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Sofia

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Borovets, Prohodna Cave
Highlights from your plan
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Prohodna Cave ©
Prohodna Cave

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Palatinus Strandfürdő and Sas Hill Nature Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Matthias Church and Liberty Statue. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sofia in September, you will find days in Budapest are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Eger.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

5
nights
Eger, Hungary

Eger ©
Nestled between the Matra and Bukk Mountains in northern Hungary, Eger represents a mixture of historical discovery and relaxing pleasures.
Step out of the city life by going to Tokaj Wine Region and Valley of the Beautiful Women. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eger Castle and Minorita Templom. Venture out of the city with trips to Szalajka Valley (in Szilvasvarad) and Aggtelek National Park (in Josvafo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Nagy-Eged Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica, and make a trip to Dobo Square.

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You can take a bus from Budapest to Eger in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Eger

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tokaj Wine Region, Szalajka Valley, Aggtelek National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tokaj Wine Region ©
Tokaj Wine Region
Eger Castle ©
Eger Castle
The Basilica ©
The Basilica

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