42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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Bucharest, Romania
— 5 nights
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Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
— 2 nights
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Timisoara, Romania
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary
— 6 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 6 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
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Bucharest, Romania

— 5 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Stavropoleos Monastery and Tiriac Collection are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Old Town and Patriarchal Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Bucharest to Mogosoaia to see Mogosoaia Palace about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", step into the grandiose world of Bucharest Municipal Museum, examine the collection at The Art Collections Museum, and have fun and explore at Museum of Senses Bucharest.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bucharest journey planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Bucharest is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in March, things will get much colder in Bucharest: highs are around 14°C and lows about 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Brasov, Romania

— 2 nights
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on Transylvanian Wolf, step into the grandiose world of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), then steep yourself in history at Draper Bastion, then contemplate the long history of Turnul Alb, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Brasov Historical Center. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fortified Church of Harman, explore the stunning scenery at Canionul Șapte Scări, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Church (Biserica Neagra), and finally take an in-depth tour of Rope Street Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brasov road trip app.

Traveling by car from Bucharest to Brasov takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cluj-Napoca.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

— 2 nights

Treasure City

The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
On the 26th (Fri), hike along TransyBike - Day Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at Salina Turda, get engrossed in the history at Muzeul de Istorie Turda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turda Synagogue, then wander the streets of Avenue of Heroes in Cluj-Napoca, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Reformed Church of Cluj-Napoca. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Church, see the interesting displays at Zoology Museum, then stroll the grounds of Hazsongard Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Piarist Church.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cluj-Napoca trip maker.

You can drive from Brasov to Cluj-Napoca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March in Cluj-Napoca, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Timisoara.

Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Tours

Side Trip

Timisoara, Romania

— 1 night
Timișoara is the capital city of Timiș County, and the main social, economic and cultural centre in western Romania.The third most populous city in the country, with 319,279 inhabitants as of the 2011 census, Timișoara is the informal capital city of the historical region of Banat. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mehala Orthodox Church, steep yourself in history at Serbian Orthodox Episcopal Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Cetate Synagogue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George's Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Millennium Church, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Fabric Synagogue.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Timisoara vacation planner.

You can drive from Cluj-Napoca to Timisoara in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Timisoara are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Timisoara

Historic Sites

Budapest, Hungary

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Liberty Statue and Budapest Pinball Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Thermal Lake of Heviz and Intersport Ski Arena Epleny, Bike Arena. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Budapest: Sipark Matraszentistvan (in Matraszentimre), Matrafured (Dog sled tour Matrafured & Kozmary Kilato) and Art Glass Parad Kft (in Paradsasvar). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, take an in-depth tour of Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, see the interesting displays at Miniversum Budapest, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip maker site.

Drive from Timisoara to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Timisoara to Budapest due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 2 nights
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at 3D Museum, examine the collection at Muzeum obchodu Cesky Krumlov, examine the collection at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu, get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum Fotoatelier Seidel. On your second day here, get outside with Bobova Draha, admire the landmark architecture of Ballroom of the Rosenbergs, then contemplate the long history of Minorite Monastery, and finally contemplate the long history of Latran houses.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cesky Krumlov day trip planning website.

Drive from Budapest to Cesky Krumlov in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Prague, Czech Republic

— 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sedlec Ossuary and National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror. Get out of town with these interesting Prague side-trips: St Bartholomew's Cathedral (in Pilsen) and Kutna Hora (Corpus Christi Chapel, St Barbara's Church, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, enjoy some diversion at Top Gun Prague Shooting Events, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Narodni Galerie Praha.

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Getting from Cesky Krumlov to Prague by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Prague, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Explore hidden gems such as St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Saint Sofia Church. National Museum of Military History and Muzeiko will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and contemplate the long history of Boyana Church.

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Traveling by flight from Prague to Sofia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Prague in April, you will find days in Sofia are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. On the 14th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Tsarevets, get engrossed in the history at Multimedia Visitor Centre Tsarevgrad Tarnov, then explore the world behind art at Hadji Nikoli Inn Museum Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Historical Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ulitsa General Gurko.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Veliko Tarnovo travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Hagia Sophia and Historic Areas of Istanbul will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Suleymaniye Cami and Chora Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take a stroll through Ortakoy, steep yourself in history at Eyüp Sultan Mosque, and examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 4 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hierapolis and Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi. Get outdoors at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and Ornaz Vadisi. Get out of town with these interesting Pamukkale side-trips: Guney Selalesi (in Denizli), Kula Peribacalari (in Kula) and Abraham's Path (in Harran). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Philadelphia Siesean Kilisesi, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, take in the natural beauty of Kirmizi su, and stop by Babadaglilar Ishani.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale online travel route planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Selcuk, Turkey

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, delve into the distant past at Fountain of Pollio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Trajan's Fountain, and finally delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, then delve into the distant past at Magnesia Antik Kenti, then examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Memmius Monument.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Selcuk attractions website.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Romania travel guide

4.4
Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
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.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · 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. 

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

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.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.