43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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43 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Eger, Hungary
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Brasov, Romania
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  9​h
9
Lviv, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Kiev, Ukraine
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  17​h
End: Calgary, Canada

4
nights
Eger, Hungary

Eger ©
Nestled between the Matra and Bukk Mountains in northern Hungary, Eger represents a mixture of historical discovery and relaxing pleasures.
Eger is known for historic sites, nature, museums, wineries, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Eger Castle, don't miss a visit to Tarnaszentmaria, take in the awesome beauty at Nagy-Eged Mountain, and examine the collection at Kopcsik Marcipania Szamos edessegbolt.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Eger road trip planning app .

Calgary, Canada to Eger is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Calgary to Eger, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in March: high temperatures in Eger hover around 13°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Budapest.

Things to do in Eger

Parks Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Tokaj Wine Region
Highlights from your plan
Nagy-Eged Mountain ©
Nagy-Eged Mountain
Eger Castle ©
Eger Castle
Dobo Square ©
Dobo Square

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Budapest attractions planning site .

You can take a bus from Eger to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Budapest are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Explore Belgrade's surroundings by going to Oplenac (in Topola), Petrovaradin Fortress (in Petrovaradin) and Manasija Monastery (in Despotovac). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, enjoy breathtaking views from The Millenary Monument, make a trip to Skadarlija, and take a stroll through Knez Mihailova.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Belgrade trip maker app .

You can fly from Budapest to Belgrade in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Oplenac, Manasija Monastery, Petrovaradin Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Manasija Monastery ©
Manasija Monastery

6
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Belgrade in March, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Plovdiv: Pamporovo Ski Resort (in Smolyan), Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Marvelous Bridges (in Chepelare). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, make a trip to Buhalov Han - Center for crafts and cultural traditions, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv road trip site .

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Plovdiv takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in Plovdiv. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bachkovo Monastery, Buhalov Han - Center for crafts and cultural traditions, Pamporovo Ski Resort, Marvelous Bridges
Highlights from your plan
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Pamporovo Ski Resort ©
Pamporovo Ski Resort
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

4
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sofia: Borovets (Horseback Riding Tours & Borovets Ski Resort) and Rila Monastery (in Rila). Next up on the itinerary: see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sofia trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sofia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Sofia, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Borovets, Rila Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Horseback Riding Tours
Walking tours

4
nights
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Bucharest is known for historic sites, nightlife, parks, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, explore the world behind art at Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get your game on at Gateway Virtual Reality Studio.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Bucharest trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Sofia to Bucharest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Bucharest can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

3
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brasov: Peles Castle (in Sinaia), Mountain Postavarul (in Poiana Brasov) and Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) (in Bran). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Quad Team Building, fly down the slopes at Valtour Ski School, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra), and explore the historical opulence of Rasnov Citadel.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Brasov day trip website .

You can take a train from Bucharest to Brasov in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Brasov

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Poiana Brasov, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Peles Castle, Rasnov Citadel
Highlights from your plan
Season Hill ©
Season Hill
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Peles Castle ©
Peles Castle

2
nights
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Step out of Lviv with an excursion to Zoopark Limpopo in Medenychi--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, get your game on at Lviv South District, take in the pleasant sights at Arkhivnaya Street, and pause for some serene contemplation at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lviv day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Brasov to Lviv takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. April in Lviv sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Lviv

Fun & Games Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Zoopark Limpopo
Highlights from your plan
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral ©
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral
Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square
Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery

4
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kiev is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, admire the striking features of Saint Sophia Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), and get a new perspective on nature at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kiev tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lviv to Kiev takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

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