44 days in Europe Itinerary

44 days in Europe Itinerary

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Train to Paddington station, Bus to London Luton, Fly to Ohrid
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pristina, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pec, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 7 nights
Fly
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly
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Odessa, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chisinau, Moldova
— 8 nights
Fly
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Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
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Sibiu, Romania
— 1 night
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Ohrid. On your second day here, make a trip to Samoil's Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jovan Kaneo, then make a trip to Early Christian Basilica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Mary Perybleptos.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ohrid tour planner.

Cardiff, UK to Ohrid is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Ohrid is 1 hour. Traveling from Cardiff in January, expect Ohrid to be a bit cooler, temps between 6°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 2 nights
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Savior Church, then snap pictures at Skopje Eye Bridge, then examine the collection at Museum of Macedonian Struggle, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Panteleimon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Clement of Ohrid, then don't miss a visit to Skopje Art Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mustafa Pasha Mosque.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Skopje road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Skopje takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Skopje are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Pristina.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Pristina, Kosovo

— 2 nights
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), get your bearings at Pristina National Library, then appreciate the history behind Bill Clinton Statue, then contemplate the long history of Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, and finally make a trip to Gracanica Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Kosovo Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik), stroll around Germia Park, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Mother Tereza, then pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrale Nënë Tereza, and finally pause for some photo ops at Newborn Monument.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pristina itinerary planner.

Drive from Skopje to Pristina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Pec.

Things to do in Pristina

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Pec, Kosovo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazaar of Peja, take in breathtaking views at Rugova Canyon, and then steep yourself in history at Patriarchate of Pec.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pec road trip tool.

Getting from Pristina to Pec by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mostar.

Things to do in Pec

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 2 nights
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 25th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Stjepan Grad - Blagaj Castle, don't miss a visit to Velagic House, and then make a trip to Blagaj tekija. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Hum, make a trip to Mostar Peace Bell Tower, take an in-depth tour of Old Bridge Museum, get engrossed in the history at Bosnaseum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and finally don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Mostar trip app.

Traveling by car from Pec to Mostar takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mostar can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Bascarsija. On the 29th (Fri), spend a day ambling around Vrelo Bosne. There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995, see the interesting displays at War Childhood Museum, and explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sarajevo trip builder app.

You can drive from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Mostar in January, expect Sarajevo to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Parks · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Budapest, Hungary

— 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Celeritas Shooting Club and Budapest Pinball Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral in Esztergom (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and don't miss a visit to New York Palace.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest vacation planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Budapest takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Budapest

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 2 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Andriyivski Uzviz and Rodina Mat (Motherland). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vydubychi Monastery, and admire the natural beauty at Grishko Central Botanical Garden.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyiv (Kiev) day trip app.

Getting from Budapest to Kyiv (Kiev) by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Budapest in February, with highs in Kyiv (Kiev) at 2°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Odessa.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Odessa, Ukraine

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
On the 10th (Wed), stroll around City Garden, make a trip to Primorsky Boulevard, don't miss a visit to Potemkin Stairs, don't miss a visit to Ugolok Staroy Odessy/ Old Odessa Corner, then don't miss a visit to Passage, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Odessa trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Kyiv (Kiev) to Odessa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Chisinau.

Things to do in Odessa

Parks · Historic Sites

Chisinau, Moldova

— 8 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Capriana Monastery and Tighina Military Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chisinau: Tiraspol (Kvint, Eternal Flame, &more), Hancu Monastery (in Nisporeni) and Condrita Monastery (in Condrita). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Bendery Fortress, learn about winemaking at Cricova Winery, walk around Stefan cel Mare Park, and make a trip to Afghan War Memorial To Sons of Motherland - Eternal Memory.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chisinau online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Odessa to Chisinau in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Chisinau

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bucharest, Romania

— 2 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 20th (Sat), stroll around Carol Park, get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, then don't miss a visit to Stavropoleos Monastery, and finally admire the masterpieces at The National Museum of Art of Romania. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", get engrossed in the history at Ceausescu Mansion, then get a new perspective on nature at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bucharest day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Chisinau to Bucharest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Bucharest, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Brasov, Romania

— 2 nights
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at Discovery Transylvania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tampa, make a trip to Bastionul Graft, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra), then make a trip to Council Square, and finally contemplate the long history of Draper Bastion.

Start your trip to Brasov by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Bucharest to Brasov in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Sibiu.

Things to do in Brasov

Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours

Sibiu, Romania

— 1 night

Red Town

Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
On the 24th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Passage of Stairs, then take a stroll through The Lower Town of Sibiu (Orasul de Jos), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Romano Catolica.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sibiu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brasov to Sibiu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Temple Sveti Nikolay. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, take in nature's colorful creations at Borisova Gradina, appreciate the history behind Statue of Tsar Alexander II, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sofia trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Sibiu to Sofia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sibiu in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sofia, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Sun), stroll around Gulhane Park, appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square, contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, then stop by Jennifer's Hamam, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally soak in style at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul holiday builder.

Fly from Sofia to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sofia in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

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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.

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.

Moldova travel guide

3.9
Wineries & Vineyards · 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 · 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.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.