49 days in Europe Itinerary

49 days in Europe Itinerary

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49 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Aschaffenburg, Germany
Drive:  7​h
1
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Bled, Slovenia
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
5
Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Postojna, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
8
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Sibenik, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
10
Krka National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
12
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
14
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
15
Zabljak, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
16
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
17
Budva, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
18
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
19
Shkoder, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
20
Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
21
Vlore, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
22
Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
23
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
24
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
25
Rila, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
26
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
27
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
End: Aschaffenburg, Germany

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hundertwasserhaus as well as Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ringstrasse and Rathausplatz. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the striking features of State Hall of the Austrian National Library, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna vacation planner .

Aschaffenburg, Germany to Vienna is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. October in Vienna sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
You've added Blue Church of St. Elizabeth, Bratislava Old Town, St. Michael's Tower & Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, pause for some photo ops at Victory - a monument of liberation by the Red Army, take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth, then don't miss a visit to Slovak Philharmonic, then have some family-friendly fun at Mackafe (cat cafe), and finally don't miss a visit to St. Michael's Tower & Street.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bratislava road trip site .

You can drive from Vienna to Bratislava in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
St. Michael's Tower & Street ©
St. Michael's Tower & Street
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth ©
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth

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nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall (Magistrat) and then walk around Congress Square (Kongresni trg). Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Gornji Trg and then don't miss a visit to Old Square (Stari trg).

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ljubljana travel tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bratislava to Ljubljana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. October in Ljubljana sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. You'll set off for Bled on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Congress Square (Kongresni trg) ©
Congress Square (Kongresni trg)
Gornji Trg ©
Gornji Trg
Old Square (Stari trg) ©
Old Square (Stari trg)

1
night
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get great views at Ojstrica.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Bled day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Bled takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bled can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Bohinjsko Jezero.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge
Ojstrica ©
Ojstrica

1
night
Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia

Bohinjsko Jezero
The mirror-like waters of the largest glacial lake in Slovenia make Bohinjsko Jezero one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
On the 13th (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bohinjsko Jezero trip builder tool .

Take a bus from Bled to Bohinjsko Jezero in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Bohinjsko Jezero, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Postojna.

Things to do in Bohinjsko Jezero

Adventure Tours Outdoors

1
night
Postojna, Slovenia

Postojna ©
With its friendly atmosphere, breathtaking landscapes, natural phenomena, and historical monuments, Postojna offers everything you need for a peaceful vacation or a quick getaway from the city.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Predjama Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Postojna day trip website .

Getting from Bohinjsko Jezero to Postojna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Postojna are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Postojna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Skocjan Caves
Highlights from your plan
Skocjan Caves ©
Skocjan Caves
Predjama Castle ©
Predjama Castle

3
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and then don't miss a visit to King Tomislav Square (Tomislav trg).

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

Drive from Postojna to Zagreb in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
King Tomislav Square ©
King Tomislav Square

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 17th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Velebit Nature Park. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, admire the sheer force of Veliki Prstavac, take in the dramatic scenery at Batinovac Waterfall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milanovac Lake, and finally admire the sheer force of Slapovi Milke Trnine.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Velebit Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Velebit Nature Park ©
Velebit Nature Park
Veliki Prstavac ©
Veliki Prstavac

1
night
Sibenik, Croatia

Sibenik
Sibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the coast, sits as a naturally protected harbor.
On the 20th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Sokolarski Raptor Centre and then make a trip to Channel-Harbour.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Sibenik trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Sibenik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Sibenik, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Krka National Park.

Things to do in Sibenik

Wildlife Parks

1
night
Krka National Park, Croatia

Krka National Park
To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Krka National Park tour itinerary website .

Krka National Park is very close to Sibenik. In October, daily temperatures in Krka National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will leave for Mostar on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Krka National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

4
nights
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Explore hidden gems such as Old Bridge (Stari Most) and Kravica. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mostar: Missionarie della Famiglia Ferita Maria (in Medjugorje) and Radimlja (in Stolac). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, contemplate the waterfront views at Jablanicas Lake, explore the world behind art at The Hamam Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mostar day trip website .

Drive from Krka National Park to Mostar in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mostar when traveling from Krka National Park in October, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kravica, Velagic House, Missionarie della Famiglia Ferita Maria, Radimlja, Andrija Wine Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Neretva River ©
Neretva River
Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)

1
night
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
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 26th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ferhadija Mosque, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo trip maker .

Take a train from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mostar in October, things will get slightly colder in Sarajevo: highs are around 20°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Trebinje.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Ferhadija Mosque ©
Ferhadija Mosque
Room Escape Games

1
night
Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Trebinje ©
Trebinje is the southernmost municipality and city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hercegovacka Gracanica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tvrdoš Monastery, and then learn about winemaking at Vukoje Cellars.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Trebinje sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Sarajevo to Trebinje takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sarajevo in October, with highs in Trebinje at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Trebinje

Historic Sites Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Tvrdoš Monastery ©
Tvrdoš Monastery
Hercegovacka Gracanica ©
Hercegovacka Gracanica

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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.
On the 27th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Minceta Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and then make a trip to Love Stories Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Trebinje to Dubrovnik takes an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zabljak.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vlaho Bukovac House
Highlights from your plan
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
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Zabljak, Montenegro

Zabljak ©
Žabljak is a small town in northern Montenegro. On the 30th (Wed), explore the activities along Black Lake, then get outside with Adventure Park Durmitor, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Heroes and Partizans of World War II, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Jablan Lake.

Plan a Zabljak trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Zabljak takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Zabljak

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Black Lake ©
Black Lake
Adventure Park Durmitor ©
Adventure Park Durmitor
Jablan Lake ©
Jablan Lake

2
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
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 31st (Thu): make a trip to Our Lady of Health, contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, enjoy breathtaking views from Kampana Tower, then head outdoors with Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen, and finally admire the striking features of Crkva Gospe od Skrpjela.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kotor route maker .

Traveling by car from Zabljak to Kotor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Budva.

Things to do in Kotor

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Crkva Gospe od Skrpjela
Highlights from your plan
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
Gurdich Gate ©
Gurdich Gate
Kampana Tower ©
Kampana Tower

1
night
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
On the 1st (Fri), make a trip to Crkva Svetog Tome, steep yourself in history at Altstadt (Old Town) Budva, and then don't miss a visit to Podmaine Monastery.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Budva trip itinerary planner.

Budva is just a stone's throw from Kotor. In November in Budva, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sveti Stefan.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Crkva Svetog Tome
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
Citadel ©
Citadel
Podmaine Monastery ©
Podmaine Monastery

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Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Sveti Stefan ©
Sveti Stefan is a small islet and 5-star hotel resort on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro, approximately southeast of Budva.The resort, known commercially as Aman Sveti Stefan, includes part of the mainland, where the Villa Miločer part of the resort is located. On the 2nd (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery Praskvica.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Sveti Stefan tour itinerary builder website .

Sveti Stefan is very close to Budva. November in Sveti Stefan sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Sveti Stefan

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Petrovac, Crkva Svete Petke, Monastery Praskvica
Highlights from your plan
The Monastery of Rezevici ©
The Monastery of Rezevici
Milocher Park ©
Milocher Park
Petrovac Quay ©
Petrovac Quay

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Shkoder, Albania

Shkoder ©
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Explore hidden gems such as Rozafa Castle and Shkodra Lake. Go for a jaunt from Shkoder to Fushe Kuqe to see Patok Lagoon about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Shkoder Bridge, take in the views from Mes Bridge, examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and hike along Peaks Of The Balkans.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Shkoder tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Sveti Stefan to Shkoder by car takes about 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Patok Lagoon
Highlights from your plan
Patok Lagoon ©
Patok Lagoon
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach Bar, then step into the grandiose world of Petrela Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and finally don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirana vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vlore.

Things to do in Tirana

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The Beach Bar, Petrela Castle, Kruja Castle
Highlights from your plan
Arab Baths
BunkArt 1 ©
BunkArt 1
Et`hem Bey Mosque ©
Et`hem Bey Mosque

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Vlore, Albania

Vlore ©
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Apollonia and Llogara National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vlore: Ardenica Monastery (in Ardenice) and Church of St Mary (in Fier). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Zvernec Monastery, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Independence, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muradie Mosque, and examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, Vlore.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vlore online route builder .

Drive from Tirana to Vlore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. November in Vlore sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Vlore

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Fier, Ardenica Monastery, Llogara National Park
Highlights from your plan
Apollonia ©
Apollonia
Llogara National Park ©
Llogara National Park
Zvernec Monastery ©
Zvernec Monastery

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Gjirokaster, Albania

Gjirokaster
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Gjirokaster day trip planning app .

You can drive from Vlore to Gjirokaster in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Vlore in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gjirokaster, with lows of 13°C. On the 12th (Tue), you're off toOhrid.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

Ohrid ©
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 12th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Mary Perybleptos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Jovan Kaneo, and then explore the activities along Lake Ohrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery Saint Naum and then examine the collection at National Workshop For Handmade Paper.

Plan my day in Ohrid using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Ohrid takes 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Gjirokaster to Ohrid is minus 1 hour. In November, Ohrid is slightly colder than Gjirokaster - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo
Monastery Saint Naum ©
Monastery Saint Naum

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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mustafa Pasha Mosque, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Panteleimon. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Skopje sightseeing planning website .

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 November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rila.

Things to do in Skopje

Tours Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Church of St. Panteleimon ©
Church of St. Panteleimon

1
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Rila, Bulgaria

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Seven Rila Lakes has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Seven Rila Lakes, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rila trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Skopje to Rila. Traveling from Skopje to Rila, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November in Rila, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Rila

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Seven Rila Lakes
Highlights from your plan
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Seven Rila Lakes ©
Seven Rila Lakes

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 17th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then learn about all things military at National Museum of Military History, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church. Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Rotunda Church of St George, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka".

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sofia trip builder website .

Getting from Rila to Sofia by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
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Church St. George Rotunda

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Budapest, Hungary

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Budapest Pinball Museum. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, walk around Margaret Island, ponder the design of Music Fountain, and steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Budapest day trip planning tool .

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 when traveling from Sofia to Budapest is minus 1 hour. November in Budapest sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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Hungarian Parliament Building
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