51 days in Europe Itinerary

51 days in Europe Itinerary

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51 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Kotor, Montenegro
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Berat, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Saranda, Albania
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
6
Bled, Slovenia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Postojna, Slovenia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Pula, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
9
Zadar, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Split, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Buljarica Beach and Przno Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Crvena Glavica Beach and Beach Rafailovichi. Explore Kotor's surroundings by going to Beach Galija (in Sveti Stefan), St. Thomas Church (in Petrovac) and Red Beach (in Sutomore). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Citadel, admire the striking features of Martinovic Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Trg od brasna, and don't miss a visit to Trg Sv. Luke.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotor trip itinerary app .

Melbourne, Australia to Kotor is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Kotor. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Kotor hover around 27°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Kotor

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sveti Stefan, Perast, Przno Beach, Buljarica Beach, Citadel
Highlights from your plan
Buljarica Beach ©
Buljarica Beach
Crvena Glavica Beach ©
Crvena Glavica Beach
Citadel ©
Citadel

5
nights
Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica ©
Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. Escape the urban bustle at Strbina Beach and Ski Resort Kolašin 1450. Get some cultural insight at Grmozhur Fortress and The Monastery of Saint Peter (Sveti Petar Cetinjski). Change things up with these side-trips from Podgorica: Sutomore Beach (in Sutomore), Kolasin (Heritage Museum, Partisan Memorial Cemetery at Breza, & more) and Virpazar (Old Fountain in Virpazar & Fortress Besac). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Heart of Jesus, admire the sheer force of Waterfall Niagara, appreciate the history behind Monument to A.S. Pushkin and N.N. Goncharova, and examine the collection at Natural History Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Podgorica trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kotor to Podgorica takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Podgorica

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Kolasin Municipality, Sutomore, Virpazar, Grmozhur Fortress, The Monastery of Saint Peter (Sveti Petar Cetinjski)
Highlights from your plan
Sutomore Beach ©
Sutomore Beach
Church of the Holy Heart of Jesus ©
Church of the Holy Heart of Jesus
Ski Resort Kolašin 1450 ©
Ski Resort Kolašin 1450

1
night
Berat, Albania

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 26th (Tue), take in the views from Gorica Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Halveti Teqe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Demetrius Orthodox Cathedral, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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

Traveling by car from Podgorica to Berat takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of car and train. In May in Berat, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Berat

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Saint Demetrius Orthodox Cathedral ©
Saint Demetrius Orthodox Cathedral
Gorica Bridge ©
Gorica Bridge

5
nights
Saranda, Albania

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Get some cultural insight at Butrint National Park and Ali Pasha Castle. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Llamani Beach and Dhermi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Himare (Jale Beach & Filikuri Beach), Lukova Beach (in Lukove) and Gjirokaster Mosque (in Gjirokaster). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, stroll through Santa Quaranta beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of 40 Saints.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saranda online travel planner .

You can drive from Berat to Saranda in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Saranda due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Himare, Dhermi Beach, Ali Pasha Castle, Gjirokaster Mosque, Butrint National Park
Highlights from your plan
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach
Llamani Beach ©
Llamani Beach

4
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Durres Amphitheatre and Durres Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Rana e Hedhun and Shengjin Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tirana: King Mosque (in Elbasan) and Durres (Royal Villa of Durres, Kallmi Beach, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kapllan Pasha’s Tomb, learn more about the world around you at National Archaeological Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Xhura Mosque.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirana attractions app .

Traveling by car from Saranda to Tirana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Saranda to Tirana is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bled.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Durres, Shengjin, King Mosque
Highlights from your plan
Shengjin Beach ©
Shengjin Beach
Durres Amphitheatre ©
Durres Amphitheatre
Royal Villa of Durres ©
Royal Villa of Durres

5
nights
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ljubelj Concentration Camp and Capuchin Church. Vinoteka Brda and The Ossuary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bled: Cerkno Museum (in Cerkno), Kobarid (St Mary of the Assumption church & Museum Planike) and Bovec (Golf Club Bovec & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Church, stop by Lectarski Museum, see the interesting displays at Iron Forging museum Kropa, and contemplate the long history of Trzic Old Town.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bled road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Tirana to Bled takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tirana in June, with highs in Bled at 29°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Postojna.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Kranj, Kobarid, Dobrovo, Tržič, Bovec
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Ljubelj Concentration Camp ©
Ljubelj Concentration Camp
Capuchin Church ©
Capuchin Church

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Portoroz Beach and Cerkev Zalostne Matere bozje. Escape the urban bustle at Notranjski Regijski Park and Postojna Caves. Change things up with these side-trips from Postojna: Koper (St. Anne's Friary, Koper City Beach, & more), Palaca Besenghi degli Ughi (in Izola) and Miren Castle (in Miren). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of First of May Square, admire the masterpieces at Handbag Museum Portoroz, step into the grandiose world of Predjama Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krstilnica sv.Janeza Krstnika.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Postojna vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bled to Postojna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Pula.

Things to do in Postojna

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koper, Piran, Notranjski Regijski Park, Miren Castle, Cerkev Zalostne Matere bozje
Highlights from your plan
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave
Portoroz Beach ©
Portoroz Beach
Cerkev Zalostne Matere bozje ©
Cerkev Zalostne Matere bozje

4
nights
Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dvigrad and Church of Our Lady of the Sea (Mornaricka crkva). Visit Fazana Beach and Kap Kamenjak for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pula: Kamenjak National Park (in Premantura) and Sveti Petar U Sumi (in Sveti Petar u Sumi). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Kastrum, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, see the interesting displays at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, and delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pula travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Postojna to Pula takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Pula, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Pula

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Premantura, Sveti Petar U Sumi, Fazana Beach, Kastrum, Dvigrad
Highlights from your plan
Kamenjak National Park ©
Kamenjak National Park
Dvigrad ©
Dvigrad
Kap Kamenjak ©
Kap Kamenjak

5
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Get outdoors at Simuni Beach and Jadro Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cigrada Beach and Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Jurja Church (in Rovanjska), Church Sv. Duh (in Posedarje) and Tatinja Beach (in Karlobag). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Podvrske Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Modric Cave (Modric Spilja), make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Zadar itinerary site .

Getting from Pula to Zadar by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Murter, Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla, St. Jurja Church, Tatinja Beach, Simuni Beach
Highlights from your plan
Simuni Beach ©
Simuni Beach
Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla ©
Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla
St. Jurja Church ©
St. Jurja Church

5
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Step out of the city life by going to Dubovica and Speed Boats Tours. Get some historical perspective at Historic City of Trogir and Diocletian's Palace. Explore Split's surroundings by going to Hvar (Milna & Spanjola). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split, examine the collection at Live Museum Split, make a trip to Split Synagogue, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Split online travel planner .

You can drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zadar in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Split. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Historic City of Trogir, Spanjola, Dubovica Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Speed Boats Tours
Etnografski muzej Split ©
Etnografski muzej Split

5
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Speed Boats Tours. Get some cultural insight at Cavtat Old Town and Old Town. There's still lots to do: stroll through Gradac Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Art by Stjepko, look for gifts at Gastro Shop Pomalo, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik day trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Split to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town
Speed Boats Tours

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