8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
7
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Athens, Greece

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 22nd (Sun), appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, and finally pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and then take a stroll through Plaka.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Athens online tour itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Greece, the closest major airport is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. In December in Athens, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tirana.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tirana road trip site .

Fly from Athens to Tirana in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Tirana. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Athens in December since evenings lows in Tirana dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Dajti
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 25th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle, take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, then admire the landmark architecture of Hauptmannova Hisa, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ljubljana trip planner .

Getting from Tirana to Ljubljana by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in December, expect Ljubljana to be little chillier, temps between 5°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Split.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Hauptmannova Hisa ©
Hauptmannova Hisa

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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 26th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Gaspina mlinica, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then delve into the distant past at Palazzo di Diocleziano.

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Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Ljubljana to Split in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ljubljana in December, with highs in Split at 16°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gaspina mlinica
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Gaspina mlinica ©
Gaspina mlinica

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, then take in the exciting artwork at Art by Stjepko, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik road trip tool .

You can take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Art by Stjepko ©
Art by Stjepko

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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 28th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, and then make a trip to Stari Grad Kotor.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kotor sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in December since evenings lows in Kotor dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

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Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Belgrade trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Kotor to Belgrade in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kotor in December, things will get little chillier in Belgrade: highs are around 7°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Fun & Games Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save) ©
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save)

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