11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
2
Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
— Few hours
4
Pristina, Kosovo
— 1 night
5
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
6
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
9
Budva, Montenegro
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Dajti.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana road trip app .

Istanbul, Turkey to Tirana is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Tirana is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Tirana, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to Ohrid.

Things to do in Tirana

Nature Parks
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Mount Dajti ©
Mount Dajti

1
night
Ohrid, Republic of 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.
On the 7th (Wed), explore the activities along Lake Ohrid.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ohrid sightseeing tool .

You can take a shuttle from Tirana to Ohrid in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tirana in August, with highs in Ohrid at 34°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature Parks
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Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid

few
hours
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Skopje
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Skopje journey planner.

Ankara, Turkey to Skopje is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ankara to Skopje due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ankara in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Skopje: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pristina.

Things to do in Skopje

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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1
night
Pristina, Kosovo

Pristina ©
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 8th (Thu), stroll around Germia Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Džamija cara, take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik), pause for some photo ops at Newborn Monument, then don't miss a visit to Bill Clinton Statue, and finally get lost in a book at Pristina National Library.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Pristina vacation planner.

Drive from Skopje to Pristina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Belgrade.

Things to do in Pristina

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Džamija cara ©
Džamija cara
Germia Park ©
Germia Park

1
night
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
On the 9th (Fri), take a stroll through Skadarlija, contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then shop like a local with Art for All, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save).

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Belgrade day trip app .

Traveling by car from Pristina to Belgrade takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Belgrade can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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 10th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel, then contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, and then squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Sarajevo, then explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Childhood Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Sarajevo road trip planning website .

Getting from Belgrade to Sarajevo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belgrade in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sarajevo, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Walking tours
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Sarajevo War Tunnel ©
Sarajevo War Tunnel

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night
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, make a trip to Old Bridge (Stari Most), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and finally make a trip to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mostar day trip app .

Traveling by train from Sarajevo to Mostar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sarajevo in August, with highs in Mostar at 39°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque ©
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque

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night
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.
On the 13th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Namfleg, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, and then make a trip to Stari Grad Kotor.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotor trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Mostar to Kotor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kotor are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Budva.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor

1
night
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
On the 14th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Ballet Dancer Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mogren Beach, then steep yourself in history at Citadel, and finally steep yourself in history at Altstadt (Old Town) Budva.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Budva online itinerary maker .

Budva is just a stone's throw from Kotor. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
Mogren Beach ©
Mogren Beach
Citadel ©
Citadel

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