15 days in Athens, Thessaloniki & Eastern Europe Itinerary

15 days in Athens, Thessaloniki & Eastern Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Athens, Thessaloniki & Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  7​h
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
2
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 3 nights
train:  7​h
3
Karlovo, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
train:  6​h
4
Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
5
Brasov, Romania
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Byzantine & Christian Museum, Ancient Agora of Athens, Temple of Poseidon, and other attractions you added. Monastiraki and Church of Kapnikarea are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: admire all the interesting features of Panathenaic Stadium.

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

London, UK to Athens is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Athens is 2 hours. In June, Athens is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Transportation

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
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Temple of Poseidon ©
Temple of Poseidon
Anafiotika ©
Anafiotika
Byzantine and Christian Museum ©
Byzantine and Christian Museum

3
nights
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zeitenlik, Crypt of Saint Demetrius Κρύπτη Αγίου Δημητρίου and Hagios Demetrios. Arch of Galerius and Vlatadon Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and Gerovassilou Wine Museum. Step out of Thessaloniki to go to Peraia and see Peraia Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Trigonion Tower, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos, and delve into the distant past at Eptapyrgio Castle.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Thessaloniki travel planner .

You can fly from Athens to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Athens in June, Thessaloniki is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Karlovo.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Zeitenlik, Gerovassilou Wine Museum, Peraia Beach
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Zeitenlik ©
Zeitenlik
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki ©
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

2
nights
Karlovo, Bulgaria

Karlovo ©
Kàrlovo is a picturesque and a historically important town in central Bulgaria located in a fertile valley along the river Stryama at the southern foot of the Balkan Mountains. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Suchurum Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolai Letni Church, then see the interesting displays at Troyan National Museum of Folk Art and Traditional Handicrafts, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Troyan Monastery, and finally examine the collection at House-Museum of Ivan Vazov.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Karlovo trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Thessaloniki to Karlovo with the Route module. Traveling from Thessaloniki in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Karlovo, with lows around 18°C. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bucharest.

Things to do in Karlovo

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Troyan, Troyan National Museum of Folk Art and Traditional Handicrafts, Kalofer Monastery, House-Museum of Ivan Vazov
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House-Museum of Ivan Vazov ©
House-Museum of Ivan Vazov
Suchurum Waterfall ©
Suchurum Waterfall

2
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Slow Tours - Bike Tours.

Discover how to plan a Bucharest trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Karlovo to Bucharest with the Route module. In June in Bucharest, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods
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Lipscani
Lipscani
Old Town ©
Old Town

4
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Transylvanian Wolf has been added to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fortified Church of Harman and George Enescu Memorial House. Escape the urban bustle at Cascada Urlatoarea and Mountain Postavarul. Explore Brasov's surroundings by going to Cabana Babele (in Sinaia) and Crucea Caraiman (in Busteni). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Villages with Fortified Churches, examine the collection at Museum Medieval Bran, explore the historical opulence of Citadel of The Guard, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Brasov day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Bucharest to Brasov in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Brasov

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sinaia, Busteni, Museum Medieval Bran, Transylvanian Wolf, Fortified Church of Harman
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Mountain Postavarul ©
Mountain Postavarul
Fortified Church of Harman ©
Fortified Church of Harman
Museum Medieval Bran ©
Museum Medieval Bran

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