18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Durham, United States
Fly:  17​h
1
Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
2
Subotica, Serbia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Novi Sad, Serbia
— 1 night
4
Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
5
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
10
Durres, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Bar, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Niksic, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
13
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Durham, United States

2
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Belgrade is known for historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, childrens museums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, kick back and relax at Ada Ciganlija, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save).

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Belgrade travel route planning website .

Durham, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Belgrade is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Durham in December; daily highs in Belgrade reach 43°F and lows reach 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Subotica.

Things to do in Belgrade

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Room Escape Games
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija

1
night
Subotica, Serbia

Subotica ©
Subotica is a city and the administrative center of the North Bačka District in the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. On the 22nd (Sun), do a tasting at Vinarija Zvonko Bogdan, contemplate the waterfront views at Palic Lake, then explore the world behind art at Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Serbian Orthodox Church.

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Getting from Belgrade to Subotica by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Subotica are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Subotica

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Palic Lake
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Palic Lake ©
Palic Lake
Serbian Orthodox Church ©
Serbian Orthodox Church
Vinarija Zvonko Bogdan ©
Vinarija Zvonko Bogdan

1
night
Novi Sad, Serbia

Novi Sad ©
The regional and cultural center of northern Serbia, the riverside city of Novi Sad occupies a strategically advantageous position between Belgrade and Budapest.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fruška Gora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fruska Gora Monasteries, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at Petrovaradin Fortress.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Novi Sad using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Subotica to Novi Sad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Novi Sad, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Fruška Gora ©
Fruška Gora
Petrovaradin Fortress ©
Petrovaradin Fortress
Fruska Gora Monasteries ©
Fruska Gora Monasteries

1
night
Nis, Serbia

Nis ©
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Bubanj Memorial Park, explore the ancient world of Skull Tower, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, then contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, and finally don't miss a visit to The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Nis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Nis are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
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Nis Fortress ©
Nis Fortress
Skull Tower ©
Skull Tower

2
nights
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
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 25th (Wed): take in the history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, and then steep yourself in history at Old Bazaar, Skopje. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Millennium Cross, make a trip to Skopje Eye Bridge, then get to know the fascinating history of Macedonia Square, and finally take in the views from The Stone Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Skopje online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nis to Skopje takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Skopje are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bitola.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge

1
night
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia

Bitola ©
Bitola is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. On the 27th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Heraclea Lyncestis, explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Pelister, then get engrossed in the history at Auto & Ethno Museum Filip, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Memorial d'Orient.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bitola online road trip planner .

You can drive from Skopje to Bitola in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Bitola

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Heraclea Lyncestis ©
Heraclea Lyncestis
National Park Pelister ©
National Park Pelister

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sat), steep yourself in history at St. Jovan Kaneo and then explore the activities along Lake Ohrid.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ohrid driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Bitola to Ohrid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ohrid are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo

1
night
Gjirokaster, Albania

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Nature&joy, steep yourself in history at The Cold War Tunnel, and then contemplate the long history of Gjirokaster.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gjirokaster trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Ohrid to Gjirokaster in 5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ohrid in December; daily highs in Gjirokaster reach 61°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
The Cold War Tunnel ©
The Cold War Tunnel

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 30th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and then take in the awesome beauty at Dajti.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tirana vacation builder site .

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Tirana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gjirokaster to Tirana, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gjirokaster in December, plan for little chillier nights in Tirana, with lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durres.

Things to do in Tirana

Nature Parks Museums
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar

1
night
Durres, Albania

Durres ©
Durrës, historically also known as Epidamnos, Durazzo and Dyrrachium, is the largest port and second largest city and a municipality of Albania. On the 31st (Tue), do a tasting at Duka Winery and Vineyard, take an in-depth tour of Durres Archaeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Durres Amphitheatre, then look for gifts at Vitrinat Shoe Shop, and finally head outdoors with Shark WaterSports.

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

Traveling by car from Tirana to Durres takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Durres can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bar.

Things to do in Durres

Wineries Museums Shopping
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Duka Winery and Vineyard ©
Duka Winery and Vineyard
Durres Amphitheatre ©
Durres Amphitheatre
Shark WaterSports ©
Shark WaterSports

1
night
Bar, Montenegro

Bar ©
Bar is a coastal town and seaport in southern Montenegro. On the 1st (Wed), admire the striking features of Bar Stari Grad, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of Saint John, and then make a trip to Crkva Svete Petke.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bar trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Durres to Bar in 3 hours. When traveling from Durres in December, plan for slightly colder days in Bar, with highs around 53°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Niksic.

Things to do in Bar

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Crkva Svete Petke
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Bar Stari Grad ©
Bar Stari Grad

1
night
Niksic, Montenegro

Niksic ©
Nikšić is the second largest city of Montenegro, with a total population of 57,278, located in the west of the country, in the centre of the spacious Nikšić field at the foot of Mount Trebjesa. On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ostrog Monastery.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Niksic trip planning tool .

You can drive from Bar to Niksic in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Niksic

Historic Sites
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Ostrog Monastery ©
Ostrog Monastery

2
nights
Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica ©
Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Skadar, then contemplate the waterfront views at Moraca River, then appreciate the history behind Monument to A.S. Pushkin and N.N. Goncharova, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dajbabe Monastery.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Podgorica online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Niksic to Podgorica takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Podgorica

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Skadar ©
Lake Skadar
Moraca River ©
Moraca River
Dajbabe Monastery ©
Dajbabe Monastery

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