25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

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25 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
2
Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
3
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
5
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
6
Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
7
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
8
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Seattle, United States

3
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stavropoleos Monastery and Mogosoaia Palace. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, admire the striking features of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", take an in-depth tour of Museum of History of the Jewish Community, and walk around Herăstrău Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bucharest day trip planning tool .

Seattle, USA to Bucharest is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Bucharest is 10 hours. When traveling from Seattle in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Bucharest, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains, Mogosoaia Palace
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Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mogosoaia Palace ©
Mogosoaia Palace

2
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Peles Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinaia Monastery, then browse the exhibits of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), and finally step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): wander the streets of Brasov Historical Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra), then don't miss a visit to Council Square, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tampa.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brasov trip planner.

Traveling by train from Bucharest to Brasov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Bucharest.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Sinaia, Rasnov Citadel, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
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Peles Castle ©
Peles Castle
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Black Church (Biserica Neagra) ©
Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

1
night
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Ceausescu Mansion, get a new perspective on nature at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, then steep yourself in history at Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Patriarchal Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Manuc's Inn (Hanul lui Manuc). On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche, then pause for some photo ops at Triumph Arch, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bucharest itinerary planner.

Take a train from Brasov to Bucharest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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Patriarchal Cathedral ©
Patriarchal Cathedral
Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche ©

3
nights
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bachkovo Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Park Tsar Simeon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dzhumaya Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, then don't miss a visit to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bucharest to Plovdiv takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Asenovgrad, Bachkovo Monastery
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Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress
St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church ©
St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church

2
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Rila Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Boyana Church and The Rotunda Church of St George. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and examine the collection at National Museum of History.

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You can drive from Plovdiv to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Sofia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

3
nights
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 28th (Sat), make a trip to Skadarlija, contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, then wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), and finally see the interesting displays at Muzej Nikole Tesle (Nikola Tesla Museum). On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ada Ciganlija, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Petka's Chapel, then have some family-friendly fun at OldTown Archery Belgrade, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ružica.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Belgrade online tour itinerary maker .

Fly from Sofia to Belgrade in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Belgrade. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save) ©
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija

2
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bascarsija and Galerija 11/07/95. Popular historic sites such as Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and Katedrala Sarajevo are in your itinerary. On the 2nd (Wed), hike the day away at Vrelo Bosne. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), examine the collection at War Childhood Museum, don't miss a visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel, and go all around town with City Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sarajevo trip planner .

Getting from Belgrade to Sarajevo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belgrade in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Sarajevo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Podgorica.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Outdoors Parks Trails
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War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

3
nights
Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica ©
Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ostrog Monastery and Dajbabe Monastery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Podgorica: Lovcen National Park (in Cetinje) and Virpazar (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Virpazar-old-bridge). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Skadar Lake National Park and pause for some serene contemplation at Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Podgorica day trip tool .

You can drive from Sarajevo to Podgorica in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Podgorica

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Virpazar, Ostrog Monastery, Lovcen National Park
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Skadar Lake National Park ©
Skadar Lake National Park
Ostrog Monastery ©
Ostrog Monastery
Dajbabe Monastery ©
Dajbabe Monastery

2
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kruja Castle and Et`hem Bey Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Muzeu Historik Kombetar and BunkArt 2. Take a break from Tirana with a short trip to Durres Amphitheatre in Durres, about 44 minutes away. On the 8th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Dajti. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at BunkArt 1, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue, and don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tirana sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Podgorica to Tirana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Tirana are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Durres Amphitheatre, Kruja Castle
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Mount Dajti ©
Mount Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Kruja Castle ©
Kruja Castle

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