31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 4 nights
3
Saranda, Albania
— 3 nights
4
Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Belgrade, Serbia
— 6 nights
6
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 7 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Skopje: Xhamia E Larme (in Tetovo), Clock Tower (in Kratovo) and Staro Nagorichane (Kokino & Church St. George). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, take in the views from The Stone Bridge, wander the streets of Old Bazaar, Skopje, and take in the history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Skopje day trip tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Skopje is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Skopje due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Skopje at 5°C and lows at -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ohrid.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Staro Nagorichane, Xhamia E Larme, Clock Tower
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge

4
nights
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.
Step out of Ohrid to go to Bitola and see National Park Pelister, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid, contemplate the long history of St. Jovan Kaneo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Climent of Ohrid, and don't miss a visit to Halveti Hayati Tekke.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ohrid online attractions planner .

You can drive from Skopje to Ohrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Ohrid sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Saranda.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

National Park Pelister
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Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
Monastery Saint Naum ©
Monastery Saint Naum
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo

3
nights
Saranda, Albania

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Bring the kids along to Lukova Beach and Santa Quaranta beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Gjirokaster (in Gjirokaster) and Butrint National Park (in Butrint). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of 40 Saints, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saranda planner .

You can take a shuttle from Ohrid to Saranda in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ohrid to Saranda is 1 hour. Traveling from Ohrid in January, expect Saranda to be somewhat warmer, temps between 16°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lukova Beach, Butrint National Park, Gjirokaster, Vivar Kanal, Blue Eye
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Santa Quaranta beach ©
Santa Quaranta beach
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye

4
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Shkoder (Venice Art Mask Factory & Rozafa Castle), Kruja Castle (in Kruje) and Berat Castle (in Berat). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Dajti, learn about all things military at BunkArt 1, explore the stunning scenery at Canyons of Erzen River, and relax in sumptuous surroundings at local Arab baths.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saranda to Tirana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Saranda in January since evenings lows in Tirana dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Tirana

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shkoder, Kruja Castle, Berat Castle
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar

6
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ada Ciganlija and Museum of Science & Technology. Explore Belgrade's surroundings by going to Novi Sad (Fruska Gora Monasteries & Strand), Petrovaradin Fortress (in Petrovaradin) and Podrum Probus (in Sremski Karlovci). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Oplenac, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), and take a stroll through Knez Mihailova.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Belgrade trip app .

You can fly from Tirana to Belgrade in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, Belgrade is a bit cooler than Tirana - with highs of 5°C and lows of -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Novi Sad, Oplenac, Podrum Probus, Manasija Monastery
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Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
Belgrade Zoo ©
Belgrade Zoo
Strand ©
Strand

7
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Terme Ilidza and Eco Futura. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarajevo: Mostar (Old Bazar Kujundziluk, Old Bridge (Stari Most), & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, don't miss a visit to Latin Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Galerija 11/07/95, and take an in-depth tour of War Childhood Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Sarajevo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Sarajevo sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Mostar, Roman Bridge
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Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Eco Futura ©
Eco Futura
Sarajevo Zoo ©
Sarajevo Zoo

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