36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  2​h
1
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mavrovo, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
6
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Novi Sad, Serbia
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h
8
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
9
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
11
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
12
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
14
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
15
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
16
Budva, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
17
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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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.
On the 13th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mustafa Pasha Mosque, wander the streets of Old Bazaar, Skopje, then examine the collection at Museum of Macedonian Struggle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Dimitrija.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Skopje trip planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Skopje is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Skopje, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Skopje, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Mavrovo.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Mustafa Pasha Mosque ©
Mustafa Pasha Mosque
Museum of Macedonian Struggle ©
Museum of Macedonian Struggle

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Mavrovo, Republic of North Macedonia

Mavrovo ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mavrovo National Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mavrovo travel planner.

Getting from Skopje to Mavrovo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Skopje in July, expect nights in Mavrovo to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. On the 15th (Sun), you're off toOhrid.

Things to do in Mavrovo

Outdoors Nature Trails

Side Trip

Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski
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Mavrovo National Park ©
Mavrovo National Park

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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.
Let the collections at National Workshop For Handmade Paper and Icon Gallery-Ohrid capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Church of Our Lady Perivlepta and Halveti Hayati Tekke. Change things up with a short trip to Vevchani Springs in Vevcani (about 36 minutes away). Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring at Lake Ohrid. Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to River Drim, and steep yourself in history at Early Christian Basilica.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ohrid journey planner .

Drive from Mavrovo to Ohrid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Ohrid sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Bitola.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

River Drim, Vevchani Springs
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Holy Mary Perybleptos ©
Holy Mary Perybleptos
National Workshop For Handmade Paper ©
Early Christian Basilica ©
Early Christian Basilica

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Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia

Bitola ©
Bitola is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Marble Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zrze Monastery, and then steep yourself in history at Clock Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Heraclea Lyncestis, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Archangel Michael Monastery, and then stroll the grounds of Memorial d'Orient.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bitola itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Ohrid to Bitola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Bitola, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Bitola

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Prilep, Marble Lake
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Heraclea Lyncestis ©
Heraclea Lyncestis
Clock Tower ©
Clock Tower
St. Archangel Michael Monastery ©
St. Archangel Michael Monastery

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night
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
You've added Ancient Town of Scupi, Sultan Murad Mosque, Kale, and other attractions to your itinerary.

Plan trip to Skopje with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Bitola to Skopje takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites
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Church of St. Panteleimon ©
Church of St. Panteleimon
Ancient Town of Scupi ©
Ancient Town of Scupi
Kale ©
Kale

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night
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of Aviation, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then brush up on your military savvy at Military Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Petka's Chapel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ružica. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crkva Svetog Marka, then wander the streets of Dorcol, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Belgrade travel route builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Skopje to Belgrade takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Belgrade are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Military Museum ©
Military Museum
Saint Petka's Chapel ©
Saint Petka's Chapel
Ružica ©
Ružica

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nights
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.
On the 24th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fruška Gora and then kick back and relax at Strand. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church, examine the collection at Muzeum Wojwodiny, then examine the collection at The Gallery of Matica srpska, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krusedol Monastery, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Beekeeping and Wine Cellar Zivanovic.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad planner .

Traveling by car from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Krusedol Monastery, Museum of Beekeeping and Wine Cellar Zivanovic
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Strand ©
Strand
Krusedol Monastery ©
Krusedol Monastery
Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church ©
Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church

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nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Zagreb City Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Atelier Mestrovic, then take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and finally take an in-depth tour of Tortureum - Museum of Torture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Jarun Lake, then enjoy the sand and surf at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, and then explore the galleries of Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zagreb route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Zagreb takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Atelier Mestrovic ©
Atelier Mestrovic
Zagreb City Museum ©
Zagreb City Museum
Jarun Lake
Jarun Lake

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nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Postojna Caves as well as Slovenia Explorer Travel. Visit Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja) and Franciscan Church (Franciskanska cerkev) for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Triglav National Park and Radovljica Old Town. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Metelkova.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ljubljana trip planner .

You can drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Triglav National Park, Radovljica Old Town, Postojna Caves
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Radovljica Old Town ©
Radovljica Old Town
Triglav National Park ©
Triglav National Park

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night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral, take a stroll through Strossmayer Promenade, and then admire the masterpieces at Arts and Crafts Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb trip planner.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Zagreb in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Museum of Arts and Crafts ©
Museum of Arts and Crafts
Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral ©
Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Mali Buk ©
Mali Buk
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Ruins of the Solin Amphitheatre, explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Split online visit planner .

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ruins of the Solin Amphitheatre
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Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Ruins of the Solin Amphitheatre ©
Ruins of the Solin Amphitheatre
Walking tours

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Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
On the next day, head off the coast to Scedro, then pause for some serene contemplation at Fortress Church of St. Mary of Mercy, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Benedictine Monastery, and finally don't miss a visit to Napoleon Fortress (Napuljn).

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hvar day trip site .

Getting from Split to Hvar by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi. In August in Hvar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors Transportation Wildlife

Side Trip

Fortress Church of St. Mary of Mercy
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HvarBoats ©
HvarBoats
Fortress Church of St. Mary of Mercy ©
Napoleon Fortress (Napuljn) ©
Napoleon Fortress (Napuljn)

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Dubrovnik Boat Rentals and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Vlaho Bukovac House and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik online sightseeing planner .

Ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Vlaho Bukovac House
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Sveti Jakov Beach ©
Sveti Jakov Beach
Vlaho Bukovac House ©
Vlaho Bukovac House
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Sarajevska Pivara, wander the streets of Ferhadija Pedestrian Street, engage your brain at Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Srca Isusova, then contemplate the long history of Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), and finally examine the collection at War Childhood Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sarajevo road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Sarajevo, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Budva.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum
Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain) ©
Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain)

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Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
On the 10th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity, then see the interesting displays at City Museum of Budva, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Ivan Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Budva travel planning tool .

Getting from Sarajevo to Budva by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sarajevo in August, with highs in Budva at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Skopje.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites Museums
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Saint Ivan Church ©
Saint Ivan Church
Church of the Holy Trinity ©
Church of the Holy Trinity

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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kokino, Skopje Aqueduct, Stobi, and other attractions you added.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Skopje trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Berat to Skopje takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Berat in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Skopje, with lows of 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Skopje

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Xhamia E Larme, Kokino, Stobi
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Xhamia E Larme ©
Xhamia E Larme
Daut  Pasha Hamam ©
Daut Pasha Hamam
Stobi ©
Stobi

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