16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
London, United Kingdom

2
days
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 31st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Boyana Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Rotunda of St George (Sveti Georgi), then admire the striking features of Saint Nedelja Church, and finally take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sofia route app .

London, UK to Sofia is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Sofia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sofia: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for Skopje.

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Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski ©
Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski
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Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

2
days
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in the views from Skopje Art Bridge and then take a stroll through Old Bazaar, Skopje. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Macedonia Square, then take in the views from The Stone Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Kale, and finally explore the activities along Lake Matka.

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

Drive from Sofia to Skopje in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Skopje. In September, daily temperatures in Skopje can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Tirana.

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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka

2
days
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 4th (Tue), make a trip to Clock Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, then admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and finally take an in-depth tour of National History Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at BunkArt 1, pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then admire the landmark architecture of Reja "The Cloud", and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tirana holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Tirana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Podgorica.

Things to do in Tirana

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National History Museum ©
National History Museum
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square
Skanderbeg Statue ©
Skanderbeg Statue

3
days
Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica ©
Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Podgorica: Lovcen National Park (in Cetinje), Ostrog Monastery (in Niksic) and Budva (Citadela Fortress & Altstadt (Old Town) Budva). It doesn't end there: take in the views from Millennium Bridge and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Podgorica trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tirana to Podgorica in 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Podgorica

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Side Trips

Budva, Lovcen National Park, Ostrog Monastery
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Ostrog Monastery ©
Ostrog Monastery
Lovcen National Park ©
Lovcen National Park
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva

4
days
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.
On the 12th (Wed), hike the day away at Vrelo Bosne. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, take an in-depth tour of War Childhood Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo planner .

Drive from Podgorica to Sarajevo in 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sarajevo

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Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Sarajevo War Tunnel ©
Sarajevo War Tunnel

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