16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  15​h
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
Sofia, Bulgaria
— Few hours
bus:  4​h
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Prizren, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Koman, Albania
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
Bled, Slovenia
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
Budapest, Hungary
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h
Istanbul, Turkey
— Few hours
Fly:  14​h
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
You've added Bosphorus Strait, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and other attractions to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Panorama 1453, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Istanbul tour itinerary planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October: highs in Istanbul hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Bosphorus Strait ©
Bosphorus Strait

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul vacation tool .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Sofia.

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Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Galata Tower ©
Galata Tower
Rustem Pasha Mosque ©
Rustem Pasha Mosque

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga). Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga) and then take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sofia trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Istanbul to Sofia by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect nights in Sofia to be cooler, around 6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Skopje.

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Vitosha Boulevard ©
Vitosha Boulevard

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mustafa Pasha Mosque. On the 16th (Tue), wander the streets of Old Bazaar, Skopje, appreciate the extensive heritage of Macedonia Square, take in the views from The Stone Bridge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Old Clock Tower, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Dimitrija, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mustafa Pasha Mosque.

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Traveling by car from Sofia to Skopje takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October in Skopje, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Prizren.

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Church of Saint Dimitrija ©
Church of Saint Dimitrija
Macedonia Square ©
Macedonia Square
Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje

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Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren
Kosovo's second city, Prizren sits on the slopes of the rugged Sar Mountain, a region bordered by both Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.
To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Prizren holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Skopje to Prizren takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Koman on the 17th (Wed).

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Koman, Albania

Koman ©
Komani Lake Ferry Berisha has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Wed), get from here to there with Komani Lake Ferry Berisha.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Koman road trip app .

Getting from Prizren to Koman by car takes about 4 hours. October in Koman sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Koman

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Komani Lake Ferry Berisha ©
Komani Lake Ferry Berisha

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Shkoder, Albania

Shkoder ©
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ebu Bekr Mosque, Monument to Mother Teresa, Rozafa Castle, and other attractions you added.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Shkoder visit planner .

Traveling by car from Koman to Shkoder takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Thu) before leaving for Kotor.

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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Ebu Bekr Mosque ©
Ebu Bekr Mosque

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Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes City Walls as well as Stari Grad Kotor. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, step into the grandiose world of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni, steep yourself in history at Stari Grad Kotor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kotor visit planner.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Kotor takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Kotor, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

#Historic Sites

Side Trip

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni

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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.
On the 19th (Fri), stroll through Sveti Jakov Beach and then head off the coast to Island of Lokrum.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik travel planner.

You can drive from Kotor to Dubrovnik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Mostar.

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Sveti Jakov Beach ©
Sveti Jakov Beach
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blagaj tekija, Neretva River and Old Bazar Kujundziluk. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Kravica, snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazar Kujundziluk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Blagaj tekija, and finally explore the activities along Neretva River.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mostar itinerary maker .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in October since evenings lows in Mostar dip to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Sarajevo.

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Kravica ©
Kravica
Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Neretva River ©
Neretva River

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vrelo Bosne as well as Sarajevo War Tunnel. On the 21st (Sun), steep yourself in history at Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, make a trip to Sarajevo War Tunnel, contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, trek along Vrelo Bosne, then steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Srca Isusova.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sarajevo trip planner .

You can take a train from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mostar in October, things will get slightly colder in Sarajevo: highs are around 20°C and lows about 6°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zagreb.

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Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Vrelo Bosne ©
Vrelo Bosne
Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain) ©
Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain)

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka).

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

You can fly from Sarajevo to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Mon) before leaving for Ljubljana.

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St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Preseren Square as well as Ljubljana Castle. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at River Ljubljanica Kanal, step into the grandiose world of Ljubljana Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja), then don't miss a visit to Preseren Square, and finally take in the views from Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ljubljana vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Ljubljana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Bled.

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Ljubljana Castle ©
Ljubljana Castle
River Ljubljanica Kanal ©
River Ljubljanica Kanal

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Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Bohinj as well as Bled Island. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle (Blejski Grad), explore the activities along Lake Bohinj, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Michael, and finally head off the coast to Bled Island.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bled driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Bled takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bled can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Bled

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Lake Bohinj, Church of St. Michael
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Bled Island ©
Bled Island
Bled Castle (Blejski Grad) ©
Bled Castle (Blejski Grad)
Lake Bohinj ©
Lake Bohinj

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), and finally explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vienna itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bled to Vienna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. In October in Vienna, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Budapest.

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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Buda Hill Funicular, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, and other attractions you added. On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Danube River, snap pictures at Margaret Bridge, admire the striking features of Parliament, then snap pictures at Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid), then savor the flavors at Central Market Hall, and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Budapest holiday planning tool .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

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Parliament ©
Parliament
Buda Castle ©
Buda Castle
Danube River
Danube River

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul
To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul route builder website .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Traveling from Budapest in October, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are much hotter (26°C). On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

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