18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Glasgow, United Kingdom
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  6​h
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Glasgow, United Kingdom

2
nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Elizabeth's / Blue Church, then take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Devin Castle (hrad), and finally pause for some photo ops at Cumil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Michael's Gate (Michalska brana), make a trip to St. Michael's Tower & Street, take in panoramic vistas at UFO Observation Deck, then step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, then put a fun spin on your tour with BrainTeaseLava - more than Escape Room, and finally don't miss a visit to Slavin War Memorial.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bratislava trip planning app .

Glasgow, UK to Bratislava is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Glasgow to Bratislava. Traveling from Glasgow in August, expect Bratislava to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Budapest.

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Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town
Devin Castle (hrad) ©
Devin Castle (hrad)

3
nights
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.
Spend the 7th (Tue) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Parliament, don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In August in Budapest, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Bled.

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Parliament ©
Parliament
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 8th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Triglav National Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bohinj. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Straza Bled, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then hike along Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar), and finally step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle (Blejski Grad).

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bled trip planner .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Bled takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

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Triglav National Park ©
Triglav National Park
Lake Bohinj ©
Lake Bohinj

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), appreciate the history behind Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, and then delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Old Split, then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Marjan, and finally see the interesting displays at Froggyland.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Split visit planner .

You can drive from Bled to Split in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bled in August: high temperatures in Split hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for Hvar.

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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): make a trip to Purkin Kuk and then get great views at Spanjola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery, step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

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Traveling by ferry from Split to Hvar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In August in Hvar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Step out of Dubrovnik to go to Cavtat and see Cavtat Old Town, which is approximately 34 minutes away. On the 16th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Gradske Zidine, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, steep yourself in history at Stradun, and take a stroll through Old Town.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip maker app .

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

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Speed Boats Tours
Gradske Zidine ©
Gradske Zidine
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sunny Beach.

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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

Sunny Beach ©
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Church of Saint Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Stephens Church, then steep yourself in history at Nessebar, and finally make a splash at Action Aquapark.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Sunny Beach online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Istanbul to Sunny Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sunny Beach, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Nessebar ©
Nessebar
Church of Saint Sophia ©
Church of Saint Sophia

1
night
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the striking features of Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stravrapoleos), get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, then see the interesting displays at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bucharest online visit planner .

You can drive from Sunny Beach to Bucharest in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sunny Beach in August, plan for little chillier nights in Bucharest, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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