26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 3 nights
3
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 5 nights
4
Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
5
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
6
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
8
Brasov, Romania
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  19​h
End: Seattle, United States

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Dajti. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 1, then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, then get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

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Seattle, USA to Tirana is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Tirana is 9 hours. When traveling from Seattle in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tirana: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Kruja Castle
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Mount Dajti ©
Mount Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Kruja Castle ©
Kruja Castle

3
nights
Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica ©
Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. Get some historical perspective at Ostrog Monastery and Dajbabe Monastery. Explore Podgorica's surroundings by going to Lovcen National Park (in Cetinje) and Virpazar (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Virpazar-old-bridge). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Skadar Lake National Park and pause for some serene contemplation at Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja.

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You can drive from Tirana to Podgorica in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Podgorica

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Virpazar, Ostrog Monastery, Lovcen National Park
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Lovcen National Park ©
Lovcen National Park
Ostrog Monastery ©
Ostrog Monastery
Dajbabe Monastery ©
Dajbabe Monastery

5
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.
Visit Bascarsija and Ferhadija Mosque for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Galerija 11/07/95 and War Childhood Museum. On the 23rd (Mon), hike the day away at Vrelo Bosne. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor's Mosque, make a trip to Latin Bridge, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Sarajevo holiday tool .

Getting from Podgorica to Sarajevo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Museums Parks Outdoors
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War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

2
nights
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 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Muzej Nikole Tesle (Nikola Tesla Museum), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, then steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, and finally take a stroll through Skadarlija. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Ada Ciganlija, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ružica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Petka's Chapel, and finally get your game on at OldTown Archery Belgrade.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Belgrade trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Sarajevo to Belgrade in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Belgrade sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save) ©
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save)
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija

2
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get some historical perspective at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Rila Monastery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Boyana Church and The Rotunda Church of St George. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, delve into the distant past at Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka", test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at National Museum of History.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sofia visit planner .

Getting from Belgrade to Sofia by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Belgrade to Sofia is 1 hour. In September in Sofia, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

3
nights
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Get some cultural insight at Bachkovo Monastery and Red Church. Visit Plovdiv Roman Theatre and Sveta Marina church for their historical value. Step out of Plovdiv with an excursion to Villa Yustina Winery in Ustina--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress, don't miss a visit to Hisar Kapia, get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip planner .

Getting from Sofia to Plovdiv by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Bucharest.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Asenovgrad, Red Church, Bachkovo Monastery, Villa Yustina Winery
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Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Red Church ©
Red Church
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress

2
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Popular historic sites such as Stavropoleos Monastery and Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Museum of History of the Jewish Community. Step out of Bucharest to go to Mogosoaia and see Mogosoaia Palace, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, take a stroll through Lipscani, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and walk around Herăstrău Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bucharest trip itinerary website .

Getting from Plovdiv to Bucharest by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains, Mogosoaia Palace
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Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mogosoaia Palace ©
Mogosoaia Palace

4
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Visit Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) and Sinaia Monastery for their historical value. Peles Castle and Rasnov Citadel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Brasov side-trips: Pelisor Castle (in Sinaia) and Predeal Monastery (in Predeal). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Church (Biserica Neagra), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tampa, contemplate the long history of Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, and wander the streets of Brasov Historical Center.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Brasov online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Bucharest to Brasov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sinaia, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Rasnov Citadel, Villages with Fortified Churches, Quad Team Building
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Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Peles Castle ©
Peles Castle
Black Church (Biserica Neagra) ©
Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

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