26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
2
Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 15​min
5
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
6
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
8
Varna, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Brasov, Romania
— 1 night
10
Sibiu, Romania
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Seattle, United States

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995 and War Childhood Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and Bascarsija. Take a break from Sarajevo with a short trip to Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Visegrad, about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, get engrossed in the history at Svrzo House, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sarajevo trip itinerary maker website .

Seattle, USA to Sarajevo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. Traveling from Seattle in September, plan for little chillier nights in Sarajevo, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
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War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

4
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oplenac and Smederevo Fortress. Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Petka's Chapel and Ružica. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belgrade: Sremski Karlovci (in Sremski Karlovci) and Novi Sad (Dunavska Street & The Name of Mary Church). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, examine the collection at Museum of Aviation, admire the landmark architecture of Crkva Svetog Marka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save).

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Belgrade trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Belgrade takes 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 up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Novi Sad, Sremski Karlovci, Smederevo Fortress, Oplenac
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Oplenac ©
Oplenac
Saint Petka's Chapel ©
Saint Petka's Chapel
Sremski Karlovci ©
Sremski Karlovci

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at St. Nikola Church and Altstadt (Old Town) Budva. Step off the beaten path and head to Saint Ivan Church and Skadar Lake National Park. Step out of Kotor to go to Virpazar and see Nature & Wildlife Tours, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Stari Grad Kotor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lapidarium in St. Michael's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kotor vacation app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Belgrade to Kotor in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Belgrade, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kotor, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Budva, Perast, Skadar Lake National Park, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Porto Montenegro
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St. Nikola Church ©
St. Nikola Church
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Saint Ivan Church ©
Saint Ivan Church

1
day
Gjirokaster, Albania

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, then make a trip to Skenduli House, then explore the historical opulence of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Gjirokaster day trip tool .

You can drive from Kotor to Gjirokaster in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kotor to Gjirokaster is 1 hour. Traveling from Kotor in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gjirokaster, with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Museums
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Zekate House ©
Zekate House
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Gjirokastra Bazaar ©
Gjirokastra Bazaar

2
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
National Institute of Archaeology with Museum and Galeria Nina will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Rila Monastery. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sofia Church, walk around Doctors' Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church, and stroll through Vitosha Mountain.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Sofia road trip website .

Drive from Gjirokaster to Sofia in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Gjirokaster in September, things will get slightly colder in Sofia: highs are around 76°F and lows about 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Saint Sofia Church ©
Saint Sofia Church
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dzhumaya Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bachkovo Monastery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Red Church. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Bakalova House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, then get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally don't miss a visit to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Plovdiv trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Red Church, Bachkovo Monastery, Assen's Fortress
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Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress
Ethnographic Museum ©
Ethnographic Museum
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1
night
Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
On the 3rd (Thu), get out on two wheels at Karting Sunny Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Blaise, learn about winemaking at Winery Messembria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Sophia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Stephens Church.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nessebar attractions planner.

Drive from Plovdiv to Nessebar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Varna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites Wineries Trails

Side Trips

Karting Sunny Beach, Church of St. Blaise
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St Stephens Church ©
St Stephens Church
Church of Christ Pantocrator ©
Church of Christ Pantocrator

2
nights
Varna, Bulgaria

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Stone Forest, examine the collection at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum, take an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption of Holy Virgin Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery.

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

Getting from Nessebar to Varna by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In October in Varna, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brasov.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik
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Varna Archaeological Museum ©
Varna Archaeological Museum
Stone Forest ©
Stone Forest

1
night
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Peles Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Pelisor Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinaia Monastery, and finally explore the galleries of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, take a stroll through Brasov Historical Center, then take an in-depth tour of Prima Scoala Romaneasca, and finally don't miss a visit to Sinagoga Neologa.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Brasov sightseeing planner .

Drive from Varna to Brasov in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sibiu.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Sinaia, Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
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Pelisor Castle ©
Pelisor Castle
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Sinaia Monastery ©
Sinaia Monastery

3
nights
Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu ©
Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of The Fortified Church of Biertan, then steep yourself in history at Citadel of Alba Iulia, then admire the landmark architecture of Turnul Sfatului (The Tower of the Council), and finally don't miss a visit to Turnul Pielarilor. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town and then see the interesting displays at ASTRA Museum.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sibiu day trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Brasov to Sibiu in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October in Sibiu, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Fortified Church of Biertan, Citadel of Alba Iulia
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The Fortified Church of Biertan ©
The Fortified Church of Biertan
Citadel of Alba Iulia ©
Citadel of Alba Iulia
ASTRA Museum ©
ASTRA Museum

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