8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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Bremerhaven, Germany
— 1 day
Drive to Bremen Airport, Fly to Skopje
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights


Bremerhaven, Germany — 1 day

Though often overshadowed by its larger and better-known neighbor of Bremen, Bremerhaven has its own distinct identity.
On the 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Deutsches Auswandererhaus, enjoy the sea views from Simon-Loschen-Leuchtturm, and then take in panoramic vistas at Container-Aussichtsturm.

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Bremen to Bremerhaven is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Bremerhaven can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Skopje.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia — 2 nights

A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Panteleimon, then take a stroll through Old Bazaar, Skopje, and then snap pictures at The Stone Bridge. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Skopje online holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Bremerhaven to Skopje with the Route module. Traveling from Bremerhaven in August, expect nights in Skopje to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Istanbul.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami . Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

Before you visit Istanbul, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Skopje to Istanbul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Skopje in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Budapest when traveling from Istanbul in August, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Nature
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Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

Bodies of Water · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Despite its rich culture and outstanding natural beauty, the Republic of Macedonia remains relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. Life continues at a slower pace in this natural setting of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Tradition and local customs rule the country's idyllic villages, tiny pockets of hospitality scattered across a rugged region. Start your Macedonian adventure at the capital city of Skopje, an easygoing urban center offering good dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The city also serves as a convenient base for hiking and biking trips through the surrounding countryside, which is noted for its ancient monasteries, mosques, and archaeological sites.

Hungary travel guide

Historic Sites · Government Buildings · Nightlife
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations.