16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
9
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Venice tour website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Venice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Venice are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

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Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

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Getting from Venice to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Venice in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

1
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Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Sofia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Sofia, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you will find days in Sofia are a bit cooler (3°C), and nights are cooler (-6°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Sofia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

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A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, then admire the architecture and history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and then snap pictures at The Stone Bridge.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Skopje trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Skopje takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sofia to Skopje, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Skopje, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ohrid.

Things to do in Skopje

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

1
night

Jerusalem of the Balkans

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jovan Kaneo, and then explore the activities along Lake Ohrid.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ohrid online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Skopje to Ohrid in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tirana.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

1
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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, take an in-depth tour of Bektashi World Center, then take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Tirana itinerary planning website.

Take a shuttle from Ohrid to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ohrid in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Tirana: highs are around 15°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

1
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Shkoder, Albania

Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I, step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity.

To find out how to plan a trip to Shkoder, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tirana to Shkoder by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and train; or take a train. Traveling from Tirana in January, expect nights in Shkoder to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are little chillier, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

1
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Kotor, Montenegro

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, cruise along Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovćen, and then explore the ancient world of St. Tryphon Cathedral.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotor trip planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Kotor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kotor are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

1
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, then admire the striking features of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik road trip tool.

Getting from Kotor to Dubrovnik by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mostar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): make a trip to Spanish square, get engrossed in the history at Bosnaseum, make a trip to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, then learn about all things military at War Photo Exhibition, and finally snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most).

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mostar trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Mostar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Mostar, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jerusalem of Europe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, then squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours, and then see the interesting displays at War Childhood Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo day trip planning site.

Drive from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, Sarajevo is little chillier than Mostar - with highs of 5°C and lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

1
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Zagreb, Croatia

Little Vienna

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 15th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then have some family-friendly fun at Legame Studio - VR Gaming Studio, and finally get your game on at Karting Arena Zagreb.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zagreb travel route builder app.

Getting from Sarajevo to Zagreb by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Zagreb sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Fun & Games · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15: