16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  5​h
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Shuttle:  2​h
6
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
11
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
12
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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, nature, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Venice day trip planning tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Venice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul vacation planner .

Getting from Venice to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Venice in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and then fly down the slopes at Vitosha Mountain.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sofia day trip planning site .

You can fly from Istanbul to Sofia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in January, expect nights in Sofia to be colder, around -6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Sofia

Nature Historic Sites Winter Sports
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Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain
Room Escape Games
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

1
night
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
On the 7th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and then snap pictures at The Stone Bridge.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Skopje trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Sofia to Skopje takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Skopje is minus 1 hour. In January in Skopje, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Skopje

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge
Memorial House of Mother Teresa ©
Memorial House of Mother Teresa

1
night
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

Ohrid ©
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 steep yourself in history at St. Jovan Kaneo, and then explore the activities along Lake Ohrid.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ohrid trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Skopje to Ohrid by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Ohrid, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tirana.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo
Saint Sophia ©
Saint Sophia

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 9th (Thu), relax in sumptuous surroundings at local Arab baths, take an in-depth tour of Bunk'Art 1, see the interesting displays at Bektashi World Center, then get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tirana day trip planning site .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums
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Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1

1
night
Shkoder, Albania

Shkoder ©
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I, then 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 more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Shkoder itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Tirana to Shkoder in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Tirana, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Shkoder, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity ©
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, cruise along Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen, and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Tryphon Cathedral.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kotor trip planning website .

Getting from Shkoder to Kotor by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
St. Tryphon Cathedral ©
St. Tryphon Cathedral

1
night
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, admire the striking features of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Kotor to Dubrovnik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace ©
Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

1
night
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): make a trip to Spanish square, learn about all things military at Bosnaseum, don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, then shop like a local with War Photo Exhibition, and finally take in the views from Old Bridge (Stari Most).

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

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mostar when traveling from Dubrovnik in January, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Spanish square ©
Spanish square
Mehmed Karadoz Moschee
Mehmed Karadoz Moschee

1
night
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then examine the collection at War Childhood Museum.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo visit planning website .

Traveling by train from Mostar to Sarajevo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mostar in January: high temperatures in Sarajevo hover around 5°C and lows are around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Walking tours
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

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, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then have some family-friendly fun at Legame Studio - VR Gaming Studio, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Karting Arena Zagreb.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Zagreb are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Fun & Games Tours
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Room Escape Games
Walking tours
Karting Arena Zagreb ©
Karting Arena Zagreb

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