22 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

22 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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1
Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
2
Prizren, Kosovo
— 2 nights
3
Pec, Kosovo
— 2 nights
4
Pristina, Kosovo
— 2 nights
5
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
7
N'Djamena, Chad
— 3 nights

4
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shkoder (Marubi National Museum of Photography & Rozafa Castle), Berat (Holy Trinity Church, Berat Castle, &more) and Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, and stop by Artistic Jewellery Pirro.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tirana trip itinerary planning app.

Athens, Greece to Tirana is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Tirana. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Prizren.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Berat, Shkoder, Preza Castle
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Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle

2
nights
Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren ©
Kosovo's second city, Prizren sits on the slopes of the rugged Sar Mountain, a region bordered by both Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.
On the 24th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Mahmet Pasha Hamam, thenexpand your understanding of the military at Kalaja Fortress, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinan Pasha Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Stone Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Ljevis, make a trip to Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque), thendon't miss a visit to Khalwati Tekke, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint George, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Saviour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Prizren trip planner.

Getting from Tirana to Prizren by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pec.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites Museums
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Sinan Pasha Mosque ©
Sinan Pasha Mosque
Kalaja Fortress ©
Kalaja Fortress
Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque) ©
Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque)

2
nights
Pec, Kosovo

Pec ©
On the 26th (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazaar of Peja, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Visoki Decani Monastery, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Rugova Canyon, and finally steep yourself in history at Patriarchate of Pec. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Sleeping beauty Cave, get engrossed in the history at Ethnological Museum, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rugova Mountains, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Hadji Bey Hamam Peja, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at White Drin Waterfall.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pec trip planner.

Traveling by car from Prizren to Pec takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Pristina.

Things to do in Pec

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Visoki Decani Monastery
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Rugova Mountains ©
Rugova Mountains
Visoki Decani Monastery ©
Visoki Decani Monastery
Patriarchate of Pec ©
Patriarchate of Pec

2
nights
Pristina, Kosovo

Pristina ©
Long regarded as a gray and traffic-congested provincial town with little tourist appeal, Pristina today possesses a youthful vibrance and a newfound sense of sophistication, as the result of the city's large community of foreign functionaries.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): stroll around Germia Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrale Nënë Tereza, thenappreciate the history behind Bill Clinton Statue, thenmake a trip to Gracanica Monastery, and finally get your bearings at Pristina National Library. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Džamija cara, get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik), get engrossed in the history at Kosovo Museum, appreciate the history behind Statue of Mother Tereza, thenpause for some photo ops at Newborn Monument, and finally appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg statue.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pristina trip planning tool.

Getting from Pec to Pristina by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Pristina

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Gracanica Monastery
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Katedrale Nënë Tereza ©
Katedrale Nënë Tereza
Gracanica Monastery ©
Gracanica Monastery
Germia Park ©
Germia Park

5
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rila Monastery (in Rila) and Plovdiv (Statue of Milyo the Crazy, Plovdiv Old Town, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church, walk around Doctors' Garden, and stop by Chilli Hills.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia road trip site.

Traveling by car from Pristina to Sofia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Plovdiv, Zlatnite_Mostove -Golden Bridges, Rila Monastery
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain

3
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.
On the 5th (Sun), look for gifts at Jennifer's Hamam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, thentake an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and finally snap pictures at Galata Koprusu. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , thenbrowse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul attractions planner.

Fly from Sofia to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Istanbul is 1 hour. Traveling from Sofia in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to N'Djamena.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
N'Djamena, Chad

N'Djamena ©
Chad's capital and largest city, N'Djamena serves as the main port on the Chari River, and a hub for livestock, grain, and salt.
On the 8th (Wed), have fun at Cinema le Normandie Tchad and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque N'Djamena. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Big Market Marché central, browse the exhibits of Musée National du Tchad, and then explore and take pictures at Avenue Charles de Gaulle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the N'Djamena travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Istanbul to N'Djamena with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to West Africa Standard Time (WAT) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in July: high temperatures in N'Djamena hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in N'Djamena

Fun & Games Nightlife Shopping
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Cinema le Normandie Tchad ©
Cinema le Normandie Tchad
Musée National du Tchad ©
Musée National du Tchad
Grand Mosque N'Djamena ©
Grand Mosque N'Djamena

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