56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Train:  6 h 30 min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
train:  8 h
3
Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Bad Schandau, Germany
— 3 nights
ferry:  1 h
5
Hrensko, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Brno, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
11
Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
12
Pristina, Kosovo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
13
Prizren, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
14
Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
15
Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  2 h
16
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
17
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
18
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
19
Sozopol, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 30 min
20
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
You've now added Delirium to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stop by Place St. Gery and then join in the after-dark buzz at Delirium.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

London, UK to Brussels is an approximately 2.5- hour train ride. You can also do a combination of car and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from London, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 0°C. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Sonian Forest ©
Sonian Forest
Place St. Gery ©
Place St. Gery
Delirium ©
Delirium

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne attractions planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Cologne sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. You'll set off for Dresden on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Cologne

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 14th (Fri), head outdoors with Rollon - Radtouren, then engage your brain at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, then make a trip to Old Market Square (Altmarkt), and finally take in the views from Augustus Bridge.

Make your Dresden itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Cologne to Dresden takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Cologne in January, plan for little chillier days in Dresden, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. On the 15th (Sat), you're off to Bad Schandau.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Deutsches Hygiene-Museum ©
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
Old Market Square (Altmarkt) ©
Old Market Square (Altmarkt)
Augustus Bridge ©
Augustus Bridge

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Bad Schandau, Germany

Bad Schandau ©
Bad Schandau is a spa town in Germany, in the south of the Free State of Saxony and the district of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge. Discover out-of-the-way places like Saxon Switzerland National Park and Die Wanderung am Lilienstein. It doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Museum Bad Schandau Erich Wustmann and look for all kinds of wild species at Luchsgehege.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bad Schandau online visit planner.

Bad Schandau is just a short distance from Dresden. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to Hrensko.

Things to do in Bad Schandau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Saxon Switzerland National Park, Die Wanderung am Lilienstein
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Saxon Switzerland National Park ©
Saxon Switzerland National Park
Die Wanderung am Lilienstein ©
Die Wanderung am Lilienstein
Luchsgehege ©
Luchsgehege

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Hrensko, Czech Republic

Hrensko ©
Hřensko is a small village of approximately 320 inhabitants in the Ústí nad Labem Region of the Czech Republic on the border with Germany. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the views from Old Town Bridge (Staromestsky Most) and then admire the verdant scenery at Edmundova soutEska. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Wild Gorge, then examine the collection at Sklarske Muzeum Novy Bor, then admire the striking features of The Rock Castle Sloup, and finally don't miss a visit to Saunstejn Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hrensko driving holiday planner.

Hrensko is just a stone's throw from Bad Schandau. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. You will leave for Prague on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Hrensko

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sklarske Muzeum Novy Bor, Old Town Bridge (Staromestsky Most), The Rock Castle Sloup
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The Rock Castle Sloup ©
The Rock Castle Sloup
Edmundova soutEska ©
Edmundova soutEska
Sklarske Muzeum Novy Bor ©
Sklarske Muzeum Novy Bor

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kunraticky Forest will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Czech Repubrick and St Bartholomew's Cathedral. Explore Prague's surroundings by going to Karlovy Vary (Moser, Vridelni kolonada, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gallery of Steel Figures, get in on the family fun at Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park, have fun and explore at Muzeum Smyslů, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Salvator.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Prague tour website.

Getting from Hrensko to Prague by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. January in Prague sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Brno.

Things to do in Prague

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Karlovy Vary, St Bartholomew's Cathedral
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Czech Repubrick ©
Czech Repubrick
Vridelni kolonada ©
Vridelni kolonada

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Brno, Czech Republic

Brno ©
A thousand years old, Brno offers a convenient urban base for exploring the southern section of Moravia, famed for its lush vineyards and natural caves.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St. John.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Brno trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Prague to Brno in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Brno, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Brno

Historic Sites Museums
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Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary ©
Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary
Zetor Gallery ©
Zetor Gallery
Dietrichsteinsky Palace ©
Dietrichsteinsky Palace

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 25th (Tue), examine the collection at Bank Austria Kunstforum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Augustinerkirche, examine the collection at Papyrus Collection and Papyrus Museum Vienna, get engrossed in the history at Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna, then take an in-depth tour of Hofmobiliendepot - Imperial Furniture Collection, and finally steep yourself in history at Haydnhaus. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Naturpark Mannersdof-Wuste, try your luck at Casino Baden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then pause for some photo ops at Pestsäule, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and finally make a trip to Michaelerplatz.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vienna online road trip planner.

Getting from Brno to Vienna by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Naturpark Mannersdof-Wuste, Casino Baden
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Hofmobiliendepot - Imperial Furniture Collection ©
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church

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Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Slovak National Gallery Slovenská národná galéria and Kostol svateho Michala archanjela. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mestska Veza and Cathedral of St. Emeran. Get out of town with these interesting Bratislava side-trips: Cachtice Castle (in Cachtice), The Museum of Military History (in Piestany) and Beckov castle (in Beckov). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Mierove namestie, examine the collection at Railway Museum in Railway Depot Bratislava-Vychod, enjoy the sand and surf at Slnecne Jazera, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bratislava trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Bratislava in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Bratislava sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nitra, Trencin, Cachtice Castle, Malokarpatske muzeum v Pezinku, Slnecne Jazera
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Cachtice Castle ©
Cachtice Castle
Slnecne Jazera ©
Slnecne Jazera
Beckov castle ©
Beckov castle

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tagore Promenade and Visegrad Citadel. Get some cultural insight at Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Budapest: Round Church (in Balatonfured), Lazar Equestrian Park (in Domony) and Szentendre (Retro Design Center & Mikrocsodak Muzeuma). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Faust Wine Cellar, see the interesting displays at House of Stoves, get engrossed in the history at Jatekmuzeum - Foltermuseum, and steep yourself in history at Festetics Palace.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Budapest are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Keszthely, Balatonfured, Tihany, Visegrad, Szentendre
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Tagore Promenade ©
Tagore Promenade
Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral ©
Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral
Faust Wine Cellar ©
Faust Wine Cellar

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Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of The National Assembly, admire the masterpieces at Zepter Museum , Belgrade, brush up on your military savvy at Military Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Petka's Chapel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ružica, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Spomen-zbirka Pavla Beljanskog, kick back and relax at Strand, learn about winemaking at Podrum Probus, then contemplate the long history of Sremski Karlovci, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Upper Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Belgrade trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Budapest to Belgrade by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pristina.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Sremski Karlovci, Novi Sad
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Podrum Probus ©
Podrum Probus
Strand ©
Strand
Saint Petka's Chapel ©
Saint Petka's Chapel

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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.
Get outdoors at Mirusha Waterfalls and Sleeping beauty Cave. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Gazimestan Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Pristina side-trips: Old Bazaar of Peja (in Pec), Mitrovica (Miner's Monument, Saint Demetrius Church, &more) and Ulpiana (in Gracanica). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, appreciate the history behind Newborn Monument, explore the world behind art at Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, and examine the collection at Illusium.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pristina trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Belgrade to Pristina in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Prizren.

Things to do in Pristina

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mitrovica, Pec, Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, Mirusha Waterfalls, Ulpiana
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Saint Demetrius Church ©
Saint Demetrius Church
Mirusha Waterfalls ©
Mirusha Waterfalls
Gazimestan Memorial ©
Gazimestan Memorial

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint George and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Saviour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Stone Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Khalwati Tekke, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque), then delve into the distant past at Mahmet Pasha Hamam, and finally identify plant and animal life at Shar Mountain National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Prizren trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Pristina to Prizren takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife
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Church of Holy Saviour ©
Church of Holy Saviour
Shar Mountain National Park ©
Shar Mountain National Park
Marash Park ©
Marash Park

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fort sv Andrija and Grubonja Palace. Get some cultural insight at Palace Zmajevic and Monastery and Church of St. Clare. There's lots more to do: see a world frozen in time at Fort Vrmac - Old Austro-Hungarian Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St. Matthew, explore the historical opulence of Drago Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Manastir Svetog Francisa.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kotor journey planner.

You can drive from Prizren to Kotor in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Perast, Kotor3DMuseum, The Church of St. Matthew
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Trg Sv. Tripuna ©
Trg Sv. Tripuna
Sea Gate
Sea Gate
Fort sv Andrija ©
Fort sv Andrija

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore hidden gems such as Spille Beach and Spas & Wellness. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and The Cave of Pellumbas. Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Petrela Castle (in Petrele), Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze) and Duka Winery and Vineyard (in Durres). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Paul Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at House of Leaves, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tirana holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Tirana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Ohrid.

Things to do in Tirana

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Petrela Castle, Preza Castle, Duka Winery and Vineyard, Spille Beach, The Cave of Pellumbas
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spille Beach ©
Spille Beach
The Cave of Pellumbas ©
The Cave of Pellumbas

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as National Park Pelister and Tose Proeski Memorial House. Saint Nikola Gerakomija and Holy Mother of God are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Ohrid's surroundings by going to Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski (in Gostivar), Mavrovo National Park (in Mavrovo) and Resen Museum (in Resen). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Archangel Michael Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ali Pasha Mosque, make a trip to Halveti Hayati Tekke, and get a taste of the local shopping with Icon Gallery-Ohrid.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Ohrid road trip planning website.

Traveling by shuttle from Tirana to Ohrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tirana in February: high temperatures in Ohrid hover around 10°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Prilep, Holy Mother of God, Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski, National Park Pelister, Mavrovo National Park
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St. Archangel Michael Monastery ©
St. Archangel Michael Monastery
National Workshop For Handmade Paper ©
National Workshop For Handmade Paper
Holy Mary Perybleptos ©
Holy Mary Perybleptos

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mustafa Pasha Mosque and Arabati Baba Tekke. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stobi and Brzanov Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Skopje side-trips: Tetovo (Isa Beg Hammam & Xhamia E Larme). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Macedonian Village Resort Ethnological Museum, admire the striking features of Daut Pasha Hamam, don't miss a visit to Museum City of Skopje, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Macedonian Struggle.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Skopje road trip planning app.

Getting from Ohrid to Skopje by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Tetovo, Macedonian Village Resort Ethnological Museum, Stobi
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Xhamia E Larme ©
Xhamia E Larme
Mustafa Pasha Mosque ©
Mustafa Pasha Mosque
Stobi ©
Stobi

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look and learn at Muzeiko, view the masterpieces at Galeria Nina, get engrossed in the history at The Red Flat, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Nikolai Sofiyski, then try your luck at Royale Palms Casino, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex.

Discover how to plan a Sofia trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Sofia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Skopje to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sozopol.

Things to do in Sofia

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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The Red Flat ©
The Red Flat
Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex ©
Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex
Saint Nikolai Sofiyski ©
Saint Nikolai Sofiyski

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Sozopol, Bulgaria

Sozopol ©
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Cape Emine and Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Veleka Beach and Poda Protected Site will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Sozopol side-trips: Sveti Vlas (CRG Airsoft Arena & Church of St. Afanasiy the Great), Nessebar (The Old Fountain, Church of the Assumption, &more) and Pomorie Museum of History (in Pomorie). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Historical Museum of Burgas, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Primorsko, take in the spiritual surroundings of St George Church Църква Св.Георги, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Roman Catholic Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sozopol tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Sofia to Sozopol by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In February in Sozopol, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sozopol

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Burgas, Nessebar, Sveti Vlas, Historical Museum of Primorsko, Pomorie Museum of History
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Cape Emine ©
Cape Emine
Veleka Beach ©
Veleka Beach
Poda Protected Site ©
Poda Protected Site

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Istanbul, Turkey

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Altinkemer Local Beach and Florya Sahil Parkı. Get outdoors at Balloon Rides and Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki. Get out of town with these interesting Istanbul side-trips: Izmit (Gayret Gemi Museum & KInalI Asker ParkI), Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki (in Basiskele) and Bursa (Muradiye Complex & Green Tomb). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Fatih Mosque and Complex, visit Balat, learn about all things military at Naval Museum, and wander the streets of Bebek.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sozopol to Istanbul. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sozopol in March since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Izmit, Basiskele, Bursa, Altinkemer Local Beach
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Balloon Rides
Besiktas ©
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