16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Bucharest, Romania
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Bucharest, Romania
— 1 day
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Dhermi, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Ksamil, Albania
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
9
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
End: Bucharest, Romania

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Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bucharest trip planner.

If you are flying in from Romania, the closest major aiport is Henri Coandă International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Bucharest can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You'll set off for Sofia on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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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 19th (Tue): wander the streets of Boyana Village, admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and then admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sofia travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Sofia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Sofia are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Temple Sveti Nikolay ©
Temple Sveti Nikolay

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then take a stroll through Old Bazaar, Skopje.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Skopje trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Skopje takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Skopje due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Skopje are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Skopje

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Spas & Wellness

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night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 21st (Thu), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Spille Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana travel route tool.

Drive from Skopje to Tirana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. July in Tirana sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Dhermi.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Spille Beach
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Spille Beach ©
Spille Beach
Spas & Wellness

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nights
Dhermi, Albania

Dhermi ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dhermi Beach and Jale Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Quarter Of Gorica (in Berat), Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello (in Himare) and Vlore (Zvernec Monastery & Independence Monument).

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dhermi driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Dhermi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Tirana to Dhermi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tirana in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Dhermi, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ksamil.

Things to do in Dhermi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Himare, Vlore, Quarter Of Gorica
Highlights from your plan
Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach
Jale Beach ©
Jale Beach
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello ©
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello

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nights
Ksamil, Albania

Ksamil ©
Ksamil Ksamili; is a village and a former municipality in the riviera of Southern Albania, and part of Butrint National Park. Explore Ksamil's surroundings by going to Agios Saranda (in Saranda), Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit (in Labove e Siperme) and Gjirokaster (Gjirokastra Bazaar, Skenduli House, &more). There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park and head outdoors with Tre Ishujt.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ksamil trip app.

Traveling by car from Dhermi to Ksamil takes 2 hours. In July in Ksamil, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Ksamil

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Gjirokaster, Agios Saranda, Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit, Butrint National Park
Highlights from your plan
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House
Zekate House ©
Zekate House

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night
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): wander the streets of Ladadika District, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, and then appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Thessaloniki trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ksamil to Thessaloniki in 5 hours. July in Thessaloniki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ladadika District ©
Ladadika District
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Arch of Galerius ©
Arch of Galerius

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night
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town and then steep yourself in history at Bachkovo Monastery.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Plovdiv itinerary maker.

Getting from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bucharest.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bachkovo Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Bachkovo Monastery ©
Bachkovo Monastery
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town

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Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take a stroll through Lipscani, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cismigiu Gardens, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bucharest online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Bucharest in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lipscani
Lipscani

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