20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Rome, Train to Florence
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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City of San Marino, San Marino
— 1 night
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bovec, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive
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Postojna, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to Calgary International Airport

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele and Duomo di San Gimignano. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Corridoio Vasariano and Historic Centre of the City of Pienza. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Tempio di San Biagio (in Montepulciano), San Gimignano (Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne, San Gimignano 1300, &more) and Piazza Pio II (in Pienza). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Palazzo Strozzi, examine the collection at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, admire the masterpieces at Accademia di Belle Arti, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella Brancacci.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary planning tool.

Calgary, Canada to Florence is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Calgary to Florence. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in June: high temperatures in Florence hover around 33°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to City of San Marino.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

1
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City of San Marino, San Marino

The capital of one of the world's smallest and oldest republics, the hillside city of San Marino boasts a World Heritage-listed old town that's known for its winding cobblestone streets and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the galleries of Palazzo Graziani, steep yourself in history at Montale Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Orti Borghesi San Marino, then see the interesting displays at Museo Creature della Notte - Vampiri e Licantropi, then don't miss a visit to Passo Delle Streghe, and finally walk around San Marino Nature Park.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the City of San Marino trip planner.

You can drive from Florence to City of San Marino in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July in City of San Marino, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in City of San Marino

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Palazzo Mocenigo and Ca' d'Oro. Explore hidden gems such as Museo Querini Stampalia and Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, wander the streets of Campo Santa Margherita, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and explore the world behind art at Palazzo Fortuny (Pesaro degli Orfei).

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Venice planner.

You can drive from City of San Marino to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bovec.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

1
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Bovec, Slovenia

In the north-west part of Slovenia, Bovec sits in an area known for its rich and colorful culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Mangart Saddle, make a trip to Predil Pass, take in the history at Ravelnik Open Air Museum, then see the interesting displays at Fort Kluze, then make a trip to Fort Hermann, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Thirsty River Brewing.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bovec trip builder website.

You can drive from Venice to Bovec in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Venice in July, expect Bovec to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Postojna.

Things to do in Bovec

Outdoors · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Scenic Drive

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Postojna, Slovenia

With its friendly atmosphere, breathtaking landscapes, natural phenomena, and historical monuments, Postojna offers everything you need for a peaceful vacation or a quick getaway from the city.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Military Museum Tabor, put a fun spin on your tour with Karra Karst Escapes, then explore the fascinating underground world of Planina Cave, and finally examine the collection at Karst Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Postojna online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bovec to Postojna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Postojna are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Postojna

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trips

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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 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Sniper Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with War Photo Exhibition, take an in-depth tour of Bosnaseum, then don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Studio Pandur, and finally steep yourself in history at Biscevica Kuca (Biscevic House).

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mostar online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Postojna to Mostar takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Postojna in July, things will get a bit warmer in Mostar: highs are around 39°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Gazi Husrev Begova Medresa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ferhadija Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alipasina Mosque, then take in the history at Sniper Alley, and finally appreciate the history behind Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed during Siege. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Despic House, steep yourself in history at Old Sarajevo Clock Tower, stop by Bazerdzan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Alifakovac Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Museum Alija Izetbegovic.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sarajevo itinerary builder site.

Getting from Mostar to Sarajevo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mostar in July, with highs in Sarajevo at 32°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Gjirokaster, Albania

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
On the 13th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum and then steep yourself in history at Zekate House.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gjirokaster visit planner.

You can drive from Sarajevo to Gjirokaster in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Sarajevo in July, expect Gjirokaster to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

San Marino travel guide

3.3
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Castles
San Marino is a country characterized by its architecture--namely, the three towers that adorn the country's flag and coat of arms. As a result, most of the tourist attractions here center around the structures protruding from the hill of the country. The third-smallest nation in Europe, it is surprising that San Marino managed to gain independence from robust Italy. This status has created great pride among the Sanmarinese, although Italian culture is still quite influential as the country is completely surrounded by Italy. And while its size has obvious disadvantages, the advantages for tourism strongly outweigh them. Visitors don't need to travel to get a sense of the country (there isn't far to go!), and this generates an intimacy and friendliness among locals that is lost in most larger countries.

Slovenia travel guide

4.3
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.