20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Trieste, Italy
— Few hours
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
2
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Timisoara, Romania
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h
7
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Opatija, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
Trieste, Italy
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  13 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States

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Trieste, Italy

Trieste ©
Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): look for gifts at Rowell Design Lifestyle and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Trieste day trip planning site.

New York City, USA to Trieste is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bratislava.

Things to do in Trieste

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta
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Rowell Design Lifestyle ©
Rowell Design Lifestyle
Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta ©
Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta

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nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bratislava Old Town and Tyrsovo nabrezie. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Avion Shopping Park and Aupark Shopping Center. And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stop by Polus City Center, and contemplate the long history of Old Town Hall.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bratislava trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Trieste to Bratislava takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Trieste in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Bratislava. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town
Old Town Hall ©
Old Town Hall
Tyrsovo nabrezie ©
Tyrsovo nabrezie

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Danube River, buy something for everyone on your list at Arena Mall, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally stop by Book Cafe - Lotz Terem. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, then look for gifts at Reflexshop, and then stop by Szputnyik shop D20.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Budapest are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Timisoara.

Things to do in Budapest

Shopping Parks Nature
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
House of Terror Museum ©
House of Terror Museum
Book Cafe - Lotz Terem ©
Book Cafe - Lotz Terem

2
nights
Timisoara, Romania

Timisoara ©
Timișoara is the capital city of Timiș County, and the main social, economic and cultural centre in western Romania.The third most populous city in the country, with 319,279 inhabitants as of the 2011 census, Timișoara is the informal capital city of the historical region of Banat. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Parcul Rozelor and then relax and rejuvenate at Arena AquaSport. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Timisoara Historical Center, learn about winemaking at Recas Wine Cellar, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anthony of Padua Church.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Timisoara travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Budapest to Timisoara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Timisoara

Spas Parks Wineries

Side Trip

St. Anthony of Padua Church
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:
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Arena AquaSport ©
Arena AquaSport
St. Anthony of Padua Church ©
St. Anthony of Padua Church
Timisoara Historical Center ©
Timisoara Historical Center

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery, then admire the natural beauty at Cismigiu Gardens, then walk around Carol Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Baneasa Shopping City. Keep things going the next day: join in the after-dark buzz at Bucharest Party ON and then admire the landmark architecture of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti".

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bucharest tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Timisoara to Bucharest by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Parks Shopping Nightlife
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:
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Carol Park ©
Carol Park
Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery
Bucharest Party ON ©
Bucharest Party ON

2
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Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, then take in the dramatic scenery at Boyana Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Elephant Bookstore.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Sofia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Sofia are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 30th (Thu), you'll travel to Tirana.

Things to do in Sofia

Parks Nature Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 30:
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Boyana Waterfall ©
Boyana Waterfall
Vitosha Boulevard ©
Vitosha Boulevard
Elephant Bookstore ©
Elephant Bookstore

2
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore hidden gems such as City park and Et`hem Bey Mosque. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_dedicate_a_day_to_the_elevated_beauty_of Dajti.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tirana online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Sofia to Tirana by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sofia in June, expect Tirana to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

City park, Dajti
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Et`hem Bey Mosque ©
Et`hem Bey Mosque
City park ©
City park

2
nights
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 3rd (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then examine the collection at War Photo Limited. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Dubrovnik City Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach, and then look for gifts at Clara Stones.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Dubrovnik takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in July, you will find days in Dubrovnik are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited
Sveti Jakov Beach ©
Sveti Jakov Beach

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night
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 5th (Tue), look for gifts at Split Fish Market and then do a tasting at Putalj Winery.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Split tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Opatija.

Things to do in Split

Wineries Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 5:
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Putalj Winery ©
Putalj Winery
Split Fish Market ©
Split Fish Market

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night
Opatija, Croatia

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stop by Volosko, get to know the fascinating history of Lungo Mare, then stop by Manufaktura Opatija, and finally explore the historical opulence of Trsat Castle.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Opatija itinerary planning site.

Drive from Split to Opatija in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Opatija, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Trieste.

Things to do in Opatija

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Trsat Castle
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Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare
Trsat Castle ©
Trsat Castle
Manufaktura Opatija ©
Manufaktura Opatija

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Trieste, Italy

Trieste ©
On the 7th (Thu), stroll through Beach Barcola, explore the world behind art at Museo Revoltella, and then stop by Torri d'Europa.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Trieste trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Opatija to Trieste takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Trieste

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Museo Revoltella ©
Museo Revoltella
Torri d'Europa ©
Torri d'Europa

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