26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Pristina, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Kotor, Montenegro
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore Tirana's surroundings by going to The Cave of Pellumbas (in Pellumbas), City park (in Kashar) and Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti, explore the historical opulence of Petrela Castle, examine the collection at Bektashi World Center, and get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Tirana day trip planner.

London, UK to Tirana is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tirana is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in Tirana at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pristina.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kruje, Petrela Castle, The Cave of Pellumbas, City park, Durres Amphitheatre
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): stroll around Germia Park, relax and rejuvenate at N'Yoga, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Mother Tereza, pause for some photo ops at Newborn Monument, then pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrale Nënë Tereza, and finally browse the different shops at ALBI Shopping Mall. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Stone Bridge, get advice or help at Pristina National Library, appreciate the history behind Field of Blackbirds, then get engrossed in the history at Kosovo Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Džamija cara, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik).

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pristina trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tirana to Pristina by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Pristina

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trips

Stone Bridge, Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, Gracanica Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Džamija cara ©
Džamija cara
Gracanica Monastery ©
Gracanica Monastery
N'Yoga ©
N'Yoga

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Skopje: Xhamia E Larme (in Tetovo) and Stone town of Kuklica (in Kratovo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, get a taste of the local shopping with Old Bazaar, Skopje, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain of Vodno, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Clement of Ohrid.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Skopje journey builder tool.

Traveling by car from Pristina to Skopje takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Belgrade.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Xhamia E Larme, Stone town of Kuklica
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge

3
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Belgrade is known for historic sites, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, take in panoramic vistas at The Millenary Monument, put a fun spin on your tour with BeoQuest Interactive Treasure Hunts, and don't miss a visit to Avala Tower.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Belgrade online journey builder.

You can drive from Skopje to Belgrade in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Room Escape Games
St. Sava Temple ©
St. Sava Temple

5
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Njegos Mausoleum (in Cetinje), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Virpazar) and Lovcen National Park (in Cetinje Municipality). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fort sv Andrija, take a leisurely stroll along Porto Montenegro, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Tryphon Cathedral.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kotor trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Belgrade to Kotor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kotor are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Perast, Tivat Municipality, Cetinje Municipality, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Castle Of San Giovanni
Highlights from your plan
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Cavtat Old Town about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: visit Old Town, contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac, take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Dubrovnik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

3
nights
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Step out of Mostar to go to Studenci and see Kravica, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), make a trip to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, explore the activities along Jablanicas Lake, and get great views at Hum.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mostar trip itinerary website.

Drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. In May in Mostar, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mostar

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Kravica, Blagaj tekija
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
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Neretva River ©
Neretva River
Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Jablanicas Lake ©
Jablanicas Lake

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