42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Bhopal, India
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Brasov, Romania
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  7 h
3
Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  2 h
8
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
Pec, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Bhopal, India

4
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Get out of town with these interesting Bucharest side-trips: Mogosoaia Palace (in Mogosoaia) and Tiriac Collection (in Otopeni). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, take in nature's colorful creations at Cismigiu Gardens, test your team's savvy at Gateway Virtual Reality Studio, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bucharest online vacation planner.

Bhopal, India to Bucharest is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Bhopal in May: high temperatures in Bucharest hover around 27°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Tiriac Collection, Mogosoaia Palace
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Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament
Walking tours

3
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Get out of town with these interesting Brasov side-trips: Mountain Postavarul (in Poiana Brasov), Sinaia (Pelisor Castle & Peles Castle) and Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) (in Bran). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra), see the interesting displays at Casa Muresenilor, don't miss a visit to Bastionul Graft, and explore the historical opulence of Rasnov Citadel.

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

Getting from Bucharest to Brasov by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sinaia, Poiana Brasov, Rasnov Citadel, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
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Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Peles Castle ©
Peles Castle
Black Church (Biserica Neagra) ©
Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

4
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Belgrade: Petrovaradin Fortress (in Petrovaradin), Monastery Petkovac (in Novi Sad) and Podrum Probus (in Sremski Karlovci). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, make a trip to Skadarlija, get a taste of the local shopping with Knez Mihailova, and examine the collection at National Museum Belgrade.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Belgrade tour itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Brasov to Belgrade in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Brasov to Belgrade, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Belgrade can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Novi Sad, Podrum Probus
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Walking tours
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija

6
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.
Sarajevo is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, get engrossed in the history at Svrzo House, explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, and see the interesting displays at War Childhood Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo tour itinerary website.

You can fly from Belgrade to Sarajevo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Walking tours
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Sarajevo War Tunnel ©
Sarajevo War Tunnel

5
nights
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mostar: The historic urban site of Pocitelj (in Pocitelj), Apparition Hill (in Medjugorje) and Kravica (in Studenci). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), take an in-depth tour of Old Bridge Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Neretva River, and make a trip to Spanish square.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mostar journey planning site.

You can take a train from Sarajevo to Mostar in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Mostar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

The historic urban site of Pocitelj, Kravica, Apparition Hill
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Kravica ©
Kravica
Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)

3
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.
Kotor is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, explore the historical opulence of Castle Of San Giovanni, and take in the pleasant sights at St John Fortress.

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

You can drive from Mostar to Kotor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Kotor sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Dobrota, Spiljari, Church of Holy Mother Rozaria
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Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
St. Tryphon Cathedral ©
St. Tryphon Cathedral

2
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 2nd (Tue), stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then get engrossed in the history at BunkArt 2, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Bunk'Art 1 and then take in the awesome beauty at Dajti.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tirana trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Tirana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. June in Tirana sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Ohrid.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Dajti
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

4
nights
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.
When in Ohrid, make a side trip to see National Park Pelister in Bitola, approximately Bitola away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Ohrid, steep yourself in history at Plaoshnik, examine the collection at Memorial House of Hristo Uzunov, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ohrid travel planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Tirana to Ohrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in June, things will get slightly colder in Ohrid: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pec.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

National Park Pelister
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Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
Monastery Saint Naum ©
Monastery Saint Naum
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo

2
nights
Pec, Kosovo

Pec ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Patriarchate of Pec, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Visoki Decani Monastery, hunt for treasures at Old Bazaar of Peja, then take in breathtaking views at Rugova Canyon, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ethnological Museum. On the next day, Head underground at Sleeping beauty Cave, then admire the sheer force of White Drin Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mirusha Waterfalls.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pec trip maker tool.

Getting from Ohrid to Pec by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Pec

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mirusha Waterfalls, Visoki Decani Monastery
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Rugova Canyon ©
Rugova Canyon
Visoki Decani Monastery ©
Visoki Decani Monastery
Patriarchate of Pec ©
Patriarchate of Pec

4
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.
Take a break from Skopje with a short trip to Xhamia E Larme in Tetovo, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, steep yourself in history at Kale, appreciate the extensive heritage of Macedonia Square, and appreciate the history behind Millennium Cross.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Skopje trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Pec to Skopje takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Xhamia E Larme
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge

4
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
When in Sofia, make a side trip to see Rila Monastery in Rila, approximately Rila away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church St. George Rotunda, wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sofia trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Skopje to Sofia in 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. While traveling from Skopje, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sofia, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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Walking tours
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery

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