17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route planner

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Train
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London, United Kingdom
Train
2
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly
3
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
Shuttle to Zagreb, Fly to Sarajevo
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive
7
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
8
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
9
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Fly
10
Fira, Greece
— 1 night
Fly
11
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly
12
Izmir, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly
14
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Fly
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Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Fly
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Chisinau, Moldova
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Cathedral and then take a stroll through Westminster.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary website.

Durham to London is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in London are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then admire the masterpieces at Atelier des Lumieres, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites

Milan, Italy

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio, examine the collection at Gallerie d’Italia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2, and finally stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Milan trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Milan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Milan: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, steep yourself in history at Scala Contarini del Bovolo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, wander the streets of Cannaregio, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Venice vacation planner.

You can drive from Milan to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. April in Venice sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 1 night
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 6th (Tue), stop by Breg Embankment, wander the streets of Metelkova, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then visit Ljubljana Old Town, and finally take in the views from Triple Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Ljubljana trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Venice to Ljubljana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Venice in April, Ljubljana is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night

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 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then see the interesting displays at Galerija 11/07/95, and finally contemplate the long history of Vijećnica.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sarajevo trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Ljubljana to Sarajevo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Split, Croatia

— 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Winery Kovac, stroll around Marjan Park, then appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally visit Marmontova Ulica.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Split day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Sarajevo to Split takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Split

Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kotor, Montenegro

— 1 night

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): head outdoors with Mount Vrmac, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, then steep yourself in history at Kotor Old City, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Tryphon Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kotor online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Split to Kotor takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. April in Kotor sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tirana, Albania

— 1 night
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at House of Leaves, then brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, and then see the interesting displays at Bektashi World Center.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tirana online vacation planner.

You can drive from Kotor to Tirana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums

Fira, Greece

— 1 night
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Thera, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and finally kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fira trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tirana to Fira takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tirana to Fira. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fira when traveling from Tirana in April, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Athens, Greece

— 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 12th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, visit Plaka, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Athens takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Izmir, Turkey

— 1 night

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 13th (Tue), stroll around Izmir Wild Life Park, make a trip to Tarihi Asansor, and then take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Izmir trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Izmir in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Izmir is 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in April, expect nights in Izmir to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks

Istanbul, Turkey

— 1 night

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Izmir in April, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sofia road trip site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Sofia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Sofia is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Sofia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours

Bucharest, Romania

— 1 night
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 16th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, pause for some serene contemplation at Stavropoleos Monastery, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of History of the Jewish Community.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bucharest trip planning site.

You can fly from Sofia to Bucharest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bucharest can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Chisinau, Moldova

— 1 night
Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, and then learn about winemaking at Cricova Winery.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chisinau trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Chisinau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chisinau

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Slovenia travel guide

4.2
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.

Montenegro travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Romania travel guide

4.3
Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

Moldova travel guide

3.9
Wineries & Vineyards · Parks · Monuments
As one of the smallest countries in Europe, Moldova earned its independence in 1991 and remains quite unknown to most of the world. As Moldova is located between Romania and the Ukraine, much of its culture borrows elements, such as language and traditional food, from its two neighbors. Moldova sports a rugged countryside with a mild and sunny climate thanks to the neighboring Black Sea. This region's outdoor activities--biking, hiking, horseback riding, and exploring caves--are its main attractions. While Moldova doesn't attract much tourism, it is one of the last places in Europe where you can get a completely authentic local experience.