18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Burgas, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Podgorica, Montenegro
— 1 night
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Budva, Montenegro
— 1 night
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
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Kavala, Greece
— 2 nights
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Burgas, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Surrounded by lakes and the sea, Burgas represents a popular vacation spot because of its nature, mild climate, and proximity to several charming ancient towns.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Poda Protected Site, then see the interesting displays at Archeological Museum Burgas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Church Saint Cross, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sea Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Mall Galleria Burgas, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture of Gramophone, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Roman Catholic Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, then don't miss a visit to Sito Archeologico Deultum- Debelt, and finally make a trip to Kilometre zero.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Burgas itinerary builder site.

Izmir, Turkey to Burgas is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Izmir in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Burgas: highs are around 16°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Varna.

Things to do in Burgas

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Varna, Bulgaria

— 2 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at The Retro Museum In Varna, explore the ancient world of Stone Forest, learn about winemaking at Prisoe Winery, examine the collection at Park-Museum of Military Friendship 1444 Vladislav Varnenchik, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and finally make a trip to Varna Clock Tower.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Varna travel planner.

You can drive from Burgas to Varna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Podgorica.

Things to do in Varna

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Podgorica, Montenegro

— 1 night
One of Europe's most relaxed and newest capital cities, Podgorica sits on the confluence of two rivers, with two sides of it offering two different options for exploring.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, snap pictures at Millennium Bridge, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Podgorica online route planner.

You can fly from Varna to Podgorica in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Varna to Podgorica due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Podgorica

Outdoors · Wineries · Tours · Wildlife

Kotor, Montenegro

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sea Gate, contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kotor City Walls & Fortress, then look for gifts at Cats of Kotor, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Paul, and finally delve into the distant past at St. Tryphon Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Luke, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nikola Church, make a trip to Clock Tower, then see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rocks.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kotor tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Podgorica to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Kotor, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Budva.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Budva, Montenegro

— 1 night
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Ballet Dancer Statue, stroll through Mogren Beach, then contemplate the long history of Citadel, then contemplate the long history of Budva Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Budva City Walls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Budva vacation app.

Budva is very close to Kotor. November in Budva sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, and learn about all things military at Museum of Croatian War of Independence.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Budva to Dubrovnik in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Nature

Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 night
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, then explore the activities along Lake Matka, and then steep yourself in history at Old Bazaar, Skopje.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Skopje trip maker site.

Drive from Dubrovnik to Skopje in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in November, expect Skopje to be slightly colder, temps between 15°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Skopje

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 night

Jerusalem of the Balkans

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
On the 14th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Climent of Ohrid, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jovan Kaneo, and finally make a trip to Samoil's Fortress.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ohrid travel route builder website.

Getting from Skopje to Ohrid by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Ohrid are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kavala.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Kavala, Greece

— 2 nights
Kavala is a city in northern Greece, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the capital of Kavala regional unit. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Folklore & Historical Museum of Xanthi, then view the masterpieces at The House of Shadow, then stop by Old Town of Xanthi, and finally examine the collection at Mohammed Ali's House. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Panagia, then delve into the distant past at Archeologikos Choros Filippi, then step into the grandiose world of The Castle of Kavala, and finally make a trip to The Aquaduct.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kavala driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Kavala takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ohrid to Kavala. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ohrid in November: high temperatures in Kavala hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kavala

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Montenegro travel guide

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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.

Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Despite its rich culture and outstanding natural beauty, the Republic of Macedonia remains relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. Life continues at a slower pace in this natural setting of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Tradition and local customs rule the country's idyllic villages, tiny pockets of hospitality scattered across a rugged region. Start your Macedonian adventure at the capital city of Skopje, an easygoing urban center offering good dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The city also serves as a convenient base for hiking and biking trips through the surrounding countryside, which is noted for its ancient monasteries, mosques, and archaeological sites.