43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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Train to Armavir, Drive to Igdir Airport, Fly to Nevsehir
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Fly
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Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
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Brasov, Romania
— 3 nights
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Sighisoara, Romania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Timisoara, Romania
— 2 nights
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Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia
— 5 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Turkey

— 3 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki, then explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, and then make a trip to Kaymakli Underground City.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme vacation planning tool.

Yerevan, Armenia to Goreme is an approximately 11-hour combination of train, car, and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yerevan to Goreme. Traveling from Yerevan in July, things will get a bit cooler in Goreme: highs are around 37°C and lows about 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, then Head underground at Kaklik Cave, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale day trip site.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Selcuk, Turkey

— 3 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Change things up with a short trip to Yali Castle Aquapark in Gumuldur (about 44 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque, and make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Selcuk are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Selcuk, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

— 5 nights
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sunny Beach: Sozopol (Church of The Most Holy Mother, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 1st (Sun) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. Pack the 4th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Sunny Beach Luna Park. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Nessebar, do some two-wheel cruising with Karting Sunny Beach, browse the different shops at Royal Beach Mall, and make a splash at Action Aquapark.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sunny Beach holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Istanbul to Sunny Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Sunny Beach due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Sunny Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Saint Sofia Monument, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sofia trip tool.

You can drive from Sunny Beach to Sofia in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Sofia when traveling from Sunny Beach in August, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sofia

Tours · Historic Sites

Bucharest, Romania

— 2 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 6th (Fri), wander the streets of Old Town, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, and finally contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Cismigiu Gardens, then admire the striking features of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then stroll around Herăstrău Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman).

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bucharest online holiday planner.

Getting from Sofia to Bucharest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Bucharest sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Brasov, Romania

— 3 nights
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel, then step into the grandiose world of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), then don't miss a visit to Crucea Caraiman, and finally explore the historical opulence of Peles Castle. On your second day here, admire nature's extreme beauty at Luado Chocolate, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tampa, then get to know the fascinating history of Brasov Historical Center, then make a trip to Draper Bastion, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Brasov online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bucharest to Brasov takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sighisoara.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Sighisoara, Romania

— 2 nights
As a World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is visited mostly for its fortified Old Town surrounded entirely by city walls.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the striking features of The Fortified Church of Biertan. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Sighisoara Historic Center, take in the pleasant sights at Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway, take in the exciting artwork at Art & Crafts, then delve into the mystery of Casa Vlad Dracul, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church on the Hill, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Turnul Franghierilor.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sighisoara trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Brasov to Sighisoara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Sighisoara are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Timisoara.

Things to do in Sighisoara

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Timisoara, Romania

— 2 nights
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. On the 13th (Fri), indulge your senses at Timisoara Tour Guide, contemplate the long history of Serbian Orthodox Episcopal Church, then don't miss a visit to Piata Victoriei, and finally stroll around Central Park. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Unirii Square, then pause for some photo ops at Timisoara Historical Center, and then admire the natural beauty at Parcul Rozelor.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Timisoara trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Sighisoara to Timisoara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sighisoara in August since evenings lows in Timisoara dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Vysoke Tatry.

Things to do in Timisoara

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia

— 5 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Vysoke Tatry side-trips: Slovak Paradise (in Spisska Nova Ves), Zejmarska roklina (in Smizany) and Dobsinska Ice Cave (in Dobsina). Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Tatras National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Vysoke Tatry online holiday maker.

You can drive from Timisoara to Vysoke Tatry in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Timisoara to Vysoke Tatry, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Vysoke Tatry is slightly colder than Timisoara - with highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Vysoke Tatry

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Krakow, Poland

— 5 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Krakow: Oswiecim (Tomb of the Unknown Soldier & Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, get engrossed in the history at Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall).

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Vysoke Tatry to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. In August in Krakow, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Warsaw, Poland

— 4 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and make a trip to Palace of Culture and Science.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Warsaw vacation maker app.

You can take a train from Krakow to Warsaw in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Warsaw can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · 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

4.4
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.

Slovakia travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.