46 days in Europe Itinerary

46 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 2 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Pristina, Kosovo
— 4 nights
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Tirana, Albania
— 5 nights
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— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Get some historical perspective at Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Discover out-of-the-way places like Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). Get out of town with these interesting Budapest side-trips: Prehistoric Man Exhibition (in Vertesszolos) and Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral (in Esztergom). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, step off the mainland to explore Margaret Island, see the interesting displays at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, and contemplate the long history of Citadel.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Budapest is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Budapest is 7 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Budapest, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 3 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Devin Castle and Bratislava Old Town. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blue Church of St. Elizabeth and Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, don't miss a visit to Grassalkovich Palota, explore the activities along Tyrsovo nabrezie, and explore the world behind art at Nedbalka Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bratislava tour planning app.

You can drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Vienna, Austria

— 4 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Kaisergruft. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, steep yourself in history at Ringstrasse, and admire the striking features of Maria Am Gestade.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vienna online attractions planner.

Getting from Bratislava to Vienna by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Hallstatt, Austria

— 2 nights

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
On the 18th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hallstatt Lutheran Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of the Assumption, kick back and relax at Badestrand Hallstatt, then explore the striking landscape at Dachstein Giant Ice Caves, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kammerhofmuseum Bad Aussee. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kalvarienbergkirche Gmunden, then explore the historical opulence of Seeschloss Ort, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche Traunkirchen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannesbergkapelle.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hallstatt online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Vienna to Hallstatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 4 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bled Castle and Old Town Centre of Radovljica. Change things up with these side-trips from Ljubljana: Bled (St. Martin's Parish Church & Zipline), The Ossuary (in Kranj) and Škofja Loka Castle (in Škofja Loka). Spend the 22nd (Fri) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Contemporary History, wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, and get to know the fascinating history of Cankarjevo Nabrežje.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Hallstatt to Ljubljana in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Zagreb, Croatia

— 4 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Cathedral of the Assumption and Upper Town (Gornji Grad) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Skydiving and Medvednica. Change things up with these side-trips from Zagreb: Krapina Neanderthal Museum (in Krapina), Samobor Castle (in Samobor) and Staro selo museum (in Kumrovec). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, explore the galleries of Image of War - War Photography Museum, step into the grandiose world of Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan), and explore the world behind art at Atelier Mestrovic.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zagreb trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 2 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Konjicki Klub Rakovica, take in the dramatic scenery at Mali Buk, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Milino, explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Burgeti Lakes, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Supljara cave. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Galovac Lake, explore the striking landscape at Veliki Prstavac, then explore the activities along The Upper Lakes, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ciginovac Lake.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 4 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bascarsija and Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Galerija 11/07/95 and Alipasina Mosque. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Vijećnica, see the interesting displays at Museum Alija Izetbegovic, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Alifakovac Cemetery.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Sarajevo online itinerary planner.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Sarajevo by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and train. In September, daytime highs in Sarajevo are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks

Side Trip

Belgrade, Serbia

— 4 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kalemegdan and St. Sava Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas and Crkva Svetog Marka. Step out of Belgrade to go to Sremski Karlovci and see Podrum Probus, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ada Ciganlija, wander the streets of Skadarlija, steep yourself in history at Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, and examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Belgrade sightseeing app.

You can fly from Sarajevo to Belgrade in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. October in Belgrade sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pristina.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Pristina, Kosovo

— 4 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sinan Pasha Mosque and Tomb of Sultan Murat. Discover out-of-the-way places like Church of Holy Saviour and Saint Demetrius Church. Explore Pristina's surroundings by going to Pec (White Drin Waterfall, Sleeping beauty Cave, &more), Khalwati Tekke (in Prizren) and Mirusha Waterfalls (in Klina). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xhamia e Llapit, don't miss a visit to Miner's Monument, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ulpiana, and steep yourself in history at Medieval Monuments in Kosovo.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pristina itinerary maker.

Getting from Belgrade to Pristina by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Pristina

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Tirana, Albania

— 5 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Escape the urban bustle at The Beach Bar and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Bunk'Art 1 and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Kruja Castle (in Kruje), Petrela Castle (in Petrele) and Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, get engrossed in the history at BunkArt 2, and relax and rejuvenate at Deluxe Spa & Massage.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tirana online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pristina to Tirana in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Ohrid.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

— 3 nights

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 17th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake Ohrid. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at National Workshop For Handmade Paper, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Mary Perybleptos, then contemplate the long history of Early Christian Basilica, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Jovan Kaneo.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ohrid trip planning tool.

Getting from Tirana to Ohrid by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in October, expect Ohrid to be little chillier, temps between 64°F and 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

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.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

Serbia travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Room Escape Games · Churches
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.

Kosovo travel guide

3.9
Monuments · History Museums · Churches
A disputed territory in the central Balkans, Kosovo is considered by many nations to be Europe's newest country. The independent state, once part of Serbia, has no shortage of colorful history. Tourism is still a small industry in the country, and visitors will witness the scars of war as recently as 1999, when Serbia revoked the territory's autonomy. Today, Kosovo is mainly ethnically Albanian, with a Serb majority in the north, as well as large numbers of ethnic minorities. Active UN troops still work in the country, guarding Serbian monasteries that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Despite this, Kosovo is a safe and stable country to visit to explore off-the-beaten path. The mix of World Heritage Sites, wild countryside, and welcoming hospitality will surely bring visitors in droves as the word gets out.

Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

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.