12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
3
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 1 night
bus:  10 h
4
Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
5
Pristina, Kosovo
— 1 night
bus:  2 h 30 min
6
Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 30 min
7
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to River Drim, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nikola Gerakomija, see the interesting displays at National Workshop For Handmade Paper, don't miss a visit to Early Christian Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Mary Perybleptos, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Halveti Hayati Tekke.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ohrid road trip website .

London, UK to Ohrid is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from London in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ohrid, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Tirana.

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

River Drim
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Holy Mary Perybleptos ©
Holy Mary Perybleptos
National Workshop For Handmade Paper ©
Saint Nikola Gerakomija ©
Saint Nikola Gerakomija

2
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at House of Leaves and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach Bar. On the next day, stroll through Spille Beach and then step into the grandiose world of Petrela Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tirana road trip planning site .

Getting from Ohrid to Tirana by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ohrid in September, with highs in Tirana at 33°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Petrela Castle, The Beach Bar, Spille Beach
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Spille Beach ©
Spille Beach
House of Leaves ©
House of Leaves
Petrela Castle ©
Petrela Castle

1
night
Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica ©
Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. George's Church, and then explore the stunning scenery at Moraca River Canyon.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Podgorica travel route planner.

Drive from Tirana to Podgorica in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Podgorica

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Moraca River Canyon
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Moraca River Canyon ©
Moraca River Canyon
St. George's Church ©
St. George's Church
Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja ©
Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja

2
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
On the 12th (Thu), steep yourself in history at The National Assembly, admire the landmark architecture of Crkva Svetog Marka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ružica, then have some family-friendly fun at OldTown Archery Belgrade, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Petka's Chapel, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Military Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Belgrade vacation builder tool .

You can fly from Podgorica to Belgrade in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pristina.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Saint Petka's Chapel ©
Saint Petka's Chapel
Ružica ©
Ružica
The National Assembly ©
The National Assembly

1
night
Pristina, Kosovo

Pristina ©
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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pristina trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Belgrade to Pristina takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Pristina

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
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Xhamia e Llapit ©
Xhamia e Llapit
ALBI Shopping Mall ©
ALBI Shopping Mall

1
night
Nis, Serbia

Nis ©
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nis day trip planning tool .

Drive from Pristina to Nis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Nis

Wineries
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Vinski Podrum Malca ©
Vinski Podrum Malca
The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Skopje Art Bridge and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Panteleimon.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Skopje trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Nis to Skopje takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Skopje, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites
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Church of St. Panteleimon ©
Church of St. Panteleimon
Skopje Art Bridge ©
Skopje Art Bridge

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Clark Adam Square (Clark Adam ter), then bet on your favorite at Hungaroring, and then see the interesting displays at Aeropark Budapest. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Zero Kilometre Stone and then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Godollo.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Budapest road trip planning website .

Fly from Skopje to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Skopje in September: highs in Budapest hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Palace of Godollo, Hungaroring, Aeropark Budapest
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Aeropark Budapest ©
Aeropark Budapest
Hungaroring ©
Hungaroring
Royal Palace of Godollo ©
Royal Palace of Godollo

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