18 days in Eastern Europe & Istanbul Itinerary

18 days in Eastern Europe & Istanbul Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
2
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
3
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
4
Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
5
Brasov, Romania
— 3 nights
6
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls and then stop by Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, browse the collection at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, and then step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik road trip planner.

London, UK to Dubrovnik is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Dubrovnik is 1 hour. Traveling from London in July, expect Dubrovnik to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Adventure
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

2
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Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kotor is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, make a trip to Our Lady of Health, steep yourself in history at Kotor Old City, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Joseph.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kotor trip maker.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in July, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Kotor. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

Our Lady of the Rocks, Our Lady of Health
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Our Lady of the Rocks ©
Our Lady of the Rocks
Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
Kotor Old City
Kotor Old City

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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), hunt for treasures at Old Bazar Kujundziluk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, thenmake a trip to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, and finally get engrossed in the history at Bosnaseum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Kajtaz House, thenget engrossed in the history at The Hamam Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mostar online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Mostar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Mostar can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar ©
Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar
Mehmed Karadoz Moschee
Mehmed Karadoz Moschee

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Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, and then make a trip to Skadarlija. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple, thentake a stroll through Knez Mihailova, and finally get to know the resident critters at Belgrade Zoo.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Belgrade trip planner.

Fly from Mostar to Belgrade in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Mostar, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Belgrade, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brasov.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Walking tours
St. Sava Temple ©
St. Sava Temple

3
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
On the 26th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Brasov Historical Center, thenmake a trip to Council Square, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tampa. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel, step into the grandiose world of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), thenview the masterpieces at La Cabane Aux Images, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Brasov trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Brasov takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Belgrade to Brasov is 1 hour. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for Sofia.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

La Cabane Aux Images, Rasnov Citadel, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
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Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Mount Tampa ©
Mount Tampa
Black Church (Biserica Neagra) ©
Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, thenwander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, thenadmire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Saint Sofia Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Sofia vacation builder site.

Drive from Brasov to Sofia in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Walking tours
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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 31st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum, thendelve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi. On the next day, take a stroll through Ortakoy, thenadmire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Sofia in July, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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