21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip builder

©
This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  5​h
1
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  3​h 30​min
3
Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
7
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

2
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of St. Panteleimon and Memorial House of Mother Teresa. Stobi and Xhamia E Larme will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Archaeological Museum of Macedonia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Savior Church, explore the stunning scenery at Matka Canyon, and learn about winemaking at Brzanov Winery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Skopje trip itinerary builder app .

Istanbul, Turkey to Skopje is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in June since evenings lows in Skopje dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ohrid.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stobi, Xhamia E Larme
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. Panteleimon ©
Church of St. Panteleimon
Memorial House of Mother Teresa ©
Memorial House of Mother Teresa
Stobi ©
Stobi

2
nights
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 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Early Christian Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jovan Kaneo, and then explore the activities along Lake Ohrid. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Workshop For Handmade Paper, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Mary Perybleptos, and then contemplate the long history of Monastery Saint Naum.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Ohrid road trip planning tool .

Drive from Skopje to Ohrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Skopje in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ohrid, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Saranda.

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo
Holy Mary Perybleptos ©
Holy Mary Perybleptos
National Workshop For Handmade Paper ©

2
nights
Saranda, Albania

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Butrint National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lori Beach. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of 40 Saints, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lukova Beach, and finally step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saranda online trip maker .

You can take a shuttle from Ohrid to Saranda in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Ohrid in June, expect Saranda to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Lukova Beach, Butrint National Park
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle
Lori Beach ©
Lori Beach

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): examine the collection at House of Leaves, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then see the interesting displays at Bektashi World Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tirana trip maker tool .

Drive from Saranda to Tirana in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Saranda to Tirana, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Tirana when traveling from Saranda in June, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Tirana

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
House of Leaves ©
House of Leaves
Bektashi World Center ©
Bektashi World Center

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, then make a trip to Stari Grad Kotor, and then don't miss a visit to Sea Gate. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castle Of San Giovanni, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Blazena Ozana, then make a trip to City Walls, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kotor travel route planner .

You can drive from Tirana to Kotor in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. June in Kotor sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mostar.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, Castle Of San Giovanni
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
Sea Gate ©
Sea Gate

3
nights
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Explore hidden gems such as Apparition Hill and Radimlja. Get outdoors at Kravica and Nature Park Hutovo Blato. Step out of Mostar with an excursion to Museum Battle for the Wounded on Neretva River in Jablanica--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Old Bridge (Stari Most), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, learn about all things military at Bosnaseum, and see the interesting displays at War Photo Exhibition.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mostar trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Kotor to Mostar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Mostar can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Apparition Hill, Kravica, Andrija Wine Cellars, Nature Park Hutovo Blato, Museum Battle for the Wounded on Neretva River
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:
Highlights from your plan
Apparition Hill ©
Apparition Hill
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque ©
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque
Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)

3
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at War Childhood Museum and Skakavac. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995 and Galerija 11/07/95. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Vrelo Bosne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Alipasina Mosque, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Bascarsija.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sarajevo trip builder website .

You can take a train from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Sarajevo is slightly colder than Mostar - with highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nis.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Sarajevo Canton
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

1
night
Nis, Serbia

Nis ©
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. On the 6th (Mon), admire the striking features of Stambolija House, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Hall, steep yourself in history at Tinkers Alley, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally steep yourself in history at Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Christogram Monument, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then delve into the distant past at Skull Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Mediana.

To see more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Nis online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Nis takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July in Nis, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Nis Fortress ©
Nis Fortress
Skull Tower ©
Skull Tower
Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp ©

3
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 8th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ružica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Petka's Chapel, and then steep yourself in history at Sremski Karlovci. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Viminacium Archaeological Park and then contemplate the long history of Oplenac.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Belgrade trip builder .

Traveling by car from Nis to Belgrade takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Smederevo Fortress, Sremski Karlovci, Viminacium Archaeological Park, Oplenac
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Saint Petka's Chapel ©
Saint Petka's Chapel
Oplenac ©
Oplenac
Sremski Karlovci ©
Sremski Karlovci

Similar Plans

23 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Croatia & Bosnia and Herzegovina BY A USER FROM CANADA July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Montenegro BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL August, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 40 days in Albania BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 44 days in Croatia, Montenegro & Albania BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 30 days in Montenegro BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 40 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Montenegro, Sarajevo & Serbia BY A USER FROM TURKEY July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Malta, Italy & Montenegro BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans