28 days in Europe Itinerary

28 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Piran, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Kobarid, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Zagreb, Croatia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

6
nights
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

4
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Oplenac (in Topola) and Petrovaradin Fortress (in Petrovaradin). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and enjoy breathtaking views from The Millenary Monument.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Belgrade road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Belgrade takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Belgrade is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in July since evenings lows in Belgrade dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Piran.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Oplenac, Petrovaradin Fortress
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Room Escape Games
Petrovaradin Fortress ©
Petrovaradin Fortress

2
nights
Piran, Slovenia

Piran ©
Considered one of the prettiest cities on the country's coast, Piran owes much of its development to salt.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stroll around Park Pietro Coppo, admire the striking features of Praetorian Palace, explore the fascinating underground world of Škocjan Caves, take in the waterfront at Port Piran, then see the interesting displays at Magical World of Shells Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Tartini Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Friary, pause for some serene contemplation at Hrastovlje Church of the Holy Trinity, then enjoy the sand and surf at Strunjan Nature Reserve, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George's Church.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Piran driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Belgrade to Piran. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kobarid.

Things to do in Piran

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koper, Park Pietro Coppo, Strunjan Nature Reserve, Škocjan Caves, Hrastovlje Church of the Holy Trinity
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:
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Škocjan Caves ©
Škocjan Caves
Tartini Square ©
Tartini Square
Magical World of Shells Museum ©
Magical World of Shells Museum

2
nights
Kobarid, Slovenia

At the very heart of picturesque Soca Valley, Kobarid delivers some of the most stunning views of Slovenia's highest peaks, as well as a chance to enjoy some exciting alpine rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the history at Ravelnik Open Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get outside with Isonzo, and then admire the verdant scenery at Soča Valley.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kobarid tour site.

You can drive from Piran to Kobarid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Piran in July, expect Kobarid to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Bohinjsko Jezero.

Things to do in Kobarid

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Bovec
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Zipline
Soča Valley ©
Soča Valley

1
night
Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia

Bohinjsko Jezero ©
The mirror-like waters of the largest glacial lake in Slovenia make Bohinjsko Jezero one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Savica Waterfall, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then explore the activities along Lake Bohinj.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bohinjsko Jezero day trip site.

You can drive from Kobarid to Bohinjsko Jezero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Bohinjsko Jezero, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Bohinjsko Jezero

Parks Nature Adventure
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Lake Bohinj ©
Lake Bohinj
Savica Waterfall ©
Savica Waterfall
Parasailing & Paragliding

6
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ljubljana: Vintgar Gorge (in Zgornje Gorje), Postojna (Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle) and Bled (Bled Island, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more). There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Prešeren Square, contemplate the waterfront views at Ljubljanica River, and get outside with Balonarski Center Barje.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bohinjsko Jezero to Ljubljana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Bled, Postojna, Vintgar Gorge
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 25:
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Mala Osojnica ©
Mala Osojnica
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave

6
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, push the limits with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Jarun Lake, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zagreb travel site.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb
Walking tours
Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun

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