20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Moscow, Russia
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
1
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
2
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Pec, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Zabljak, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
train:  2​h
9
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
10
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Moscow, Russia

1
night
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion travel planner .

Moscow, Russia to Heraklion is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Moscow in January; daily highs in Heraklion reach 17°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Kazantzakis Museum
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Kazantzakis Museum ©
Kazantzakis Museum

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, and don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Athens road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
Belgrade, Serbia

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 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at Muzej Nikole Tesle (Nikola Tesla Museum), then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ružica.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Belgrade trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Belgrade takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Belgrade due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in February, expect Belgrade to be slightly colder, temps between 10°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Tirana.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Dajti.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tirana vacation planning site .

Getting from Belgrade to Tirana by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Belgrade in February, with highs in Tirana at 17°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pec.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature
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Mount Dajti ©
Mount Dajti

1
night
Pec, Kosovo

Pec ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Patriarchate of Pec, then explore the stunning scenery at Rugova Canyon, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Visoki Decani Monastery.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pec itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Tirana to Pec takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zabljak.

Things to do in Pec

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Visoki Decani Monastery
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Visoki Decani Monastery ©
Visoki Decani Monastery
Patriarchate of Pec ©
Patriarchate of Pec
Rugova Canyon ©
Rugova Canyon

1
night
Zabljak, Montenegro

Zabljak ©
Žabljak is a small town in northern Montenegro. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Bobotov Kuk and then get outside with Adventure Park Durmitor.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zabljak tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Pec to Zabljak by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zabljak

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Bobotov Kuk ©
Bobotov Kuk
Adventure Park Durmitor ©
Adventure Park Durmitor

2
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 6th (Wed): partake in some friendly competition at Dubrovnik Trails, look for gifts at Medusa Gift and Art Shop, look for gifts at Tedi, then look for gifts at Kokula Art and Craft Shop, and finally explore the ancient world of Gradske Zidine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Annunciation, take in the exciting artwork at Art by Stjepko, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Zabljak to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
Church of the Holy Annunciation ©
Church of the Holy Annunciation
Kokula Art and Craft Shop ©
Kokula Art and Craft Shop

1
night
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 8th (Fri), make a trip to Mostar Peace Bell Tower, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kravica, then snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), and finally make a trip to Zitomislic Monastery.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mostar tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. February in Mostar sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kravica
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Kravica ©
Kravica
Zitomislic Monastery ©
Zitomislic Monastery
Mostar Peace Bell Tower ©
Mostar Peace Bell Tower

2
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Vrelo Bosne. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel, contemplate the long history of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, then stop by W Market Epicerie Fine, then contemplate the long history of Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo trip planner .

Take a train from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Walking tours
Vrelo Bosne ©
Vrelo Bosne
Sarajevo War Tunnel ©
Sarajevo War Tunnel

3
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

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, fun & games, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, look for gifts at Handmade in Zagreb, browse the collection at National and University Library, and stroll through Maksimir.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Zagreb takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Medvednica ©
Medvednica

3
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Ljubljana is known for historic sites, fun & games, parks, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, get your game on at Paintball Ljubljana, and partake in some friendly competition at Unlock Ljubljana.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Ljubljana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Fun & Games Tours Neighborhoods
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Room Escape Games
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Ljubljana Castle ©
Ljubljana Castle

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