40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly + Drive:  21​h
1
Novi Sad, Serbia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Belgrade, Serbia
— 11 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kotor, Montenegro
— 7 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Budva, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Pristina, Kosovo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Prizren, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: San Francisco, United States

2
nights
Novi Sad, Serbia

Novi Sad ©
The regional and cultural center of northern Serbia, the riverside city of Novi Sad occupies a strategically advantageous position between Belgrade and Budapest.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palic Lake (in Palic) and Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret (in Subotica). There's lots more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Petrovaradin Fortress, view the masterpieces at Dunavska Street, steep yourself in history at Sremski Karlovci, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Name of Mary Church.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Novi Sad day trip planning tool .

San Francisco, USA to Novi Sad is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from San Francisco to Novi Sad, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Novi Sad, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret, Palic Lake, Sremski Karlovci
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Strand ©
Strand
Petrovaradin Fortress ©
Petrovaradin Fortress
Palic Lake ©
Palic Lake

11
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Get out of town with these interesting Belgrade side-trips: Oplenac (in Topola), Golubac Fortress (in Golubac) and Manasija Monastery (in Despotovac). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum.

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

San Francisco, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Belgrade due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Belgrade, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Petrovaradin Fortress, Golubac Fortress, Srebrno Jezero - Silver Lake, Oplenac, Podrum Probus
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Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save) ©

7
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.
Sarajevo is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, trails, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, take an in-depth tour of Svrzo House, and take in the views from Latin Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sarajevo vacation maker site .

Fly from Belgrade to Sarajevo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Belgrade in August since evenings lows in Sarajevo dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Sarajevo War Tunnel ©
Sarajevo War Tunnel

7
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.
Kotor is known for historic sites, nature, adventure, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, examine the collection at Maritime Museum, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and make a trip to Gurdich Gate.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kotor trip planner .

You can drive from Sarajevo to Kotor in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, Kotor is a bit warmer than Sarajevo - with highs of 90°F and lows of 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for Pristina.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

Spiljari, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

2
nights
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Budva is known for historic sites, beaches, nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Budva, make a trip to Budva City Walls, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mogren Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Budva attractions planner.

Budva is just a stone's throw from Kotor. September in Budva sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Pristina.

Things to do in Budva

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Mogren Beach ©
Mogren Beach
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik). On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Germia Park, get engrossed in the history at Kosovo Museum, don't miss a visit to Gracanica Monastery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrale Nënë Tereza, and finally pause for some photo ops at Newborn Monument.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pristina trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Kotor to Pristina in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Prizren.

Things to do in Pristina

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Via Ferrata Ari, Gracanica Monastery
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Germia Park ©
Germia Park
Gracanica Monastery ©
Gracanica Monastery
Via Ferrata Ari ©
Via Ferrata Ari

2
nights
Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren ©
Kosovo's second city, Prizren sits on the slopes of the rugged Sar Mountain, a region bordered by both Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): snap pictures at Stone Bridge, then expand your understanding of the military at Kalaja Fortress, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinan Pasha Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Albanian League of Prizren Museum [Muzeu Lidhja Shqiptare e Prizrenit]. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Ljevis, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Holy Saviour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque), then delve into the distant past at Mahmet Pasha Hamam, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Shar Mountain National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Prizren trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Pristina to Prizren in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites Nature Museums
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Sinan Pasha Mosque ©
Sinan Pasha Mosque
Kalaja Fortress ©
Kalaja Fortress
Shar Mountain National Park ©
Shar Mountain National Park

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.
On the 14th (Mon), admire the architecture and history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, and then take a stroll through Old Bazaar, Skopje. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at The Stone Bridge, then get to know the fascinating history of Macedonia Square, and then steep yourself in history at Kale.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Skopje trip builder tool .

You can drive from Prizren to Skopje in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Skopje can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bitola.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge

2
nights
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia

Bitola ©
Bitola is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): examine the collection at Auto & Ethno Museum Filip, make a trip to Shirok Sokak Street, then explore the ancient world of Heraclea Lyncestis, and finally examine the collection at НУ Завод и Музеј Битола (NI Institute and Museum Bitola).

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bitola trip site .

You can drive from Skopje to Bitola in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bitola are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bitola

Museums Historic Sites
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