26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Chisinau, Moldova
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
2
Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
Subway + Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

4
nights
Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau ©
Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. Step out of Chisinau with an excursion to Curchi Monastery in Orhei--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll around Stefan cel Mare Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, take in nature's colorful creations at Valea Morilor, and don't miss a visit to St. Theodor Tiron Convent.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chisinau road trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Chisinau is an approximately 7- hour flight. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for Bucharest.

Things to do in Chisinau

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cricova Winery, Curchi Monastery
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Cricova Winery ©
Cricova Winery
Stephen the Great Monument ©
Stephen the Great Monument
Triumphal Arch ©
Triumphal Arch

3
nights
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Bucharest is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, wander the streets of Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman), and contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bucharest road trip planner.

You can fly from Chisinau to Bucharest in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. October in Bucharest sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Parks Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament
Muzeul National al Satului
Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"

5
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sofia: Plovdiv (Plovdiv Roman Theatre, Plovdiv Old Town, &more), Rila Monastery (in Rila) and Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School (in Borovets). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay, take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Banya Bashi Mosque.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sofia itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Sofia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Plovdiv, Rila Monastery, Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Skopje to Tetovo to see Xhamia E Larme about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, appreciate the history behind Millennium Cross, take in the views from The Stone Bridge, and take in the awesome beauty at Mountain of Vodno.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Skopje trip planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Skopje in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Skopje due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Skopje are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Xhamia E Larme
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Mountain of Vodno ©
Mountain of Vodno

4
nights
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kalogria Beach (in Nikiti), Metamorfoseos Sotiros Moutsiani Church (in Veroia) and Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) (in Vergina). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos, make a trip to Aristotelous Square, and steep yourself in history at Church of St.Sophia.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Thessaloniki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Skopje to Thessaloniki. Traveling from Skopje in October, Thessaloniki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kalogria Beach, Metamorfoseos Sotiros Moutsiani Church, Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), Edessa Waterfalls
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Kalogria Beach ©
Kalogria Beach
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square

6
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Nafplio (Nauplion Promenade & Fortress Palamidi), Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae) and Akrokorinthos (in Corinth). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip planner.

Getting from Thessaloniki to Athens by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Thessaloniki in October since evenings lows in Athens dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nafplio, Archaeological Site Mycenae, Akrokorinthos
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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