26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Chisinau, Moldova
— 4 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 4 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 6 nights

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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. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Cricova Winery, admire the natural beauty at Valea Morilor, contemplate the long history of Stephen the Great Monument, and stroll around Stefan cel Mare Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chisinau trip itinerary planning app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Chisinau is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Bucharest.

Things to do in Chisinau

Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Cricova Winery ©
Cricova Winery
Stephen the Great Monument ©
Stephen the Great Monument
Curchi Monastery ©
Curchi Monastery

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 find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bucharest road trip planner.

You can drive from Chisinau to Bucharest in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. 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

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

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 lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and contemplate the long history of Church St. George Rotunda.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sofia tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bucharest to Sofia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. October in Sofia sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games

3
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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 still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, take a stroll through Old Bazaar, Skopje, steep yourself in history at Kale, and snap pictures at The Stone Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Skopje day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Skopje takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sofia to Skopje, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Skopje, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge

4
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Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©

Mother of Israel

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), Edessa Waterfalls (in Edessa) and Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) (in Vergina). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, visit Ladadika District, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St.Sophia.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, 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 · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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Kalogria Beach ©
Kalogria Beach
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©

The Birthplace of Democracy

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). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take a stroll through Plaka, and admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Thessaloniki in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Archaeological Site Mycenae ©
Archaeological Site Mycenae

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