26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

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
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 to go to Orhei and see Curchi Monastery, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Cricova Winery, don't miss a visit to St. Theodor Tiron Convent, pause for some photo ops at Stephen the Great Monument, and take in nature's colorful creations at Valea Morilor.

For photos and other tourist information, read Chisinau travel itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Chisinau is an approximately 12.5-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

Cricova Winery, Curchi Monastery
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Cricova Winery ©
Cricova Winery
Stefan cel Mare Park ©
Stefan cel Mare Park
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, parks, nightlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery, wander the streets of Old Town, and take in nature's colorful creations at Cismigiu Gardens.

Plan my day in Bucharest using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Chisinau to Bucharest takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Parks Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery

5
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sofia: Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School (in Borovets), Plovdiv (Plovdiv Roman Theatre, Plovdiv Old Town, & more) and Rila Monastery (in Rila). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Sofia online day trip planner .

You can fly from Bucharest to Sofia in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Sofia sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Plovdiv, Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, Rila Monastery
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

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.
Step out of Skopje to go to Tetovo and see Xhamia E Larme, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Matka, pause for some photo ops at Millennium Cross, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain of Vodno, and wander the streets of Old Bazaar, Skopje.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Skopje route planner .

Drive from Sofia to Skopje in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Skopje. In October in Skopje, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car 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
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Thessaloniki: Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) (in Vergina), Kalogria Beach (in Nikiti) and Metamorfoseos Sotiros Moutsiani Church (in Veroia). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, take a stroll through Ladadika District, pause for some serene contemplation at Hagios Demetrios, and steep yourself in history at Church of St.Sophia.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Thessaloniki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Thessaloniki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Skopje to Thessaloniki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Skopje in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°C in Thessaloniki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nafplio (Nauplion Promenade & Fortress Palamidi), Acrocorinth (in Corinth) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Plaka, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Thessaloniki to Athens takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Thessaloniki in October, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 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, Akrokorinthos, Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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