15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Rila, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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1
night
Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), see the interesting displays at Muzej Nikole Tesle (Nikola Tesla Museum), then view the masterpieces at FAB Living by Una, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan. On your second day here, take a stroll through Skadarlija, wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, then enjoy breathtaking views from The Millenary Monument, and finally stroll through Ada Ciganlija.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Belgrade trip itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Belgrade is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Belgrade: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija

3
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: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, stroll through Vrelo Bosne, and take an in-depth tour of War Childhood Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sarajevo tour planner .

Getting from Belgrade to Sarajevo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Walking tours
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 31st (Sun), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, then see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, and finally take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zagreb online 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. May in Zagreb sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Room Escape Games
Walking tours
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

2
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 2nd (Tue), stroll around Herăstrău Park, admire the landmark architecture of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery, and finally admire the striking features of Palace of Parliament. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of History of the Jewish Community.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bucharest trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zagreb to Bucharest by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zagreb to Bucharest, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Bucharest sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rila.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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1
night
Rila, Bulgaria

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rila visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Bucharest to Rila with the Route module. In June in Rila, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila ©
Rila

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rila to Istanbul. Traveling from Rila to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rila in June, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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