42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 6 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Podgorica, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
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Berat, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
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Pec, Kosovo
— 1 night
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Pristina, Kosovo
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
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Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
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Sibiu, Romania
— 1 night
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Chisinau, Moldova
— 2 nights
Drive
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Odessa, Ukraine
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Budapest Pinball Museum and 3d Gallery Budapest. Change things up with these side-trips from Budapest: Esztergom (Duna Muzeum, Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, step off the mainland to explore Margaret Island, and admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest route planning app.

Cardiff, UK to Budapest is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cardiff to Budapest due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cardiff in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 9:

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jerusalem of Europe

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Sarajevo War Tunnel. On the 13th (Wed), spend a day ambling around Vrelo Bosne. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get engrossed in the history at History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Sarajevo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Sarajevo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Parks · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:

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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Blagaj tekija, then make a trip to Velagic House, and then step into the grandiose world of Stjepan Grad - Blagaj Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Old Bridge Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Bosnaseum, then don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Art Studio Pandur.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mostar trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Sarajevo to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Mostar are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Podgorica.

Things to do in Mostar

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

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Podgorica, Montenegro

One of Europe's most relaxed and newest capital cities, Podgorica sits on the confluence of two rivers, with two sides of it offering two different options for exploring.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Court Church on Cipur, then take an in-depth tour of King Nicholas Museum, then see the interesting displays at Money Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George's Church, then explore the activities along Morača River, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to A.S. Pushkin and N.N. Goncharova, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dajbabe Monastery.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Podgorica travel route planner.

You can drive from Mostar to Podgorica in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, car, and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Podgorica

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

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Shkoder, Albania

Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the activities along Shkodra Lake and then hike along Peaks Of The Balkans. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I, then make a trip to Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Mother Teresa.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Shkoder trip planner.

You can drive from Podgorica to Shkoder in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, get engrossed in the history at Bektashi World Center, take an in-depth tour of Bunk'Art 1, make a trip to Clock Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirana trip maker site.

You can drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and shuttle; or take a train. In April in Tirana, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

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Berat, Albania

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, take in the views from Gorica Bridge, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the striking features of Berat Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Sotira Waterfall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The King Mosque, and then examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Berat trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Berat are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

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Jerusalem of the Balkans

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the activities along Lake Ohrid. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Samoil's Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jovan Kaneo, then steep yourself in history at Early Christian Basilica, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Mary Perybleptos.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ohrid trip planner.

You can drive from Berat to Ohrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Berat in April: highs in Ohrid hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

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A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): make a trip to Phillip II of Macedon, then explore the activities along Lake Matka, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Savior Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Panteleimon. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Clement of Ohrid, take in the views from Skopje Art Bridge, examine the collection at Museum of Macedonian Struggle, then make a trip to Skopje Eye Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mustafa Pasha Mosque.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Skopje itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Skopje takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Skopje can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pec.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:

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Pec, Kosovo

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Old Bazaar of Peja, take in breathtaking views at Rugova Canyon, and then contemplate the long history of Patriarchate of Pec.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pec visit planner.

You can drive from Skopje to Pec in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pristina.

Things to do in Pec

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28:

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Pristina, Kosovo

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 28th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Statue of Mother Tereza. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your bearings at Pristina National Library, appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg statue, pause for some photo ops at Bill Clinton Statue, then pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrale Nënë Tereza, then appreciate the history behind Newborn Monument, and finally stroll around Germia Park.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pristina online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Pec to Pristina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pristina

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square, then walk around Gulhane Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fatih Mosque and Complex. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Jennifer's Hamam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, then admire the striking features of Eyüp Sultan Mosque, and finally walk around Emirgan Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Pristina to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pristina to Istanbul is 2 hours. In April in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Church St. George Rotunda. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, make a trip to Saint Sofia Monument, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Tsar Alexander II, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sofia road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Sofia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in May since evenings lows in Sofia dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

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Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 6th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", get engrossed in the history at Ceausescu Mansion, then get a new perspective on nature at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, and finally contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bucharest day trip site.

You can fly from Sofia to Bucharest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

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Brasov, Romania

With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tampa, contemplate the long history of Turnul Alb, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra), and finally don't miss a visit to Council Square. Keep things going the next day: gain some tasty knowledge on Discovery Transylvania.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Brasov vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bucharest to Brasov takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sibiu.

Things to do in Brasov

Wildlife · Tours · Wineries · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

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Sibiu, Romania

Red Town

Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): wander the streets of The Lower Town of Sibiu (Orasul de Jos) and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Romano Catolica.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sibiu attractions planning tool.

Getting from Brasov to Sibiu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:

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Chisinau, Moldova

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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stroll around Dendrarium Park, don't miss a visit to Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame, then stroll around Stefan cel Mare Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Afghan War Memorial To Sons of Motherland - Eternal Memory. On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at Chisinau City Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, appreciate the history behind Sculpture of Skateboarders, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Divine Providence, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Chisinau trip planner.

You can fly from Sibiu to Chisinau in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Odessa.

Things to do in Chisinau

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

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Odessa, Ukraine

Pearl of the Black Sea

Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
On the 13th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Catacombs of Odessa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Ugolok Staroy Odessy/ Old Odessa Corner, and finally stroll around City Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Primorsky Boulevard, make a trip to Potemkin Stairs, then make a trip to Passage, and finally make a trip to Deribasovskaya Street.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Odessa itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Chisinau to Odessa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Odessa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Odessa

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Despite its rich culture and outstanding natural beauty, the Republic of Macedonia remains relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. Life continues at a slower pace in this natural setting of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Tradition and local customs rule the country's idyllic villages, tiny pockets of hospitality scattered across a rugged region. Start your Macedonian adventure at the capital city of Skopje, an easygoing urban center offering good dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The city also serves as a convenient base for hiking and biking trips through the surrounding countryside, which is noted for its ancient monasteries, mosques, and archaeological sites.

Kosovo travel guide

3.9
Monuments · History Museums · Churches
A disputed territory in the central Balkans, Kosovo is considered by many nations to be Europe's newest country. The independent state, once part of Serbia, has no shortage of colorful history. Tourism is still a small industry in the country, and visitors will witness the scars of war as recently as 1999, when Serbia revoked the territory's autonomy. Today, Kosovo is mainly ethnically Albanian, with a Serb majority in the north, as well as large numbers of ethnic minorities. Active UN troops still work in the country, guarding Serbian monasteries that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Despite this, Kosovo is a safe and stable country to visit to explore off-the-beaten path. The mix of World Heritage Sites, wild countryside, and welcoming hospitality will surely bring visitors in droves as the word gets out.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Romania travel guide

4.3
Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

Moldova travel guide

3.9
Wineries & Vineyards · Parks · Monuments
As one of the smallest countries in Europe, Moldova earned its independence in 1991 and remains quite unknown to most of the world. As Moldova is located between Romania and the Ukraine, much of its culture borrows elements, such as language and traditional food, from its two neighbors. Moldova sports a rugged countryside with a mild and sunny climate thanks to the neighboring Black Sea. This region's outdoor activities--biking, hiking, horseback riding, and exploring caves--are its main attractions. While Moldova doesn't attract much tourism, it is one of the last places in Europe where you can get a completely authentic local experience.