60 days in Europe Itinerary

60 days in Europe Itinerary

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60 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Bucharest, Romania
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Chania Town, Greece
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Rethymnon, Greece
— 5 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h
5
Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Naxos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Paros, Greece
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
8
Butrint, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 45 min
9
Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
Split, Croatia
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h
12
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h
13
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  14 h 15 min
End: Philadelphia, United States

4
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Boyana Church and Church St. George Rotunda. Get outdoors at Vitosha Mountain and Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School. Explore Sofia's surroundings by going to Rila Monastery (in Rila), Plovdiv (Old Plovdiv Retro Photo & Plovdiv Roman Theatre) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Catedral de Sveta-Nedelya, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia vacation planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Sofia is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in March, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Plovdiv, Borovets, Rila Monastery, Bachkovo Monastery
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Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Bachkovo Monastery ©
Bachkovo Monastery

5
nights
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Neagra Bison Reservation. Sinaia Monastery and Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Patriarchal Cathedral, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll around Herăstrău Park, and get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Bucharest online vacation planner.

Getting from Sofia to Bucharest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Bucharest are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sinaia Monastery, Neagra Bison Reservation
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sinaia Monastery ©
Sinaia Monastery
Patriarchal Cathedral ©
Patriarchal Cathedral

5
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Souda Bay War Cemetery and Firkas Fortress. Get in touch with nature at Off-Road Tours and Agii Apostoli Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Akrotiri (Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) & Seitan Limania Beach). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, do a tasting at Manousakis Winery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete.

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

You can fly from Bucharest to Chania Town in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bucharest in March; daily highs in Chania Town reach 63°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Souda, Elafonissi Beach, War Shelter of Platanias, Manousakis Winery
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Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
Off-Road Tours

5
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
The Palace of Knossos and Palace of Faistos will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Reptisland and Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus & The Natural History Museum of Crete), Matala beach (in Matala) and St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Imbros Gorge, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, and relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip website.

Take a bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Heraklion, Palace of Faistos, St. Nicholas Church, Lake Kournas, Imbros Gorge
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 21:
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos

5
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Popular historic sites such as Akrotiri and Akrotiri LightHouse are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Castelli of Emporio. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, explore the historical opulence of Byzantine Castle Ruins, pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and ride a horse along Experience Horse Riding.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Rethymnon to Fira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in March, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Oia, Imerovigli, Kamari, Santorini
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:
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Experience Horse Riding ©
Experience Horse Riding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Akrotiri LightHouse ©
Akrotiri LightHouse

3
nights
Naxos Town, Greece

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Monastery of Fotodotis and Kastro. Visit Tower of Zevgolis and Portara for their historical value. When in Naxos Town, make a side trip to see Alyko Beach in Pirgaki, approximately Pirgaki away. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at Agios Prokopios Beach, see the interesting displays at Theatrical Museum Iakovos Kampanellis, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Panagia Filotitissa.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Naxos Town trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Fira to Naxos Town takes 5 hours. In March in Naxos Town, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paros.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plaka Beach, Mikri Vigla Beach, Eggares Olive Press Museum, Alyko Beach, Monastery of Fotodotis
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach

5
nights
Paros, Greece

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Parikia Town and Paros Ancient Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Butterflies Valley and Parasporos Beach. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, admire the majestic nature at Paros Park, head outdoors with Drios Bech, and contemplate the long history of Lefkes.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paros day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Naxos Town to Paros in 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Paros can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Butrint.

Things to do in Paros

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town
Panagia Ekatondapiliani ©
Panagia Ekatondapiliani
Lefkes ©
Lefkes

1
night
Butrint, Albania

Butrint ©
On the 4th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Butrint attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Paros to Butrint in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Butrint

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park

3
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Bay of Kotor. Get some historical perspective at Castle Of San Giovanni and Stari Grad Kotor. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Holy Mother Rozaria, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, and contemplate the long history of Church of St. Elijah the Prophet.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kotor sightseeing planner.

Drive from Butrint to Kotor in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Butrint to Kotor is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Kotor when traveling from Butrint in April, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Perast, Castle Of San Giovanni, Church of St. Elijah the Prophet
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:
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Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Castle Of San Giovanni
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
City Walls ©
City Walls

5
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dubrovnik City Walls and Fort Lovrijenac. Cavtat Cemetery and Steinmauer will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubrovnik: Ston (Church, St. Nicholas, Marlais Winery, &more) and Cavtat Old Town (in Cavtat). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and visit Lapad.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Dubrovnik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Ston, Cavtat
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Palazzo di Diocleziano and Cathedral of Saint Domnius are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik and Crkva Sveti Rok, Sutivan will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Sibenik (Galerija Juraj Dalmatinac, Setnica Kroz Kanal Sv. Ante, &more), Hvar (Benedictine Monastery & Spanjola) and Skrip (The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip, Museum of Brac, &more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Gorma, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Split itinerary planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Split are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Sibenik, Sutivan, Skrip, Hvar, Jezera
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik ©
The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik
Spanjola ©
Spanjola

5
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
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.
Visit Vijećnica and Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain) for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Igman and Vlasic Mountain. Step out of Sarajevo to go to Visegrad and see Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, which is approximately 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo route site.

You can drive from Split to Sarajevo in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, Vlasic Mountain
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 23:
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War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum
Galerija 11/07/95 ©
Galerija 11/07/95
Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge ©
Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge

6
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Get a sense of the local culture at Franciscan Church (Franciskanska cerkev) and Bled Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Škocjan Caves and Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ljubljana: Postojna Cave (in Postojna) and Bled (Mala Osojnica, Bled Island, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Francis Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Trnovo Church, and stroll the grounds of Zale Cemetery.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sarajevo to Ljubljana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bled, Postojna Cave, Škocjan Caves
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 29:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Škocjan Caves ©
Škocjan Caves
Mala Osojnica ©
Mala Osojnica

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