43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly + Drive:  17 h
1
Eger, Hungary
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Brasov, Romania
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  9 h
9
Lviv, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Kiev, Ukraine
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  17 h
End: Calgary, Canada

4
nights
Eger, Hungary

Eger ©
Nestled between the Matra and Bukk Mountains in northern Hungary, Eger represents a mixture of historical discovery and relaxing pleasures.
Eger is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Eger Castle, examine the collection at Kopcsik Marcipania Szamos edessegbolt, don't miss a visit to Tarnaszentmaria, and admire the natural beauty at Erdotelki Arboretum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Eger online journey maker.

Calgary, Canada to Eger is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Calgary to Eger due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in March, expect Eger to be a bit warmer, temps between 13°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Budapest.

Things to do in Eger

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trip

Tokaj Wine Region
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Nagy-Eged Mountain ©
Nagy-Eged Mountain
Eger Castle ©
Eger Castle
Dobo Square ©
Dobo Square

6
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip website.

Take a bus from Eger to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Get out of town with these interesting Belgrade side-trips: Oplenac (in Topola), Petrovaradin Fortress (in Petrovaradin) and Manasija Monastery (in Despotovac). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Belgrade trip website.

You can fly from Budapest to Belgrade in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Oplenac, Manasija Monastery, Petrovaradin Fortress
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Room Escape Games
Walking tours

6
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Belgrade to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Belgrade in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Explore Plovdiv's surroundings by going to Marvelous Bridges (in Chepelare), Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Pamporovo Ski Resort (in Smolyan). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and make a trip to Buhalov Han - Center for crafts and cultural traditions.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Plovdiv trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Istanbul to Plovdiv in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Plovdiv is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Plovdiv when traveling from Istanbul in March, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Marvelous Bridges, Bachkovo Monastery, Pamporovo Ski Resort, Buhalov Han - Center for crafts and cultural traditions
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Pamporovo Ski Resort ©
Pamporovo Ski Resort
Bachkovo Monastery ©
Bachkovo Monastery

4
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sofia: Borovets (Horseback Riding Tours & Borovets Ski Resort) and Rila Monastery (in Rila). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Sofia trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sofia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Borovets, Rila Monastery
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Walking tours
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort

4
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: admire the striking features of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of History of the Jewish Community.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bucharest online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Bucharest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Bucharest sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 2:
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Walking tours
Muzeul National al Satului
Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

3
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brasov: Mountain Postavarul (in Poiana Brasov), Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) (in Bran) and Peles Castle (in Sinaia). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Season Hill, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tampa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra), and fly down the slopes at Valtour Ski School.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brasov trip builder app.

You can take a train from Bucharest to Brasov in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Brasov

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Poiana Brasov, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Rasnov Citadel, Peles Castle
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Season Hill ©
Season Hill
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Peles Castle ©
Peles Castle

2
nights
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Change things up with a short trip to Zoopark Limpopo in Medenychi (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Rynok Square, wander the streets of Old Town, stroll the grounds of Lychakiv Cemetery, and pause for some photo ops at Monument of Nikifor Epifaniy Drovnyak.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lviv trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Brasov to Lviv in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April in Lviv, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Lviv

Fun & Games Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Zoopark Limpopo
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Zoopark Limpopo
Zoopark Limpopo
Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral ©
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral

4
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kiev is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Khreshchatyk, examine the collection at Pirogovo Open-Air Museum, and appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland).

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kiev online road trip planner.

Getting from Lviv to Kiev by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Photography Tours
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral

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