21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Helsinki, Finland
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  8 h 30 min
1
Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
7
Makarska, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Helsinki, Finland

2
nights
Saranda, Albania

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get outside with Bora Bora Beach, then kick back and relax at Pulebardha Beach, then kick back and relax at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Quaranta beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Monastery Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Vivar Kanal, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lori Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Saranda trip itinerary planning site .

Helsinki, Finland to Saranda is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Helsinki in June, with highs in Saranda at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Saranda

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Pulebardha Beach ©
Pulebardha Beach
Lori Beach ©
Lori Beach
Monastery Beach ©
Monastery Beach

3
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dajti will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bunk'Art 1 and BunkArt 2. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, and stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tirana online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Saranda to Tirana in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tirana when traveling from Saranda in June, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Dajti
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dajti ©
Dajti
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1

2
nights
Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. On the 21st (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of King Nicholas Museum, make a trip to Njegos Mausoleum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Moraca River.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Podgorica online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Tirana to Podgorica takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Podgorica

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Virpazar, Cetinje
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Moraca River ©
Moraca River

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Sunj Beach and Lopud Island. Visit Sveti Jakov Beach and Srebreno Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Beach Kupari, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, get lost in a book at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, and don't miss a visit to Love Stories Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip planning website .

You can drive from Podgorica to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Srebreno Beach, Sunj Beach, Trsteno Arboretum
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Lopud Island ©
Lopud Island
Srebreno Beach ©
Srebreno Beach
Sunj Beach ©
Sunj Beach

2
nights
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 26th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Kajtaz House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of War and Genocide Victims 1992-1995, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Neretva River. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Blagaj tekija and then appreciate the history behind il Monte Della Croce.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mostar day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Mostar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Dubrovnik in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Mostar, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Mostar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

il Monte Della Croce, Blagaj tekija
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Neretva River ©
Neretva River
il Monte Della Croce ©
il Monte Della Croce

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Froggyland, then make a trip to Split Synagogue, and finally don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Omis Cetina Canyon, then explore the activities along Omis and Cetina River, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bacvice Beach.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Split online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Mostar to Split by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Makarska.

Things to do in Split

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Omis
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Swim with Dolphins
Omis Cetina Canyon ©
Omis Cetina Canyon
Omis and Cetina River ©
Omis and Cetina River

2
nights
Makarska, Croatia

Makarska ©
Makarska is a small city on the Adriatic coastline of Croatia, about 60km southeast of Split and 140km northwest of Dubrovnik. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Tucepi Beach, then stroll through Slatina Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Biokovo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Muzej Riba i Rakova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Arheoloska Muzejska Zbirka, then kick back and relax at Punta Rata Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brela Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Makarska Harbour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Makarska trip planner.

You can take a bus from Split to Makarska in an hour. Another option is to drive. In June, daily temperatures in Makarska can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Makarska

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Brela, Tucepi, Arheoloska Muzejska Zbirka
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Biokovo ©
Biokovo
Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach
Makarska Harbour ©
Makarska Harbour

2
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 2nd (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Bell Tower, and then make a trip to Paseo Maritimo.

To find ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Zadar travel route builder site .

You can drive from Makarska to Zadar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Zadar when traveling from Makarska in July, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Zadar

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bell Tower ©
Bell Tower

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Croatian Museum of Naive Art, partake in some friendly competition at Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, then don't miss a visit to King Tomislav Square, then see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata).

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zadar to Zagreb by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Museums Adventure
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Food Tours
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb
Croatian Museum of Naive Art ©
Croatian Museum of Naive Art

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