18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad, India
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
2
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
4
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
5
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Hyderabad, India

4
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 in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planning site .

Hyderabad, India to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Hyderabad in May, things will get cooler in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vitosha Mountain.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Sofia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sofia when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Outdoors Winter Sports
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Room Escape Games
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain

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.
On the 18th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, and explore the galleries of Rector's Palace.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Dubrovnik takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Dubrovnik when traveling from Sofia in May, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods
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Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Dedicate the 21st (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace, make a trip to Gaspina mlinica, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Split trip planner .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Split can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Split

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Gaspina mlinica
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River Rafting & Tubing
Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Split to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Split to Athens. Traveling from Split in May, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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