14-Day Road Trip in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania from Sofia to Thessaloniki, Trikala, Athens, Patras, Gjirokastra, Tirana, and Skopje

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Explore Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania on an epic 14-day European road trip. Sofia, Thessaloniki, Gjirokastra, and Skopje await!

With this ultimate European tour package, you'll experience the essence of 4 incredible countries, each offering a tapestry of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories. You'll stay 3 nights in Bulgaria, 6 nights in Greece, 2 nights in North Macedonia, and 2 nights in Albania.

In the first leg of your journey, you'll find yourself in the heart of Bulgaria, a land filled with treasures waiting to be discovered. You’ll collect your chosen rental car in the city of Sofia and begin your adventure from there. Explore Sofia, Kyustendil, and Bistritsa, where picturesque vistas and cultural gems await your exploration.

Next, prepare to be mesmerized by the diverse and vibrant landscapes of Greece. Immerse yourself in the allure of Thessaloniki, Kastraki, Trikala, Athens, Kallithea, Lavreotiki, Patras, and Ioannina, where every street tells a story.

Continuing your journey, you'll step into the captivating realm of North Macedonia. This country's charm is boundless, and you'll be impressed by the wonders of Skopje.

As your Euro trip unfolds, you'll find yourself in Albania. Albania offers a multitude of experiences to explore in destinations like Gjirokastra, Durrës, and Tirana.

Your multi-country road trip brings you close to some of Europe’s most iconic attractions and landmarks, such as Thessaloniki’s White Tower of Thessaloniki and Skopje's iconic Church of St. Clement of Ohrid. In Gjirokastra, marvel at the extraordinary Castle of Gjirokastra. From must-see attractions to breathtaking viewpoints, this meticulously crafted itinerary promises you a glimpse into the unique features of this region in Europe.

Throughout your tour, you’ll stay at some of the best accommodations along your route. Our recommendations always include options with varying levels of comfort, ranging from 3 to 5-star hotels that cater to various preferences and budgets.

Your ultimate multi-country road trip across Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania will not be complete without indulging in some retail therapy! Embark on a quest for a rare souvenir in each destination. Beyond the thrill of buying unique goods, it’s also an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in local customs and interact with friendly locals at every stop.

By booking this holiday package, you can save yourself from the tedious task of researching and planning your road trip in Europe. We'll handle all the travel arrangements for your 14-day self-drive adventure in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania. With our expertise, you can enjoy a hassle-free experience and focus on immersing yourself in incredible destinations without the stress of organizing every detail. This holiday deal also comes with 24/7 travel support and a step-by-step guide accessible via our mobile app to assist you throughout your journey.

Discover breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and iconic landmarks in multiple European countries on one epic road trip! Travel across borders and experience the freedom of the open road as you create lifelong memories in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania.

Choose your travel dates today and start planning your unforgettable multi-country road trip with Guide to Europe!

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Flights, economy included
Hotel, 13 nights
Rental car, 14 days
CDW Insurance
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Destinations

Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia / 3 nights
Photo of aerial view of the city Durres, Albania.Durrës
Bistritsa
Photo of aerial view of Patras that is Greece's third-largest city and the regional capital of Western Greece.Patras / 1 night
Epirus - region in GreeceIoannina
AthensAthens / 2 nights
Panoramic view of Skopje town with Vodno hill in the background.Skopje / 2 nights
Tirana County - region in AlbaniaTirana / 1 night
Thessaloniki Municipal Unit - city in GreeceThessaloniki / 2 nights
Kallithea - city in GreeceKallithea
Photo of Medieval tower with a clock ,Trikala Fortress, Central Greece.Trikala / 1 night
Кюстендил -  in BulgariaKyustendil
Photo of aerial view of historical protected town of Gjirocaster , Southern Albania.Gjirokastra / 1 night
Kastraki
Lavreotiki

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Photo of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Roman theater structure at the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.Acropolis of Athens
Photo of the Parthenon that is a temple on the Athenian Acropolis in Greece.Parthenon
Photo of Acropolis Museum is archaeological museum focused on findings archaeological site of Acropolis of Athens in Greece.Acropolis Museum
Photo of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in city of Athens, Greece.Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Photo of aerial drone view of iconic historic landmark ,old byzantine White Tower of Thessaloniki or Salonica, North Greece.White Tower of Thessaloniki
Photo of aerial drone panoramic view of iconic landmark Aristotelous square in the heart of Thessaloniki or Salonica, North Greece.Aristotelous Square
Stavros Niarchos Park, 2nd District of Kallithea, Municipality of Kallithea, Regional Unit of South Athens, Attica, GreeceStavros Niarchos Park
Photo of the artificial lake with the wooden bridge at the National Garden of Athens, Greece.National Garden of Athens
Photo of Sunset over monastery of Rousanou and Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapavsa in famous greek tourist destination Meteora in Greece.Meteora
South Park
Photo of Temple of Hephaestus in Ancient Agora, Athens, Greece. Sunny front view of classical Greek temple.Ancient Agora of Athens
Borisova Gradina Park
Photo of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity.National Archaeological Museum of Athens
Photo of the Temple of Olympian Zeus (considered one of the biggest of the ancient world), Greece.Temple of Olympian Zeus
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Old Bazaar, Chair, Skopje, Municipality of Chair, City of Skopje, Skopje Region, North MacedoniaOld Bazaar
Filopappou Hill, 3rd District of Athens, Municipality of Athens, Regional Unit of Central Athens, Attica, GreecePhilopappos Hill
Park "Zaimov"
Photo of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Roman theater structure at the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Sofia Zoo, R-7276261, R-186382, R-4283101Sofia Zoo
Photo of sunset aerial view of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.National Palace of Culture
The Umbrellas by Zongolopoulos, 1st District of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Municipal Unit, Municipality of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Regional Unit, Central Macedonia, Macedonia and Thrace, GreeceThe Umbrellas by Zongolopoulos
Photo of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon before sunset, Greece.Temple of Poseidon at cape Sounion
photo of view of Arch of Galerius and Rotunda, Thessaloniki, Greece.Arch of Galerius and Rotunda
North Park
Photo of famous ruins of Ali Pasha's palace and the Tower of Bohemond in the old byzantine castle of Ioannina, Greece.Ioannina Castle
Ivan Vazov" National Theater
photo of view of Agia Sofia Square travel guide, Thessaloniki, Greece.Agias Sofias Square
photo of View of a fruits and vegetables stand at the outdoor market Kapani in Thessaloniki Greece,Thessaloniki Greece.Kapani
Photo of Eagles' bridge in Sofia, Bulgaria.Eagles' Bridge
Knyazheska Garden
Photo of Skanderbeg square with flag, Skanderbeg monument and The Et'hem Bey Mosque in the center of Tirana city, Albania.Skanderbeg Square
Castle of Gjirokastra, Gjirokastër, Gjirokastra, Gjirokastër County, Southern Albania, AlbaniaCastle of Gjirokastra
Photo of Skopje Zoo, Macedonia.Skopje Zoo
photo of Archaeological Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece.Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
photo of Perama Cave, Greece,Perama  Greece.Cave of Perama
photo of view of Sofia's cityscape, blending old-world charm with modernity, featuring the iconic lion bridge, Bulgaria.Lions' Bridge
Photo of Archaeological Museum of Macedonia and famous Stone Bridge in downtown of Skopje.Stone Bridge in Skopje
Skopje City ​​Park, Centar, Skopje, Municipality of Centar, City of Skopje, Skopje Region, North MacedoniaSkopje City Park
photo of  view of View of ruined defence walls and tower of Hisarlaka fortress with big broken jars in Kyustendil, Bulgaria,Kyustendil bulgaria.Hisarlaka Fortress
Durres Amphitheatre, Durrës, Bashkia Durrës, Durrës County, Northern Albania, AlbaniaDurres Amphitheatre
Photo of entrance to Bunk'Art 2 museum in Tirana, Albania.Bunk’Art 2
Church of St. Demetrios, 3rd District of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Municipal Unit, Municipality of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Regional Unit, Central Macedonia, Macedonia and Thrace, GreeceChurch of St Demetrios
photo of view of Stock Photo ID: 323530922  Bliznaka (Twin) Lake in Rila mountain, Bulgaria,Bistritsa Bulgaria.Rila
Iç Kale Acropolis, Ioannina Municipality, Ioannina Regional Unit, Epirus, Epirus and Western Macedonia, GreeceIch Kale Acropolis of Ioannina
Memorial House of Mother Teresa, Centar, Skopje, Municipality of Centar, City of Skopje, Skopje Region, North MacedoniaMemorial House of Mother Teresa
Square Macedonia, Centar, Skopje, Municipality of Centar, City of Skopje, Skopje Region, North MacedoniaSquare „Macedonia“
Photo of National Gallery of Macedonia or Daut Pasha Hamam in the centre of Skopje city, North Macedonia.Čifte Hammam
Photo of St. Clement’s Church in Ohrid, North Macedonia.Church of St Clement of Ohrid
Venetian Tower of DurrësVenetian Tower of Durrës
Town Square - Sheshi Liria

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Day 1

Day 1 – Sofia - arrival day

  • Sofia - Arrival day
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  • Lions' Bridge
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Your unforgettable multi-country road trip in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania begins the moment you arrive in the awe-inspiring city of Sofia in Bulgaria. You’ll check in at a top-rated hotel and stay in Sofia for 2 nights.

Catch an early flight to Bulgaria to enjoy as much time as possible exploring Sofia before it’s time to hit the road and drive to your next destination. Discover the city’s rich history, breathtaking sights, and lively atmosphere with visits to the most popular attractions.

In Sofia, the extraordinary Lions' Bridge awaits. This attraction is a valued footbridge that boasts an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 6,469 travelers' reviews.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Sofia. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in Bulgaria. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

As the sun sets on day 1 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Sofia's top restaurants and eateries, each offering a local taste of Bulgaria to remember your trip by. After a fulfilling dinner, dive into the city’s local nightlife. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of popular pubs or want to take in the ambiance of a quiet bar, Sofia has them.

Have a fantastic dining experience at Hotel Forum, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, Hotel ZOO Sofia offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, Mamma Mia Ltd is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in Sofia.

Keep the evening going at Halbite Beer Hall, a great choice for enjoying the after-dinner hours with a drink. You could also go to Lime Cafe & Cocktails, which offers a similarly pleasant setting and great drinks.

Your multi-country road trip in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania has only just begun. Brace yourself for more exciting days to come as you cross country borders in the comfort of your rental car and discover the most unique attractions, activities, and foods of each destination.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 21 km, 1 hour 38 min

  • National Palace of Culture
  • South Park
  • Sofia Zoo
  • Park "Zaimov"
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
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Day 2 of your multi-country road trip promises a full day of discoveries in beautiful Sofia. Enjoy time off the road as you’ll be staying in the city for 1 night more before hitting the road again.

A tour of Sofia is not complete without a visit to the famous National Palace of Culture. This incredible convention center and attraction has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 14,569 travelers.

Make the most of your Sofia travel adventure by seeing another popular site, the wonderful South Park. This park and unique destination is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 30,985 travelers.

You can then move on to the incredible Sofia Zoo for an experience worth remembering. This local zoo and standout destination has received an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 15,237 visitors.

If you want to discover more, consider stopping by the famous National Theater "Ivan Vazov". This amazing site is a wonderful point of interest with more than 9,932 wanderlust-filled travelers rating it an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Before this memorable day of your vacation comes to a close, treat your palate to a taste of Bulgaria's delectable cuisine at one of Sofia's best restaurants. After a nice meal, enhance your vacation experience by enjoying the local nightlife or unwinding with a drink or two in the city’s most recommended bars.

Dine in style at Divaka, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Face bar & dinner boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Art Club Museum. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Sofia.

Go to bed happy and look forward to a good night’s sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Your European tour continues tomorrow!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Sofia, and Thessaloniki

  • Thessaloniki
  • Sofia
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Drive 298 km, 4 hours 29 min

  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Knyazheska Garden
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Borisova Gradina Park
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 3 of your multi-country journey across Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania. This exciting part of your road trip invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 1 vibrant destinations - Sofia in Bulgaria. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to Thessaloniki where you'll spend 2 nights of well-deserved relaxation.

Something that makes Sofia the perfect holiday destination is that the city offers easy access to many popular places of interest, like the outstanding church, Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky. This local gem has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 20,088 visitors.

The famous Prince's Garden is another remarkable sightseeing hotspot in the area. As one of Sofia's most remarkable sights, there's no wonder why around 7,695 travelers have rated this incredible park and travel destination an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in reviews.

Sofia is also home to the extraordinary Eagles' Bridge, which boasts a 4.4 out of 5 star rating in 10,319 traveler reviews.

Another place you’ll want to visit is the captivating Borisova Gradina Park. With an impressive average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from a total of 27,635 reviews, a visit to this wonderful park and tourist destination is truly a great idea.

An exhilarating day of exploring and driving will have you longing for a comfortable bed at the end of the day. Fortunately, Thessaloniki’s top hotels offer a lovely retreat at day’s end. Choose from options ranging from budget to luxury.

After a day of exploration and awe-inspiring sights, it’s time to replenish your strength. Make the most of this stop on your multi-country road trip across Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania by rewarding yourself with a taste of Thessaloniki’s local cuisine. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax or mingle with the locals and raise a toast to your exciting road trip adventure.

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Kitchen Bar, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try The Greek? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Phanós as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Thessaloniki.

After your delicious meal, get a taste of the vibrant nightlife with a visit to Beetle Bar, known for its inviting atmosphere. Vogatsikou 3 is another great option if you’re looking for a place to get the night started. Similarly, Souel provides a great setting to enjoy the night away.

Savor the moment and raise a toast to yet another amazing day of your vacation in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania! Enjoy your evening in Thessaloniki to the fullest by mingling with the locals at a bar, taking a stroll around the city center, or simply just relaxing.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Thessaloniki

  • Thessaloniki
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Drive 7 km, 1 hour 5 min

  • Aristotelous Square
  • Agias Sofias Square
  • White Tower of Thessaloniki
  • Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
  • The Umbrellas by Zongolopoulos
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On day 4, you will wake up in Thessaloniki with an entire day of wonders ahead of you! You still have 1 night left in Thessaloniki before it’s time to get back on the road and continue your European tour across Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Thessaloniki today. Begin your sightseeing with a visit to the outstanding Aristotelous Square. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 42,109 visitors.

Next, discover the charms of the popular Agias Sofias Square. This incredible attraction and square holds an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, thanks to 10,374 visitors.

According to travelers in Thessaloniki, the extraordinary White Tower of Thessaloniki is a must-see attraction. This crowd-favorite destination and fortified tower gets around 290,192 visits annually and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 52,379 visitors.

As the day moves along, don’t miss out the incredible archaeological museum, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Up to 7,165 visitors have rated it an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

If you’re up for another attraction, check out the popular point of interest, The Umbrellas Sculpture by Zogolopoulos. This attraction is rated an average 4.7 out of 5 stars among 13,884 visitors.

As the sun dips under the horizon, freshen up and head out to discover the best dining spots in Thessaloniki. Check out our recommendations on where to wine and dine while seeing this marvelous destination in Greece in a new light. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax, mingle with the locals, and raise a toast to your unforgettable road trip vacation in Europe.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Mamalouka, a top-rated dining destination in Thessaloniki. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Clochard, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Sofi's House Restaurant. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Thessaloniki this evening.

Explore the vibrant nightlife at Castra- All Day Terrace Bar after your meal, a hub for lively evenings and memorable moments. Or, head to Barbaben - Μπαρ/Μπα/Μπεν for a great selection of flavorful drinks and a charming setting. Furthermore, Apallou is perfect for those looking to extend their night with a touch of local flavor.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Thessaloniki, Kastraki, and Trikala

  • Trikala
  • Thessaloniki
  • Kastraki
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Drive 257 km, 3 hours 59 min

  • Kapani
  • Church of St Demetrios
  • Arch of Galerius and Rotunda
  • Meteora
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On day 5 of your exciting European self-drive vacation in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Thessaloniki in Greece. When you’re not exploring the city and its surrounding areas, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Trikala, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated market and attraction in Thessaloniki — Kapani. About 11,747 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

The popular Holy Church of Saint Demetrius, Patron Saint of Thessalonica is another top sight in Thessaloniki that locals and travelers often enjoy spending time at. This attraction is a well-loved church in the area, rated an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars by 6,316 visitors.

Arch of Galerius and Rotunda is a spectacular tetrapylon and highlight on travelers’ itineraries in Thessaloniki, earning an impressive average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 12,542 enchanted visitors.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Kastraki. This car ride takes around 2 hours 53 min.

One place travelers keep coming back to in Kastraki is the magnificent Meteora. Around 37,365 visitors have rated this excellent monastery and travel destination an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars.

Take some time off from the road, it’s time to check in at a top-rated stay in Trikala. Choose a hotel where you can gently let go of the day’s excitement and enjoy some peace and relaxation.

In the evening, prepare to be amazed by Trikala’s regional flavors and culminate your day with a toast. We’ve curated a guide to the city’s culinary and nightlife hotspots to enhance your experience during your multi-country vacation in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania.

Esteemed as a much-enjoyed restaurant, it features an exceptional menu. Treat yourself to a wonderful meal at ALVEO, a top-rated dining spot in Trikala. If you're in the mood for something new, try Trikala Fortress, another premier location with a delectable menu. You might also want to book a table at Palia Istoria. Known for its consistently satisfied patrons, it’s a perfect choice to elevate your evening in Trikala.

Following your dinner, dive into the local bar culture at Σουίτα Art Cafe. Alternatively, go to Factory Café, the perfect place for those looking to experience the best of the nightlife. Similarly, The Love Shake provides excellent drinks and a great atmosphere, ensuring a memorable night out.

Celebrate day 5 of your multi-country road trip in Europe with a toast, and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Trikala, and Athens

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Drive 336 km, 4 hours 28 min

  • Parthenon
  • Acropolis of Athens
  • Odeon of Herodes Atticus
  • National Archaeological Museum of Athens
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On day 6 of your multi-country road trip across Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places to see in Athens in Greece. In the evening, you’ll end up in Athens, where you will stay for 2 nights.

Upon reaching Athens, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Something that makes Athens the perfect holiday destination is that the city offers easy access to many popular places of interest, like the outstanding ancient greek temple, Parthenon. This local gem has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 74,124 visitors.

The famous Acropolis of Athens is another remarkable sightseeing hotspot in the area, with up to 1,807,580 people visiting it every year. As one of Athens's most remarkable sights, there's no wonder why around 123,792 travelers have rated this incredible acropolis and travel destination an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in reviews.

Athens is also home to the extraordinary Odeon of Herodes Atticus, which boasts a 4.9 out of 5 star rating in 15,092 traveler reviews.

Another place you’ll want to visit is the captivating National Archaeological Museum of Athens, which hosts up to 594,219 visitors every year. With an impressive average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from a total of 29,596 reviews, a visit to this wonderful national museum and tourist destination is truly a great idea.

After a long day of driving and exploring, you’ll check in at a top-recommended hotel in Athens of your choice.

As the sun sets on day 6 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Athens's top restaurants and eateries, each offering a local taste of Greece to remember your trip by. After a fulfilling dinner, dive into the city’s local nightlife. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of popular pubs or want to take in the ambiance of a quiet bar, Athens has them.

Enjoy an outstanding dining experience at Hytra, a 1-star Michelin restaurant offering an exceptional modern menu. If you are in the mood for trying an alternative dining experience, consider visiting the nearby 1-star Michelin-awardee, Spondi, known for its delicious french cuisine. Another highly-recommended restaurant in Athens is The Zillers, a renowned restaurant with a 1-star Guide Michelin recognition, known for its delicious contemporary, and greek menu.

After enjoying a delightful dinner, why not delve into the vibrant local bar scene? You might want to spend the evening at Μαύρος Γάτος, a well-loved spot among locals and tourists. Or, head to Kuko's The Bar. This bar boasts a welcoming environment that is perfect for winding down. You could also continue your night at Tiki Bar Athens, another top-rated place in the area.

Take in the ambiance of Athens as this vacation day slowly comes to an end. Whether you’re going bar hopping or you decide on a quiet night at your hotel, you have another exciting day of your road trip to look forward to!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Athens

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Drive 11 km, 1 hour 16 min

  • Ancient Agora of Athens
  • Philopappos Hill
  • Acropolis Museum
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • National Garden of Athens
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Wake up and see what day 7 of your great European road trip in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania has in store for you! You will be staying in Athens for 1 night before continuing your journey to the next destination.

In Athens, the extraordinary Ancient Agora of Athens awaits. This attraction is a valued archaeological site that boasts an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 32,962 travelers' reviews.

Another of the best travel destinations in Athens is the spectacular Philopappos Hill. This attraction is a park that is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 18,588 visitors, making it a captivating highlight for all travelers.

You could then travel to the amazing Acropolis Museum. This local archaeological museum and wonder has an overall review score of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 65,819 visitors, proving its popularity among travelers. With up to 814,565 people visiting this popular attraction every year, this iconic city feature is one place you don't want to miss.

Temple of Olympian Zeus is another attraction you might want to add to your Athens exploration itinerary. This ancient greek temple is a popular stop among travelers in the area, as seen in its average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 26,652 reviews.

If you’re interested in seeing something outstanding today, consider dropping by a well-loved spot among locals — National Garden of Athens. More than a popular park and attraction, National Garden of Athens offers visitors an immersive journey of the rich cultural tapestry of Athens. National Garden of Athens boasts an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 36,683 traveler reviews.

By dinnertime, you’ll be ready to savor the tastiest bites and enjoy the lively vibes in central Athens. From mouthwatering restaurants to happening bars, we've got the inside scoop on where to eat and drink at this stop on your multi-country road trip across Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania.

As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Karamanlidika, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, ELLYZ Cafe Athens is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Ama Lachei. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Athens tonight.

Keep the excitement of the evening going by going to a bar or two. Brettos is an excellent place to start. You could also check out Upupa Epops - The bar, offering a different kind of charm. A last recommendation for the day is LOT 51. This bar promises an enjoyable experience with tasty drinks and a vibrant setting.

Take in the ambiance of Athens as this vacation day slowly comes to an end. Whether you’re going bar hopping or you decide on a quiet night at your hotel, you have another exciting day of your road trip to look forward to!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Athens, Kallithea, Lavreotiki, and Patras

  • Patras
  • Kallithea
  • Lavreotiki
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Drive 344 km, 4 hours 43 min

  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
  • Stavros Niarchos Park
  • Temple of Poseidon at cape Sounion
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Dive into day 8 of your remarkable multi-country road trip across Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania. Today's main destinations are Kallithea in Greece, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Patras. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

After soaking in Athens’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Kallithea. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 14 min. When you arrive in Kallithea, it's time to take a break from the road.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is a travelers’ favorite in Kallithea, and today you’ll have the opportunity to discover it too! This one-of-a-kind attraction is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 53,996 visitors.

In Kallithea, don’t miss Stavros Niarchos Park, a great park and place to see in the town. This outstanding attraction has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 37,443 reviews.

Upon reaching Lavreotiki, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

You'll enjoy easy access to the most remarkable sights in Lavreotiki, including the outstanding Temple of Poseidon at cape Sounion. Having an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 15,036 reviews and welcoming more than 222,800 visitors each year, this fascinating ancient greek temple and attraction is one of the top travel destinations in the town.

After a long day of discovery, it's time to settle in at a top-rated hotel in Patras. Indulge in well-deserved rest and rejuvenation, preparing for the continued adventure that lies ahead.

As the day slows down and turns into evening, we encourage you to indulge your taste buds at one of the top-rated restaurants in Patras. After a delicious dinner, experience the local nightlife or unwind at one of the city’s most popular bars.

Don’t miss out on dining at Carousello, a top-rated dining destination in Patras. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Fork, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Makina. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Patras this evening.

After savoring a delicious meal, step into the vibrant nightlife at Χάραμα Θερινό, where the evening is just getting started. In the same way, Notos offers a unique charm perfect for experiencing the local bar scene in Patras. Minimal is another top-recommended bar that is sure to get you into the mood for some dancing and celebrating.

As the night falls in Patras, take a moment to savor the experiences of the day. Wash away your fatigue with a drink, or lay back and relax at your hotel, and look forward to another thrilling day of your multi-country journey across Europe.

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Day 9

Day 9 – Patras, Ioannina, and Gjirokastra

  • Gjirokastra
  • Ioannina
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Drive 310 km, 4 hours 6 min

  • Ioannina Castle
  • Ich Kale Acropolis of Ioannina
  • Cave of Perama
  • Castle of Gjirokastra
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 9 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, where you’ll be making 2 stops. The highlights of today include the wonderful destinations of Ioannina in Greece, and Gjirokastra in Albania. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Gjirokastra, your home for 1 night.

When you’ve had your share of Patras, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Ioannina. Your travel time is around 2 hours 25 min.

One place travelers keep coming back to in Ioannina is the magnificent Ioannina Castle. Around 11,630 visitors have rated this excellent castle and travel destination an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

We also recommend you explore the amazing Ic Kale Acropolis of Ioannina on this leg of your adventure in Greece. This attraction is a well-known point of interest that has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from around 3,340 travelers.

The remarkable Cave of Perama is known to be one of the best places to visit in Ioannina, and its average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 6,901 traveler reviews is proof.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive towards Albania, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Gjirokastra. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 21 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

A tour of Gjirokastra is not complete without a visit to the famous Castle of Gjirokastra. This incredible museum and attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 7,622 travelers.

Relax your senses after a day of exhilarating activities and fun exploration. Retreat to one of the best accommodations in Gjirokastra.

As the sun dips under the horizon, freshen up and head out to discover the best dining spots in Gjirokastra. Check out our recommendations on where to wine and dine while seeing this marvelous destination in Albania in a new light. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax, mingle with the locals, and raise a toast to your unforgettable road trip vacation in Europe.

Savor the flavors at Taverna Tradicionale KARDHASHI, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Taverna Brahimi beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider Restorant Tradicional Urat. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Gjirokastra tonight.

Round off your dining experience by visiting Bukowksi Bar Gjirokaster, a prime location for a drink. Alternatively, explore the distinctive characteristics of Hangover Cocktail Bar, a bar catering to every mood and preference.

Go to bed happy and look forward to a good night’s sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Your European tour continues tomorrow!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Gjirokastra, Durrës, and Tirana

  • Tirana
  • Durrës
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Drive 238 km, 3 hours 30 min

  • Venetian Tower of Durrës
  • Durres Amphitheatre
  • Town Square - Sheshi Liria
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 10 of your multi-country journey across Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania. This exciting part of your road trip invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 1 vibrant destinations - Durrës in Albania. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to Tirana where you'll spend 1 night of well-deserved relaxation.

Tirana’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Durrës behind. This drive usually takes around 42 min. Tirana welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

One of today’s main highlights is the unforgettable Venetian Tower of Durrës. This outstanding point of interest and travel destination inspires so many travelers each year. Garnering an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 from 1,635 travelers, a visit to the remarkable Venetian Tower of Durrës is worth pages in your travel diary.

The fascinating Durrës Amphitheatre is another of the city's top attractions that will stir your curiosity. This sightseeing destination and tourist destination boasts an average review score of 4.1 out of 5 stars from 4,471 travelers.

This day is also your chance to see the amazing point of interest, Town Square of Durrës - Sheshi Liria. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 73 travelers, a trip to this wonderful site promises a memorable experience.

After an exciting day of sightseeing, it’s time to check in at your accommodation in Tirana. This is not only a place to sleep but your home away from home, offering a warm welcome after a long day on the road.

If you're eager to sample culinary delights during your multi-country road trip in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania, you'll be excited to head out for dinner and get a taste of the local cuisine in Tirana. After dinner, head out to a bar to reminisce about your day and raise a toast to this stop on your road trip.

This renowned restaurant holds and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. Make sure to reserve a table at Delicatezze di mare da Aldo - Ristorante di pesce a Tirana, an iconic dining spot in Tirana. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Hotel Boutique Kotoni, a popular restaurant in Tirana. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of il Gusto Ristorante, a hidden gem nestled in Tirana. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Keep the evening going at Observator Wine and Piano Bar, a great choice for enjoying the after-dinner hours with a drink. You could also go to Radio Bar Tirana, which offers a similarly pleasant setting and great drinks. Another option is Colonial Cocktails Academy Tirana, which provides an inviting environment for unwinding after a busy day out.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 11

Day 11 – Tirana, and Skopje

  • Skopje
  • Tirana
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Drive 289 km, 5 hours 1 min

  • Bunk’Art 2
  • Skanderbeg Square
  • Skopje Zoo
  • More

On day 11 of your exciting European self-drive vacation in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 2 destinations, Tirana in Albania, and Skopje in North Macedonia. When you’re not exploring the city and its surrounding areas, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Skopje, where you’ll be staying for 2 nights.

One of today’s main highlights is the unforgettable Bunk’Art 2. This outstanding museum and travel destination inspires so many travelers each year. Garnering an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 from 4,602 travelers, a visit to the remarkable Bunk’Art 2 is worth pages in your travel diary.

The fascinating Skanderbeg Square is another of the city's top attractions that will stir your curiosity. This square and tourist destination boasts an average review score of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8,676 travelers.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Tirana, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Skopje, North Macedonia. Witness the landscapes transform as you cross the border to North Macedonia. This drive usually takes around 4 hours 44 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated zoo and attraction in Skopje — Skopje Zoo. About 6,982 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

An exhilarating day of exploring and driving will have you longing for a comfortable bed at the end of the day. Fortunately, Skopje’s top hotels offer a lovely retreat at day’s end. Choose from options ranging from budget to luxury.

As the day unfolds, you’ll be delighted to find that the city of Skopje boasts an array of restaurants and bars catering to every budget. Take this opportunity to sample the distinctive flavors of North Macedonia.

As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Tribeca Restaurant & Bar, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Balilla is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Sidro. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Skopje tonight.

Continue your evening by exploring the vibrant nightlife scene at Mosh, a prime destination for a thrilling night out. Also, don’t forget to check out Café Capri, a bar that offers unique local touches. Likewise, Badu bar provides an excellent alternative for a fun evening.

Spend the evening looking over your itinerary for tomorrow and reminisce about what you’ve seen and done so far on your European road trip adventure. New experiences await!

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Day 12

Day 12 – Skopje

  • Skopje
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Drive 4 km, 40 min

  • Stone Bridge in Skopje
  • Square „Macedonia“
  • Memorial House of Mother Teresa
  • Church of St Clement of Ohrid
  • Skopje City Park
  • More

Day 12 of your multi-country road trip promises a full day of discoveries in beautiful Skopje. Enjoy time off the road as you’ll be staying in the city for 1 night more before hitting the road again.

Stone Bridge in Skopje is a travelers’ favorite in Skopje, and today you’ll have the opportunity to discover it too! This one-of-a-kind attraction is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 5,177 visitors.

In Skopje, don’t miss Macedonia Square, a great sightseeing destination and place to see in the city. This outstanding attraction has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 3,125 reviews.

Check other top attractions in Skopje off your list when you visit the wonderful Mother Theresa Memorial House. This popular sight is an outstanding museum, rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,661 travelers.

Beyond the above-mentioned top sights, take the opportunity to visit the outstanding Church of St. Clement of Ohrid. This cathedral and place of interest has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 1,691 reviews.

If you’re keen to explore even more, the fantastic City Park awaits. This park is a tourist hot spot, garnering an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 4,127 visitors.

As the day unfolds, you’ll be delighted to find that the city of Skopje boasts an array of restaurants and bars catering to every budget. Take this opportunity to sample the distinctive flavors of North Macedonia.

Savor the flavors at Vodenica Mulino, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Gallery 7 beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider Fast Food 7 - Aerodrom. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Skopje tonight.

Cap off your culinary experience with a visit to some of the most celebrated bars in the area. For instance, Heart Bar Skopje stands out as an excellent choice for a post-dinner cocktail. Alternatively, Chillin' Bar offers an ideal atmosphere to enjoy the pleasures of the night. Casa is also a great option that provides a perfect setting for a relaxing evening.

As the night falls in Skopje, take a moment to savor the experiences of the day. Wash away your fatigue with a drink, or lay back and relax at your hotel, and look forward to another thrilling day of your multi-country journey across Europe.

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Day 13

Day 13 – Skopje, Kyustendil, Bistritsa, and Sofia

  • Sofia
  • Skopje
  • Kyustendil
  • Bistritsa
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Drive 256 km, 4 hours 24 min

  • Old Bazaar
  • Čifte Hammam
  • Hisarlaka Fortress
  • Rila
  • More

On day 13 of your multi-country road trip across Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places to see in Skopje in North Macedonia, and Kyustendil in Bulgaria. In the evening, you’ll end up in Sofia, where you will stay for 1 night.

A tour of Skopje is not complete without a visit to the famous Old Bazaar. This incredible čaršija and attraction has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 20,113 travelers.

Make the most of your Skopje travel adventure by seeing another popular site, the wonderful Čifte Hammam. This hammam and unique destination is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,881 travelers.

Set your GPS to Kyustendil, Bulgaria and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 2 hours 16 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Kyustendil beckons with new experiences!

One of today’s main highlights is the unforgettable Hisarlaka Fortress. This outstanding architectural structure and travel destination inspires so many travelers each year. Garnering an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 from 4,026 travelers, a visit to the remarkable Hisarlaka Fortress is worth pages in your travel diary.

When you’ve had your share of Kyustendil, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Bistritsa. Your travel time is around 49 min.

A tour of Bistritsa is not complete without a visit to the famous Rila. This incredible urban park and attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 3,975 travelers.

Take some time off from the road, it’s time to check in at a top-rated stay in Sofia. Choose a hotel where you can gently let go of the day’s excitement and enjoy some peace and relaxation.

Before this memorable day of your vacation comes to a close, treat your palate to a taste of Bulgaria's delectable cuisine at one of Sofia's best restaurants. After a nice meal, enhance your vacation experience by enjoying the local nightlife or unwinding with a drink or two in the city’s most recommended bars.

Have a fantastic dining experience at Ресторант VICTORIA България, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, Park Hotel "MOSKVA" is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in Sofia.

Savor the moment and raise a toast to yet another amazing day of your vacation in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania! Enjoy your evening in Sofia to the fullest by mingling with the locals at a bar, taking a stroll around the city center, or simply just relaxing.

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Day 14

Day 14 – Sofia - departure day

  • Sofia - Departure day
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  • North Park
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On day 14 you have reached the last destination of your European road trip. Catch one last glimpse of Sofia before it’s time to leave.

Depending on how much time you have before your departure, you may want to engage in some last-minute shopping or souvenir hunting. Get some unique items to remind you of your great European road trip across Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania. If shopping isn’t your thing, visit some of the lesser-known attractions you have yet to discover.

On your last day in Bulgaria, take time to indulge in shopping at Sofia’s popular marketplace. Look for keepsakes or souvenirs to remind you of your trip.

In Sofia, the extraordinary North Park awaits. This attraction is a valued park that boasts an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 11,004 travelers' reviews.

Get a last taste of Bulgaria’s tasty traditional food. Choose from a curated list of the best local food and drink spots in Sofia and enjoy what may be your last vacation meal of this trip. Look forward to recreating these distinct culinary experiences in your own kitchen later to remind you of your unforgettable road trip across Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania.

If you're in the mood to try something new, consider J. J. Murphy's, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu.

The time has come to say farewell to Sofia for now. You will realize that you’re traveling home with more than you came with as you look back at your 14-day European road trip in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania with fond memories. Safe travels!

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