38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  29​h
1
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
2
Belgrade, Serbia
— 5 nights
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Bled, Slovenia
— 4 nights
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 7 nights
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius and then contemplate the long history of Diocletian's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Marjan and then contemplate the long history of Trogir Historic Site.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Split online day trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Split is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get a bit warmer in Split: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Historic City of Trogir
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park

5
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 outdoors at Lido Beach and Strand. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Belgrade Fortress and Skadarlija. Go for a jaunt from Belgrade to Novi Sad to see Dunavska Street about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of National Park Tara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ružica, enjoy the sand and surf at Ada Ciganlija, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Belgrade travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Split to Belgrade takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in September, things will get little chillier in Belgrade: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Novi Sad, National Park Tara
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save) ©
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save)

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Matthias Church and Hősök tere. Explore hidden gems such as Hospital in the Rock - Bunker and Nemzeti Botanikus Kert. Step out of Budapest with an excursion to Gyomroi Tofurdo in Gyomro--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, head off the coast to Margaret Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, and explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Budapest itinerary planning site .

Fly from Belgrade to Budapest in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Bled.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gyomroi Tofurdo, Nemzeti Botanikus Kert
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
nights
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Get some historical perspective at Bled Castle (Blejski Grad) and Apartment Duplex Old Town. Family-friendly places like Vrsic and Lake Jasna will thrill your kids. Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring at Lake Bled. And it doesn't end there: hike along Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bohinj, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bled trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Budapest to Bled in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bled can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kranjska Gora, Radovljica Old Town, Royal Bled Golf Course, Lake Bohinj
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Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Bohinj ©
Lake Bohinj

5
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get some historical perspective at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) and Fortress Hohensalzburg. Get outdoors at Schmittenhohe and Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salzburg: Kaiservilla (in Bad Ischl), Obertraun Bathing Area/Lakeside Recreation Area (in Obertraun) and Badestrand Hallstatt (in Hallstatt). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), steep yourself in history at Franziskanerkirche, and examine the collection at Hangar-7.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip website .

You can drive from Bled to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Salzburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Obertraun Bathing Area/Lakeside Recreation Area, Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Badestrand Hallstatt, Schmittenhohe, Kaiser-Villa
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schmittenhohe ©
Schmittenhohe
Grossglockner High Alpine Road ©
Grossglockner High Alpine Road

7
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Get a sense of the local culture at Schönbrunn Palace and Melk Abbey. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Albertina and Johannesbachklamm. Step out of Vienna with an excursion to Vogelschutzgebiet Lange Lacke in Apetlon--about 1h 30 min away. Pack the 5th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Prater. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Vienna, meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade).

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vienna online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vogelschutzgebiet Lange Lacke, Johannesbachklamm, Melk Abbey
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

4
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Prague Astronomical Clock and Prague Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at St. Vitus Cathedral and Spanish Synagogue. Change things up with these side-trips from Prague: Czech Paradise (in Turnov) and Water reservoir Matylda and Benedikt (in Most). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Town Square, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Prague Zoo, identify plant and animal life at Kralovska Obora-Stromovka, and take in panoramic vistas at Petrin Tower (Rozhledna).

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Prague trip planner .

Getting from Vienna to Prague by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Prague

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Water reservoir Matylda and Benedikt, Czech Paradise
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Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

3
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and then get engrossed in the history at Tortureum - Museum of Torture.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb holiday builder tool .

Fly from Prague to Zagreb in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Prague in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Zagreb, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Room Escape Games

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