40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
2
Split, Croatia
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Zagreb, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Rovinj, Croatia
— 5 nights
5
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
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Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Knez Mihailova and Skadarlija are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lido Beach and Ada Ciganlija. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of The Belgrade Fortress, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for gifts at Gallery 1250 Ceramics Made By Local Artists, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holly Trinity Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Belgrade journey builder website .

Sydney, Australia to Belgrade is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Belgrade is minus 9 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Split.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

National Park Tara
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Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save) ©
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija

5
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Popular historic sites such as Spanjola and Diocletian's Palace are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dubovica and Old Split. Venture out of the city with trips to Franciscan Monastery (in Hvar) and Trogir Historic Site (in Trogir). The adventure continues: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, appreciate the history behind Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, stop by Filigran Split, and take a stroll through Riva Harbor.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Split road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Split takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belgrade in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Split, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hvar, Historic City of Trogir
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Riva Harbor ©
Riva Harbor
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Old Split ©
Old Split

5
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Get in touch with nature at Rastoke and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Head to VINOTEKA VINTESA and Crop - Authentic Croatian Giftsfor plenty of shopping. Explore Zagreb's surroundings by going to Plitvice Lakes National Park (Plitvice Lakes National Park & Cascades). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), look for gifts at Jasmina i lutkice, and explore the activities along Jarun Lake.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Zagreb road trip planner.

Getting from Split to Zagreb by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, Zagreb is little chillier than Split - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovinj.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Rastoke
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Rastoke ©
Rastoke
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)

5
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Head to OPG Vosten and Stella Beer 2 Gofor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Porec Old Town and Pula Arena. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovinj: Wine And Souvenir Shop "Terraneo" (in Medulin), Il Mercato di Pola (in Pula) and Premantura (Njive Beach, Kap Kamenjak, & more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through STARI GRAD, enjoy the sand and surf at Fazana Beach, look for gifts at Ribica Atelier, and take in panoramic vistas at Saint Euphemia Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rovinj day trip planning app .

You can drive from Zagreb to Rovinj in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Zagreb in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovinj, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Rovinj

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Premantura, Pula, Medulin, Fazana Beach, Porec Old Town
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town

4
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Lake Jasna. Visit Ljubljana Castle and Bled Castle (Blejski Grad) for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ljubljana: Postojna Caves (in Postojna), Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio (in Kranj) and Vrsic (in Kranjska Gora). There's still lots to do: hike along Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas, look for gifts at OLD TOWN Rooms and Apartments, and snap pictures at Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most).

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Take a bus from Rovinj to Ljubljana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rovinj in September, with highs in Ljubljana at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bled, Kranjska Gora, Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio, Postojna Caves, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) and Mozart-Wohnhaus. Visiting Schmittenhohe and Seewaldsee will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Fortress Hohensalzburg, take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, stop by Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufaktur, and examine the collection at House of nature.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Salzburg day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Ljubljana to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Salzburg are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Schmittenhohe, Seewaldsee
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schmittenhohe ©
Schmittenhohe

5
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.
St. Stephen's Cathedral and Historic Center of Vienna will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Albertina and MuseumsQuartier. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Schönbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, stop by Xocolat, and take a stroll through Mariahilfer Strasse.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna 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 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ceske Budejovice.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
nights
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

Ceske Budejovice ©
Founded eight centuries ago, Ceske Budejovice sits on the confluence of the Vltava and Malse Rivers, enticing visitors with medieval architectural landmarks that include one of the largest town squares in Europe.
On the 10th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Cesky Krumlov Castle, steep yourself in history at Former cafe fink, then explore the world behind art at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, then stop by Masaryk Square, and finally explore the historical opulence of The State Chateau of Hluboká. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center of Cesky Krumlov, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Siroka Ulice Cesky Krumlov, then head outdoors with Outdoor Krumlov, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Presentation of Virgin Mary Church.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ceske Budejovice attractions app .

Getting from Vienna to Ceske Budejovice by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ceske Budejovice can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Ceske Budejovice

Historic Sites Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Cesky Krumlov, Masaryk Square, The State Chateau of Hluboká
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Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
The State Chateau of Hluboká ©
The State Chateau of Hluboká

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mala strana and Lobkowicz Palace. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kostel sv. Mikuláše, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip planning app .

Getting from Ceske Budejovice to Prague by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Prague are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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