15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  17​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Halaszbastya and Matthias Church are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Andrassy Avenue and Central Market Hall. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), make a trip to Vaci Street, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and steep yourself in history at Hősök tere.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Budapest is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Cape Town to Budapest, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in August, expect Budapest to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
On the 29th (Sat), examine the collection at Apteka pod Orłem. Oddział Muzeum Historycznego Miasta Krakowa, contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, then examine the collection at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu), and finally take a stroll through Ulica Florianska. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, contemplate the long history of Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, and finally view the masterpieces at Dystans Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Krakow online tour builder .

You can fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Budapest in August: high temperatures in Krakow hover around 29°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Vrtba Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the exciting artwork at Lobkowicz Palace, and finally contemplate the long history of Prasna brana.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague attractions site .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Prague takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, then get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, then view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko, and finally examine the collection at War Photo Limited. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Art Gallery TALIR and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik online attractions planner .

You can fly from Prague to Dubrovnik in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Prague in September; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

1
night
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, then view the masterpieces at Vapor gallery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Bags by Kristina.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Korcula Town trip planner.

Drive from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Bags by Kristina ©
Bags by Kristina
St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
Vapor gallery ©
Vapor gallery

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nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get great views at Spanjola, then shop like a local with Forko souvenir shop, and then admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): wander the streets of Milna and then stroll through Dubovica.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hvar trip tool .

You can drive from Korcula Town to Hvar in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
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Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach

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