18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Lausanne, Switzerland
Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Verona, Italy
— 1 night
2
Trieste, Italy
— 1 night
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 3 nights
4
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Zabljak, Montenegro
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
10
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
Bled, Slovenia
— 1 night
13
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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night
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, steep yourself in history at Museo di Castelvecchio, then make a trip to Piazza delle Erbe, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa di Giulietta, and finally experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Verona holiday builder website .

Lausanne, Switzerland to Verona is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. August in Verona sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Trieste.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

1
night
Trieste, Italy

Trieste ©
Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
On the 1st (Sun), don't miss a visit to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, appreciate the history behind Le Ragazze di Trieste, then get engrossed in the history at Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico, then get outside with Grotta Gigante, and finally see the interesting displays at Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba.

Before you visit Trieste, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Verona to Trieste by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Trieste sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Trieste

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grotta Gigante
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Grotta Gigante ©
Grotta Gigante
Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia ©
Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia
Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico ©

3
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Nehaj Castle, then admire the sheer force of Veliki Prstavac, and then contemplate the waterfront views at The Lower Lakes.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Trieste to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Nehaj Castle
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

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 4th (Wed): admire the striking features of Grisogono - Cipci Palace and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace.

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

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Split can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Wine Tours & Tastings

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 7th (Sat): wander the streets of Old Town and then head off the coast to Island of Lokrum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik online visit planner .

Traveling by bus from Split to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. September in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Parks Nature
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

1
night
Kotor, Montenegro

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, and finally examine the collection at Namfleg. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni, don't miss a visit to Stari Grad Kotor, and then admire the landmark architecture of Piazza of the arms.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kotor trip builder tool .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Kotor, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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River Rafting & Tubing
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor

1
night
Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica ©
Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Skadar. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Podgorica day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Kotor to Podgorica takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zabljak.

Things to do in Podgorica

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Skadar ©
Lake Skadar
Dajbabe Monastery ©
Dajbabe Monastery
Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja ©

few
hours
Zabljak, Montenegro

Zabljak
Žabljak is a small town in northern Montenegro. To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zabljak trip maker website .

Getting from Podgorica to Zabljak by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for Sarajevo on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Zabljak

Parks Nature Outdoors
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1
night
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then contemplate the long history of Bascarsija. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Sarajevo, and finally see the interesting displays at Galerija 11/07/95.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sarajevo trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Zabljak to Sarajevo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Sarajevo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Walking tours
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Sarajevo War Tunnel ©
Sarajevo War Tunnel

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Sarajevo to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. September in Zagreb sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Walking tours
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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night
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the views from Tromostovje, make a trip to Mestni Trg, then don't miss a visit to Preseren Square, then take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ljubljanski Grad.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana online itinerary planner .

Getting from Zagreb to Ljubljana by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Bled.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Ljubljanski Grad ©
Ljubljanski Grad
Tromostovje ©
Tromostovje

1
night
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Bled and then stroll through Vintgar Gorge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Bled holiday maker website .

Getting from Ljubljana to Bled by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Bled sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled

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night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 16th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Mirabell Palace.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Bled to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks
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Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

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