21 days in Croatia, Greece & Budapest Itinerary

21 days in Croatia, Greece & Budapest Itinerary

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21 days in Croatia, Greece & Budapest Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
shuttle:  5​h
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Kamari, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

4
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.
Halaszbastya and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) will appeal to history buffs. Visiting City Park Városliget and Scooter Budapest will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Matthias Church, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, make a trip to Hősök tere, and head outdoors with Skyward.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Brisbane to Budapest, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brisbane in April, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Budapest: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Budapest

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
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.
On the 29th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap and then explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rastoke, then admire the sheer force of Veliki Prstavac, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at The Lower Lakes.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rastoke
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 1st (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Marjan Park, then take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split, and then explore the ancient world of Palazzo di Diocleziano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): do a tasting at Putalj Winery, examine the collection at Museum of Senses Split, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Split road trip planning app .

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Split are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Putalj Winery ©
Putalj Winery
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take a stroll through Old Town, then browse the exhibits of Art by Stjepko, and then get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, look for gifts at Break Time Dubrovnik, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, then get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, and finally head off the coast to Island of Lokrum.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik online road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Split to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get outdoors at Glyfada Beach and Mount Lycabettus. Acropolis Museum and Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Orea Eleni Natural Thermal Spring (in Loutra Elenis) and Rema ton Mylwn (in Corinth). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and wander the streets of Plaka.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Athens trip website .

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Athens in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Dubrovnik in May, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kamari.

Things to do in Athens

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Orea Eleni Natural Thermal Spring, Rema ton Mylwn, Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

5
nights
Kamari, Greece

Kamari ©
Kamari is a coastal village on the southeastern part of the Aegean island of Santorini, Greece, in the Cyclades archipelago with a population of approx. Do some cultural sightseeing at Akrotiri and Ancient Thera. You'll get in some beach time at Red Beach and Kamari Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach, explore the world behind art at Lignos Folklore Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, and hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kamari journey website .

Fly from Athens to Kamari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry; or ride a ferry. May in Kamari sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kamari

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fira, Akrotiri, Oia, Pyrgos, Santorini
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Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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