31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Sibiu, Romania
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h
6
Brasov, Romania
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Denver, United States

4
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka). Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Broken Relationships and Typhlological Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Plitvica (Veliki Prstavac, Malo Lake, & more). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Backo Mini Express, take an in-depth tour of Drazen Petrovic Museum - Memorial Center, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Zagreb travel app .

Denver, USA to Zagreb is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Denver to Zagreb. In January in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Plitvice Lakes National Park
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saints Hills VINARIA and Natural History Museum in Metković. Get a sense of the local culture at Vino Spaleta and Korta Katarina Winery. Explore Dubrovnik's surroundings by going to Ston (Saline di Ston, Marlais Winery, & more), Narona Archaeological Museum (in Vid) and Your black horizon Art Pavilion (in Lopud). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko, learn about winemaking at Winery Rizman, and contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Zagreb to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Dubrovnik: highs are around 51°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Wineries Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Ston, Vino Spaleta, Saints Hills VINARIA, Natural History Museum in Metković, Winery Rizman
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Vino Spaleta ©
Vino Spaleta
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Museum uja and The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Jaksic Gallery and Fort Napoljun - Napolean capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Parish church complex (in Supetar), Wine Tasting Brac & Olive Oil Brac (in Nerezisca) and Bol (Zmajeva špilja & Zoo Station Bol). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Museum of Brac, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Roko, do a tasting at Winery Kovac, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Split trip planning site .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Split in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Split are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Split

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Skrip, Bol, Winery Kovac, Parish church complex, Fort Napoljun - Napolean
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Museum uja ©
Museum uja
The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip ©
The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip
Jaksic Gallery ©
Jaksic Gallery

4
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Explore hidden gems such as Kalemegdan and Room Escape Games. Get a sense of the local culture at Skadarlija and Knez Mihailova. Change things up with these side-trips from Belgrade: Divcibare Ski Resort (in Divcibare) and Viminacium Archaeological Park (in Kostolac). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ada Ciganlija, look for gifts at FAB Living by Una, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Belgrade trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Split to Belgrade takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in January, things will get a bit cooler in Belgrade: highs are around 41°F and lows about 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sibiu.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Divcibare Ski Resort, Viminacium Archaeological Park
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Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save) ©

1
night
Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu ©
Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): examine the collection at Brukenthal National Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Citadel of Alba Iulia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at ASTRA Museum, then don't miss a visit to Big Square (Piata Mare), and then examine the collection at Landeskirchliches Museum der Evangelischen Kirche.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sibiu trip planner .

Getting from Belgrade to Sibiu by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Belgrade in January; daily highs in Sibiu reach 36°F and lows reach 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Brasov.

Things to do in Sibiu

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Citadel of Alba Iulia
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ASTRA Museum ©
ASTRA Museum
Citadel of Alba Iulia ©
Citadel of Alba Iulia

3
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Brasov Historical Center and Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Tampa and Bunloc. Step out of Brasov to go to Poiana Brasov and see Mountain Postavarul, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Poiana Brasov, stroll through Valtour Ski School, enjoy some diversion at Season Hill, and step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel.

Plan trip to Brasov with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a bus from Sibiu to Brasov in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Brasov

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Poiana Brasov, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bunloc, Rasnov Citadel
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Poiana Brasov ©
Poiana Brasov
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Mount Tampa ©
Mount Tampa

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Halaszbastya and Liberty Statue. Get some historical perspective at Matthias Church and Hősök tere. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Budapest vacation builder app .

Getting from Brasov to Budapest by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Brasov to Budapest, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Budapest, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Devin Castle and Michalska Brana are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blue Church of St. Elizabeth and St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina). Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 31st (Fri) at some of the best spas. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town, examine the collection at Arthur Fleischmann Museum, explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Bratislava City Gallery - Mirbach Palace.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bratislava vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Bratislava takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town
Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth ©
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth

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