45 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

45 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
Fly
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 4 nights
Bus
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Zadar, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Pula, Croatia
— 5 nights
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Budapest, Hungary

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Peaches and Cream Club as well as Maximum Equestrian Club. Discover out-of-the-way places like Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion, take in the views from Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid), steep yourself in history at Citadel, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at University Church.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest online route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Budapest is minus 9 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in February: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 7°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife

Side Trip

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 4 nights

Jerusalem of Europe

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Bascarsija Mosque. Go for a jaunt from Sarajevo to Foca to see Maglić about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Gazi Husrev Begova Medresa, see the interesting displays at Museum Alija Izetbegovic, don't miss a visit to The Academy of Fine Arts, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emperor's Mosque.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo trip planner.

Getting from Budapest to Sarajevo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Zagreb.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Zagreb, Croatia

— 4 nights

Little Vienna

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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Jarun Lake. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Medvednica and Black Marsh (Crna Mlaka). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Karting Arena Zagreb, walk around Park Bundek, pause for some serene contemplation at Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral, and test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zagreb trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Zagreb takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 4 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zgornjesavska Valley. Get outdoors at Ljubljanica River and Zelenci Nature Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Vogel in Bohinjsko Jezero (about 1h 15 min away). Dedicate the 17th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Triple Bridge, ponder the world of politics at Town Hall, step into the grandiose world of Ljubljana Castle, and stop by Metelkova.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ljubljana day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Ljubljana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 4 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Get outdoors at Northern Velebit National Park and Grabovača. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Premuzic Trail and Equestrian Center Rastoke - Fairyland. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at Zip Line Pazi Medo, explore the striking landscape at Supljara cave, contemplate the waterfront views at Galovac Lake, and look for all kinds of wild species at Konjicki Klub Rakovica.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Ljubljana to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:

Zadar, Croatia

— 4 nights
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Take a break from the city and head to Mountain Traveller Croatia and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Zadar Land City Gates and Sibenik City Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Zadar: Sibenik (St. Michael's Fortress & Sokolarski Raptor Centre) and Vecka Kula (in Starigrad-Paklenica). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Zadar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Roko Church, and get to know the fascinating history of Narodni trg u Zadru.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zadar day trip planning site.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Zadar, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:

Split, Croatia

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Explore hidden gems such as Off-Road Tours and Marjan Park. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Opensea Diving. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, stop by Break Time, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and make a trip to Pjaca.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Split tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 6°C in Split. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 2:

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 4 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Escape the urban bustle at Kocje and Freestyle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ethno Museum Barilo and Bishop's Treasury Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Korcula Town: Monastery of Our Lady of Andela (in Orebic), Zitna Beach (in Zavalatica) and Massage Centre Ventus (in Viganj). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Church Sveti Petar, look for gifts at Boya Crayons Shop, make a trip to Atelier Abel, and do a tasting at Lovric Winery.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Korcula Town day trip planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Split to Korcula Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. March in Korcula Town sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Gradac Park will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trsteno Arboretum and Bell Tower. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, get advice or help at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, admire the striking features of Prijeko street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue.

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You can ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In March in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pula.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Pula, Croatia

— 5 nights
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Step off the beaten path and head to Land Art Trail on Mt. Ucka and Fazana Beach. Get in touch with nature at Zarecki Krov and Ranch Istra Star. Go for a jaunt from Pula to Hum to see Viale Glagolitico about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Arco dei Sergi, learn about winemaking at Benazic Winery, delve into the distant past at Agrippina's House, and don't miss a visit to Nesactium.

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You can fly from Dubrovnik to Pula in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in March, plan for little chillier nights in Pula, with lows around 5°C. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pula

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 15:

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.