10 days in Italy, Croatia & Budapest Itinerary

10 days in Italy, Croatia & Budapest Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
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Rijeka, Croatia
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Trieste, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Verona, Italy
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Rijeka, Croatia
— 1 night
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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 11th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Zagreb journey planner.

If you are flying in from Croatia, the closest major aiport is Zagreb Airport. In January, daytime highs in Zagreb are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Tue) before leaving for Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church and then contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, shop like a local with Central Market Hall, contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, then take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Budapest online trip maker.

You can drive from Zagreb to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Budapest are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zagreb.
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Zagreb, Croatia — 1 night

On the 14th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Zagreb takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rijeka.
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Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): wander the streets of Kastav.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rijeka tour builder website.

Drive from Zagreb to Rijeka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zagreb in January, with highs in Rijeka at 11°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Trieste.
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Trieste, Italy — 2 nights

Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, and then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo del Lloyd Triestino (oggi della Giunta Regionale).

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Trieste online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Rijeka to Trieste takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 1 night

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 16th (Sun), explore the activities along Canal Grande and then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

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You can drive from Trieste to Venice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Trieste in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Venice, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Verona.
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Verona, Italy — 1 night

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.
For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Verona itinerary planner.

Getting from Venice to Verona by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at Civic Archaeological Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Milan tour planner.

Traveling by car from Verona to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rijeka.
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Rijeka, Croatia — 1 night

On the 20th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Peek & Poke Computer Museum and then step into the grandiose world of Trsat Castle.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rijeka trip planning app.

You can drive from Milan to Rijeka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Milan in January, Rijeka is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.
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Croatia travel guide

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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.

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.