8 days in Italy, Croatia & Budapest Itinerary

8 days in Italy, Croatia & Budapest Itinerary

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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
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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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 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then contemplate the long history of Heroes' Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Budapest tour app.

Zagreb, Croatia to Budapest is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 30th (Fri), you're off to Zagreb.
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Zagreb, Croatia — 1 night

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 30th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip planner.

Getting from Budapest to Zagreb by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Zagreb sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rijeka.
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Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rijeka journey planning website.

Drive from Zagreb to Rijeka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rijeka when traveling from Zagreb in October, with lows around 14°C. You'll set off for Trieste on the 1st (Sat).
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Trieste, Italy — 1 night

Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Trieste and the Trieste Karst, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo del Lloyd Triestino (oggi della Giunta Regionale), and then make a trip to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Trieste online travel planner.

You can drive from Rijeka to Trieste in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Trieste are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

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 3rd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally make a trip to Chiesa di San Zaccaria. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planning app.

Drive from Trieste to Venice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to 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.
On the 5th (Wed), admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then browse the collection at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Milan online vacation maker.

Getting from Venice to Milan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Milan, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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.
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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.
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