17 days in Zurich, Vienna & Croatia Itinerary

17 days in Zurich, Vienna & Croatia Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 6 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & The Mad Cow) and Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, see the interesting displays at Zurcher Spielzeugmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from San Jose to Zurich. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from San Jose in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Vienna.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

Vienna, Austria

— 6 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Vienna, and explore the world behind art at Albertina.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna online visit planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 4:

Zagreb, Croatia

— 3 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, fun & games, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, stroll the grounds of Mirogoj Cemetery, and examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zagreb trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Zagreb takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik, and then get engrossed in the history at War Photo Limited.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik vacation maker website.

Fly from Zagreb to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Dubrovnik is somewhat warmer than Zagreb - with highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Croatia travel guide

4.5
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.