29 days in Croatia & Budapest Itinerary

29 days in Croatia & Budapest Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Zadar, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 7 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
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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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Climbing Tours will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Mirogoj Cemetery and Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zagreb: Staro selo museum (in Kumrovec) and Samobor Castle (in Samobor). The adventure continues: visit Lower Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Catherine, see the interesting displays at Croatian State Archives, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zagreb attractions planning site.

Doha, Qatar to Zagreb is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Doha in September, things will get much colder in Zagreb: highs are around 71°F and lows about 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Rovinj.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Rovinj, Croatia

— 2 nights

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Pula Arena, contemplate the long history of Porec Old Town, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, contemplate the long history of Monkodonja Hill Fort, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cuvi Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Street, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Rovinj tour builder tool.

Getting from Zagreb to Rovinj by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Zagreb in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovinj, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Zadar, Croatia

— 3 nights
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Explore hidden gems such as Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Fortica Castle and Narodni trg u Zadru will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Zadar side-trips: Modric Cave (in Rovanjska), Jadro Beach (in Vir) and Mountain Traveller Croatia (in Starigrad-Paklenica). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Chrysogonus Church, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and look for gifts at Natura Zara.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zadar trip itinerary planning app.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Rovinj to Zadar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Zadar sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Split, Croatia

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace, kick back and relax at Brela Beach, and then explore the historical opulence of Starigrad Fortress.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Split road trip website.

You can drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in September, Split is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and The Franciscan Church and Monastery. Get outdoors at Zarkovica Animal Shelter and Srebreno Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Dubrovnik side-trips: Cavtat (Cavtat Old Town & Church of Our Lady of the Snow). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, stop by Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dominican Monastery, and enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip planner.

Fly from Split to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Split, Croatia

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Visit Historic City of Trogir and Palace Cipiko for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Marjan Park and Spilja Vranjaca. Venture out of the city with trips to Cetina River (in Omiš), Punta Rata Beach (in Brela) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Trogir). Enjoy Split some more: steep yourself in history at Old Split, make a trip to Split Synagogue, explore the ancient world of Temple of Jupiter, and appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Split trip planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Zagreb.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): sample some tasty brews at Active Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zagreb itinerary planner.

You can fly from Split to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, Zagreb is slightly colder than Split - with highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Budapest, Hungary

— 7 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.
Visiting Margaret Island and Wesselenyi Beach Balatonalmadi will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral and Fisherman's Bastion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Budapest: Alcsut Arboretum (in Alcsutdoboz), Nagybivalyos Fishing Lake and Leisure Center (in Varpalota) and Hernyak Estate (in Etyek). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Faust Wine Cellar, and admire the striking features of Matthias Church.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 30:

Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, explore the historical opulence of Medvedgrad Visitor Center - Medvedgrad Castle, then wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb route maker.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Zagreb takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Tours · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

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.