43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 day
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
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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 Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz) as well as Buda Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Liberty Statue and Citadel. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Bastion and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). There's much more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, see the interesting displays at Holocaust Memorial Center, don't miss a visit to New York Palace, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of St Stephen.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Budapest driving holiday planning site.

Seoul, South Korea to Budapest is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Budapest are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

Krakow, Poland

— 3 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
You've now added Krakow Auschwitz - Tours to your itinerary. On the 5th (Tue), make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, learn something new at Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Planty Park, and finally make a trip to The Ghetto Heroes Square. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan, then get where you need to go with Krakow Auschwitz - Tours, and finally wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow itinerary maker site.

Getting from Budapest to Krakow by bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -5°C. You will leave for Warsaw on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Transportation · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Warsaw, Poland

— 2 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gorka Szczesliwicka, and then get your game on at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Palace on the Island, take a stroll through Nowy Swiat, then enjoy the music at Warsaw Piano Concerts. Waclaex., then steep yourself in history at Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Warsaw trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Warsaw are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Prague.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Speculum Alchemiae Museum and National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Staromestske namesti and Lobkowicz Palace. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Lesser Town, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, examine the collection at Musee Grévin s.r.o. Prague, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kostel sv. Mikuláše.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip builder site.

You can take a train from Warsaw to Prague in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Heiliggeistkirche, admire the landmark architecture of Old Town Hall, explore the world behind art at Pinakothek der Moderne, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Burgersaalkirche, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen, admire the masterpieces at Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst, then see the interesting displays at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, then admire the landmark architecture of BMW Headquarters, and finally see the interesting displays at BMW Welt.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Prague to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In January in Munich, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) and Mirabell Palace. Get some cultural insight at Petersfriedhof and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Salzburger Christkindlmarkt, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Steingasse.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Salzburg travel route tool.

Traveling by train from Munich to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

Hallstatt, Austria

— 1 day

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Dachstein West, tour the pleasant surroundings at Badestrand Hallstatt, stroll the grounds of Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hallstatt Lutheran Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of the Assumption.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Hallstatt online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Salzburg to Hallstatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:

Vienna, Austria

— 5 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.
St. Stephen's Cathedral and Ringstrasse will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Belvedere Palace and The Hofburg. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, examine the collection at Leopold Museum, and get your game on at Time Travel Vienna.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vienna route planner.

You can take a train from Hallstatt to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Vienna are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 3 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Bled Castle are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and National Museum of Slovenia. Take a break from Ljubljana with a short trip to Mala Osojnica in Bled, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Ljubljanica River, get to know the fascinating history of Cankarjevo Nabrežje, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity, and take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ljubljana trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Ljubljana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a shuttle. In January in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Marija Bistrica Church. Appreciate the collections at Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) and Archaeological Museum in Zagreb. When in Zagreb, make a side trip to see Krapina Neanderthal Museum in Krapina, approximately Krapina away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, go for a walk through Strossmayer Promenade, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Arts and Crafts, and examine the collection at Zagreb City Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb sightseeing planner.

Take a bus from Ljubljana to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Split.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

Split, Croatia

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Let the collections at Galerija Mestrovic and Froggyland capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Diocletian's Palace and Church of St. Roko. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, make a trip to Split Synagogue, pause for some serene contemplation at St Dominic Church, and stop by Break Time.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Split journey maker site.

Traveling by bus from Zagreb to Split takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Split: highs are around 15°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can fly to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

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.
You'll explore and learn at War Photo Limited and Your black horizon Art Pavilion. We've included these beaches for you: Srebreno Beach and Pasjaca Beach. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Franciscan Church and Monastery, kick back and relax at Sveti Jakov Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Prijeko street, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dubrovnik Beer Company.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Budapest.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:

Budapest, Hungary

— 1 night

Pearl of the Danube

Your day by day itinerary now includes Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz) as well as Buda Castle. On the 8th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Miniversum Budapest, experience the emotional art of opera at Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz), and then snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planning website.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Budapest by combination of ferry and train takes about 19 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Dubrovnik in February, with highs in Budapest at 7°C and lows at -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 9:

Hungary travel guide

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Thermal Spas · Historic Sites · 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. 

Salzburg Region travel guide

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Lookouts · Historic Sites · Gardens
Salzburg Region, known as Salzburgerland, sits in the heart of Austria, but has a distinct culture and history that sets it apart from the rest of the country. Due to centuries as an independent Prince-Bishopric, this area stretching along the Salzach River offers different traditions for tourists to explore. Icons of high culture--including Mozart, the Salzburg Festival, and the play "Everyman"--draw visitors, as do rural Alpine lakes and Europe's highest waterfalls. Like other parts of Austria, this region offers a plethora of urban entertainment, historical sites, and outdoor activities.