16 days in Europe Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights

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Zagreb, Croatia — 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Strossmayer Square has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Mon), wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, then browse the fresh offerings at Dolac Market, and finally walk around Strossmayer Square.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zagreb trip itinerary builder website.

Vienna, Austria to Zagreb is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ljubljana.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 2 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, snap pictures at Triple Bridge, take in the views from Dragon Bridge, then ponder the world of politics at Town Hall, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by WoodWay, hike along Mala Osojnica, step off the mainland to explore Bled Island, explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Parish Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ljubljana road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Ljubljana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 1 night

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 22nd (Thu), admire the sheer force of The Lower Lakes, then explore the activities along Korana River, and then admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip website.

Getting from Ljubljana to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Split.
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Split, Croatia — 2 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 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Roko, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, don't miss a visit to Split Synagogue, steep yourself in history at Diocletian's Palace, then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and finally learn more about the world around you at Diocletians Dream.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Split online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the waterfront activity at City Harbor, steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, then make a trip to Onophrian Fountain, and finally explore the world behind art at Red History Museum.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip website.

Traveling by flight from Split to Dubrovnik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kotor.
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Kotor, Montenegro — 2 nights

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kotor Old City has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of the Rocks, steep yourself in history at Kotor Old City, step aboard Porto Montenegro, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Michael, then admire the landmark architecture of Sea Gate, and finally see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum. On your second day here, head outdoors with Mount Vrmac and then take in the waterfront at Pine Embankment.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kotor travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Kotor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kotor, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sarajevo.
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2 nights

Jerusalem of Europe

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
On the 30th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at War Childhood Museum, stop by Biljna Apoteka Aromatica, get engrossed in the history at Galerija 11/07/95, and take in the views from Latin Bridge.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sarajevo day trip planner.

You can drive from Kotor to Sarajevo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Heroes' Square, take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest sightseeing planning app.

Fly from Sarajevo to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Bratislava.
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Historic Sites · Spas
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Bratislava, Slovakia — 1 night

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Church of St. Elizabeth, pause for some photo ops at Cumil, appreciate the history behind Svaty Michal a Svaty Jan Nepomucky, then make a trip to Michalska Brana, then get great views at UFO Observation Deck, and finally step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bratislava attractions planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bratislava can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Albertina. On the next day, don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Hofburg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Augustinerkirche, then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and finally contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Bratislava to Vienna by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
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Montenegro travel guide

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Historic Sites · Beaches · Bodies of Water
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.
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