16 days in Europe Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Bus
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Bus
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, browse the fresh offerings at Dolac Market, stop by Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships.

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Vienna, Austria to Zagreb is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Zagreb are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 1 night

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 20th (Tue), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle, ponder the world of politics at Town Hall, then snap pictures at Triple Bridge, and finally wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, stroll through Bled Island, and then step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle.

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You can drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel 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.
On the 22nd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, then look for gifts at Break Time, and then learn more about the world around you at Diocletians Dream. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace, then do a tasting at Vina Perisin, and then make a trip to Church of St. Ivan Krstitelj.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Split trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Ljubljana to Split in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ljubljana in December, with highs in Split at 16°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Dubrovnik.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Red History Museum. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Joseph, then look for gifts at Terra Croatica, then contemplate the long history of The Franciscan Church and Monastery, and finally stop by Old Town.

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You can fly from Split to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kotor.
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Kotor, Montenegro — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then admire the striking features of Sea Gate.

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You can drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in December since evenings lows in Kotor dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can 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 27th (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at War Museum, stop by Biljna Apoteka Aromatica, contemplate the long history of Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), examine the collection at War Childhood Museum, then explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Trg fra Grge Martica. On the next day, get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 3 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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, test the waters at Széchenyi Thermal Bath, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

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Fly from Sarajevo to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Budapest are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bratislava.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town, contemplate the long history of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), then get great views at UFO Observation Deck, then pause for some photo ops at Cumil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bratislava trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Budapest to Bratislava by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. 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.
On the 2nd (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, then browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace, and then don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Augustinerkirche, then examine the collection at Hofburg, and finally explore the world behind art at Albertina.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Vienna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough 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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