42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 5 nights
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Heviz, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then admire the masterpieces at Galerija 11/07/95, and finally contemplate the long history of Gazi Husrev Begova Medresa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Vijećnica, take in the views from Bridge Festina Lente, then make a trip to Sarajevo War Tunnel, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo online sightseeing planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Sarajevo is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mostar.
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2 nights

Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 4th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar and then steep yourself in history at Old Bridge (Stari Most). Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Bosnaseum, then admire the sheer force of Kravica, and then admire the landmark architecture of Roman Villa Mogorjelo Archaeological Site.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mostar trip tool.

Traveling by car from Sarajevo to Mostar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Split.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Split, Croatia — 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Escape the urban bustle at Marjan Park and Off-Road Tours. Step out of Split with an excursion to Historic City of Trogir in Trogir--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Riva Harbor, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the long history of Old Split, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Split trip itinerary site.

Drive from Mostar to Split in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 5 nights

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Get outdoors at Veliki Slap and The Lower Lakes. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rastoke and Ciginovac Lake. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Veliki Prstavac, explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, stroll through Konjicki Klub Rakovica, and admire the sheer force of Great Cascades.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park driving holiday planner.

Getting from Split 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 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Heviz.
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Heviz, Hungary — 4 nights

Located on Heviz Lake, the world's second-largest thermal lake, Heviz is a charming little spa town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lido Strand and Loczy Cave. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ferto-tavi Water Estate and Plazs Siofok. Get out of town with these interesting Heviz side-trips: Lavender House (in Tihany), Haditechnikai Park (in Zanka) and Sió-Torony Kft (in Siofok). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Intersport Ski Arena Epleny, Bike Arena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Szentlelek Church, examine the collection at Doll Museum Keszthely, and explore the activities along Thermal Lake of Heviz.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Heviz road trip planner.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Heviz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Heviz can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to E-Exit Escape Game and Citadel. Get in touch with nature at Wesselenyi Beach Balatonalmadi and Margaret Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Budapest: Esztergom (Courthouse, Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral, &more) and Handclasp European Sculpture Park (in Balatonalmadi). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Statue of St Stephen, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, examine the collection at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, and make a trip to New York Palace.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Budapest route builder tool.

You can drive from Heviz to Budapest in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Budapest, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Danube Tower and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. Change things up with a short trip to Melk Abbey in Melk (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Osterreichisches Parlament, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), admire the striking features of Rathaus, and don't miss a visit to State Hall of the Austrian National Library.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. May in Vienna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 4 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Lake Bohinj. Visiting Škocjan Caves and Bled Island will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Postojna (Toplar Double Hayrack, Postojna Cave, &more), Avgust Cernigoj Gallery (in Lipica) and Piran (Church of St Peter, Tartini Square, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Church, take in the views from Triple Bridge, view the masterpieces at Škrlovec Tower, and take in the dramatic natural features at Vintgar Gorge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana trip itinerary maker tool.

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 May, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 4 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 Haus der Natur and Lake Zell. Step out of the city life by going to Schmittenhohe and Untersberg. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salzburg: Sport Klaus Skischule (in Muhlbach am Hochkonig), Salzwelten Salzburg (in Hallein) and Kaprun (Alpine Coaster Maisi Flitzer & Kitzsteinhorn). It doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Petersfriedhof and enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Weyregg.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 8 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Get outdoors at Stubaier Gletscher and Ski Arlberg. Explore hidden gems such as Ischgl-Samnaun ski area and Hintertuxer Gletscher. Explore Innsbruck's surroundings by going to Fendels Ski Resort (in Fendels), Skigebiet Warth Schrocken (in Warth) and St. Anton (in St. Anton am Arlberg). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosshutte, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, hit the slopes at Mayrhofner Bergbahnen, and get to know the fascinating history of Maria-Theresien-Strasse.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Innsbruck holiday builder.

Getting from Salzburg to Innsbruck by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 9:

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.
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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.
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Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Government Buildings · Nightlife
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. 
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.
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