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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, go all around town with City Tours, then explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, and finally contemplate the long history of Gazi Husrev Begova Medresa. On your second day here, make a trip to Vijećnica, then snap pictures at Bridge Festina Lente, then don't miss a visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sarajevo route builder app.

Melbourne, Australia to Sarajevo is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mostar.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2 nights

Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 19th (Sun), make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar and then take in the views from Old Bridge (Stari Most). Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Bosnaseum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kravica, and then delve into the distant past at Roman Villa Mogorjelo Archaeological Site.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mostar online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Sarajevo to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Split.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Split, Croatia — 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Take a break from the city and head to Marjan Park and Off-Road Tours. When in Split, make a side trip to see Historic City of Trogir in Trogir, approximately Trogir away. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Riva Harbor, steep yourself in history at Old Split, pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Split journey planner.

Traveling by car from Mostar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Split can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) 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.
Visiting Rastoke and Ciginovac Lake will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Veliki Slap and Great Cascades. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along The Lower Lakes, take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Prstavac, Head underground at Supljara cave, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Konjicki Klub Rakovica.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Plazs Siofok and Loczy Cave. Visiting Lido Strand and Intersport Ski Arena Epleny, Bike Arena will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heviz: Lavender House (in Tihany), Haditechnikai Park (in Zanka) and Sió-Torony Kft (in Siofok). There's much more to do: get outside with Ferto-tavi Water Estate, contemplate the waterfront views at Thermal Lake of Heviz, examine the collection at Doll Museum Keszthely, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Szentlelek Church.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Heviz day trip planning website.

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 June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wesselenyi Beach Balatonalmadi and Margaret Island. Discover out-of-the-way places like Statue of St Stephen and Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Budapest: Esztergom (Courthouse & Turkish Mosque) and Handclasp European Sculpture Park (in Balatonalmadi). There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at E-Exit Escape Game, steep yourself in history at Citadel, examine the collection at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, and take in the views from Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid).

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Budapest planner.

Traveling by car from Heviz to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Budapest sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Danube Tower and Osterreichisches Parlament. Take a break from Vienna with a short trip to Melk Abbey in Melk, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of State Hall of the Austrian National Library, have some family-friendly fun at Time Travel Vienna, make a trip to Stephansplatz, and pause for some serene contemplation at Peterskirche.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna online travel planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to 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.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Bohinj and Bled Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Tartini Square and Church of St Peter. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ljubljana: Postojna (Toplar Double Hayrack, Postojna Cave, &more), Avgust Cernigoj Gallery (in Lipica) and Škocjan Caves (in Škocjan). And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Vintgar Gorge, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Church, and take in the views from Triple Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ljubljana driving holiday planner.

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 July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough 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 Schmittenhohe and Lake Zell. Get in touch with nature at Strandbad Weyregg and Untersberg. Explore Salzburg's surroundings by going to Sport Klaus Skischule (in Muhlbach am Hochkonig), Salzwelten Salzburg (in Hallein) and Kaprun (Alpine Coaster Maisi Flitzer & Kitzsteinhorn). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Haus der Natur and explore the different monuments and memorials at Petersfriedhof.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg visit planner.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Salzburg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle) and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get in touch with nature at Rosshutte and Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Innsbruck: Fendels Ski Resort (in Fendels), Ischgl-Samnaun ski area (in Ischgl) and St. Anton (in St. Anton am Arlberg). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Mayrhofner Bergbahnen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hintertuxer Gletscher, and contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Innsbruck driving holiday planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Innsbruck by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Innsbruck can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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

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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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