12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Pula, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Zagreb, Croatia
— Few hours
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take a stroll through Lesser Town and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devil's Channel.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Prague travel route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Prague is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Prague due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in August, with highs in Prague at 76°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Lesser Town
Lesser Town
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Spanish Synagogue ©
Spanish Synagogue

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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 18th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ringstrasse, and then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Naturpark Sparbach.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vienna attractions planner.

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Vienna sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Naturpark Sparbach
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Ringstrasse ©
Ringstrasse

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 20th (Mon), stop by Old Town Souvenirs, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ljubljana Central Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja), then look for gifts at SMILE Concept Store, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ljubljanica River.

To see photos, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Ljubljana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Pula.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Shopping Parks Nature
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Ljubljana Central Market ©
Ljubljana Central Market
Ljubljanica River ©
Ljubljanica River

3
nights
Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Get some historical perspective at Porec Old Town and Amphitheatre de Pula. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kamenjak National Park and Medulin Village. Go for a jaunt from Pula to Porec to see Round Tower about 48 minutes away. It doesn't end there: experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and look for gifts at Stella Beer 2 Go.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pula online route planner .

Drive from Ljubljana to Pula in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Ljubljana in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Pula, with lows around 64°F. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Pula

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porec, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stella Beer 2 Go, Kamenjak National Park
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Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town
Kamenjak National Park ©
Kamenjak National Park
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula

few
hours
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb
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 24th (Fri): unwind over a drink at Vinoteka Bornstein.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Zagreb road trip planning site .

Getting from Pula to Zagreb by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Pula in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Zagreb, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Nightlife
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