16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  7 h
1
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Zakopane, Poland
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
3
Tatra National Park, Poland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Poprad, Slovakia
— Few hours
Drive:  6 h
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

3
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Planty Park as well as Stare Miasto. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Casimir the Prince, see the interesting displays at Museum Gallery of the 19th Century Polish Art, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), then don't miss a visit to Kanonicza, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at The Archdiocesan Museum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to St. Florian's Gate, Head underground at Dragon's Den, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, then explore the galleries of Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Krakow trip itinerary site.

Lisbon, Portugal to Krakow is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Krakow, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lisbon in September, with highs in Krakow at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zakopane.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Planty Park ©
Planty Park

few
hours
Zakopane, Poland

Zakopane ©
Home to Poland's indigenous Goral people, Zakopane sits at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, an area serving as one of the country's most fashionable year-round vacation getaways.
On the 8th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Yam, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanktuarium Najswietszej Rodziny w Zakopanem, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then admire the masterpieces at The Wladyslaw Hasior Gallery, and finally trek along Za Bramka Gorge.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zakopane tour builder site.

Getting from Krakow to Zakopane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Zakopane when traveling from Krakow in September, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tatra National Park.

Things to do in Zakopane

Museums Spas Trails
Highlights from your plan
Art Gallery Yam ©
Art Gallery Yam
Spas

1
night
Tatra National Park, Poland

Tatra National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tatrzański Park Narodowy.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tatra National Park trip planner.

Tatra National Park is just a short distance from Zakopane. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vysoke Tatry.

Things to do in Tatra National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Tatrzański Park Narodowy
Highlights from your plan
The Black Pond ©
The Black Pond
Tatrzański Park Narodowy ©
Tatrzański Park Narodowy

2
nights
Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia

Vysoke Tatry ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ski Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Strbske Pleso Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Predne Solisko, then identify plant and animal life at Koprovsky stit, then take in the awesome beauty at Gerlachovsky Stit, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Evanjelicka Cirkev.

To find maps and other tourist information, read our Vysoke Tatry travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Tatra National Park to Vysoke Tatry with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Poprad.

Things to do in Vysoke Tatry

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Strbske Pleso, Ski Museum
Highlights from your plan
Strbske Pleso Lake ©
Strbske Pleso Lake
Predne Solisko ©
Predne Solisko
Koprovsky stit ©
Koprovsky stit

few
hours
Poprad, Slovakia

Poprad ©
Poprad is a city in northern Slovakia at the foot of the High Tatra Mountains famous for its picturesque historic centre and as a holiday resort. On the 11th (Fri), browse the different shops at Forum Mall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity, then steep yourself in history at St. George's Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Square of st. Egid.

Before you visit Poprad, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Poprad is just a stone's throw from Vysoke Tatry. In September, daily temperatures in Poprad can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Poprad

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

St. George's Church
Highlights from your plan
St. George's Church ©
St. George's Church
Forum Mall ©
Forum Mall

4
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Budapest Pinball Museum and Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Halaszbastya and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, do a tasting at Faust Wine Cellar, admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest driving holiday planner.

Drive from Poprad to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Poprad in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Budapest: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Wineries
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Milanovac Lake and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kozjacki Slapovi.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stari grad Slunj
Highlights from your plan
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi
Ciginovac Lake ©
Ciginovac Lake
Galovac Lake ©
Galovac Lake

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Get some cultural insight at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) and Museum of Broken Relationships. Step off the beaten path and head to Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan). Get out of town with these interesting Zagreb side-trips: Old Castle (Stari Grad) (in Varazdin) and Krapina Neanderthal Museum (in Krapina). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, examine the collection at Zagreb 80's Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Atelier Mestrovic.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Zagreb online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Old Castle (Stari Grad), Krapina Neanderthal Museum, Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan)
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) ©
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan)

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