18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Zadar, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
5
Trieste, Italy
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h
6
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
Graz, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
10
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

1
night
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 2nd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Split Synagogue, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then look for gifts at Filigran Split, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Split.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Split driving holiday planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Split is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Split is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, expect nights in Split to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Shopping
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Old Split ©
Old Split
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Filigran Split ©
Filigran Split

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hours
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Chrysogonus Church and then make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje).

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zadar online route planner.

You can drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Split in April since evenings lows in Zadar dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
St. Chrysogonus Church ©
St. Chrysogonus Church
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)

1
night
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Art by Stjepko and then make a trip to Stradun.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip app.

Traveling by car from Zadar to Dubrovnik takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Dubrovnik. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Prague.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Stradun ©
Stradun
Art by Stjepko ©
Art by Stjepko

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a stroll through Lesser Town, contemplate the long history of Lobkowicz Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady before Tyn, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some photo ops at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, then admire the striking features of Kostel sv. Mikuláše, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Infant Jesus of Prague.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Prague online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Prague by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, Prague is a bit cooler than Dubrovnik - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Trieste.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Lobkowicz Palace ©
Lobkowicz Palace
Infant Jesus of Prague ©
Infant Jesus of Prague
Kostel sv. Mikuláše ©
Kostel sv. Mikuláše

1
night
Trieste, Italy

Trieste ©
Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
On the 7th (Sat), examine the collection at Il Magazzino dei Venti (Museo della Bora) and then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Trieste trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Prague to Trieste takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in April: high temperatures in Trieste hover around 20°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Trieste

Museums Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the views from Triple Bridge and then contemplate the long history of Plecnik House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana trip builder website.

Getting from Trieste to Ljubljana by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Trieste in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Ljubljana, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Plecnik House ©
Plecnik House
Triple Bridge ©
Triple Bridge

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally kick back and relax at Recreational Sports Center Jarun.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Zagreb day trip planning website.

Drive from Ljubljana to Zagreb in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. April in Zagreb sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Graz.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral ©
Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

1
night
Graz, Austria

Graz ©
With six universities, Graz represents a young, laid-back, and lively city with nightlife that doesn't stop.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Franciscans (Franziskanerkirche), then contemplate the long history of Stallbastei, and then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Graz.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Graz trip website.

Getting from Zagreb to Graz by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April in Graz, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Graz

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt von Graz ©
Altstadt von Graz

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Schottenkirche, then get to know the fascinating history of Ringstrasse, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), and finally admire the masterpieces at Albertina. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Peterskirche and then see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vienna road trip site.

Traveling by car from Graz to Vienna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. April in Vienna sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Albertina ©
Albertina
Ringstrasse ©
Ringstrasse
Peterskirche ©
Peterskirche

1
night
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
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.
On the 15th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Devin Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth, and then explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bratislava itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Bratislava takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Bratislava are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth ©
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, then get engrossed in the history at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Buda Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Priest's Island (Pap-sziget) and then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planning website.

You can drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Budapest are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Priest's Island (Pap-sziget)
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Buda Castle ©
Buda Castle
Priest's Island (Pap-sziget) ©
Priest's Island (Pap-sziget)
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue

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