20 days in Budapest, Croatia & Prague Itinerary

20 days in Budapest, Croatia & Prague Itinerary

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20 days in Budapest, Croatia & Prague Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly + Train:  9 h 30 min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: New Delhi, India

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Halaszbastya and Arena Mall. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Matthias Church and Széchenyi Thermal Bath. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, get curious at Palace of wonders Csodák Palotája, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and shop like a local with Paloma Artist Courtyard.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Budapest is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Budapest is minus 4 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in May, expect Budapest to be cooler, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Budapest

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Széchenyi Thermal Bath ©
Széchenyi Thermal Bath

3
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Let the collections at Museum of Broken Relationships and Croatian State Archives capture your imagination. Head to Vinoteka Vintesa and Prsut i Sir / The Cheese Shop & Morefor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: join in the after-dark buzz at Vinoteka Bornstein, stop by Peras, examine the collection at Lauba, and buy something for everyone on your list at Arena Centar.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zagreb itinerary builder.

You can drive from Budapest to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In May in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Shopping Museums Nightlife
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
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Arena Centar ©
Arena Centar
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Lauba ©
Lauba

1
night
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 20th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip website.

Take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palazzo di Diocleziano and Galerija Mestrovic. For shopping fun, head to Filigran Split or Kasiopea Zdravlje. Change things up with these side-trips from Split: Omis (Adventure Omis & Origin Natural & Original Beauty). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kastelet Beach, get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split, tour the pleasant surroundings at Znjan City Beach, and browse the different shops at City Center one Split.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Split trip tool.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Omis
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
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Adventure Omis ©
Adventure Omis
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

4
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Rector's Palace and War Photo Limited. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dubrovnik City Walls and The Franciscan Church and Monastery. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town, stop by Kokula Art and Craft Shop, and head off the coast to Lokrum Island.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik visit planning website.

Drive from Split to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prague Castle and Prague Astronomical Clock. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art and Rocking Horse Toy Shop. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Powder Tower, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Prague trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Prague takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dubrovnik in May: high temperatures in Prague hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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