21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Train:  3 h
1
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
Train + Shuttle:  9 h
2
Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
Bus:  6 h
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
4
Zagreb, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Milan, Italy

3
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Venture out of the city with trips to Genoa (Boccadasse & Aquarium of Genoa). There's much more to do: trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre trip itinerary planner.

Milan to Cinque Terre is an approximately 3- hour train ride. You can also drive. In August, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Genoa
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails

2
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Town Clock, don't miss a visit to Main Street, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, take a stroll through Old Town, then look for gifts at Galerija Brek, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Decumanus Street, steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica, and finally contemplate the long history of Romanesque House.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rovinj itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Rovinj in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Rovinj are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Porec
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town
Euphrasius Basilica ©
Euphrasius Basilica

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.
Go for a jaunt from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Senj to see Nehaj Castle about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Batinovac Waterfall, and explore the activities along Lake Vir.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Rovinj to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Nehaj Castle
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake

few
hours
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip planner .

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Budapest road trip tool.

You can drive from Zagreb to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Budapest are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, wander the streets of Lesser Town, and take in panoramic vistas at Petrinska rozhledna.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague route builder.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in August, you will find days in Prague are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

5
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ljubljana: Bled (Lake Bled, Zdraviliski Park, &more), Vintgar Gorge (in Zgornje Gorje) and Postojna (Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, walk around Tivoli Park, make a trip to Preseren Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Ljubljana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bled, Postojna, Vintgar Gorge
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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