24 days in Budapest, Prague & Croatian Coast Itinerary

24 days in Budapest, Prague & Croatian Coast Itinerary

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24 days in Budapest, Prague & Croatian Coast Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  7 h 45 min
3
Rovinj, Croatia
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Rijeka, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h
8
Korcula Island, Croatia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  23 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States

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.
You've now added Central Market Hall to your itinerary. Visit Buda Castle and Liberty Statue for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate House of Terror Museum and Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Danube River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere.

Make your Budapest itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

New York City, USA to Budapest is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Budapest is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, things will get slightly colder in Budapest: highs are around 61°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Buda Castle ©
Buda Castle
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of KGB Museum, then wander the streets of Lesser Town, then steep yourself in history at Lobkowicz Palace, and finally examine the collection at Speculum Alchemiae Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pinkas Synagogue Pinkasova synagoga, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Prague Zoo, and finally steep yourself in history at Powder Tower.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Prague vacation planner.

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Prague: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Prague

Museums Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Lobkowicz Palace ©
Lobkowicz Palace
Powder Tower ©
Powder Tower
Pinkas Synagogue Pinkasova synagoga ©

4
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Explore hidden gems such as Port of Rovinj and Medulin Excursions. Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum and Atelier Sottomuro will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Amphitheatre de Pula (in Pula) and Porec Old Town (in Porec). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Street, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo, stop by Old Town, and don't miss a visit to Spiaggia Isola rossa, Rovigno.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovinj trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Prague to Rovinj in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Prague in October, things will get a bit warmer in Rovinj: highs are around 66°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Rijeka.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Outdoors Nightlife

Side Trips

Vodnjan, Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo, Amphitheatre de Pula, Porec Old Town, Medulin Excursions
Highlights from your plan
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Main Street ©
Main Street
Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo ©
Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo

1
night
Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). On the 20th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Trsat Castle, then examine the collection at Peek & Poke Computer Museum, and then admire the striking features of The Governor's Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rijeka trip itinerary website.

Traveling by bus from Rovinj to Rijeka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Rijeka can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Rijeka

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Governor's Palace ©
The Governor's Palace
Trsat Castle ©
Trsat Castle
Peek & Poke Computer Museum ©
Peek & Poke Computer Museum

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): make a trip to University of Zadar, admire the landmark architecture of City Sentinel, don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), then explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, and finally see the interesting displays at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Zadar trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Rijeka to Zadar in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rijeka in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Zadar, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates
University of Zadar ©
University of Zadar

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Get some historical perspective at Historic City of Trogir and Spanjola. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Galerija Mestrovic and Galerija Emanuel Vidovic. Take a break from Split with a short trip to Jerolim in Hvar, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Froggyland, get to know the fascinating history of Palazzo di Diocleziano, contemplate the long history of Old Split, and explore the world behind art at Jaman Art.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Split road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Zadar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zadar in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Split, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hvar, Historic City of Trogir
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Froggyland ©
Froggyland

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.
Get some historical perspective at Lapad and Stradun. You'll explore and learn at War Photo Limited and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. Step out of Dubrovnik with an excursion to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at City Harbor, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, admire the masterpieces at Vlaho Bukovac House, and take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Split to Dubrovnik by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. October in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Korcula Island.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Cavtat
Highlights from your plan
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited
Lapad ©
Lapad

2
nights
Korcula Island, Croatia

Korcula Island ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Atelier Abel, then look for gifts at Seba Dizajn, then sample some tasty brews at Korcula Explorer, and finally don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark's Cathedral, then look for gifts at Coral Shop Irena, then head outdoors with Badija, and finally see the interesting displays at Korcula Town Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Korcula Island road trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dubrovnik to Korcula Island. October in Korcula Island sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Korcula Island

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Korcula Explorer ©
Korcula Explorer
St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
Korcula Town Museum ©
Korcula Town Museum

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