23 days in Slovenia, Croatia & Austria Itinerary

23 days in Slovenia, Croatia & Austria Itinerary

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23 days in Slovenia, Croatia & Austria Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  29​h
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Maribor, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Graz, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Villach, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Bled, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  36​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

3
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 Archaeological Museum in Zagreb and Mimara Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Museum of Arts and Crafts and Kula Lotrščak. Step out of Zagreb to go to Kumrovec and see Staro selo museum, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, pause for some photo ops at The Well of Life, don't miss a visit to King Tomislav Square, and stop by Crop - Authentic Croatian Gifts.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb vacation planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Zagreb is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Zagreb, with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Maribor.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Staro selo museum
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Archaeological Museum in Zagreb ©
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb
Museum of Arts and Crafts ©
Museum of Arts and Crafts
Staro selo museum ©
Staro selo museum

3
nights
Maribor, Slovenia

Maribor ©
Cycling may be one of the best ways to tour Maribor, a great base for exploring the surrounding area and conquering Pohorje Mountains.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Velenje Castle - Velenjski grad, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zicka Kartuzija, then make a trip to Sinagoga Maribor, and finally don't miss a visit to Lutkovno gledalisce Maribor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jeruzalem Church, then contemplate the long history of Schiffsmuhle an der Mur, and then awaken your taste buds at Winery Marof.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Maribor online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zagreb to Maribor in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Maribor can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Graz.

Things to do in Maribor

Historic Sites Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Winery Marof, Velenje Castle - Velenjski grad, Zicka Kartuzija, Schiffsmuhle an der Mur, Jeruzalem Church
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Velenje Castle - Velenjski grad ©
Velenje Castle - Velenjski grad
Zicka Kartuzija ©
Zicka Kartuzija
Schiffsmuhle an der Mur ©
Schiffsmuhle an der Mur

2
nights
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 28th (Sat): admire the striking features of Herz Jesu Kirche, pause for some serene contemplation at Hundertwasserkirche, then examine the collection at Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of Succor (Mariahilferkirche), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Franciscans (Franziskanerkirche). On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Universalmuseum Joanneum, contemplate the long history of Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II, and then contemplate the long history of Stadtpfarrkirche.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Graz day trip planner.

Getting from Maribor to Graz by car takes about an hour. April in Graz sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Villach.

Things to do in Graz

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum, Hundertwasserkirche
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Hundertwasserkirche
Hundertwasserkirche
Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum ©
Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum
Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II ©
Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II

3
nights
Villach, Austria

Villach ©
Villach is the seventh-largest city in Austria and the second-largest in the federal state of Carinthia. Get some historical perspective at Castle Sommeregg and Maria Loretto Castle. Step off the beaten path and head to Burg Mauterndorf and Stadtpfarrkirche St. Egid. Venture out of the city with trips to Kreuzbergl (in Klagenfurt), Ramsau Beach (in Ramsau am Dachstein) and Dom zu Gurk (in Gurk). There's more to do: stroll around Dobratsch Nature Park and pause for some serene contemplation at Stadtpfarrturm.

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You can drive from Graz to Villach in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Graz in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Villach, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bled.

Things to do in Villach

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Klagenfurt, Castle Sommeregg, Burg Mauterndorf, Ramsau Beach, Dom zu Gurk
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Castle Sommeregg ©
Castle Sommeregg
Burg Mauterndorf ©
Burg Mauterndorf
Maria Loretto Castle ©
Maria Loretto Castle

3
nights
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit and Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zelenci Nature Reserve and Fort Kluze. Explore Bled's surroundings by going to Vinoteka Brda (in Dobrovo), Soca Valley (in Bovec) and Liznjekova house (in Kranjska Gora). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bled trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Villach to Bled in an hour. May in Bled sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Kranjska Gora, Bovec, Vinoteka Brda, Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit
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Soca Valley ©
Soca Valley
Vinoteka Brda ©
Vinoteka Brda
Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit ©

4
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Get some historical perspective at Hrastovlje Church of the Holy Trinity and Church of St. George. Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower and Metelkova are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Ljubljana: Praetorian Palace (in Koper) and Portoroz Beach (in Portoroz). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church (Franciskanska cerkev), take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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You can drive from Bled to Ljubljana in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pula.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koper, Church of St. George, Portoroz Beach, Hrastovlje Church of the Holy Trinity
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Hrastovlje Church of the Holy Trinity ©
Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower ©
Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George

2
nights
Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery and Church of St. Francis, see the interesting displays at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, then delve into the distant past at Dvigrad, then don't miss a visit to Town Clock, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Main Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plomin Luka.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pula trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Pula takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. May in Pula sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rovinj, Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, Plomin Luka, Dvigrad
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Dvigrad ©
Dvigrad
Main Street ©
Main Street
Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum ©
Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum

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