29 days in Central Europe, Croatian Islands & Southern Italy Itinerary

29 days in Central Europe, Croatian Islands & Southern Italy Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly to Split, Ferry to Hvar
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Hvar, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Split, Fly to Naples, Ferry to Positano
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Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly to Basel, Train to Grindelwald
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train to Genève-Aéroport, Fly to Newcastle

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Munich, Germany

— 1 night

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
On the 21st (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden and then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then make a trip to Marienplatz, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip website.

Durham, UK to Munich is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Durham in July, you will find days in Munich are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirabell Palace. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg visit planner.

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Salzburg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, appreciate the history behind Volksgarten, see the interesting displays at Haus der Musik Wien, and make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna route planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In July in Vienna, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, and snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planner.

Drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. July in Budapest sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping
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Krakow, Poland

— 2 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): browse the exhibits of Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, shop like a local with Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), then get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, then wander the streets of Ulica Florianska, and finally contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in July, expect nights in Krakow to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin online vacation planner.

Fly from Krakow to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
On the 5th (Thu), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague trip maker website.

Getting from Berlin to Prague by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Prague sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Hvar, Croatia

— 4 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Hvar is known for adventure, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, steep yourself in history at Spanish Fortress, and relax and rejuvenate at Massage Studio Pharos.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Prague to Hvar takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in August, with highs in Hvar at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Positano.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

Positano, Italy

— 4 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Positano: Ravello (Villa Rufolo, Duomo di Ravello, &more) and Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi). And it doesn't end there: cool off at Fornillo, take a memorable drive along Amalfi Coast, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take a memorable tour with Le Ali nel Vento - Birds of Prey Experience.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Positano day trip planning website.

Getting from Hvar to Positano by combination of ferry and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
When in Grindelwald, make a side trip to see Lake Brienz in Brienz, approximately Brienz away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, and identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Positano to Grindelwald takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland

— 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and then explore the activities along Aare River.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bern travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Bern sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.