20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
2
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Bol, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
5
Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
7
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
9
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Newark, United States


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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, then examine the collection at War Photo Limited, then take in panoramic vistas at Gornji Ugao Tower, and finally explore the ancient world of Gradske Zidine. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Stradun, wander the streets of Cavtat Old Town, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Trsteno Arboretum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik day trip planner.

Newark, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, car, and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hvar.

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Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

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Trsteno Arboretum, Cavtat Old Town
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Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): kick back and relax at Dubovica, take a stroll through Milna, and then admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mlini Beach and then get great views at Spanjola.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip itinerary planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Hvar, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Bol.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery
Spanjola ©
Spanjola

1
night
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
On the 9th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Dominican Monastery, then learn about winemaking at Stina, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Golden horn from above, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Zlatni Rat Beach.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bol holiday maker website .

Bol is just a stone's throw from Hvar. May in Bol sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Split.

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Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)
Dominican Monastery ©
Dominican Monastery
Golden horn from above ©
Golden horn from above

1
night
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick back and relax at Bacvice Beach, then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Marjan.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary app .

Ride a ferry from Bol to Split in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Bacvice Beach ©
Bacvice Beach

2
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 11th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Museum of Illusions, then pause for some serene contemplation at Zadar Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Paklenica National Park.

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Traveling by car from Split to Zadar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Split in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 51°F in Zadar. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Paklenica National Park
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Paklenica National Park ©
Paklenica National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat

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.
On the 13th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park travel route planner .

You can take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Keep things going the next day: stroll through Recreational Sports Center Jarun, then get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Zagreb using our trip planner.

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Zagreb sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Zagreb

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Sas Hill Nature Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in Budapest, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Spas Parks Historic Sites
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Augustinerkirche, then admire the masterpieces at Albertina, and finally take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip builder app .

Take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Zurich itinerary planner .

You can fly from Vienna to Zurich in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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