18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Graz, Austria
— 2 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
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Rijeka, Croatia
— 1 night
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Schwangau, Germany
— 1 day
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia — 2 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
On the 27th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Devin Castle, explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sigismund Gate, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Chatam Sofer Memorial, ponder the design of Maximilian"s Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Church and Monastery, then admire the masterpieces at Nedbalka Gallery, then wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bratislava travel route planner.

Vienna, Austria to Bratislava is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Budapest.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Budapest, Hungary — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue. On the next day, head off the coast to Margaret Island, contemplate the long history of Heroes' Square, and then step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Budapest visit planner.

Drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Budapest, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Graz.
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Graz, Austria — 2 nights

With six universities, Graz represents a young, laid-back, and lively city with nightlife that doesn't stop.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Succor (Mariahilferkirche), take in the spiritual surroundings of Pfarramt Thal-St. Jakob, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Herz Jesu Kirche, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stadtpfarrkirche, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Herrengasse.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Graz route website.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Graz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Zagreb.
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Zagreb, Croatia — 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata), explore the world behind art at Atelier Mestrovic, then view the masterpieces at Image of War - War Photography Museum, and finally cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zagreb trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Graz to Zagreb takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rijeka.
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Rijeka, Croatia — 1 night

Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Lungo Mare, make a trip to Crkva Navjestenja, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Sv. Jakov, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rijeka vacation planning site.

You can drive from Zagreb to Rijeka in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zagreb in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rijeka, with lows of 14°C. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 2 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church of the Annunciation and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ljubljana driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rijeka to Ljubljana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Rijeka in October, things will get slightly colder in Ljubljana: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Explore hidden gems such as Centro Storico di Venezia and San Giorgio Maggiore. Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, admire the masterpieces at Ca' Rezzonico, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Veneta, and take a stroll through Cannaregio.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Venice journey planner.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ljubljana in October, things will get a bit warmer in Venice: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 2 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, browse the exhibits of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Wilten, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at River Inn.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Innsbruck by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Traveling from Venice in October, expect Innsbruck to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Schwangau.
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Schwangau, Germany — 1 day

Fairy-Tale Village

An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Koloman, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then admire the sheer force of Lechfall, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Hl.-Geist-Spitalkirche.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Schwangau driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Schwangau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Hangman's Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls of Nuremberg, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Heilig-Geist-Spital.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nuremberg online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Schwangau to Nuremberg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Prague.
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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 12th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Prague online day trip planner.

Getting from Nuremberg to Prague by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Prague are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Slovakia travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.
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