17 days in Italy, Eastern Europe & Munich Itinerary

17 days in Italy, Eastern Europe & Munich Itinerary

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17 days in Italy, Eastern Europe & Munich Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  11​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
3
Bari, Italy
— 1 day
ferry:  9​h 30​min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  7​h
5
Opatija, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— Few hours
bus:  6​h 30​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 15​min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
10
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 45​min
11
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome tour itinerary planning tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Rome. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 17th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, get to know the fascinating history of Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli, then contemplate the long history of Underground Naples, and finally explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, then make a trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Naples online tour planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Bari.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Highlights from your plan
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte ©
Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte

1
day
Bari, Italy

Bari ©
Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Bari War Cemetery and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Nicola.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bari trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Naples to Bari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bari can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica San Nicola ©
Basilica San Nicola
Bari War Cemetery ©
Bari War Cemetery

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, then take a stroll through Old Town, and then admire the striking features of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Bari to Dubrovnik by ferry takes about 11 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Opatija.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum
Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace ©
Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace

2
nights
Opatija, Croatia

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): stop by Kredenca Opatija and then get to know the fascinating history of Lungo Mare.

Discover how to plan a Opatija trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Opatija takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Opatija sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Opatija

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare
Kredenca Opatija ©
Kredenca Opatija

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap and then explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Opatija to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

few
hours
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana day trip website .

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Ljubljana in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You'll set off for Budapest on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Ljubljana

Tours Outdoors Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Halaszbastya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest visit planner.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then take a stroll through Lesser Town.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Prague trip planner .

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in September, expect nights in Prague to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

1
night
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Ballroom of the Rosenbergs, admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, examine the collection at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu, then browse the exhibits of Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, and finally steep yourself in history at Cesky Krumlov Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cesky Krumlov trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Prague to Cesky Krumlov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Egon Schiele Art Centrum ©
Egon Schiele Art Centrum
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Museum Fotoatelier Seidel ©
Museum Fotoatelier Seidel

1
night
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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 30th (Mon), explore the activities along English Garden, admire the natural beauty at Nymphenburg Palace, then appreciate the history behind Moriskentanzer, and finally make a trip to Marienplatz.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Munich trip maker app .

Drive from Cesky Krumlov to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

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