18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  4 h
1
Budva, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h
6
Bovec, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

2
nights
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Budva City Walls, contemplate the long history of Citadel, steep yourself in history at Altstadt (Old Town) Budva, then appreciate the history behind Statua Ballerina, and finally stroll through Mogren Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Jaz Beach, then stop by Budva Leather, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Budva trip builder site .

Manchester, UK to Budva is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Budva. Traveling from Manchester in August, you will find days in Budva are much hotter (38°C), and nights are a bit warmer (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Budva

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Jaz Beach
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Mogren Beach ©
Mogren Beach
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
Jaz Beach ©
Jaz Beach

1
night
Kotor, Montenegro

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the ancient world of St. Tryphon Cathedral, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, and then pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotor trip itinerary planner.

Kotor is just a stone's throw from Budva. In August in Kotor, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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Photography Tours
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
St. Tryphon Cathedral ©
St. Tryphon Cathedral

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and don't miss a visit to Pile Gate.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kotor to Dubrovnik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kotor in August, you will find days in Dubrovnik are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
When in Split, make a side trip to see Historic City of Trogir in Trogir, approximately Trogir away. There's lots more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, steep yourself in history at Old Split, and explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Split trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Historic City of Trogir, Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

2
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then don't miss a visit to The Forum, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat.

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You can drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Split in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Zadar, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bovec.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Transportation Tours
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

1
night
Bovec, Slovenia

In the north-west part of Slovenia, Bovec sits in an area known for its rich and colorful culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Thirsty River Brewing, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

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You can drive from Zadar to Bovec in 6 hours. In September, Bovec is slightly colder than Zadar - with highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Bovec

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing
Thirsty River Brewing ©
Thirsty River Brewing

1
night
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
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 8th (Tue): take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, snap pictures at Triple Bridge, and then snap pictures at Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most).

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana trip app .

You can drive from Bovec to Ljubljana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Triple Bridge ©
Triple Bridge
Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most) ©
Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most)

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Budapest road trip planning site .

Drive from Ljubljana to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Budapest, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

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

1
night
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
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 10th (Thu), snap pictures at Stary most, pause for some photo ops at Cumil, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Bratislava trip planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bratislava can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Krakow.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth ©
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth
Cumil ©
Cumil

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
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.
On the 11th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral and then contemplate the long history of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bratislava to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bratislava in September, you will find days in Krakow are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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