18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly:  16​h
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
2
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  6​h
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  8​h 45​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India

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 17th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, delve into the distant past at Gradske Zidine, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Dubrovnik is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Dubrovnik, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Dubrovnik is colder than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

1
night
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Split trip itinerary builder website .

Take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Split can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Speed Boats Tours
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Speed Boats Tours
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Diving Center Viking, St. Stephen's Cathedral and Franciscan Monastery. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral, then get great views at Spanjola, then take a tour by water with Diving Center Viking, and finally wander the streets of Milna.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hvar online trip itinerary builder .

You can ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Hvar

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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Mirabell Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nonnberg Convent, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), don't miss a visit to Altstadt von Salzburg, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then take some stellar pictures from Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Salzburg sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Hvar to Salzburg by combination of ferry and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Hvar in May: high temperatures in Salzburg hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

2
nights
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 23rd (Wed): get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Prague Zoo, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take a stroll through Old Town Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Prague trip planner .

Getting from Salzburg to Prague by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In May in Prague, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Tours
Highlights from your plan
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

1
night
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Interlaken day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Prague to Interlaken in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Gornergrat, then fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen.

Plan a Zermatt trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Hohbalmen ©
Hohbalmen

1
night
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 29th (Tue): admire the striking features of Parliament, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. On the next day, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Zermatt to Budapest takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
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.
On the 31st (Thu), stroll through Schönbrunn Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace, and then admire the striking features of Rathaus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip maker website .

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Vienna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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