19 days in Hungary & Croatia Itinerary

19 days in Hungary & Croatia Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Bus
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Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Drive to Brestova, Ferry to Porozina, Drive to Mali Losinj
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Mali Losinj, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive to Merag, Ferry to Krk Island
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Krk Island, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Book Cafe - Lotz Terem or Central Market Hall. Popular historic sites such as Fisherman's Bastion and Shoes on the Danube Bank are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the waterfront views at Danube River, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Budapest is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Budapest. In October, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

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 19th (Tue): stop by Lower Town, then shop like a local with Dolac Market, and then hunt for treasures at Ban Josip Jelačić Square. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb journey planner.

Drive from Budapest to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Zagreb sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 2 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. You will leave for Rovinj on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature · Parks
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Rovinj, Croatia

— 2 nights

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Head to Wine and Souvenir Shop Terraneo and Stella Beer 2 Gofor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pula Arena and Old Town. Explore Rovinj's surroundings by going to Vodnjan (Babos Wine & Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo, and view the masterpieces at Atelier Sottomuro.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovinj trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mali Losinj.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Mali Losinj, Croatia

— 1 night
Mali Lošinj is a town and municipality in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, on the island of Lošinj, in western Croatia. On the 25th (Mon), ponder the design of The Fountain, then kick back and relax at Krivica, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plieski.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mali Losinj itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Rovinj to Mali Losinj in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Krk Island.

Things to do in Mali Losinj

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Krk Island, Croatia

— 2 nights

Golden Island

A trip to Krk Island ensures you enjoy some Italian atmosphere and loads of Croatian culture.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Kosljun - Monastery Museum, kick back and relax at Stara Baska (Old Baska), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Baska. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Volosko and then step into the grandiose world of Trsat Castle.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Krk Island online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mali Losinj to Krk Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Krk Island sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Krk Island

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Do your shopping at GIFT & ART SHOP MEDUSA and Clara Stones. Explore hidden gems such as Cavtat Old Town and War Photo Limited. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls, take a stroll through Old Town, and head off the coast to Lokrum Island.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik journey app.

Getting from Krk Island to Dubrovnik by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Bacvice Beach, steep yourself in history at Old Split, and then look for gifts at Filigran Split. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Historic City of Trogir, then do a tasting at Putalj Winery, and then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Split planning app.

Fly from Dubrovnik to Split in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Split sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.