21 days in Croatia, Spain & Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Croatia, Spain & Turkey Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
5
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Karting Arena Zagreb. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and finally examine the collection at Zagreb 80's Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zagreb vacation builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Zagreb is an approximately 23.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Zagreb is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get a bit cooler in Zagreb: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Fun & Games Tours
Highlights from your plan
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb
Karting Arena Zagreb ©
Karting Arena Zagreb
Walking tours

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

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

Getting from Zagreb to Barcelona by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Zagreb in October, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Madrid online trip maker.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, Madrid is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

2
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Santa Marta, and finally wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), then explore the world behind art at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, then admire the landmark architecture of Torre del Oro, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de España.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seville trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in October since evenings lows in Seville dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Split.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

1
night
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo di Diocleziano. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Gaspina mlinica, then see Off-Road Tours, then admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Split trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Seville to Split by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Seville in October; daily highs in Split reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Gaspina mlinica
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ston (Saline di Ston & Fort KaStio). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town, look for all kinds of wild species at Zarkovica Animal Shelter, get engrossed in the history at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and explore the galleries of Rector's Palace.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik day trip site.

Getting from Split to Dubrovnik by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ston
Highlights from your plan
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , wander the streets of Ortakoy, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul route maker.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dubrovnik in October; daily highs in Istanbul reach 28°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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