21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rovinj, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
End: Milan, Italy


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3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Arena di Verona (in Verona) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice road trip planning app .

Milan to Venice is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daytime highs in Venice are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Arena di Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

4
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Get out of town with these interesting Rovinj side-trips: Porec (Euphrasius Basilica & Porec Old Town), Pula (Amphitheatre de Pula & Temple Of Augustus) and Aquapark Istralandia (in Novigrad). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, see the interesting displays at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, and stroll around Punta Corrente.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rovinj attractions planner.

Getting from Venice to Rovinj by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Rovinj are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pula, Porec, Aquapark Istralandia, Kamenjak National Park, Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Aquapark Istralandia ©
Aquapark Istralandia

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 25th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Baraceve Spilje, explore the activities along Milanovac Lake, and then take in the dramatic scenery at The Lower Lakes.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip app .

Getting from Rovinj to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip planner .

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)

3
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.
On the 28th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Budapest holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

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

3
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Prague visit site .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in August, you will find days in Prague are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Prague

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

4
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bled (Lake Bled, Vintgar Gorge, & more) and Postojna Cave (in Postojna). On the 6th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle, make a trip to Mestni Trg, take in the views from Tromostovje, and stroll the grounds of Preseren's Grove.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ljubljana road trip tool .

Fly from Prague to Ljubljana in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In September in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Bled, Preseren's Grove, Postojna Cave
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge

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