24 days in Switzerland, Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

24 days in Switzerland, Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

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24 days in Switzerland, Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3 h 45 min
6
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
8
Skradin, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
10
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
12
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Houston, United States

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): wander the streets of Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zurich online trip builder.

Houston, USA to Zurich is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in August, expect nights in Zurich to be cooler, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

2
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), then get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and finally see the interesting displays at MRL - Maison de Rousseau et de la Litterature.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Zurich to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Geneva, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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 10th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, then make a trip to Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Geneva to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Markuskirche, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip builder.

Take a train from Zermatt to Lucerne in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

2
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.
On the 14th (Fri), visit Old Town and then step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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

Getting from Lucerne to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lucerne in August: high temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around 85°F and lows are around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Tomic Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica Beach, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, then admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, and then head off the coast to Jerolim.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvar road trip app.

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Hvar are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dubovica Beach, Tomic Winery
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Split is known for historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Palazzo di Diocleziano, look for all kinds of wild species at Marjan Park, steep yourself in history at Old Split, and look for gifts at By Lyna Conceptstore.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Split trip planning site.

You can drive from Hvar to Split in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Skradin.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Skradin, Croatia

Skradin ©
Skradin is a small town in the Šibenik-Knin County of Croatia, with a population about 3,986 . On the 21st (Fri), admire the sheer force of Roski Slap and then explore the striking landscape of Krka National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Skradin trip site.

Traveling by bus from Split to Skradin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Skradin

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Krka National Park
Highlights from your plan
Krka National Park ©
Krka National Park
Roski Slap ©
Roski Slap

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park and then admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Skradin to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

3
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, stop by Upper Town (Gornji Grad), stroll around Strossmayer Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka).

For more things to do and tourist information, use the Zagreb driving holiday site.

Take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Zagreb are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

2
nights
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 25th (Tue): explore the activities along Ljubljanica River and then take in the views from Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Postojna Cave, make a trip to Mestni Trg, make a trip to Preseren Square, then snap pictures at Triple Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ljubljana online trip maker.

You can drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bled, Postojna Cave
Highlights from your plan
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle

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night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): walk around Lindenhofplatz and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zurich road trip app.

Fly from Ljubljana to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Lindenhofplatz ©
Lindenhofplatz

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