42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 5 nights
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Heviz, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 2 nights

Jerusalem of Europe

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, go all around town with City Tours, then admire the masterpieces at Galerija 11/07/95, and finally steep yourself in history at Gazi Husrev Begova Medresa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Vijećnica, take in the views from Bridge Festina Lente, then don't miss a visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sarajevo online trip maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Sarajevo is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Sarajevo due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 2 nights
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 4th (Thu), make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar and then contemplate the long history of Old Bridge (Stari Most). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Bosnaseum, then admire the sheer force of Kravica, and then delve into the distant past at Roman Villa Mogorjelo Archaeological Site.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mostar online route planner.

Traveling by car from Sarajevo to Mostar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Split, Croatia

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Visiting Off-Road Tours and Marjan Park will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Split to Trogir to see Historic City of Trogir about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Riva Harbor, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Old Split, and pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Split itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Mostar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Split are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Tours · Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trip

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 5 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Take a break from the city and head to The Lower Lakes and Ciginovac Lake. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rastoke and Active vacation BTZ. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap, explore the activities along Lake Milino, explore the striking landscape at Veliki Prstavac, and Head underground at Supljara cave.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Heviz.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Heviz, Hungary

— 4 nights
Located on Heviz Lake, the world's second-largest thermal lake, Heviz is a charming little spa town.
You'll get in some beach time at Plazs Siofok and Lido Strand. Take a break from the city and head to Thermal Lake of Heviz and Intersport Ski Arena Epleny, Bike Arena. Get out of town with these interesting Heviz side-trips: Haditechnikai Park (in Zanka), Sió-Torony Kft (in Siofok) and Lavender House (in Tihany). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ferto-tavi Water Estate, take an in-depth tour of Jatekmuzeum - Foltermuseum, explore the fascinating underground world of Loczy Cave, and examine the collection at The Marzipan Museum and Confectionery.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Heviz tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Heviz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Heviz sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Heviz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Budapest, Hungary

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Wesselenyi Beach Balatonalmadi and Margaret Island. You'll discover tucked-away gems like E-Exit Escape Game and Citadel. Venture out of the city with trips to Esztergom (Courthouse, Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral, &more) and Handclasp European Sculpture Park (in Balatonalmadi). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Statue of St Stephen, get engrossed in the history at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, take in the views from Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid), and make a trip to New York Palace.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner.

Getting from Heviz to Budapest by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Budapest are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Osterreichisches Parlament and Danube Tower. Step out of Vienna to go to Melk and see Melk Abbey, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of State Hall of the Austrian National Library, don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, and see the interesting displays at Time Travel Vienna.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vienna road trip planning app.

You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. February in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 4 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Escape the urban bustle at Škocjan Caves and Vintgar Gorge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tartini Square and Lake Bohinj. Venture out of the city with trips to Piran (Church of St Peter & St Stephen's Church), Postojna (Toplar Double Hayrack, Postojna Cave, &more) and Avgust Cernigoj Gallery (in Lipica). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Church, head off the coast to Bled Island, and take in the exciting artwork at Škrlovec Tower.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Ljubljana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Salzburg, Austria

— 4 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Schmittenhohe and Petersfriedhof. Visiting Strandbad Weyregg and Sport Klaus Skischule will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salzburg: Kaprun (Alpine Coaster Maisi Flitzer & Kitzsteinhorn), Salt Mine Hallein (in Hallein) and Lake Zell (in Zell am See). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Haus der Natur and take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Salzburg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Innsbruck, Austria

— 8 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stubaier Gletscher and Mayrhofner Bergbahnen. Visiting St. Anton and Obergurgl-Hochgurgl will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Fendels Ski Resort (in Fendels), Ischgl-Samnaun ski area (in Ischgl) and Ski Arlberg (in Lech). Spend the 9th (Tue) jumping from game to game at Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hintertuxer Gletscher, admire the sheer force of Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle), enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), and fly down the slopes at Rosshutte.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Innsbruck trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Innsbruck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Innsbruck, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

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.

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. 

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.