55 days in Europe Itinerary

55 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

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Fly to Jerez Airport, Drive to Chiclana de la Frontera
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Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive
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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
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Cordoba, Spain
— 5 nights
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Malaga, Spain
— 4 nights
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Almeria, Spain
— 4 nights
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Cartagena, Spain
— 4 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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Lourdes, France
— 2 nights
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Albi, France
— 2 nights
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Porto-Vecchio, France
— 2 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
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Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Kalamaki, Greece
— 2 nights
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Fly to Heraklion, Bus to Néa Alikarnassós, Foot to Heraklion, Ferry to Fira
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain

— 4 nights
Chiclana de la Frontera is a town and municipality in southwestern Spain, in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, near the Gulf of Cádiz. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de la Atalaya and Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la O. Explore hidden gems such as Bodega Sancha Perez and Convento de Jesus Nazareno. Explore Chiclana de la Frontera's surroundings by going to El Puerto de Santa Maria (Playa De La Muralla & Plaza de Toros), Iglesia Parroquial Matriz De Santa Maria La Mayor La Coronada (in Medina-Sidonia) and Capilla del Carmen de Bajo de Guia (in Sanlucar de Barrameda). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Telmo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Raices Conilenas, delve into the distant past at Museo y Conjunto Arqueologico Romano, Medina Sidonia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ermita de Santa Ana.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chiclana de la Frontera tour itinerary website.

Columbus, USA to Chiclana de la Frontera is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Columbus to Chiclana de la Frontera due to the time zone difference. June in Chiclana de la Frontera sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Chiclana de la Frontera

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Seville, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Towers

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Capilla de los Marineros and Convento de Santa Clara. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa de Cuesta Maneli and Playa de Mazagon. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Del Parador (in Mazagon), Bodegas Iglesias (in Bollullos Par del Condado) and Casa Museo Zenobia Y Juan Ramón Jiménez (in Moguer). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Niebla, don't miss a visit to Iglesia Mayor de Nuestra Senora de la Granada, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Flamenco De Seville.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Seville route planner.

Traveling by car from Chiclana de la Frontera to Seville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Chiclana de la Frontera in June, you will find days in Seville are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Cordoba, Spain

— 5 nights

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda and Puerta del Almodovar. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of San Mateo and Plaza del Potro. Change things up with these side-trips from Cordoba: Montilla (Bodegas Lagar Blanco & Alvear), Iglesia de Santiago (in Ecija) and Cisternas Romanas de Monturque (in Monturque). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Posada del Potro, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora de Gracia, admire the masterpieces at Museo del Guadameci Omeya. Exposicion de Ramon Garcia Romero y Jose Carlos V. Garcia, and step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Merced.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Cordoba trip planner.

You can take a train from Seville to Cordoba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seville in June: highs in Cordoba hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Malaga.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Malaga, Spain

— 4 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Get some cultural insight at Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares and Revello de Toro Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sacred Heart Church (Sagrado Corazon) and Episcopal Palace. Venture out of the city with trips to Casares (Casares Cemetery & Casares Castle), Museo Historico-Etnologico (in Mijas) and Playa de la Rada (in Estepona). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Martires, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santiago, examine the collection at Museum Jorge Rando, and steep yourself in history at Casa Cervantes.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Malaga planner.

Getting from Cordoba to Malaga by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cordoba in June: highs in Malaga hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Almeria.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Almeria, Spain

— 4 nights
Almería is a city in Andalusia, Spain, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo Refugio de la Guerra Civil and Playa del Corralete. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Isleta del Moro and Playa San Miguel. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of Almeria, make a trip to Escuela de Arte de Almeria, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Dona Pakyta, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Almeria visit planner.

You can drive from Malaga to Almeria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Almeria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Cartagena, Spain

— 4 nights
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Calle Mayor and Cerro del Molinete Archaeological Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Casa de la Fortuna and Museo Historico Militar de Cartagena. Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Regional de Calblanque (in Cabo de Palos), Caravaca de la Cruz (Templete de Caravaca de la Cruz, Basilica Santuario de la Vera Cruz, &more) and Soportales (in Cehegin).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena road trip planning app.

You can drive from Almeria to Cartagena in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Cartagena sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Cartagena

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Granada, Spain

— 4 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Monasterio de la Concepcion and Villa Romana El Ruedo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia del Sagrario and Convento de Santa Catalina de Zafra. Venture out of the city with trips to Palacete la Hilandera (in Alcala la Real) and Montefrio (Iglesia de la Encarnacion & Castillo de Montefrio). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the world behind art at Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada, make a trip to La Silla Del Moro, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario del Perpetuo Socorro.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Granada tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Cartagena to Granada in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cartagena in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 61°F in Granada. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Louis des Chartrons, wander the streets of Port of the Moon, then see the interesting displays at Musee national des douanes, then admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Eloi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Croix. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu, explore the ancient world of Reserve Naturelle Geologique de Saucats La Brede, learn about winemaking at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, contemplate the long history of Prieure de Cayac, then admire the masterpieces at Le Musee Georges de Sonneville, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux route planner.

Traveling by flight from Granada to Bordeaux takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Granada in June: highs in Bordeaux hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Lourdes, France

— 2 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Voie Verte des Gaves, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption d'Aspin-en-Lavedan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Bernadette, then get to know the fascinating history of Moulin Lacade - Maison Paternelle de Sainte Bernadette, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Sainte-Bernadette, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Mairie de Lourdes, see the interesting displays at Musee de Lourdes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oratoire de Bernadette, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Ukrainienne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de l'Adoration., and finally examine the collection at Musee du Gemmail.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Lourdes online trip maker.

Drive from Bordeaux to Lourdes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Lourdes sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Albi.

Things to do in Lourdes

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Albi, France

— 2 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 5th (Mon), stop by Galerie Nadine Granier, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Mode, learn the secrets of production at Les Poteries d'Albi, wander the streets of Place du Vigan, then get to know the fascinating history of Le Quartier Du Castelviel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Dreche. On your second day here, walk around Park Rochegude, see the interesting displays at Musee Laperouse, see the interesting displays at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, then admire the landmark architecture of Palais de la Berbie, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie.

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You can drive from Lourdes to Albi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Albi, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Albi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Porto-Vecchio, France

— 2 nights
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Tour Genoise Fautea, enjoy the sand and surf at Anse De Favone, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Carataggio, and finally kick back and relax at Plage de Tarco. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Plage de Tamaricciu, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then steep yourself in history at Bastion de L'Etendard, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de la Sainte Croix de Porto Vecchio.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Porto-Vecchio travel planner.

You can fly from Albi to Porto-Vecchio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Albi in July, expect nights in Porto-Vecchio to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Naples.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naples, Italy

— 2 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Monumental Complex Donnaregina - Diocesan Museum of Naples, go for a stroll along the water at Santa Lucia, make a trip to Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno, then get engrossed in the history at Museo delle Torture, and finally examine the collection at Ospedale delle Bambole. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Anfiteatro Romano, contemplate the long history of House of Menander (Casa del Menandro), explore the ancient world of Terme del Foro, then delve into the distant past at Casa del Poeta Tragico, and finally delve into the distant past at Tempio di Giove Capitolino.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Naples vacation site.

You can fly from Porto-Vecchio to Naples in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Corfu Town, Greece

— 2 nights
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at The Solomos Museum, explore the historical opulence of New Fortress, admire the striking features of Agios Iasonas Kai Sosipatros, then don't miss a visit to Spianada Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint James and Saint Christopher, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Icon Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Spilia's Gate, appreciate the history behind Holocaust Memorial of Corfu, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor, then stop by Corfu Sandals, and finally examine the collection at Casa Parlante.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Corfu Town travel tool.

Traveling by flight from Naples to Corfu Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Corfu Town are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kalamaki.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Kalamaki, Greece

— 2 nights
Home to a world-famous beach serving as a protected nesting ground for endangered loggerhead sea turtles, Kalamaki sits on the southeastern coastline of Zakynthos.
On the 14th (Wed), kick back and relax at Alykanas Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alykes Beach, then do a tasting at Grampsas Winery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Keri Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Porto Zoro Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at St Nicholas Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Dionisios Church, and finally examine the collection at Aristeon Ecological Olive Press.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kalamaki road trip planning site.

You can fly from Corfu Town to Kalamaki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in Kalamaki, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Kalamaki

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rhodes Town, Greece

— 2 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Colossus of Rhodes, have some family-friendly fun at Throne of Helios, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Castle, contemplate the long history of Street of the Knights, then make a trip to Thalassini Pyli, and finally see the interesting displays at Kahal Shalom Synagogue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Diagoras Momument, steep yourself in history at Filerimos Monastery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Filerimos, and finally explore the ancient world of The Acropolis of Rhodes.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rhodes Town driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Kalamaki to Rhodes Town in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Kalamaki in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Rhodes Town: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Fira, Greece

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, take an in-depth tour of La Ponta, do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and finally explore the galleries of Asimis Kolaitou Art Gallery Santorini. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery, see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum Fira, view the masterpieces at Ernesto Workshop & Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Dominican Sisters, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord.

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You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Rhodes Town to Fira in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Fira, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Fira

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Brsalje Street, then enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, then contemplate the long history of Dominican Monastery, and finally steep yourself in history at St. John's Fortress. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the tasty concoctions at Dubrovnik Beer Company, take some stellar pictures from Minceta Fortress, see the interesting displays at Love Stories Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Prijeko street, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Annunciation, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Dubrovnik takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fira to Dubrovnik is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Dubrovnik when traveling from Fira in July, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Zagreb, Croatia

— 3 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 23rd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Image of War - War Photography Museum, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, admire the masterpieces at Atelier Mestrovic, then examine the collection at Zagreb 80's Museum, and finally examine the collection at Zagreb City Museum. Keep things going the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Arts and Crafts, and finally make a trip to King Tomislav Square.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zagreb day trip tool.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Zagreb when traveling from Dubrovnik in July, with lows around 60°F. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Outdoors · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

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.