8 days in Croatia, Budapest & Lake Balaton Itinerary

8 days in Croatia, Budapest & Lake Balaton Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
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Veszprem, Hungary
— 1 day
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
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Omis, Croatia
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Budapest, Hungary

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Budapest route maker tool.

Krakow, Poland to Budapest is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Veszprem.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums

Veszprem, Hungary

— 1 day
Veszprém is one of the oldest urban areas in Hungary, and a city with county rights. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take a stroll through Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy) and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Veszprem online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Veszprem takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Veszprem

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

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 21st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip planner.

You can drive from Veszprem to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Veszprem in September, Zagreb is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip site.

Getting from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll travel to Omis.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Omis, Croatia

— 3 nights
Omiš is a town and port in the Dalmatia region of Croatia, and is a municipality in the Split-Dalmatia County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Omis: St. Nikole Church (in Baska Voda) and Food Tours (in Hvar). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Rata Beach, head outdoors with Zipline, and explore the stunning scenery at Omis Cetina Canyon.

Before you visit Omis, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Omis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Omis are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Omis

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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Croatia travel guide

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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.