12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Krakow, Poland
1
Krakow, Poland
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Orebic, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Bol, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Krakow, Poland

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day
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
On the 20th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then make a trip to St. Mary's Basilica, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Krakow road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Poland, the closest major airports are Kraków John Paul II International Airport, Katowice International Airport and Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Budapest Pinball Museum, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then admire the striking features of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum and then kick back and relax at Wesselenyi Beach Balatonalmadi.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Budapest holiday planner .

Getting from Krakow to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Wesselenyi Beach Balatonalmadi
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Budapest Pinball Museum ©
Budapest Pinball Museum

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 24th (Thu), wander the streets of Old Town, then view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then wander the streets of Cavtat Old Town.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Dubrovnik takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In October, Dubrovnik is somewhat warmer than Budapest - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Orebic.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town

1
night
Orebic, Croatia

Orebic ©
Orebić is a port town and municipality in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county in Croatia. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Trstenica Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gospe od Karmena, then stroll through Plaza Divna, and finally learn about winemaking at Vino Spaleta.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Orebic travel planning site .

Drive from Dubrovnik to Orebic in 2 hours. In October in Orebic, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bol.

Things to do in Orebic

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plaza Divna, Vino Spaleta
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Trstenica Beach ©
Trstenica Beach
Vino Spaleta ©
Vino Spaleta

1
night
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
On the 27th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Paklina Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Murvica Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bol tour site .

You can drive from Orebic to Bol in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Bol

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Murvica Beach
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Murvica Beach ©
Murvica Beach
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
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 28th (Mon): kick back and relax at Hvar Beach, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then wander the streets of Milna, and finally do a tasting at Tomic Winery. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Dubovica, head outdoors with Glavica Hill, and then head off the coast to Scedro.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hvar trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Bol to Hvar takes 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hvar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Glavica Hill, Tomic Winery, Dubovica Beach
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Hvar Beach ©
Hvar Beach
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): make a trip to Our Lady of Health, take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, contemplate the long history of Kampana Tower, then get outside with Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Trg Sv. Tripuna.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kotor trip builder tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Hvar to Kotor in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hvar in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kotor, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotor

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Our Lady of Health, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
Trg Sv. Tripuna ©
Trg Sv. Tripuna

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