12 days in Serbia, Croatia & Budapest Itinerary

12 days in Serbia, Croatia & Budapest Itinerary

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Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
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Belgrade, Serbia — 3 nights

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Explore hidden gems such as Military Museum and OldTown Archery Belgrade. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ružica, don't miss a visit to Zemunski kej, admire the landmark architecture of Crkva Svetog Marka, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Belgrade holiday builder app.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Belgrade. In September, daytime highs in Belgrade are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Novi Sad.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums
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Novi Sad, Serbia — 1 night

Serbian Athens

The regional and cultural center of northern Serbia, the riverside city of Novi Sad occupies a strategically advantageous position between Belgrade and Budapest.
On the 29th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Djura Jaksic Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery Grgeteg, and then admire the landmark architecture of Karlovacka gimnazija.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Novi Sad trip planner.

You can take a train from Belgrade to Novi Sad in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. In September in Novi Sad, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Celeritas Shooting Club and Erzsebet Park. Get out of town with these interesting Budapest side-trips: Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral (in Esztergom) and Gyomroi Tofurdo (in Gyomro). Next up on the itinerary: admire the local landmark of Music Fountain, see the interesting displays at Holocaust Memorial Center, contemplate the long history of Citadel, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of St Stephen.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest travel route planner.

You can take a bus from Novi Sad to Budapest in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Budapest sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zagreb.
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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 3rd (Mon): look for gifts at Kredenca Zagreb, put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb, and then get a bird's-eye view with Air Tours. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Budapest to Zagreb takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for Split.
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Split, Croatia — 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch and then admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary site.

You can take a bus from Zagreb to Split in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zagreb in October; daily highs in Split reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Serbia travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Room Escape Games · Churches
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.
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Croatia travel guide

4.5
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.
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