10 days in Croatia, Belgrade & Bucharest Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Bus to Herceg Novi, Taxi to Tivat, Fly to Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
Bus to Timisoara Bus Station, Train to Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania


Zagreb, Croatia — 1 night

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 4th (Fri): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally make a trip to Tunel Gric.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Zagreb is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Zagreb is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in August, things will get slightly colder in Zagreb: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Split.
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Split, Croatia — 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Marjan Park. Get some cultural insight at Diocletian's Palace and Historic City of Trogir. Take a break from Split with a short trip to Origin Natural & Original Beauty in Omiš, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, contemplate the long history of Old Split, make a trip to Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Roko.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Split trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Zagreb to Split takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zagreb in August; daily highs in Split reach 36°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Walls of Dubrovnik and Old Town. Take a break from the city and head to Lokrum Island and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately Cavtat away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, explore the world behind art at Red History Museum, and learn about all things military at Museum of Croatian War of Independence.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik road trip site.

You can fly from Split to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Belgrade.
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Belgrade, Serbia — 2 nights

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, then engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ada Ciganlija.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Belgrade holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Dubrovnik to Belgrade takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in August since evenings lows in Belgrade dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Bucharest.
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Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bucharest online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Bucharest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belgrade to Bucharest due to the time zone difference. In August in Bucharest, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 18°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Sat).
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Croatia travel guide

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.