28 days in Hungary & Croatia Itinerary

28 days in Hungary & Croatia Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 19 nights
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Pecs, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Kutina, Croatia
— 1 day
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Balatonfured, Hungary
— 2 nights

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Budapest, Hungary — 19 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Hungarian Parliament Building and Fisherman's Bastion. Change things up with these side-trips from Budapest: Eger (Torok Kori Minaret, Dobo Square, &more), Tata (Fenyes Education Trail of Tata, Derito Lake, &more) and Ram Szakadek (in Domos). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Palatinus Strandfürdő.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Budapest trip itinerary planning site.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiport is Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. In August, daytime highs in Budapest are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pecs.
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Pecs, Hungary — 2 nights

Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the striking features of Zsolnay Mauzoleum, don't miss a visit to Kiraly Utca, then see the interesting displays at Zsolnay Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pecs Cathedral, and finally explore the ancient world of Early Christian Mausoleum. On the next day, look for gifts at 1861 Glove Manufactory, go for a walk through Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, then make a trip to Szechenyi Ter, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower (TV Torony).

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pecs trip builder.

You can drive from Budapest to Pecs in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August in Pecs, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kutina.
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Kutina, Croatia — 1 day

Kutina is a city in central Croatia, the largest settlement in the hilly region of Moslavina, in the Sisak-Moslavina County. On the 26th (Fri), stroll around Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kutina trip maker tool.

You can drive from Pecs to Kutina in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 2 nights

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Barac Caves, then stroll through Rastoke, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park and then wander the wide-open spaces of Ranch Deer Valley.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kutina to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zagreb.
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Zagreb, Croatia — 2 nights

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 29th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally don't miss a visit to Tunel Gric. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and finally cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zagreb vacation planner.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Balatonfured.
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Balatonfured, Hungary — 2 nights

Balatonfüred is a popular resort town in Veszprém county, in Hungary, with a population of 13,000, situated on the northern shore of Lake Balaton. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Annagora Aquapark. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, make a trip to Kossuth Lajos Drinking Hall, and then head outdoors with Tagore Promenade.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Balatonfured trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Balatonfured takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Zagreb in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Balatonfured.
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Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 
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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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