45 days in Zagreb, Budapest & Moscow Itinerary

45 days in Zagreb, Budapest & Moscow Itinerary

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Fly to Trieste, Shuttle to Zagreb
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 8 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 18 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 18 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia — 8 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Karlovac (Paviljon Katzler 1897, Franciscan Museum Karlovac, &more). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, don't miss a visit to Ban Josip Jelačić Square, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Zagreb online trip itinerary builder.

Rome, Italy to Zagreb is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in December, things will get slightly colder in Zagreb: highs are around 7°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 18 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Budapest side-trips: Eger (Gardonyi Geza Emlekmuzeum, Eger Castle, &more) and Nagyvillam Ski Slope (in Visegrad). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and make a trip to Heroes' Square.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Budapest road trip site.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Moscow.
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Moscow, Russia — 18 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Change things up with a short trip to Ski Stadium Zorkiy in Krasnogorsk (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: make a trip to Red Square, steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, admire the masterpieces at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and get engrossed in the history at State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Moscow planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Moscow takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest to Moscow, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Budapest in January, with highs in Moscow at -7°C and lows at -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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