Itinerary advice – 30 Days – Central Europe/Balkans – Croatia

Posted on April 16, 2016 | in Travellers Questions | by

Im travelling around Central Europe and the Balkans before my study abroad begins in Utrecht in late August. I’m a 24 year old Australian male, and this will be my first trip outside Australia and New Zealand, and first trip solo ever.

I’m hoping to strike a balance between seeing all the sights (especially historical sites) and being social/partying. I’ll be staying mostly in hostels and I’d appreciate hostel ideas for anywhere

The only thing I am inflexible on is the first few days in London (catching up with a friend, and my ticket has already been purchased) and I have to be in Utrecht by the night of day 29 as I am moving into my university accommodation day 30.

I calculated travel times between places with Rome2Rio, and I have no idea how accurate they are. Flights I’ve checked in SkyScanner.

Day 1 London (arrive at Heathrow 7am)
Day 2 London
Day 3 London
Day 4 London – Dubrovnik (3 hour plane arriving DBV at 1900)
Day 5 Dubrovnik
Day 6 Dubrovnik
Day 7 Dubrovnik – Split (5 hour bus)
Day 8 Split
Day 9 Split – Plitvice Lakes (4 hour bus)
Day 10 Plitvice Lakes
Day 11 Plitvice lakes – Zagreb – Ljubljana (Plitvice lakes to Zagreb = 3 hour bus , Zagreb to Ljubljana = 2.5 hour train)
Day 12 Ljubljana
Day 13 Ljubljana – Lake Bled (2 hour bus and train)
Day 14 Lake Bled – Ljubljana (2 hour bus and train)
Day 15 Ljubljana – Budapest (8 hour train. Maybe overnight?)
Day 16 Budapest
Day 17 Budapest
Day 18 Budapest
Day 19 Budapest – Bratislava – Vienna (Budapest to Bratislava = 3.5 hour train. Bratislava to Vienna = 1 hour train)
Day 20 Vienna
Day 21 Vienna
Day 22 Vienna – Prague (4 hour bus or train)
Day 23 Prague
Day 24 Prague
Day 25 Prague
Day 26 Prague – Krakow (7 hour train and bus)
Day 27 Krakow
Day 28 Krakow
Day 29 Krakow – Amsterdam – Utrecht (2 hour plane – leave KRK16.50 arrive AMS 18.50. 30 min train leaving twice hourly to Utrecht)
Day 30 Utrecht I’ve considered cutting a day from Prague and Budapest and adding Mostar in between Dubrovnik and Split, but I feel that my itinerary is already pretty packed!

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