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26 day Itinerary Help! (complicated)

Seattle, Washington
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26 day Itinerary Help! (complicated)

Hello everyone!

I am in dire need of advice :)

My boyfriend and I are embarking on a much longer backpacking trip through Europe; however, we could use some help for the last half of our trip. We will be flying from Prague to somewhere in Italy (this is where we can begin..) about the 1st of August to explore Croatia, Slovenia, and possibly Austria before we depart back to the USA from Hungary on the 27th.(we will already have spent a week in Hungary so leaving time at the end is unnecessary)

We would only like to spend 5-7 days in 1 or 2 cities in Italy, closer to the eastern coast (venice probably & one other max) before venturing to Croatia...

We would like to spend most of our time in Croatia and are wondering the best way to do it all! If we fly from Italy to somewhere in Croatia, where should we begin? We would love to see Dubrovnik, and some of the islands and definitely the Plitvice lakes (but we will consider all advice). We would like to reserve some time after to visit lake bled in Slovenia and other recommendations before heading back to budapest.

We seem to have a long time to do these things, but that also makes it difficult to plan. We are not sure where and how we should venture these (almost) four weeks!

Anything and everything will help. Please give us advice!

Thank You!

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1. Re: 26 day Itinerary Help! (complicated)

The most straightforward plan would be to fly to Dubrovnik and make your way back north. Volotea and easyJet have reasonably priced flights from Venice to Dubrovnik on 2 August. The catamarans between Dubrovnik and Split stop off at the main islands inbetween. For August it might be advisable to book in advance at the operators' websites - Krilo, Jadrolinija or GV lines.

Sarajevo, Bosnia...
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2. Re: 26 day Itinerary Help! (complicated)

Why not use the overnight car ferry Ancona-Split as a foot passenger?

See https:/…

Or to Zadar


Also Bari - Dubrovnik


All of these cities are easy reachable by a well developed Italian railways network!

There are also ferries by the Italian SNAV shipping company


You can choose between a cabin, or "airplane seats". In any case, you arrive to Croatia refreshed - and sailing in the morning between Croatian islands to Split harbor is truly spectacular

Varazdin, Croatia
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3. Re: 26 day Itinerary Help! (complicated)

At the end of your trip, before you go to Budapest, you can visit Varazdin and its famous festival Spancirfest (17-26.08.2018)


Belgrade, Serbia
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4. Re: 26 day Itinerary Help! (complicated)

It would help to tell us what youre interests as those will impact the exact recommended places to visit. Also, you should know that Italians traditionally start their vacations in late July and early August so be prepared for everywhere to be very crowded, especially the last weekend in July and the first in August.

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