10 days in Austria & Croatia Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive to Split Airport, Fly to Washington


Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunner Gardens, examine the collection at Hofburg, and admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace.

Before you visit Vienna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Washington, USA to Vienna is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Vienna due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in May, you will find days in Vienna are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, then take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, and finally contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus). Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg route planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Salzburg are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Dubrovnik.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 2 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.
On the 13th (Thu), explore the galleries of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, look for gifts at Dubrovnik Heritage - Handmade Croatian Products, and then visit Old Town. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, then steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Dubrovnik takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Dubrovnik is somewhat warmer than Salzburg - with highs of 72°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly to Split.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Split, Croatia — 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius and then get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Split trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Split sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Austria travel guide

Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

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.