12 days in Croatia, Greece & Bulgaria Itinerary

12 days in Croatia, Greece & Bulgaria Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Zagreb, Croatia — 3 nights

Little Vienna

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 2nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, look for gifts at Take Me Home, pick up some local products at Dolac Market, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, and finally get a bird's-eye view with Air Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Zagreb trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Zagreb is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Montreal to Zagreb, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in August, Zagreb is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Dubrovnik.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Your black horizon Art Pavilion and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunj Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at House of Marin Drzic, then stop by Tedi, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally head off the coast to Lokrum Island.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik attractions planning website.

Fly from Zagreb to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zagreb in August since evenings lows in Dubrovnik dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Shop till you drop at Ermou Street and Tsolias Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Glyfada Beach and Mount Lycabettus. Change things up with a short trip to Seahorse Dive Center in Vari (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and stop by Monastiraki.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip maker app.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubrovnik to Athens is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dubrovnik in August; daily highs in Athens reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sofia.
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Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, and then admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sofia trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Athens to Sofia by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Athens in August, with highs in Sofia at 34°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Croatia travel guide

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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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Greece travel guide

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Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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Bulgaria travel guide

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Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.
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