9 days in Slovenia, Croatia & Slovakia Itinerary

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Bus to Vienna, Fly to Kuala Lumpur


Ljubljana, Slovenia — 1 night

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Vintgar Gorge, snap pictures at Triple Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Prešeren Square, and finally find something for the whole family at Escape Room Enigmarium. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town and then get to know the fascinating history of Cankarjevo Nabrežje.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ljubljana day trip planning tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Ljubljana is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, things will get cooler in Ljubljana: highs are around 5°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zagreb.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Zagreb, Croatia — 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then browse the different shops at Arena Centar, and finally look for gifts at Handmade in Zagreb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Tkalciceva Street, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zagreb route builder.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. December in Zagreb sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Dubrovnik.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Shopping
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 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 16th (Fri): take a stroll through Old Town. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Cavtat Old Town, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik online trip maker.

Getting from Zagreb to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zagreb in December, with highs in Dubrovnik at 15°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bratislava.
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Bratislava, Slovakia — 1 night

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth, take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town, and then look for gifts at Cera Mel.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bratislava journey maker app.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Bratislava by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in December, expect Bratislava to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Slovenia travel guide

Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.

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.

Slovakia travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.