Central & Eastern Europe Trip – August 2017

This coming August, my sister Laura and I will be off on a whirlwind adventure through Eastern and Central Europe. Laura will start University in Mannheim in late August for a semester exchange and, out of the goodness of my heart, I decided to ‘drop her off’ and have a holiday while I’m at it! I’m very excited to travel in this region after hearing glowing reviews from friends, and it will be great to spend time in a part of the world I’ve never been to before (plus a little European sea and sun never hurt anyone!)

Laura and I will start in Hungary where we will spend a day and half exploring on our own before joining a 15-day Balkan Explorer Topdeck tour through Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia. Then, after the tour, we will explore more of Slovenia, make a brief stopover in Austria (Sound of Music tour here we come) and have a couple of days in Munich before I head home and Laura goes to Mannheim. I’m counting down the days!!

Below is a more detailed itinerary. If you’ve travelled to or live/d in any of the places we’ll be visiting, please feel free to share any advice or recommendations 🙂


  • Day 1 late night flight Adelaide > Dubai
  • Day 2 Dubai to Budapest
Budapest, Hungary (image: goeuro.com) 
  • Day 3 Topdeck tour starts in Budapest
  • Day 4 Topdeck Budapest
  • Day 5 Topdeck Budapest > Belgrade
  • Day 6 (my Birthday!) Topdeck Belgrade
  • Day 7 Topdeck Belgrade > Sarajevo
  • Day 8 Topdeck Sarajevo
Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina (image: thousandwonders.net)
  • Day 9 Topdeck Sarajevo > Mostar > Dubrovnik
  • Day 10 Topdeck Dubrovnik
  • Day 11 Topdeck Dubrovnik > Kotor > Budva
  • Day 12 Topdeck Budva
  • Day 13 Topdeck Budva > Zadar
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia (image: splitwalkingtour.com)
  • Day 14 Topdeck Zadar > Plitvice Lakes
  • Day 15 Topdeck Plitvice Lakes
  • Day 16 Topdeck Plitvice Lakes > Ljubljana
  • Day 17 End Topdeck Ljubljana
  • Day 18 Ljubljana > Bled
  • Day 19 Bled
  • Day 20 Bled > Salzburg
  • Day 21 Salzburg > Munich
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany (image: tripadvisor.com) 
  • Day 22 Munich > Neuschwanstein Castle > Munich
  • Day 23 Munich > Dubai for me; Munich > Mannheim for Laura
  • Day 24 Dubai > Adelaide