11 days in Croatia & Italy Itinerary

11 days in Croatia & Italy Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Como, Italy
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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 25th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dominican Monastery, see the interesting displays at Love Stories Museum, get great views at Minceta Fortress, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Dubrovnik Beer Company. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, browse the exhibits of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Bokar.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik day trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You've now added Putalj Winery to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): do a tasting at Putalj Winery, get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split, contemplate the long history of Old Split, examine the collection at Froggyland, then pause for some photo ops at Marko Marulic Sculpture, and finally don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic).

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Split trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Pantalon, explore the activities along Canal Grande, make a trip to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then stop by Cannaregio, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Campo del Ghetto.

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Traveling by flight from Split to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Como, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Castello di Vezio and Museo Didattico della Seta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo. When in Como, make a side trip to see Sentiero del Viandante in Varenna, approximately Varenna away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), head outdoors with Aero Club Como, take in the pleasant sights at Centro Storico, and look for gifts at Le Chicche torte di caramelle By Bijoux.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Como road trip website.

Traveling by car from Venice to Como takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Como are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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Croatia travel guide

4.4
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.

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."